Women's Basketball Loses Seesaw Battle To Arizona

Feb. 13, 2010

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three players scored in double figures, including El Sara Greer, who earned her first career double-double, but the Oregon State women's basketball team dropped a closely-fought contest to Arizona, 60-55, Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'We're getting closer to playing 40 minutes,' Oregon State head LaVonda Wagner said. 'I think we battled for about 35 minutes tonight, so we're getting closer. We did a great job on the boards, but in the second half they went to their inside game and our post defense wasn't what we needed it to be. However, we continued to fight and battle but we have to make sure we run our plays to get the shots what we want at the end.

'We're on the struggle bus and we're fighting to get off. They made plays at the end and got some crucial calls that swung their way. We just have to put ourselves in a position to get some of those calls.'

Greer tallied 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss en route to her first career double double. Her 14 points marked a season-high for the Iowa native, surpassing the 10 she had earlier this season against UC Irvine. Her 15 doubles, meanwhile, were two shy of her career best of 17 grabbed against UC Santa Barbara.

Of the 15 rebounds she posted against Arizona Saturday night, 12 came offensively as the Beavers finished with 23 as a team. That total equaled Arizona's output overall.

On the night, the Beavers grabbed 37 boards to Arizona's 23, with only four on the offensive glass for the Wildcats.

Greer now has seven games this season with at least 10 rebounds.

Talisa Rhea continued her double-figures scoring streak alive and moved it to 15 games with a team-leading 16 points. She hit on seven baskets from the field, including two three-pointers, which gives her 167 for her career and puts her just 11 behind tying Felicia Ragland for the most in school history.

Haiden Palmer also had a big offensive night for Oregon State, connecting on five baskets and three free throws for 13 points, her third consecutive game in double figures. Palmer also had five rebounds, which tied Kirsten Tilleman for second-most on the team.

Of Oregon State's 23 baskets, 11 were given assists, with Palmer and Julie Futch tying for the team lead with four apiece.

The game was tight throughout the night, with the lead changing hands five times. OSU's biggest lead came with 11:46 to play where a three-pointer by Rhea made it 43-34 in favor of the Beavers. Arizona, however, was able to overcome the Beavers lead halfway through the second half and grabbed it for good with 7:12 remaining when Davellyn Whyte sank the final of three free throws after she was fouled on a three-point attempt.

The Beavers were not able to get within three the rest of the game.

Arizona also had three players score in double figures, led by Whyte and Reiko Thomas, who both had 14. Ify Ibekwe had 13 for Arizona and led the team with seven rebounds.

The game was Oregon State's annual 'Pink Zone' game to help support the fight against breast cancer. Mini pink-basketballs were given to the first 100 fans and pins were sold for $2 to support the cause. An announced crowd of 1,987 was in attendance at the game.

With the loss, the Beavers dropped to 9-14 overall this season and 1-11 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Wildcats improved to 12-11 overall and 6-7 in league games.

A seesaw first half saw the Beavers take a 28-24 lead into halftime. Oregon State shot 44.4 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Wildcats, 15-12.

Three Beavers posted six points in the half, Palmer, Rhea and Eisha Sheppard. Rhea and Palmer also each had three rebounds to tie for the team lead with El Sara Greer.

Thomas led Arizona with nine first-half points, while Ibekwe was tops on the team with five rebounds.

The score was tied once during the first half and the lead changed hands four times. OSU's biggest lead was eight points at the 3:54 mark of the first half, while Arizona's was three points just three minutes into the game.

Oregon State hits the road next for a pair of games in the Bay Area. OSU opens with California Thursday night in a 7 p.m. PT start.

For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. A full audio stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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