Women's Basketball Loses Close Contest At Cal State Bakersfield

Feb. 2, 2010

Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Talisa Rhea scored 17 points and Julie Futch posted a career-best with four three-pointers en route to 14 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to Cal State Bakersfield, 57-54, Tuesday night at the Icardo Center.

The teams matched each other closely for most of the game, and a three-point attempt by Rhea with a second remaining would have sent the game into overtime, but the shot hit the backboard and the rim, giving the Roadrunners the final advantage.

For Rhea, it was her 12th consecutive game with at least 10 points. She has 53 such games for her career. The junior also hit on two three-pointers, giving her 165 for her career, placing her 13 behind tying the program's record-holder Felicia Ragland.

Rhea knocked down six shots from the field overall and three free throws.

Futch's four three-pointers came on four attempts and the guard surpassed her previous best of two, set multiple times, most recently against UC Irvine earlier this season.

Oregon State (9-11 overall) held a distinct rebounding advantage throughout the game, finishing with 54 to Cal State Bakersfield's 26. The Beavers turned those rebounds into 16 second-chance points as 18 came offensively.

El Sara Greer led Oregon State with 14 rebounds, with eight coming offensively. She finished with seven points, narrowly missing her first career double double.

Kirsten Tilleman also reached double figures in rebounds, posting 13. Like Greer, she narrowly missed a double double after finishing with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Oregon State shot 38 percent from the field, and hit on six three-pointers in 16 attempts (37.5 percent). Cal State Bakersfield (14-9), comparatively, finished the at 32.8 percent from the field and 31.6 from beyond the three-point line (31.6 percent).

The game was close throughout, with the score remaining tied six times and it changing hands nine times. Cal State Bakersfield's biggest lead came at the 4:07 mark of the first half, an 8-point lead. CSUB's biggest lead, meanwhile, came at the 15:45 mark of the second half, it coming at a 7-point advantage.

The game marked the final non-conference contest of the regular season for the Beavers, who will open the second half of Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday at Oregon. Oregon State will play its next non-conference game in the Pac-10 Tournament.

Oregon State and Cal State Bakersfield battled throughout the first half, with the Roadrunners taking a 31-30 lead at the break. The lead was tied four times and it changed hands nine times.

The Beavers shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 34.5 percent for CSUB. Oregon State also held a distinct advantage in rebounding, 23-10, with six of the 23 rebounds coming offensively.

Futch and Rhea led the Beavers with eight points apiece in the first half. Greer and Tilleman posted six rebounds apiece for OSU.

Cal State Bakersfield was led by 16 first-half points from Williams, who hit on six shots from the field, including two three-pointers.

The Beavers take the court again Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. PT contest at Oregon in the Civil War. The game marks the opening of the second half of Pacific-10 Conference play for Oregon State.

Catch the game live on the radio on KTHH 990-AM and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Ron Callan calling all the action. The game will also be available on television in the state of Oregon on Comcast SportsNet.

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