Women's Basketball Finishes First Half Of Pac-10 Play Saturday Against UCLA

Jan. 29, 2010

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Oregon State (9-9, 1-7)
UCLA (13-6, 6-2)

January 30, 2010 • 2 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819)

Radio: KTHH 990-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: None

The Game
Oregon State wraps up the first half of Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday UCLA in a 2 p.m. PT game at Pauley Pavilion.

The teams will be meeting for the 54th time. UCLA holds a 36-17 advantage.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-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).

Live stats, via Gametracker, will be available on osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored 16 points but the Beavers lost to USC, 61-34, Thursday night at the Galen Center.

It was Rhea’s 10th straight game of 10 or more.

Next Up
Oregon State makes a trip back to Southern California when the Beavers return for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at Cal State Bakersfield and the Icardo Center.

The game with Cal State Bakersfield is the team’s last non-conference game of the regular season. The next non-conference game for OSU will be at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in March.

Scouting UCLA
UCLA enters Saturday’s game with a 13-6 record and 6-2 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, which places the Bruins in third in the league. They are coming off a 104-80 victory over Oregon Thursday, in which UCLA took more than 80 shots and made 41.

Nikki Caldwell is in her second season as UCLA’s head coach and is 32-18 entering Saturday’s game.

Jasmine Dixon leads UCLA in scoring at 15.2 points per game. Markel Walker, meanwhile, is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.1 rebounds per contest.

All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA enters Saturday’s game with a 36-17 advantage in the all-time series, and led last season, 2-1, after defeating Oregon State, 62-56, in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament.

UCLA is also 21-5 in games played at Pauley Pavilion, home of the Bruins.

Last Time vs. UCLA - 3/13/09
The UCLA Bruins erased a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State 62-56 in the quarterfinals of the State Farm Pac-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The Beavers built the first half lead of 26-21 behind the play of senior guard Brittney Davis. Davis had 15 points at the break; she would end with a game-high 22 points, including 12 of the team’s first 14 points. The lead was tempered though as OSU was in serious foul trouble already at halftime, a fact that proved to be the difference at the end.

OSU pushed the lead to nine points on two occasions in the second half, the last at 32-23 on a Mercedes Fox-Griffin layup. The Beavers still had an eight-point advantage at 36-28 at 14:02 on a Talisa Rhea layup before UCLA made a steady comeback to eventually tie the game at 41-41.

Last Time Out - January 23
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.

‘Pink Zone’
Oregon State’s game against Arizona on Feb. 13 has been designated as its “Pink Zone” game for 2009-10.

Buy a specially designed OS pink pin for $5 from Beaver Authentics and receive $2 admission to the game. Beaver Authentics is also selling a pink mini basketball. A portion of the proceeds from the pin and mini basketball will go to Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R.

It is the third straight year the Beavers will participate in the event. For more information, visit osubeavers.com.

That’s 1,000
Junior guard Talisa Rhea became the 16th member of Oregon State’s 1,000 points club when she finished with 26 points against Stanford on Jan. 21.

She hit her 1,000th career point on a free throw at the 14:23 mark of the first half.

She now has 1,060 career points after posting 25 against California and 16 against USC, good for a tie for 14th in school history.

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