Women's Basketball Makes First Road Trip, Visits Houston

Nov. 18, 2009

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Oregon State (1-0)
Houston (2-0)

November 19, 2009 • 5 p.m. PT
Houston, Texas
Hofheinz Pavilion (8,500)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Jay Reese

The Game
Oregon State plays its first of two games in Houston Thursday night when playing the University of Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.

The teams met last season with the Beavers taking the game at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Jay Reese will call the action.

Live stats for the game will be available by visiting osubeavers.com.

Live audio of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). The video can also be accessed at uhcougars.com and will feature Houston’s play-by-play.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored 20 points and Kirsten Tilleman posted a career-best 19 and the Beavers opened their 2009-10 regular season with a 71-61 win over Cal Poly on Nov. 13 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Tilleman was 8-for-11 from the field and Rhea knocked down both of the Beavers’ three-pointers.

OSU never trailed during the game and held off a late Cal Poly rally.

Next Time Out
Oregon State stays in the state of Texas and the city of Houston until Sunday when the Beavers will play Houston Baptist at Sharp Gym.

Scouting Houston
Houston is coming off a 19-10 regular season in 2008-09, and the Cougars finished tied for second in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark. The club returns nine letterwinners and four starters from a year ago, including forward Courtney Taylor, who averaged just shy of 17 points a game last season.

Joe Curl is in his 12th season at Houston and 20th overall. He and the Cougars have opened the season with consecutive victories over Gardner-Webb and UT-Arlington, both on the road.

After taking on the Beavers, Houston visits LSU Saturday and Miami on Tuesday.

Last Time vs. Houston - Nov. 19, 2008
Sophomore Talisa Rhea led the way offensively for the Oregon State women’s basketball as the Beavers improved to 2-0 in 2008-09 with a 69-47 victory over Houston at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea led all scorers with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor, including four three-pointers. She added six rebounds and four assists and stole the ball twice. She was also 4-for-4 from the free throw line while seeing 36 minutes on the floor.

Oregon State dominated the boards, posting 45 to the Cougars’ 30. Offensively, the Beavers also had 15 assists, led by Mercedes Fox-Griffin, who had a season-high seven. Houston shot just .333 from the field compared to OSU’s .421 clip.

Tiffany Ducker had game high 13 rebounds, 12 of which came on the defensive end. She added seven points, stole the ball four times and recorded one block.

All-Time Vs. Houston
The matchup Thursday night will be the third all-time between the teams, and second in as many seasons.

The Beavers and Cougars also met in 1991 in Houston. The Cougars won, 70-68.

Last Time Out - Nov. 13
Talisa Rhea scored 20 points and Kirsten Tilleman added a career-best 19 as the Oregon State women’s basketball team opened its 2009-10 regular season with a 71-61 victory over visiting Cal Poly Friday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers improved to 28-6 all-time in season-opener games and 5-0 in home openers under head coach LaVonda Wagner.

Rhea was 6-for-17 from the field and 2-for-7 from beyond the three-point line to finish with her 20 points, which gives the Juneau, Alaska native 38 career double-figure scoring games, including eight with 20 or more points.

Tilleman, meanwhile, was two rebounds shy of a double-double after finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Her previous career high in scoring came against Western Oregon when she finished with 12 points.

Haiden Palmer also had eight points in her first collegiate regular season game. Julie Futch had seven rebounds and Kate Lanz led OSU with five assists.

New Faces Against Cal Poly
Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner was able to get 13 Beavers into the lineup in the win over Cal Poly. Of those 13, six are new to the program this season.

The newcomers accounted for 21 of the team’s 71 points (29.5 percent) against the Mustangs and for 14 of 40 rebounds (35 percent).

Haiden Palmer followed up two impressive exhibition performances with eight points and four rebounds in 27 minutes against Cal Poly.

Tilleman's Big First Game
Kirsten Tilleman opened her sophomore season with a bang last week, putting herself just two rebounds shy of a double-double. She scored a career-best 19 points to go along with those eight rebounds and also collected three blocks and two steals.

Rebounding Efforts
OSU got off to a hot start on the boards in the win over Cal Poly, grabbing 40. That is a good indicator of things to come as the Beavers hit the 40-rebound plateau 10 times last season.

OSU ended last season averaging 36 per game, a little more than three more than the Beavers’ opponents.

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 133 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 45. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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