Women's Basketball To Air On FSN This Week, Again

Jan. 12, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the second consecutive week, the Oregon State women's basketball will have a game air nationally on FSN. The sports network will cover the Beavers' matchup with Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT.

First, the Beavers will have to square off against Arizona Thursday night in a 6 p.m. PT contest at Tucson's McKale Center. Oregon State is coming off an 86-71 loss to Oregon last Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum. That game was also available on FSN.

Oregon State now carries a 9-4 overall mark and 1-2 record in Pacific-10 Conference play into Thursday night's game. Arizona, meanwhile, is 7-7 overall and 1-3 in league play.

After squaring off against the Wildcats, OSU will take an approximate two-hour drive into Tempe to play the Sun Devils at Wells Fargo Arena. Tracy Warren and Paul Sunderland will call all the action from Arizona State's home arena.

Despite allowing 86 points to the Ducks, Oregon State is still leading the Pac-10 in points allowed per game at 54.1. The Beavers rank in the top 20 nationally in the category. OSU is also second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at plus-8.8.

Talisa Rhea had an impressive offensive showing Saturday against the Ducks in posting 30 points. The junior nailed seven three-pointers en route to the season-high point total, and in the process, bumped up her career total to 157 in less than 80 games. Rhea is second only to Felicia Ragland's 178 on the Oregon State all-time list.

Rhea is now averaging 16.8 points per game this season, good for third in the league, and her 23.7 points per game during league play is tied for tops in the Pac-10. She has 960 points in her illustrious career, thus far, and when she hits 1,000, will become the 16th player in school history to do so.

Two other Beavers, El Sara Greer and Haiden Palmer, recently broke into the Pac-10 leaderboards. Kirsten Tilleman has been ranked in the top 10 in rebounding all season, and currently sits seventh at 7.7 per game. Greer recently joined her in the top 10 after her eight-rebound effort against the Ducks. The junior transfer is now averaging 6.9 per game, placing her ninth.

Palmer is third on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game, which overall, ranks her 26th. But she has made an impact during Pac-10 play despite being just a freshman. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native ranks 10th in league games in scoring at 16 points per. Palmer has scored in double figures in each of her last four games, and has had 19 points in two Pac-10 games - against Washington State and Oregon.

The Beavers had a great turnout for the Civil War against Oregon, with a season-best 3,095 walking through the turnstiles at Gill Coliseum. Nearly two dozen former players were recognized during halftime, and many stayed for a post-game social with the current student-athletes and members of The Rebounders.

Now, with the Civil War a memory, the Beavers will turn their sights to the desert, where they will head to on Wednesday. Arizona is up first, on Thursday night.

Catch it live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. A full audio stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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