Women's Basketball Tops 100, Rolls Past Concordia In Exhibition Opener

Nov. 2, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea scored 23 points and Haiden Palmer added 20 in her first collegiate game as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Concordia (Ore.), 113-35, in the Beavers' exhibition opener Monday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, and was 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point line. She added four rebounds and eight assists against the Cavaliers.

Palmer, meanwhile, hit on three three-pointers to go along with three rebounds and three assists. She started the game and played in 21 minutes, going 8-for-16 overall.

'For the whole 40 minutes we were a team,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'We had 30 assists on 38 baskets. That's one of the good things about our program. We want to play team offense and team defense.

'I think Hayden Palmer did a really good job for us tonight. If you look at her stat line, she did an excellent job scoring, grabbing rebounds, and getting steals. Julie Futch did a great job coming in and running the point for us tonight, and she also was a threat on the offensive end. She played with confidence.'

Palmer tied Brittany Kennedy for the team lead with six steals; overall, OSU had 17 steals to Concordia's two.

All told, the Beavers had 10 players finish with at least one point, and seven in double figures. In addition to Palmer and Rhea, Kate Lanz had 16 points, Julie Futch finished with 14, Tayler Champion posted 12 and Kirsten Tilleman and Anita Burdick both finished with 10.

Oregon State finished the game shooting 54.3 percent from the field compared to 22.2 percent for Concordia. Oregon State also out-rebounded the Cavaliers, 47-22, and finished with 30 assists to Concordia's four. Rhea and Lanz led the Beavers with eight assists apiece.

Ann Snodderly led Concordia with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. The Cavaliers made just eight field goals but were 17-of-25 from the free-throw line.

Oregon State opened the second half on a 23-0 run, pushing out to a 79-23 lead before Snodderly sank two free throws with 12:05 remaining in the half.

The Beavers took a 56-23 lead into halftime, with 10 players posting at least one point. Palmer paced the Beavers with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, connecting on two three-pointers. Rhea also had two three-pointers for Oregon State, which ended the half with six from beyond the arc.

Rhea finished the half with 13 points of her own.

Oregon State shot just under 60 percent for the half and grabbed 21 rebounds to Concordia's 12. The Cavaliers shot just 26.3 percent from the field in the first half.

Oregon State wraps up exhibition play Sunday when hosting Lewis & Clark at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT.

There will be no audio broadcast of Sunday'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 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.

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