Rhea Gets To 1,000 Career Points; Beavers Stay Close, But Fall To No. 2 Stanford

Jan. 21, 2010

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea finished with 26 points and became the 16th player in school history with 1,000 career points as the Oregon State women's basketball team challenged No. 2 Stanford, but could not come up with a win in a 63-47 loss Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'I thought my team played very well tonight,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'Obviously, in the second half, we put them on the free throw line 14 times and they scored all 14 of those. There were five possessions in a row where they went to the free throw line that's 10 points. We've got to understand and be able to adjust to the game.

'We did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half. We finished with 13 turnovers; nine of those were in the first half. I felt like we did a really good job on their personnel. If you look at it, No. 14, Kayla Petersen had a really good night. Her size on the perimeter gave us a lot of trouble.'

Rhea made her seventh point of the game at the 14:23 mark of the first half, which put her at an even 1,000. She now has 1,019 points for her career, which is 15th in school history.

Rhea's 1,000th point came on a free throw after the guard scored on a layup and was fouled.

The three-point play pulled the Beavers to within four, 13-9, early in the first half.

Rhea knocked down nine shots from the field, including three three-pointers, in Thursday night's game. The three threes gives Rhea 160 for her career, 18 behind the school's record holder, Felicia Ragland.

Rhea paced an Oregon State offense that kept the Beavers close to Stanford for most of the game. Oregon State was as close as three, 42-39, with 10:47 remaining in the second half after a three-pointer by Rhea.

Stanford slowly pulled away from that point on, but saw the Beavers fight for each point. OSU pulled to within seven at the 5:11 mark after a layup by Julie Futch, but that's as close as the Beavers came the rest of the way.

Stanford shot 44.7 percent from the field, while the Beavers were at 36.5 percent. Stanford held a slim margin in rebounding, 33-30, while the Beavers held a 16-12 advantage offensively.

Those 16 offensive rebounds led to 17 second-chance points for the Beavers.

Of Futch's team-leading seven rebounds, three came offensively. She added four points and three assists in the loss.

Anita Burdick also had eight points for the Beavers, who dropped to 9-7 overall this season and 1-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play.

Stanford, which was led by Pederson's 23 points, improved to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in conference games. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 12 points and a team-leading nine rebounds for the Cardinal.

Rhea had 17 of the Beavers' 27 first-half points as OSU found itself just two points down to Stanford, 29-27, at the break. Oregon State shot 45.8 percent from the floor in the half compared to 46.2 percent for Stanford.

Oregon State had the rebounding advantage in the first half, 19-10, and finished with 11 second-chance points to just one for the Cardinal.

Rhea was 6-for-8 from the field in the first half, and nailed two three-pointers and three free throws to pace Oregon State.

Oregon State stays at home Saturday night for a 7 p.m. PT tipoff with California at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The game has been designated as a 'Fill Gill' event. All general admission seats to the game will be sold for $1 and can be purchased at the Gill Coliseum ticket office, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com. Additionally, any GenerationBeavs member who shows their credentials will get in for free.

Additionally, after the game, the team's juniors - Talisa Rhea, El Sara Greer and Eisha Sheppard - will sign autographs.

For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KLOO KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. 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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