Women's Basketball Loses Final Home Game To USC

Feb. 27, 2010

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - It came down to the last possession of the game, but the Oregon State women's basketball game fell to the Trojans of USC, 53-50, Saturday afternoon on senior day at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'The first thing I would like to do is I would like to thank our seniors; Stacy Nichols, Julie Futch, Anita Burdick,' Oregon State women's basketball head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'I felt like tonight, particularly in the second half, we came out and played a very good 20 minutes of basketball.'

Oregon State had the ball down by three with 15 seconds to play when junior guard Talisa Rhea fired a three-pointer from the far side of the court and the ball was half way in the basket before it bounced back out. Julie Futch came down with the offensive rebound and bounced it back outside to Brittany Kennedy who shot the would-be game tying three-pointer at the buzzer but it did not go down and the game ended, 53-50.

'Julie Futch did some big shots for us,' Wagner said. 'She was able to get us in our offense in the second half. I always talk about how it's not where you start but where you finish. We didn't start this game shooting the ball particularly well but in the second half we came out and we did a nice job.'

The Beavers (9-18 overall, 1-15 Pacific-10 Conference) scored the first basket of the game on a Haiden Palmer three-pointer from the corner and found themselves down 28-19 at the end of the first half.

Senior Anita Burdick nearly recorded a double-double but finished the game with nine points and a career high nine rebounds in her last home game for the Beavers. She finished the game 2-of-4 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line while recording two blocks.

'It's senior night and I wanted to do it for my teammates and my fellow seniors,' Burdick said. 'I just knew we could win this game. I knew that if we all came out and played as hard as we could, including myself, then we could get it done. We're ready to push on next week and ready to get some winnable games. For us tonight, it was special and that's why we all put our hearts out there, not just me.'

Rhea and Palmer led the way for the Beavers with 11 points apiece.

Oregon State tied the game at 35 at the 10:29 mark in the second half after outscoring USC, 16-7, to start the half. USC then took an eight-point lead, 47-39, with 6:33 left.

Rhea pulled the Beavers to within one point, 51-50, after she knocked down a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the game. USC free throws brought the lead to 53-50 with 15.2 seconds left in the game.

USC (16-11, 10-6) senior guard Heather Oliver led all scorers with 18 points shooting 6-of-9 from the field.

Oregon State recorded five steals in the first half to only one from USC and the Beavers finished the day with eight steals to USC's three.

Oregon State will be back out on the road next week to close out the regular season when the Beavers take on Washington on Thursday, March 5, starting at 7 p.m., and at Washington State, Saturday, March 7, starting at 2 p.m.

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