Women's Basketball Takes On Arizona Thursday Night To Begin Two-Game Trip

Jan. 12, 2010

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Oregon State (9-4, 1-2)
vs.
Arizona (7-7, 1-3)

January 14, 2010 • 6 p.m. PT
Tucson, Ariz.
McKale Center (14,545)

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: None

The Game
Oregon State hits the road for the first time in more than a month when the Beavers visit the desert. First game of the trip is Thursday night at Arizona in a game that starts at 6 p.m. PT from the McKale Center.

Arizona holds a narrow 27-25 advantage in the series, but the Beavers have won three straight over the Wildcats.

Media
The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis, and by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Ron Callan will call the action.

Live audio of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Live stats will be available on osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored a season-high 30 points, but the Beavers were outlasted by Oregon, 86-71, on Saturday afternoon at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea hit a season-best seven three-pointers in the loss.

Next Up
The Beavers will make a short jaunt to Tempe Saturday night for a game at Arizona State that starts at 5:30 p.m. PT (6:30 in Arizona) and will be televised live on FSN nationally. It is the second televised game in a week for OSU.

Scouting Arizona
Niya Butts is in her second season as Arizona's head coach, and has a 19-26 record as the Wildcats are 7-7 this season. The team split its weekend with the Washington schools most recently, defeating the Cougars but losing to the Huskies.

Freshman Davellyn Whyte leads Arizona in scoring at 16.4 points per game, while Ify Ibekwe is tops on the club with 12.1 rebounds per game, which also leads the Pac-10.

All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona holds a slight lead in the series, 27-25, but the Beavers have won three straight over the Wildcats to minimize UA's advantage.

Arizona does hold an advantage in Tucson, however, 17-7. Ironically, both teams hold a 17-7 advantage on their home courts. It's Arizona's 3-1 series lead in neutral site games that pushes the Wildcats in the overall series.

Last Time vs. UA - 2/5/09
The Oregon State women's basketball team hit on a combined eight three-pointers, including seven in the first half, in a 63-55 victory over Arizona Thursday night at the McKale Center.

Brittney Davis paced the Beavers with five three-pointers - tying a career-high -- while Talisa Rhea connected on three of her own. For Davis, the three-pointers helped give her a team-leading 20 points, her fourth game that season having reached the 20-point plateau. The Portland native now has five straight games with double-figures in scoring.

In the process of getting her three three-pointers and 13 points overall, Rhea moved into second place in Oregon State history.

The Beavers shot 45.5 percent from the field compared to a 41.2 figure for the Wildcats. Oregon State posted 30 rebounds to Arizona's 28.

Oregon State took a 31-25 lead into the second half, slowly building up that six-point margin late in the first half. Of the Beavers 31 points in the half, 21 came by the three-pointer. In fact, the last 18 points scored by the Beavers came off three-pointers by either Davis or Rhea.
 
Last Time Out - January 9
Talisa Rhea scored 30 points on the strength of seven three-pointers, but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to Oregon, 86-71, in the Civil War Saturday afternoon at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was 7-for-8 from beyond the three-point line and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. The junior added an assist and steal to her stat line.

For Rhea, the 30 points was the second-most she has scored in a game during her tenure at OSU. It's surpassed by only the 42 she scored against Sacramento State to open the 2008-09 season.

Haiden Palmer tied her season-best with 19 points on Saturday. The freshman, who had previously scored 19 against Washington State to open Pac-10 play Jan. 1, had a big game Saturday after going 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also had a team-leading four assists in a season-long 35 minutes.

Creeping Up On 1,000
Junior guard Talisa Rhea is aiming to become the 16th member of Oregon State's 1,000-point club as the Juneau, Alaska, native has 960 points for her career. She is averaging 16.8 points per game this season.

Rhea, Part 2
Talisa Rhea's 16.8 points per game ranks her third in the Pac-10 this season, while her 23.7 points during league games is tied for the Pac-10 lead.

Palmer Strong In Pac-10 Play
Freshman Haiden Palmer has made an impact in Pac-10 play despite the fact she had never played in a league game prior to this season. She has scored 19 twice during league games, and enters Thursday night averaging 16 points per game, which is good for 10th during Pac-10 play.

In The Top 10, Too
Kirsten Tilleman has ranked in the top 10 in rebounding all season long, and currently stands at seventh in the Pac-10 at 7.7 boards per game.

She has a new Beaver joining her in the Pac-10 as El Sara Greer moved into ninth with 6.9 rebounds per game. She paced the Beavers with eight boards against Oregon, and is averaging a team-leading 9.3 against Pac-10 opponents.

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 157 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 21. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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