Beavers Women's Basketball Downs Weber State, 76-64

Dec. 12, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four players scored in double figures, and Kirsten Tilleman posted her second career double double, as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Weber State, 76-64, Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Talisa Rhea led the Beavers in scoring with 20 points, finishing in double figures for the fourth time this season and the third time with 20 or more points. She was 7-of-15 from the field and knocked down three three-pointers in helping guide the Beavers to their fifth victory this season. OSU improved to 5-2 on the year while Weber State dropped to 5-5.

Rhea also tied for the Oregon State team lead with six assists and added two of the team's season-high 14 steals.

Tilleman grabbed 10 rebounds in addition to 12 points for her second double double this season - her first came Nov. 22 against Houston Baptist. Of Tilleman's 10 rebounds, three came offensively. She played a career-best 39 minutes.

Haiden Palmer and Julie Futch finished with 15 points apiece in the victory. Palmer hit on five shots from the field and knocked down five free throws, and contributed with five steals.

Futch, meanwhile, hit on two three-pointers and was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. She also had six assists as the Beavers racked up 17 on 25 baskets made. The 17 assists marked a team high for the Beavers this season, surpassing the 16 reached against Belmont on Nov. 27.

Oregon State shot 44.6 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from beyond the three-point line. The Beavers also hit on 21-of-27 free throws (77.8 percent).

Comparatively, Weber State shot at a 47.6 percent mark from the floor and was 6-for-9 from three-point. The Wildcats were 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) from the free-throw line.

Tilleman's 10 rebounds paced Oregon State as the Beavers finished with 30, including 12 offensively. El Sara Greer had six rebounds as well, with four coming offensively. Weber State, meanwhile, had 31 boards, with eight coming offensively.

The Beavers forced 24 Weber State turnovers and scored 27 points off those turnovers. Weber State, meanwhile, had just 11 points off 13 OSU turnovers.

Sarah Connor had 18 points to pace Weber State, and was backed up by 17 points from Tonya Schnibbe.

Oregon State never trailed in the first half - the score was tied just once - and went into its locker room with a 32-27 lead. The Beavers were led offensively by Rhea, who posted 10 points. That half alone put her into double figures for the fourth time this season.

The Beavers shot 40 percent from the field in the first half while Weber State finished it at a 43-percent clip. OSU knocked down three three-pointers, including two by Rhea, who also finished with three assists in the half. Futch, in her first start of the season, paced OSU with four first-half assists.

Oregon State forced 12 Weber State turnovers in the first half with committing just five of its own. That led to a 16-5 discrepancy in second-chance points for the Beavers, who led 9-0 before Weber State was able to knock down a three-pointer for its first points at the 16:58 mark of the half.

Oregon State gets back on the court Tuesday night when the Beavers play host to UC Irvine at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

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, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.

For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KEJO 1240-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. A full audio and video stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online ( Ron Callan will call all the action.

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