Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play Friday Night By Hosting Washington State

Dec. 30, 2009

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Oregon State (8-2, 0-0)
Washington State (5-6, 0-0)

January 1, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State opens up Pacific-10 Conference play Friday night, New Year’s Day, when the Beavers host Washington State at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The matchup is the 65th all-time between the teams with Oregon State holding a 42-22 advantage coming into the game.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis, KKAD 1550-AM in Portland and by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Ron Callan will call the action.

Live audio and of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Also available online is a live video stream, available for a fee.

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 19 points and Kirsten Tilleman finished with her third double double of the season as the Beavers defeated Portland State, 58-49, Tuesday night in Portland. The win was OSU’s fourth straight.

Next Time Out
Oregon State finishes its first weekend of Pac-10 play on a rare Sunday afternoon when Washington visits Gill Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Scouting Washington State
Washington State comes into its Pacific-10 Conference opener Friday night with a 5-6 record after losing its last non-conference game to Nevada on Dec. 22.

April Cook leads the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. She is shooting at a .357 clip this season. Jazmine Perkins, meanwhile, leads with 6.7 rebounds on average.

June Daugherty is in her 21st year as a collegiate head coach and 3rd year at Washington State. She has a 21-50 mark in two-plus seasons with the Cougars.

The Cougars visit Oregon Sunday in the second game of their state of Oregon trip.

All-Time vs. Washington State
Oregon State holds a 42-22 record in the series as the teams have split the last two seasons, winning on their home courts, respectively.

The Beavers have a large advantage in games played in legendary Gill Coliseum. OSU takes a 23-6 record in home games into Friday night.

Last Time vs. WSU - 2/14/09
Tiffany Ducker’s career-high 17 rebounds propelled the Oregon State women’s basketball team to a 52-42 win over Washington State at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The 17 rebounds added to a 12-point effort for Ducker, giving her the team’s third double-double of the season – and her second of the year.

Oregon State guaranteed itself a winning regular season for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.

For the second straight game, the Beavers had four players in double figures. Along with Ducker’s 12 points, Brittney Davis added 12 points while Mercedes Fox-Griffin and Alex Mitchell both added 10.

Oregon State shot 81 percent from the free throw line, going 17-for-21. The Beavers controlled the glass, grabbing 45 rebounds to the Cougars’ 33. Of those 45, 17 came offensively, with Ducker grabbing seven alone.
Last Time Out - December 29
The Oregon State women’s basketball team closed out its early non-conference schedule by defeating Portland State, 58-49, Tuesday night at the Stott Center.

Talisa Rhea led the Beavers with 19 points in the win, which saw Oregon State outscore Portland State, 20-12, over the last 5:40 to close out the victory. Rhea was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line to pace the Beavers.

Kirsten Tilleman posted her third double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She was 5-of-10 from the charity stripe and of her 11 rebounds, seven came offensively.

Oregon State finished with 47 rebounds to 36 for the Vikings. The Beavers grabbed 22 offensively. Haiden Palmer had six to back up Tilleman’s team-leading 11. Palmer also finished with 12 points in the win.

The Beavers shot 51.9 percent in the second half to seal the victory. Oregon State finished the game shooting 34.4 percent to 30.8 for the Vikings. Oregon State also had 11 assists to seven for Portland State and the Beavers forced 18 PSU steals on the strength of nine steals.

Rhea had five assists and two steals to add to her team-leading 19 points. Tilleman had four steals in addition to her double double.

Futch In The Starting Lineup
Head coach LaVonda Wagner inserted Julie Futch into the starting lineup on Dec. 12, and the Beavers have gone 4-0 since.

Four-Game Streak
Oregon State is on a four-game win streak, which is the longest active streak among Pacific-10 Conference teams. The streak is also the third of four games or more since the start of the 2008-09 season.

Last year, OSU’s longest streak was six games, with each win coming in the month of December.

49 Or Less
Oregon State has now kept opponents at 49 points or less for three straight games after allowing Portland State 49 on Tuesday night. That is tied for the longest such streak in school history. Oregon State also allowed teams 49 or less in three consecutive games during the 1976-77 and 1978-79 seasons.

If OSU can keep Washington State to less than 50 points on Friday night, that will mark a school record.

Offensive Rebounds
Oregon State has made a big push on the offensive glass and the Beavers have been racking up the offensive rebounds this season. The Beavers rank fourth in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds per game at 17.1. That is 2.5 offensive rebounds per game behind the league’s leader, Washington State.

OSU has 171 offensive rebounds this season to just 208 defensive rebounds for opposing teams. That’s a percentage of 45.1.
Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 146 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 32. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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