Women's Basketball Heads For Thursday Night Battle At California

Feb. 16, 2010

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Oregon State (9-14, 1-11)
California (14-10, 8-5)

February 18, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Berkeley, Calif.
Haas Pavilion (11,877)

Radio: KLOO 1340-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: CSN California

The Game
Oregon State hits the road and visits the Bay Area when the Beavers play at California Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT tip.

Cal holds a slight advantage in the all-time series, 30-28, and has won the last seven meetings. The Golden Bears have a 16-10 advantage in Berkeley.

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).

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
El Sara Greer finished with her first career double double and Talisa Rhea and Haiden Palmer both posted double figures, but the Beavers lost to Arizona, 60-55, Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
Rhea led OSU with 16 points and Greer posted 15 rebounds and 14 points.

Next Up
Stanford is next up on OSU’s schedule as the Beavers and Cardinal play at Maples Pavilion Saturday night. The game is now scheduled for 7 p.m.

Scouting California
California is on a two-game win streak and takes a 14-10 overall record and 8-5 mark in Pac-10 play into Thursday night’s contest against the Beavers. The Golden Bears were last victorious over Washington Sunday, 75-68, in overtime.

Alexis Gray-Lawson leads Cal in scoring with 18.6 points per game. Gennifer Brandon paces the team with 7.5 rebounds per game as California averages better than 40 rebounds per game and out-rebounds its opponents more than five per game.

Joanne Boyle is in her sixth season at the helm of the Golden Bears and carries a 109-45 record with Cal into the game Saturday.

All-Time vs. California
California has a slight advantage in the all-time series, 30-28, and has surpassed Oregon State with its current seven-game win streak in the series. California holds a 16-10 all-time record in games played in Berkeley.

Last Time vs. CAL - 1/23/10
Talisa Rhea scored a team-leading 25 points, and the Oregon State women’s basketball team battled California to the last whistle, but the Beavers dropped a 79-75 decision to the Golden Bears in a double-overtime thriller at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The teams were tied 60-60 after regulation play, and 68-68 after the first overtime, but the Golden Bears were able to score 11 points to seven for OSU in the last overtime period to claim the victory.

All told, the lead changed hands 16 times and the score was tied 13 times in the 21st overtime game in Oregon State’s history. It was just the third to go to two overtimes.

Rhea finished in double figures for the ninth straight game with her 25 points. The guard now has 50 career games of at least 10 points, and this season alone has 10 games of 20 or more points.

Last Time Out - February 11
Three players scored in double figures, including El Sara Greer, who earned her first career double-double, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team dropped a closely-fought contest to Arizona, 60-55, Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Greer tallied 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss en route to her first career double double. Her 14 points marked a season-high for the Iowa native, surpassing the 10 she had earlier this season against UC Irvine. Her 15 rebounds, meanwhile, were two shy of her career best of 17 grabbed against UC Santa Barbara.

On the night, the Beavers grabbed 37 boards to Arizona’s 23, with only four on the offensive glass for the Wildcats.
Greer now has seven games this season with at least 10 rebounds.

Talisa Rhea continued her double-figures scoring streak alive and moved it to 15 games with a team-leading 16 points. She hit on seven baskets from the field, including two three-pointers, which gives her 167 for her career and puts her just 11 behind tying Felicia Ragland for the most in school history.

Haiden Palmer also had a big offensive night for Oregon State, connecting on five baskets and three free throws for 13 points, her third consecutive game in double figures. Palmer also had five rebounds, which tied Kirsten Tilleman for second-most on the team.

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.

The three Beavers who scored in double figures Saturday all made significant notes on their season figures. El Sara Greer posted her first career double double, Talisa Rhea reached 15 straight games at double figures and Haiden Palmer posted her second three-game stretch in double figures. Her longest double figure streak is five games.

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 1,135 career points.

Talisa Rhea also has 167 career three-pointers, which is 11 off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.