Women's Basketball Returns From Break Tuesday Night At Portland State

Dec. 26, 2009

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Oregon State (7-2)
Portland State (6-6)

December 29, 2009 • 7 p.m. PT
Portland, Ore.
Stott Center (1,500)

Radio Broadcast: KEJO 1240-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State returns from the holiday break Tuesday night when the Beavers visit Portland State at the Stott Center in Portland. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The meeting is the 33rd all-time between the teams and third in the last two years. OSU leads 26-6.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KEJO 1240-AM in Corvallis, KKAD 1550-AM in Portland and 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 osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored 20 points and Oregon State wrapped up its four-game homestand with a 64-48 victory over Seattle on Dec. 18 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Kirsten Tilleman paced OSU with eight rebounds while finishing with 13 points. The win put the Beavers on a three-game win streak.

Next Time Out

Oregon State gets into Pacific-10 Conference play Friday night when hosting Washington State at Gill Coliseum. Scheduled tip for the game is 7 p.m.

Scouting Portland State
Portland State comes into Tuesday night’s game with a 6-6 record. The Vikings have won four of their past five games, with the most recent being a 70-44 victory over Lewis & Clark on Dec. 21.

Claire Faucher leads Portland State in scoring with 14.2 points per game, while Katy Wade paces the club in rebounding at 6.1 per.

Sherri Murrell is in her third season at the helm of Portland State. The Vikings made the WNIT last season, and she has a 51-25 record in Portland coming into Tuesday night’s game. She is now in her 14th season as a collegiate head coach.

Portland State visits Sacramento State Jan. 2, and then returns home for games Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 against Montana and Montana State, respectively.

All-Time vs. Portland State
Oregon State and Portland State will be meeting for the 33rd time on Tuesday night and the Beavers hold a 26-6 advantage entering the game. The teams have played 12 previous times in Portland, and OSU also leads 8-4 at Portland State.

The Beavers are on a 10-game winning streak in the series after winning twice last season; the second came in the second round of the WNIT.

Last Time vs. Portland State - 2009
Senior Brittney Davis had a team-high 17 points as the Oregon State Beavers advanced to the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a 59-47 win over Portland State at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Senior guard Mercedes Fox-Griffin was one of three Beavers to score in double digits with 12 points. She led the team with five assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Davis was 6-for-17 shooting from the field before fouling out of the game with 1:25 left in the second half. She also had one of the team’s three 3-pointers and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

Senior Tiffany Ducker came into the game leading the Beavers with 6.9 rebounds per game and added to that recording a game-high 11 in the game, five of which came off the offensive glass. She also added six points.

Talisa Rhea added 10 points in the game, six of which came off of two 3-pointers. She had four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.
Last Time Out - December 18
Talisa Rhea led Oregon State with 20 points and the Beavers concluded their four-game homestand with a 64-48 victory over Seattle at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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.

An Ode To December
Oregon State will be playing its final December game of the year and carries a 3-1 record into Tuesday night’s game. The Beavers have gone 9-1 in December games over the last two seasons after OSU went 6-0 in such contests last year.

Goodbye 2009
The game Tuesday night will be the 32nd and final of the 2009 calendar year for Oregon State. The Beavers went 11-11 in the first part of 2009 (in 2008-09) and have gone 7-2 in this season’s 2009, putting OSU at 18-13 over the calendar year.

Lead At Half
Oregon State has led at half in seven of its nine games this season. The Beavers, coincidentally or not, are 7-0 in such games. OSU is 0-2 this season when trailing at half.
NCAA Ranks

The NCAA released its stats report on Dec. 20 and the Beavers find themselves ranked eighth in the nation in points allowed per game (50.0). The Beavers are also 16th in rebounding margin at plus-10.0, and 11th in three-point defense (.329).

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 145 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 33. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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