Women's Basketball Ends Homestand With Win Over Seattle

Dec. 18, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea led Oregon State with 20 points and the Beavers concluded their four-game homestand with a 64-48 victory over Seattle Friday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers will now take off for the holiday break before resuming play at Portland State on Dec. 29.

'This is a very good win for our program,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'This is a three-game span, a three-game tournament, if you will, for our team, and I thought we did a nice job of coming out in the second half and executing. We did a nice job on the rebounds tonight. We were plus-12 overall and we had 18 offensive rebounds. We didn't shoot well in the first half, but we came back in the second half and shot 46 percent. We've got to be able to go inside and outside. we need more production from our post play.'

Rhea hit on six shots from the field and was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to lead the Beavers, who improved to 7-2 on the year and go into their 11-day break on a three-game winning streak. Rhea has hit the 20-point plateau five times this season and in 12 games during her three-year career.

The double-digit scoring effort was also the 42nd of her career.

Kirsten Tilleman backed up Rhea with another solid performance, posting 13 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. Of Tilleman's eight rebounds, four came offensively, which set a tone for Oregon State. The Beavers posted 38 rebounds to Seattle's (3-11 overall) 26.

But offensively, the advantage was even more decided in Oregon State's favor. The Beavers had 18 offensive boards - nearly equaling their 20 defensive rebounds - while the Redhawks had just five. El Sara Greer, who totaled six rebounds overall, had four offensively.

Oregon State shot 39 percent from the field, including a 46.2 percent clip in the second half. The Beavers were 5-of-15 from the three-point line, and were led by two three-pointers from Julie Futch, who started her third game of the season.

Oregon State led 41-37 at the 10:09 mark and went on an 18-2 run over the next eight minutes to get cushion en route to the 16-point victory. A three-pointer by Haiden Palmer, who had nine points overall, set the run in motion and a jumper in the paint by Tilleman sealed the run.

The Beavers have kept opponents to less than 50 points in five of the team's nine games this season.

'There's been a commitment in practice and understanding how to guard our opponents,' Wagner said of the team's defense. 'And understand that you have to get a stop and you have to finish that stop with the defensive rebound. If you don't get the defensive rebound, you've lost that possession. We really spend a lot of time emphasizing how to guard them and team defense. We did a good job of that in the second half.'

Oregon State allowed just 20 second-half points while scoring 32 of its own, matching the Beavers' first-half output.

Oregon State committed just 10 turnovers on the night while Seattle was forced into 18. The Beavers, meanwhile, had eight steals to the Redhawks' two.

Maggie McCarthy led Seattle with 15 points while Elle Kerfoot was close behind with 10. The Redhawks shot 42.5 percent from the field.

The Beavers took a four-point lead into halftime, 32-28. That gave Oregon State a lead at the break for the seventh time in nine games this season.

For the second consecutive game, the Beavers dominated on the boards in the first half, out-rebounding Seattle, 23-12. Of Oregon State's 23 rebounds, 12 came offensively. Tilleman led Oregon State with five rebounds in the first half. The five rebounds added to a strong first-half performance for the sophomore who also scored seven points.

The Beavers were led offensively by Rhea in the first half. The junior sank four shots from the field - including one from beyond the three-point line - and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Rhea added a steal and an assist in the first half.

Oregon State now takes a break for the holidays and will be back in action Dec. 29 when playing at Portland State. The game starts at 7 p.m. PT and can be heard live on KEJO 1240-AM in Corvallis and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. Ron Callan will call all the action.

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