Women's Basketball Heads To Los Angeles To Round Out First Half Of Pac-10 Play

Jan. 26, 2010

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Oregon State (9-8, 1-6)
vs.
USC (12-6, 6-1)

January 28, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif.
Galen Center (10,258)

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

The Game
Oregon State wraps up the first half of Pacific-10 Conference play when it travels to Los Angeles. First up is USC Thursday night at the Galen Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The meeting is the 52nd all-time between the teams with USC holding a 33-18 advantage entering Thursday night.

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, via Gametracker, will be available on osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
The Oregon State women's basketball team dropped a 79-75 decision in a double-overtime thriller to California Saturday night.

The Beavers were led by Talisa Rhea's 25 points, and 11 rebounds by El Sara Greer. Kirsten Tilleman, Haiden Palmer and Kate Lanz also scored in double figures for the Beavers.

It was just third double overtime game in Oregon State's history.

Next Up
Oregon State plays at UCLA Saturday in a game slated to start at 2 p.m. OSU then visits Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday.

Scouting USC
USC currently holds a lock on second place in the Pacific-10 Conference, a game behind No. 1 Stanford and one game ahead of No. 3 UCLA. Former NBA player and WNBA head coach Michael Cooper is in his first season as USC's head coach and has a 12-6 record entering Thursday night's game with Oregon State.

USC is averaging 67.9 points per game, led by Ashley Corral's 16.3 on average. The Trojans have been out-rebounded, on average by 4.9 boards per game. Aarika Hughes leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.

USC went 6-5 in non-conference play and has since won six of its last seven games; its only blemish was a 20-point loss to Stanford.

All-Time vs. USC
USC holds a 33-18 advantage in the all-time series, and is 20-6 in games played in Los Angeles. The games have been fairly equal the past couple seasons as OSU and USC have each won on their home courts.

Last Time vs. USC - 3/5/09
Guard Talisa Rhea poured in 18 points, including six free throws in the last 21 seconds, as the Oregon State women's basketball team edged the USC Trojans 61-58 to move into a tie for fifth-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings.

The Beavers erased a two-point halftime deficit to build a nine-point advantage at 48-39 with 8:23 remaining, but the

Trojans battled back to tie the game at 50-50 with 2:57 remaining with an 11-2 run. Rhea then made the critical free throws to hold off a furious USC rally.

The Beavers appeared the have the game in hand with a five-point advantage at 57-52 after a pair of free throws at the 21 second mark. However, USC's Camille LeNoir hit a deep three-point field goal with 16 seconds to narrow the gap to 57-55 and after two more Rhea free throws Ashlay Corral hit an improbable trey to close the gap to 59-58. Rhea built the lead back to 61-58, before Le Noir's desperation half court shot sailed right of the hoop at the buzzer.

Last Time Out - January 23
Talisa Rhea scored a team-leading 25 points, and the Oregon State women's basketball team battled California to the last whistle, but the Beavers dropped a 79-75 decision to the Golden Bears in a double-overtime thriller Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The teams were tied 60-60 after regulation play, and 68-68 after the first overtime, but the Golden Bears were able to score 11 points to seven for OSU in the last overtime period to claim the victory.

All told, the lead changed hands 16 times and the score was tied 13 times in the 21st overtime game in Oregon State's history. It was just the third to go to two overtimes.

Rhea finished in double figures for the ninth straight game with her 25 points. The guard now has 50 career games of at least 10 points, and this season alone has 10 games of 20 or more points.

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 against Stanford last 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 1,044 career points after posting 25 against California, good for 15th in school history.

Next Up For Rhea
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 162 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 16. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

Lead At Half
The key for the Beavers this season has been to lead at the half, and are 8-1 when doing so. The Beavers are outscoring their opponents by 3.8 in the first half of games this season.

OSU is outscoring its opponents by 0.9 points in the second half this season.

Double Overtime Epic
Saturday night's double overtime game was just the third in the history of OSU women's basketball.

Brittany Kennedy (41 minutes), El Sara Greer (48 minutes) and Talisa Rhea (50 minutes) all set career highs for minutes played in the 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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