Women's Basketball Civil War, FSN Come To Gill Coliseum Saturday

Jan. 6, 2010

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Oregon State (9-3, 1-1)
Oregon (11-3, 2-0)

January 9, 2010 • 1 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: FSN (Jim Watson, Mary Murphy)

The Game
Oregon State hosts the first of two Civil War contests this season when taking on Oregon Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT.

The game is slated to be broadcast on a national basis by FSN. Jim Watson will serve as the play-by-play voice of the game while Mary Murphy will be the color analyst.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis, 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). Note that no video stream of the game will be available because it is airing on FSN.

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 22 points but the Beavers lost to Washington, 69-64, Sunday night at Gill Coliseum.

At Half Saturday
Oregon State will honor its women’s basketball alumni Saturday at halftime. Former players will be recognized on the court. For more info, contact the OSU Sports Marketing office.

Scouting Oregon
Oregon comes into Saturday’s game with an 11-3 record and 2-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Ducks have already surpassed their win total a year ago by two victories. They had just five Pac-10 wins in 2008-09.

Taylor Lilley leads the Ducks in scoring with 16.2 points per game and is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week after posting 10 three-pointers against the Washington schools. Amanda Johnson paces UO in rebounding with 10.1 per game.

Paul Westhead is in his first season as Oregon’s head coach.

All-Time vs. Oregon
Oregon holds the all-time series lead, 54-21, and UO holds a 22-12 advantage in Corvallis.

Oregon State currently holds a two-game win streak in the series after sweeping the Ducks last season for the first time in 16 years. A win Saturday would give OSU a three-game win streak, thus tying the Beavers’ longest in series history.

Last Time vs. UO - 2/28/09
The Oregon State women’s basketball team held Oregon to only 10 points in the second half as they completed the program first sweep of the Ducks in 16 years with a 70-41 victory in front of a season high home crowd of 3,507. The 29-point margin was the most in the modern-day history of the series that dates back to 1977.

Senior Brittney Davis led the way for OSU with a game-high 21 points. She added four assists and four steals. The Portland native was 9-for-11 from the free throw line.

The Beavers picked up their defense in the second half and limited the Ducks to 4-for-26 from the field and forced eight turnovers.

Oregon State had 36 rebounds in the game, 12 of which came off the offensive glass, leading to 21 second chance points compared to Oregon’s four.

Sophomore Talisa Rhea added 18 points for the Beavers shooting 8-for-16 from the field including two three-pointers while Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 11 points and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Last Time Out - January 3
Talisa Rhea scored 22 points, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team lost to Washington, 69-64, at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line and sank a three-pointer to pace her to 22 points, which is her fourth consecutive game in double figures, and in six of her last seven. Rhea has led or tied for the team lead in each of the Beavers’ last four games.

The game was a back-and-forth battle the entire way, with neither team able to build a lead of more than eight points, and that came with 28 seconds left for the Huskies. Oregon State’s last lead came by three at the 13:52 mark of the second half.

All told, the score was tied 13 times and the lead changed hands eight times.

Strong Academics
Eight of the team’s 14 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or better during the fall term as figures for the athletic department were released earlier this week.

Additionally, Kirsten Tilleman and Kate Lanz both earned OSU Honor Roll honors as they had a GPA of 3.5 or better and at least 12 graded credits.

Creeping Up On 1,000
Junior guard Talisa Rhea is aiming to become the 16th member of Oregon State’s 1,000-point club as the Juneau, Alaska, native has 930 points for her career. She is averaging 15.8 points per game this season and 12.4 over 75 career games.

Defense ... Enough Said
The NCAA released its weekly statistical package on Monday and the Beavers find themselves ninth in the nation in points allowed per game at 51.4. Oregon State’s rebounding margin is plus-10.1 this season, which is second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally.

Also, the Beavers are allowing teams to shoot just .222 from beyond the three-point line, which is third nationally. Oregon State is just behind No. 1 Wake Forest in that category, as the Demon Deacons are keeping opponents at a .216 clip.

Greer And Double-Digit Rebounds
El Sara Greer, in her first season at Oregon State, has certainly taken well to playing in the Pac-10. The junior recorded back-to-back 10-rebound games against Washington State and Washington. Those were her first two career Pac-10 games.

A New Record
Oregon State held opponents to 49 points or less in four consecutive games from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1, which is the first time that has happened in school history. OSU’s previous record was three games, which had happened three times.

OSU began the streak allowing 42 points to UC Irvine, then 48 to Seattle. The Beavers allowed 49 in consecutive games to Portland State and Washington State.

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 150 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 28. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

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