Women's Basketball Opens Season Monday In Exhibition Affair

Oct. 30, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team will open its 2009-10 season Monday night when the Beavers play host to Concordia (Ore.) at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The game is the first of two exhibitions for the Oregon State women's basketball team this season, with the Beavers also playing Lewis & Clark on Nov. 8.

Monday night's contest will be the first chance for Oregon State fans to catch a glimpse of the team's seven new players, five of whom are freshmen. Those freshmen include Tayler Champion, Amaya Gastaminza, Kate Lanz, Angela Misa and Haiden Palmer. Head coach LaVonda Wagner also added two juniors to the squad, both of whom were All-Americans at the junior college level. They are El Sara Greer and Eisha Sheppard.

Oregon State returns two starters from last year's team that went 20-12, and made an appearance in the WNIT. Talisa Rhea, the Pac-10 record holder for three-pointers in a game, returns after starting every game last season. Forward Kirsten Tilleman is also back after starting a majority of the team's Pac-10 games last season.

Other returners to the squad this season include seniors Stacey Nichols, Julie Futch and Anita Burdick, and sophomores Brittany Kennedy and Kassandra McCalister.

Concordia, meanwhile, enters its exhibition game with the Beavers after finishing with a 29-4 record last season. Recently, the Cavaliers were announced as the No. 21 team in the NAIA Division II.

The teams also played during the exhibition season last year, with Oregon State winning, 87-39. Rhea had 17 points to pace the Beavers, including three three-pointers.

There will be no audio broadcast of Monday night's game, but there will be free streaming video available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) in addition to a Gametracker link for fans who can't make it to legendary Gill Coliseum.

Tickets are still available for the game. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5.

Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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