Women's Basketball Plays In Tournament Championship Against Host Northern Arizona

Nov. 28, 2009

Oregon State (3-1)
Northern Arizona (1-5)

November 27, 2009 • 3:35 p.m. PT
Flagstaff, Arizona
Rolle Activity Center (1,080)

Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State plays Northern Arizona in the championship game of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic. The game, which takes place Saturday, begins at 3:35 p.m. PT.

The game is the second all-time meeting between the teams. OSU is 1-0 in the all-time series.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-AM or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Ron Callan will call the action.

Live audio of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Live stats will be available on nauathletics.com and osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored a season-best 25 points and the Beavers defeated Belmont, 76-52, in the opening game of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic on Friday.

Oregon State held a 20-point lead at the half and won by 24. The Beavers were led by Rhea’s six three-pointers. Kirsten Tilleman also had a team-best 12 rebounds in the victory over the Bruins.

Next Time Out
Oregon State returns home next week for its first game at Gill Coliseum since Nov. 13 when the Beavers host UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 5. It is the first of four straight at home.

Scouting Northern Arizona
The 71-62 victory by Northern Arizona over Siena Friday gave the Lumberjacks their first victory of the season. NAU enters Saturday’s championship game with a 1-5 record this season. However, only one of those six games have occurred at home, which was the 9-point victory over the Saints.

Amy Patton leads the team in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).

Laurie Kelly is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Lumberjacks and carries a 93-95 record into the game Saturday.

After the game with Oregon State, Northern Arizona takes a week off before playing host to Arkansas State on Dec. 5.

All-Time Vs. Northern Arizona
Oregon State and Northern Arizona will meet for just the second time on Saturday, with the first and only meeting coming in 1997 in Corvallis. The Beavers won that game, 66-56.

Last Time Out - Nov. 27
Talisa Rhea scored a season-best 25 points and the Oregon State women’s basketball team opened the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic with a 76-52 win over Belmont Friday at the Rolle Activity Center.

Rhea was 9-for-21 from the field, and was 6-of-9 from beyond the three-point line. The 25 points surpassed the 20 points she scored in the season opener against Cal Poly.

All told, the Beavers dominated the game offensively in both halves. Overall, OSU shot 40.3 percent from the field while Belmont was held to 30.9. Oregon State dished off 16 assists in 29 made baskets and committed just 10 turnovers while Belmont was credited with 14.

OSU also dominated on the boards, finishing with a season-high 56, with 26 coming on the offensive end. Belmont, meanwhile, managed just 31.

Julie Futch also had a big night shooting-wise, posting a season-high 11 points, and just two off her career-high of 13. Futch ended the game 5-for-11 from the floor and 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Kirsten Tilleman had another big night on the boards, leading the Beavers with 12. She has now tied or led the team in rebounds in each of the Beavers’ four games this season, and the sophomore has 25 over her past two games, which also includes a win over Houston Baptist.

Big Time Rebounds
Oregon State finished with 56 rebounds in the win over Belmont Friday night. Sound like a big number? Well, if it does, it’s because it is.

Oregon State’s 56 rebounds Friday is the most the Beavers have totaled in one game during the five-year tenure of head coach LaVonda Wagner.

The previous high was 50 against Montana State in 2005-06, Wagner’s first season in Corvallis. The program record is 74.

Rhea With The Three
Junior guard Talisa Rhea had a slow start from beyond the three-point line, nailing just three over the Beavers’ first three games. On Friday night, she doubled that mark, going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.

After Saturday
After the game Saturday, Oregon State will go to a very state of Oregon-oriented schedule. The Beavers will play four straight at legendary Gill Coliseum, and the team’s next eight games will be played in Oregon. The only road game in that slate is Dec. 29 at Portland State.

Strong First Half
Oregon State has been the dominant team in the first half of games so far this season. The Beavers have outscored their opponents, 134-94, in the first half of games this season, which amounts to an average score of 34-24.

The second half has been more equal, with OSU holding a five-point advantage, 115-110.

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 140 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 38. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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