Women's Basketball Stays Home To Host California Saturday Night

Jan. 22, 2010

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Oregon State (9-7, 1-5)
vs.
California (9-8, 3-3)

January 23, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio: KTHH 990-AM, KKAD 1550-AM (Ron Callan)

The Game
Oregon State completes its week of Pacific-10 Conference play by hosting California Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT.

The game is the 58th meeting between the teams, with Cal holding a slight, 29-28, advantage coming into the game.

Media
The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-AM in Corvallis and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland, 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). A full video stream will also be available on the Web site.

Live stats, via Gametracker, 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 team-leading 26 points and the Beavers hung with No. 2 Stanford for most of the game, but lost to the Cardinal, 63-47, Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

Rhea became the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, doing so in the first half.

Next Up
Oregon State leaves the state of Oregon for its next three games. OSU visits UCLA and USC next weekend, and then plays at Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 2.

Scouting California
California is on a three-game win streak and takes a 9-8 overall record and 3-3 mark in Pac-10 play into Saturday night’s contest against the Beavers. The Golden Bears were last victorious over Oregon Thursday night, 72-62. The three consecutive wins are over the Ducks, Washington and Washington State.

Alexis Gray-Lawson leads Cal in scoring with 16.2 points per game. She is followed closely by DeNesha Stallworth, who is averaging 14 points a game and is also leading the team in rebounding at 6.6 per game.

Joanne Boyle is in her sixth season at the helm of the Golden Bears and carries a 104-43 record with Cal into the game Saturday.

All-Time vs. California
California has a slight advantage in the all-time series, 29-28, and has surpassed Oregon State with its current six-game win streak in the series. Oregon State holds a 16-10 all-time record in games played in Corvallis.

Last Time vs. California - 2/21/09
Brittney Davis scored 16 points but the Oregon State women’s basketball dropped a 62-40 contest to sixth-ranked California at Haas Pavilion.

Davis was 7-for-17 from the field, scoring 11 of her 16 points in the first half.

Overall, the Beavers shot 32.7 percent from the field compared to 51 percent for California. The Golden Bears reached 38 rebounds, while Oregon State managed just 25.

Last Time Out - January 21
Talisa Rhea finished with 26 points and became the 16th player in school history with 1,000 career points as the Oregon State women’s basketball team challenged No. 2 Stanford, but could not come up with a win in a 63-47 loss Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea made her seventh point of the game at the 14:23 mark of the first half, which put her at an even 1,000. She now has 1,019 points for her career, which is 15th in school history.

Rhea’s 1,000th point came on a free throw after the guard scored on a layup and was fouled.

Rhea knocked down nine shots from the field, including three three-pointers, in Thursday night’s game. The three threes gives Rhea 160 for her career, 18 behind the school’s record holder, Felicia Ragland.

Rhea paced an Oregon State offense that kept the Beavers close to Stanford for most of the game. Oregon State was as close as three, 42-39, with 10:47 remaining in the second half after a three-pointer by Rhea.

Stanford slowly pulled away from that point on, but saw the Beavers fight for each point. OSU pulled to within seven at the 5:11 mark after a layup by Julie Futch, but that’s as close as the Beavers came the rest of the way.

“Fill Gill” Saturday
Saturday night is “Fill Gill.” All general admission seats to the game will be sold for $1 and can be purchased at the Gill Coliseum ticket office, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com. Additionally, any GenerationBeavs member who shows their credentials will get in for free.

That’s 1,000
Junior guard Talisa Rhea became the 16th member of Oregon State’s 1,000 points club when she finished with 26 points Thursday night.

She hit her 1,000th career point on a free throw at the 14:23 mark of the first half. She now has 1,019 career points, good for 15th in school history.

Next Up For Rhea
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 160 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 18. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

A Last Note On Rhea
Talisa Rhea’s 26 points Thursday night put her in double figures for the 12th time this season and eighth straight game. She has hit 20 or more points in five of those eight games.

She will be going for her 50th career double-figure scoring effort against California Saturday.

Offensive Boards
Oregon State collected 16 offensive rebounds in Thursday night’s game, and actually had more than on the defensive glass as the Beavers finished with 30 overall.

OSU currently stands third in the Pac-10 with 16.8 offensive rebounds per game.

Strong Academics
Eight of the team’s 14 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or better during the fall term as figures for the athletic department were released earlier this week.

Additionally, Kirsten Tilleman and Kate Lanz both earned OSU Honor Roll honors as they had a GPA of 3.5 or better and at least 12 graded credits.

A New Record
Oregon State held opponents to 49 points or less in four consecutive games from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1, which is the first time that has happened in school history. OSU’s previous record was three games, which had happened three times.

OSU began the streak allowing 42 points to UC Irvine, then 48 to Seattle. The Beavers allowed 49 in consecutive games to Portland State and Washington State.

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