Women's Basketball Defeats Washington To Open Pac-10 Play

March 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Julie Futch scored a career-best 17 points and Haiden Palmer chipped in with 14 as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Washington, 52-42, in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament Thursday night at the Galen Center.

With the win, the 10th-seeded Beavers advance to the second day of Pac-10 Tournament, the quarterfinals, on Friday. Oregon State will take on No. 2 UCLA at 7:15 p.m. PT. Friday night's game can be heard live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and a live video stream is available by visiting www.pac-10.org.

'We showed a lot of resilience as we were not going to quit,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'I was impressed that we made a run with our leading scorer on the bench. We were very frustrated how we played in Seattle and we played well tonight. It is tough to defeat a team three times.'

On Thursday night, Futch surpassed her previous high of 15 by scoring 10 points in the second half for a total of 17. She was 5-for-11 from the field and sank three three-pointers.

Futch now has six double figure games this season, and the Auburn, Wash., native has at least 10 points in eight career games.

Palmer, meanwhile, posted a double double for the 18th time this season and for the ninth time in her last 10 games. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native tallied six baskets from the field in the win.

Talisa Rhea added 10 points for her 24th double-digit effort of the season.

Oregon State (11-19 overall) outscored Washington, 32-18, in the second half after a low-scoring first half for both teams. The Beavers ended the game shooting 41.9 percent from the field, and hit on five three-pointers, paced by Futch's three.

Washington, meanwhile, was held to a 36-percent clip and hit on four three-pointers. Sami Whitcomb led UW with 18 points in the loss.

Oregon State narrowly controlled the boards, grabbing 34 to 30 for Washington. Kirsten Tilleman led the team with 11 rebounds, including two on the offensive glass. All told, the Beavers finished with 11 offensive rebounds and utilized them to 11 second-chance points.

The game marked the third contest between the teams this season. Washington won both regular season matchups, but the Beavers were able to prevail in the final contest this season.

The matchup was also the second all-time between the teams in the postseason tournament, and Oregon State's win evened such meetings to 1-1.

In Friday's matchup, the Beavers will face UCLA for the second consecutive Pac-10 Tournament. Last year, Oregon State entered the postseason as the No. 5 seed, and narrowly dropped a 62-56 decision to the fourth-seeded Bruins.

The Beavers found themselves down by two, 24-22, at the end of the first half. Oregon State was down early, 22-4, just eight minutes into the game, but went on an 18-2 run over the last seven and a half minutes to close the gap.

Oregon State shot 36.8 percent from the field in the first half and was 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Washington, meanwhile, shot 43.5 percent from the floor but took just one free throw in the half.

OSU also out-rebounded Washington, 17-9, with six boards coming offensively.

Both Futch and Palmer led Oregon State with seven first-half points. Tilleman, meanwhile, was tops on the team with five rebounds.

Whitcomb led Washington with 13 first-half points.

The loss ended the season for the Huskies, who fell to 12-17 overall.

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