Rhea Scores 30, But Women's Basketball Loses To Oregon

Jan. 9, 2010

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea scored 30 points on the strength of seven three-pointers, but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to Oregon, 86-71, in the Civil War Saturday afternoon at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'I thought it was a really good basketball game tonight,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'For the most part, we played pretty well. For the other 10 minutes of the game, we got away from our game and that really hurt us. In the first five minutes of the second half, we came out with a lack of intensity, and we did not have a sense of urgency and they knocked down their shots. In the first half, they were able to hit some big threes and transitioned, which made it a two-possession game. The second half, when they were able to get away from us, they made their run, which we knew they would. We need to be able to stick with our game plan and play our type of basketball.'

Rhea was 7-for-8 from beyond the three-point line and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. The junior added an assist and steal to her stat line. The Juneau, Alaska native now has 960 career points, and 157 three-pointers, moving her to just 21 behind the program's all-time leader, Felicia Ragland.

For Rhea, the 30 points was the second-most she has scored in a game during her tenure at OSU. It's surpassed by only the 42 she scored against Sacramento State to open the 2008-09 season.

Haiden Palmer tied her season-best with 19 points on Saturday. The freshman, who had previously scored 19 against Washington State to open Pac-10 play Jan. 1, had a big game Saturday after going 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also had a team-leading four assists in a season-long 35 minutes.

All told, the Beavers nailed 14 free throws to just five for Oregon. But the Ducks managed to shoot 53.8 percent from the field (35-for-65) and 44 percent from beyond the three-point line (11-for-25).

The Beavers were comparable, hitting on 25-of-53 (47.2 percent) shots from the floor and 7-of-10 from beyond the three-point line.

The teams were evenly matched rebounding-wise, with Oregon finishing with a slight advantage, 34-32. El Sara Greer led OSU with eight rebounds, including three offensively, while Amanda Johnson paced the Ducks with nine.

Kirsten Tilleman had seven rebounds for Oregon State, adding to an impressive afternoon offensively where she finished with 13 points.

Oregon was led by Taylor Lilley's 23 points, with Micaela Cocks (22 points) and Johnson (20 points) close behind.

The loss dropped Oregon State to 9-4 overall this season and 1-2 in Pac-10 play. The Ducks, meanwhile, improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in league games.

The game was televised live on a national basis by FSN, the first of two for the Beavers this season. The second comes Jan. 16 at Arizona State.

The Beavers also had a season-best 3,095 fans in attendance at Saturday's game to watch the first of two Civil War matchups this season. The second comes Feb. 6 at Oregon's McArthur Court.

The game was close until the final minutes, with the lead changing hands five times and the score found itself tied seven times. OSU's largest lead came at the 7:03 mark of the first half when Tilleman hit a layup to put OSU up, 26-23.

The Ducks, however, were able to tie the game less than two minutes later on a Lilley three-pointer.

Oregon took a 45-39 lead into halftime, with the Ducks sporting a 56.3 shooting percentage from the field. OSU was comparable at 44.8 percent.

Rhea had 17 of her 30 points at halftime, as the guard connected on all four of her three-point attempts in the first half. Cocks was Oregon's leading scorer in the first half with 15.

The Beavers hit the court again Thursday night when visiting Arizona in Tucson. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT. Catch the game live on KLOO 1340-AM with Ron Callan calling all the action.

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