Women's Basketball Loses Double-Overtime Thriller To California, 79-75

Jan. 23, 2010

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea scored a team-leading 25 points, and the Oregon State women's basketball team battled California to the last whistle, but the Beavers dropped a 79-75 decision to the Golden Bears in a double-overtime thriller Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The teams were tied 60-60 after regulation play, and 68-68 after the first overtime, but the Golden Bears were able to score 11 points to seven for OSU in the last overtime period to claim the victory.

All told, the lead changed hands 16 times and the score was tied 13 times in the 21st overtime game in Oregon State's history. It was just the third to go to two overtimes.

'I thought my team played hard tonight,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'Unfortunately, we let one of their best players have a career night. We did not capitalize on our possessions in the second overtime. This was a great experience for my team. I'm not happy with the result but I am proud of the way we battled.'

Rhea finished in double figures for the ninth straight game with her 25 points. The guard now has 50 career games of at least 10 points, and this season alone has 10 games of 20 or more points.

She and California guard Alexis Gray-Lawson led their respective teams throughout the game. Gray-Lawson had 47 of California's 79 points to lead the Golden Bears.

California (10-8 overall, 4-3 Pacific-10 Conference) scored the first four points of the second overtime, and the Beavers (9-8, 1-6) got to within two, 72-70, at the 2:49 mark on two free throws by Rhea. The guard finished the game 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

The Golden Bears, however, jumped out to a 75-70 lead less than a minute later and were able to hold the Beavers to just five points the rest of the way.

The second half was made possible by key Oregon State plays late in both the second half and the first overtime.

It was Rhea who got the Beavers into the second overtime after she knocked down three consecutive free throws with four seconds left in the first overtime. She attempted a three-point shot from the top of the key, but was fouled by Gray-Lawson. The free throws pulled Oregon State even with Cal at 68, and the Beavers were able to keep Natasha Vital from scoring on a jumper with less than a second remaining to extend the game.

El Sara Greer made two pivotal plays at the end of the second half to get the game to overtime. She knocked down the second of two free throws with eight seconds left, and after an OSU timeout, made a big block of a Vital layup, again with less than a second left.

Oregon State ended the game shooting 41.1 percent from the field and California posted a 38.3 mark. The Golden Bears attempted 37 free throws, making 28 (75.7 percent), while the Beavers were 26-for-35 (74.3 percent) from the line. Gray-Lawson connected on 17-of-20 from the charity stripe to pace Cal.

The teams were nearly equal rebounding-wise, with OSU holding a 41-39 advantage. Greer had 11 to pace the Beavers, while Lauren Greif also finished with 11 for the Golden Bears.

Rhea led the Beavers with 25 points but OSU had three other players in double figures. Haiden Palmer had 13, while Kate Lanz posted a career-best with 12. Kirsten Tilleman had 11 as well.

Brittany Kennedy led OSU with six assists as the Beavers finished with 18 on 23 baskets on the night.

Oregon State was led by Lanz and Rhea in the first half as the Beavers took a 32-31 lead into the break. Lanz had a team-leading 12 points, setting her career-best in the first half alone. Rhea, meanwhile, had 11 points in the half.

Both teams were 11-of-24 from the field in the first half, finishing with a 45.8 shooting percentage. Both clubs also nailed three three-pointers in the first half, with Rhea hitting two for the Beavers.

The difference in the first half score came on seven Oregon State free throws to six for California.

Cal took a 9-1 lead to start the game, but saw the Beavers go ahead 11-9 with a 10-0 run that last four minutes and took the teams through the first part of the half. The score was tied four times during the first half and it changed hands seven times.

Gray-Lawson led California with 14 first-half points.

Oregon State hits the road next week for a pair of games in Los Angeles. First up is USC Thursday night at 7 p.m. PT. The game will be carried live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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