Women's Basketball Drops Civil War Contest At Oregon

Feb. 6, 2010

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. - Haiden Palmer finished with her first career double double and Kirsten Tilleman her fourth, but the Oregon State women's basketball team dropped a 82-62 decision to Oregon in the Civil War Saturday night at McArthur Court.

Palmer finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, setting season and career bests in both categories. She hit on eight baskets from the field and posted nine free throws in 14 attempts.

The guard added an assist and two steals to her impressive performance, all of it coming in 34 minutes on the floor.

Tilleman, meanwhile, posted her fourth career double double, with all four coming this season. She played in 37 minutes, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The 13 rebounds tied a career best for Tilleman, who also finished with that total Tuesday at Cal State Bakersfield. Tilleman, who came into the game averaging a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game, earned her first double double since playing Portland State on Dec. 29.

Talisa Rhea finished with 10 or more points for the 13th straight game Saturday night. She hit on 10 free throws and totaled 14 points, just shy of her 17.6 average entering the game. Rhea also tied for the team lead with two assists, equaling Brittany Kennedy's mark.

Rhea now has 54 career games with 10 or more points, 17 of which have come this season. She now also has 1,107 points for her career, keeping her in 12th place in school history.

Oregon State (9-12 overall, 1-9 Pacific-10 Conference) led the rebounding battle, finishing with 49 to Oregon's 28. It marked the 14th time in 21 games this season that the Beavers have held the advantage on the boards.

Tilleman's 13 rebounds paced Oregon State, followed closely by Palmer's 11. Rhea also had eight rebounds for the second straight game - tying her career best.

Anita Burdick also had four boards for the Beavers, to add to seven points, as OSU totaled 23 offensively. The 23 offensive boards led to 17 second-chance points for Oregon State. Oregon, meanwhile, had nine offensive rebounds leading to three second-chance points.

Oregon led the battle from the floor, shooting 50 percent (31-for-62) while the Beavers finished at 37 percent (20-of-54). OSU also attempted 35 free throws, making 22 (62.9 percent). Rhea and Palmer combined for 27 of the team's 35 free-throw attempts.

Taylor Lilley led the Beavers with 23 points as the guard connected on three three-pointers. She was 9-of-15 from the field overall.

Micaela Cocks also had 18 for the Ducks (14-8, 5-5) while Nia Jackson posted 14 points in 25 minutes. Amanda Johnson led Oregon with seven rebounds.

The game marked the start of second half of Pac-10 play for both teams.

Palmer had 11 points in the first half, but Oregon State found itself down by 17, 47-30, at the break. The freshman hit on four shots from the field and was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the first half.

Palmer also had five rebounds in the half, and the Beavers finished with a 24-13 rebounding advantage entering halftime. Rhea led the team with six rebounds, adding eight points to her stat line.

Burdick also had a strong first half for OSU, totaling five points and four rebounds.

Of those 24 rebounds in the first half, 12 came offensively, leading to six second-chance points. Of Oregon's 13 rebounds, only four came on the offensive glass.

Oregon did not get separation until late in the half. OSU was as close as three, 23-20, at the 5:40 mark after Palmer hit on one of her four shots from the field. The Ducks, however, were able to gain separation from that point on for the 17-point lead.

Oregon State returns to the court Thursday night when hosting Arizona State at 7 p.m. PT at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Tickets are still available for the game. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5.

Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.

For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. 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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