Women's Basketball Drops Road Contest To Arizona

Jan. 14, 2010

Box Score

TUCSON, Ariz. - Three players scored in double figures for the Oregon State women's basketball team, but the Beavers dropped a 62-53 decision to Arizona Thursday night at the McKale Center.

Haiden Palmer led the Beavers with 15 points, posting double figures for the fifth straight game. She was 7-for-8 from the field and hit on one of two free throws.

Talisa Rhea finished in double figures for the 10th time this season and for the 47th time in her career. She posted 13 points against the Wildcats Thursday night and inched closer to 1,000 career points as she now has 973 for her career.

Anita Burdick finished with a career-best 10 points, surpassing her previous high of seven set against Sacramento State in the 2008-09 season opener. Burdick was 5-for-7 from the field and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes.

El Sara Greer had a big night on the boards for Oregon State (9-5 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10 Conference) finishing with 14, with 10 coming offensively. Greer is now averaging better than 10 rebounds per game during league play.

Greer added six points to her stat line, connecting on three field goals.

The Beavers led in the rebounding category, posting 38 to Arizona's 27. Greer's 14 led OSU, while Kirsten Tilleman had eight. Ify Ibekwe led Arizona with seven.

Arizona (8-7, 2-3) shot 43.4 percent from the field to 37.3 percent for the Beavers. Soana Lucet led Arizona with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Davellyn Whyte had 14 for the Wildcats as well.

Burdick's put back off a Julie Futch missed free throw with two seconds remaining in the first half put the Beavers and Wildcats even, 29-29, going into halftime.

Rhea led the Beavers with 10 points in the first half and Oregon State shot 46.2 percent from the floor, compared to 48,1 percent for the Wildcats. Lucet led Arizona with 12 points.

Greer had a big first half on the boards, grabbing eight, including five offensively. She paced the Beavers to 16 in the first half, while Arizona had 13. Ify Ibekwe led the Wildcats with five.

The teams seesawed in the first half. Oregon State led by as much as five, 22-17, with 5:58 remaining in the first half. Arizona answered back to take a 23-22 lead a minute later. Neither team led by more than three the rest of the half.

Oregon State next travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on host Arizona State Saturday night in a game slated for a 5:30 p.m. PT start. The game will be televised live nationally on FSN from Wells Fargo Arena.

The game will also be available live on the radio in the Corvallis area on KLOO 1340-AM. Fans can also catch a live radio stream at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Ron Callan calling all the action.

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