Women's Basketball Drops Game At USC

Jan. 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Talisa Rhea finished with 16 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team dropped a 61-34 decision to USC Thursday night at the Galen Center.

For Rhea, it was her 10th consecutive game in double figures, a streak that started Dec. 18 and has continued throughout Pac-10 season thus far.

The Juneau, Alaska native now has 51 games of 10 or more points in her career. She has hit that mark in 14 of the team's 18 games this season.

Rhea connected on five baskets Thursday night and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Julie Futch finished with seven points, while El Sara Greer totaled five. Greer also had seven rebounds for the Beavers, who finished with 31 on the night. Of those 31, 12 came offensively for the Beavers compared to 37 and 11, respectively, for USC.

Kirsten Tilleman tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, while Futch wasn't far behind with five.

USC committed 13 turnovers. Seven of those came on Oregon State steals. Tilleman led the Beavers with two.

Ashley Corral paced USC (13-6 overall, 7-1 Pacific-10 Conference) with 19 points, while Briana Gilbreath finished the game with 11 points.

Oregon State (9-9, 1-7) finished the game with 20 points in the paint. The Beavers also scored 10 points off turnovers, compared to nine for USC. The Trojans finished with 22 points in the paint.

USC took a slim 26-19 lead into halftime. Neither team could gain much of a foothold in the half, and the seven-point lead for the Trojans were nearly their biggest lead of the first half.

Futch led Oregon State with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting, and knocked down a three-pointer to pace the Beavers. Rhea also had six points for OSU.

Ashley Corral led USC with nine points in the first half.

Like the score, the edge on the boards was close throughout the first half and ended up knotted at 18. El Sara Greer led OSU with five, while Aarika Hughes matched her with five for USC.

The Beavers stay in Los Angeles for a Saturday contest at UCLA. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT and fans can catch the game live on KTHH 990-AM in Corvallis and by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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