Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play By Defeating Washington State
Jan. 1, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea and Haiden Palmer both had 19 points as the Oregon State women's basketball team opened Pacific-10 Conference play with a 63-49 victory over Washington State Friday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
In the process, the Beavers set a new school record by holding their fourth consecutive opponent to 49 points or less. Oregon State has kept UC Irvine, Seattle, Portland State and now Washington State to less than 50 points. That allowed Oregon State to improve to 9-2 overall this season. Washington State, which was also opening Pac-10 play, dropped to 5-7 on the year.
'I'm extremely happy for my team that we were able to win our Pac-10 opener against Washington State,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'We executed exactly what we needed to do in the second half to pull that one out. I thought that Haiden Palmer and Talisa Rhea had an excellent second half. We played as a group and we did what we needed to do to pull it out, and now we need to get back to the court and get ready for a very good Washington team.'
Rhea knocked down three three-pointers and scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half to tie for the team lead. She has now reached double figures in scoring in her last three games and five of her last six. She has led the team in scoring - or tied for it - in each of those games.
Palmer, meanwhile, set a season-high with 19 points, surpassing her previous high of 18 set against Northern Arizona on Nov. 28. The freshman, playing in her first league game, was 9-for-17 from the field. She was just one rebound away from a double-double, posting nine boards, which was second on the team.
El Sara Greer held that lead with 10 rebounds, including six offensively. The Beavers controlled the boards, totaling 46 to Washington State's 36. The Cougars did have 13 offensive rebounds to 12 for Oregon State.
Kiki Moore led Washington State with 19 points. The guard shot 7-for-14 from the floor.
Oregon State did commit 24 turnovers to 18 for the Cougars. Both teams scored 13 points off turnovers and were nearly identical in the paint, with WSU holding a four-point advantage, 36-32.
Oregon State had its biggest lead of the game, 16 points, with 19 seconds remaining. That came as a result of a strong second-half performance for Oregon State, which enabled the Beavers to pull away from the Cougars. Washington State was able to score just six points over the last 4:36. Meanwhile, during that stretch, the Beavers posted 12 points to widen their lead.
Washington State went into halftime with a 29-27 record, just the third time this season the Beavers trailed at the break. Neither team could pull away in the first half, with the lead changing hands six times.
The Cougars had their last lead at the 18:10 mark of the second half and a layup by Palmer at the 16:50 mark tied it up for the last time. Palmer's layup set off a 13-2 run over six-plus minutes that enabled Oregon State to win its Pac-10 opener.
In addition to setting a school record, the Beavers also pushed their win streak to five games, which is the longest current streak in the Pac-10.
Oregon State next plays its second and final game of the weekend Sunday in a 4 p.m. start against Washington at legendary Gill Coliseum. The Huskies lost their Pac-10 opener at Oregon Friday night.
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 osubeavers.com, 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 KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. A full audio and video stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.
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