Women's Basketball Squares Off Against Arizona State At Gill Thursday Night

Feb. 9, 2010

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Oregon State (9-12, 1-9)
Arizona State (14-8, 6-5)

February 11, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: None

The Game
Oregon State returns to legendary Gill Coliseum for the first time in more than two weeks as the Beavers play host to Arizona State Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

Arizona State leads the all-time series, 31-19, after winning this season’s first matchup, but the teams have split 24 games all-time in Corvallis.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-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). A full video stream will also be available on the Web site.

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
Haiden Palmer and Kirsten Tilleman both posted double doubles, but the Beavers lost to Oregon, 82-62, Saturday night in Eugene.

It was Palmer’s first career double double.

Next Up
OSU hosts Arizona Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game is Oregon State’s annual “Pink Zone” game. For more info, please see page three of this release.

Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State comes into the game with a 14-8 record this season and 6-5 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, but the Sun Devils lost their most recent game, against Washington State, on Saturday.

Arizona State is led offensively by Danielle Orsillo, who is averaging 13.6 points per game. ASU is outscoring its opponents by 4.6 points per game. The Sun Devils are third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at plus-7.4 and are led in that category by Kayli Murphy, who is averaging 6.3 boards per game.

Charli Turner Thorne is in her 14th season as Arizona State’s head coach.

All-Time vs. Arizona State
Arizona State holds a 31-19 series lead, and the all-time series in Corvallis is tied at 12 games apiece.

A win by the Beavers Saturday night would snap an Arizona State 14-game winning streak in the series. OSU’s last win came at Gill Coliseum in 2003.

Last Time vs. ASU - 1/16/10
Talisa Rhea finished with 20 points, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team could not overcome Arizona State and lost to the Sun Devils, 56-47, at Wells Fargo Arena.

Rhea hit on eight shots from the field and was 4-of-6 from the free-throw to hit the 20-point plateau for the 10th time this season and 15th time in her career. Her 20 points also inched her closer to 1,000 points for her career, putting her, at the time, at 993 overall.

Of her 20 points, 14 came in the second half. Oregon State and Arizona State stayed close for most of the half, but the Sun Devils were able to hold off a strong attack from the Beavers.

Oregon State shot 45.5 percent from the field for the game, and grabbed 31 rebounds to 29 for Arizona State. The Sun Devils posted a 41.2 percent clip from the floor.

Kirsten Tilleman had a team-leading eight rebounds for the Beavers (9-6 overall, 1-4 Pacific-10 Conference). She had two offensive boards.

Rhea also added seven rebounds to her effort.

Last Time Out - February 6
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.

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 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.

‘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.

Double Double Doubles
Haiden Palmer and Kirsten Tilleman both finished with double doubles for the Beavers against Oregon. It marked the first career double double for Palmer and fourth for Tilleman.

It also marked the first time two OSU players have posted double doubles in the same game since Mercedes Fox-Griffin and Casey Nash did so against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2007.

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 1,107 career points.

Talisa Rhea also has 165 career three-pointers, which is 13 off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.

Strong Academics
Eight of the team’s 14 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or better during the fall term as figures for the athletic department were released earlier this week.

Additionally, Kirsten Tilleman and Kate Lanz both earned OSU Honor Roll honors as they had a GPA of 3.5 or better and at least 12 graded credits.

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