Women's Basketball Hosts Arizona In Its 'Pink Zone' Game Saturday

Feb. 12, 2010

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Oregon State (9-13, 1-10)
Arizona (11-11, 5-7)

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

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM, KKAD 1550-AM (Ron Callan)

The Game
Oregon State hosts its annual “Pink Zone” game Saturday night when the Beavers play Arizona at legendary Gill Coliseum. The Beavers and Wildcats tip off at 7 p.m. PT.

Arizona snapped a three-game OSU win streak with a 62-53 win in January. The Wildcats have a 28-25 all-time advantage in the series.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland, 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 scored 16 points and Talisa Rhea added 12, but the Beavers lost to Arizona State, 62-49, Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

For Rhea, it was her 14th consecutive game with at least 10 points.

Next Up
Oregon State makes its annual trip to the Bay Area next week. OSU plays at California Thursday night and then at Stanford Saturday in a game that has been changed to 7 p.m.

Scouting Arizona
Arizona enters Saturday with an 11-11 overall mark and 5-7 record in league play. The Wildcats had a two-game win streak snapped Thursday night in a 92-74 loss at Oregon.

Davellyn White, a freshman, leads the team in scoring at 17.3 points per game. She has made 55 three-pointers this season. Ify Ibekwe is tops on the team in rebounding at 11.8 per game. She averages a double double as she also posts 14.3 points per game.

Niya Butts is in her second season as Arizona’s head coach

All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona holds a slight lead in the series, 28-25, and increased that mark with a 62-53 win in Tucson earlier this season.
Oregon State holds a 17-7 all-time mark in games played in Corvallis and has won four straight on its home court.

Last Time vs. UA - 1/14/10
Three players scored in double figures for the Oregon State women’s basketball team, but the Beavers dropped a 62-53 decision to Arizona at the McKale Center.

Haiden Palmer led the Beavers with 15 points, posting double figures for the fifth straight game. She was 7-for-8 from the field and hit on one of two free throws.

Talisa Rhea finished in double figures. She posted 13 points against the Wildcats.

Anita Burdick finished with a career-best 10 points, surpassing her previous high of seven set against Sacramento State in the 2008-09 season opener. Burdick was 5-for-7 from the field and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes.
El Sara Greer had a big night on the boards for Oregon State finishing with 14, with 10 coming offensively.

The Beavers led in the rebounding category, posting 38 to Arizona’s 27. Greer’s 14 led OSU, while Kirsten Tilleman had eight. Ify Ibekwe led Arizona with seven.

Last Time Out - February 11
Haiden Palmer scored 16 points and Talisa finished in double figures for the 14th straight game, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team dropped a 62-49 decision to Arizona State Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Palmer was 8-for-10 from the field and added two rebounds and a steal to her 16-point effort, which was her second consecutive game with at least 10 points. She scored a season-best 25 against Oregon last week.

Rhea, meanwhile, connected on three shots from the field and six from the free-throw line to post 12 points, putting her in double figures for the 14th consecutive game. She played 38 minutes and had a team-leading five rebounds in addition to an assist.

Overall, the Beavers narrowly trailed Arizona State in rebounding, 25-22. There were very few chances at rebounds as Arizona State shot 59.1 percent (26-for-44) and the Beavers finished at 46.5 percent (20-of-43).

‘Pink Zone’
Oregon State’s game against Arizona Saturday 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.

Game Time Change
Please note that Oregon State’s game at Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 20 has moved to a 7 p.m. start from its original 8 p.m. mark. The game was not selected to air as the Pac-10’s national game on FSN, allowing for the change.

Strong Academics, Part 1
Last week, both Kirsten Tilleman and Talisa Rhea earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Second Team honors. For Rhea, it was the second straight year she has earned the honor, and for Tilleman, it was her first such time.

Oregon State has now had three players earn academic all-district under LaVonda Wagner as Mandy Close earned third-team honors in 2005-06.

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 1,119 career points.

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

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