Women's Basketball Ends Bay Area Trip Saturday Night At Stanford

Feb. 19, 2010

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Oregon State (9-15, 1-12)
Stanford (24-1, 14-0)

February 20, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Stanford, Calif.
Maples Pavilion (8,000)

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM, KKAD 1550-AM (Ron Callan)

The Game
Oregon State wraps up its annual trip to the Bay Area Saturday night when playing at Stanford. Tip at Maples Pavilion is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

Stanford holds the advantage in the all-time series, 44-6, and is 24-0 in games played at Maples Pavilion.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-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).

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
Four players scored in double figures, but the Beavers lost a nailbiter to California, 66-62, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.

Eisha Sheppard set a career-high with 15 points, equaling the output of Talisa Rhea and Haiden Palmer, who all tied for the team lead. Kirsten Tilleman also had 10 points.

Next Up
Oregon State plays in its final Pacific-10 Conference homestand next weekend when hosting the Los Angeles schools at legendary Gill Coliseum. First up is UCLA Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. PT.

Scouting Stanford
Stanford is ranked second in both of the major polls and for good reason, as the Cardinal finds itself with a 24-1 overall record and 14-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. Stanford has a 3 1/2 game lead for first.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads Stanford in scoring at 18.7 points per game as the Cardinal outscores its opponents by 23.3 points per game. Jayne Appel, meanwhile, averages a team-leading 10.0 rebounds per game.

Tara Vanderveer is in her 24th year at Stanford and 31st overall and is 19 wins away from 800 for her career.

All-Time vs. Stanford
Stanford holds a 44-6 advantage in the series, and is 24-0 in games played at Maples Pavilion in Stanford.

Stanford also has a 20-game winning streak versus the Beavers.

Last Time vs. STAN - 1/21/10
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 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.  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.

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.

Last Time Out - February 18
Four players scored in double figures, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team lost a narrow 66-62 decision to California Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.

Eisha Sheppard, Talisa Rhea, Haiden Palmer and Kirsten Tilleman all finished with at least 10 points as the Beavers opened their Bay Area road trip with a strong showing against the Golden Bears. Oregon State finished the night shooting 48.1 percent and got to within as little as two points of California with less than a minute to play but could not match the Golden Bears.

California led 65-62 with 4.5 seconds remaining but DeNesha Stallworth hit the second of two free throws to put the game out of reach for the Beavers.

Rhea tallied 15 points on the night to finish in double figures for the 16th straight game. Sheppard had 15 points, a career-best for the guard who is in her first season with the Beavers. It was her first game in double figures this season and she played a season-high 25 points.

Palmer, meanwhile, hit the 10-point plateau for the fourth straight game.

Kirsten Tilleman also got into the action, totaling 10 points to hit double figures for the 10th time in 2009-10. She was 5-for-7 from the field and also collected five rebounds.

Game Time Change
Please note that Oregon State’s game at Stanford has moved to a 7 p.m. start from its original 8 p.m. mark. The game was not selected to air as the Pac-10’s national game on FSN, allowing for the change.

Sheppard Breaks Out
Eisha Sheppard had a big game against California Thursday night. As alluded to above, the guard set a career-best with 15 points after shooting 6-for-9 from the field. Sheppard also set a career-best in minutes played at 25.

Hot Shooting Night
Cal and OSU both shot well Thursday night. The Beavers finished at a 48.1 percent clip, the team’s best night in that category since finishing at 54.0 percent in the third game of the season, against Houston Baptist.

Strong Academics, Part 1
Last week, both Kirsten Tilleman and Talisa Rhea earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Second Team honors. For Rhea, it was the second straight year she has earned the honor, and for Tilleman, it was her first such time.

Oregon State has now had three players earn academic all-district under LaVonda Wagner as Mandy Close earned third-team honors in 2005-06.

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 on Jan. 21. She hit her 1,000th career point on a free throw at the 14:23 mark of the first half.

She now has 1,150 career points.

Talisa Rhea also has 168 career three-pointers, which is 10 off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.

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