Women's Basketball Opens Up Final Home Weekend Thursday Against UCLA

Feb. 23, 2010

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Oregon State (9-16, 1-13)
UCLA (18-7, 11-3)

February 25, 2010 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

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

The Game
Oregon State opens up its final home weekend Thursday when taking on UCLA at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

UCLA holds a 37-17 advantage in the all-time series, and a slight one in Corvallis, 12-11. OSU has won the last two at home.

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 scored 16 points, hitting double figures for the fifth straight game, but the Beavers lost to No. 2 Stanford, 82-48, Saturday at Maples Pavilion in California.

Next Up
Oregon State hosts USC Saturday at 2 p.m. PT on the team’s annual senior day. The game is the team’s last home contest of the 2009-10 campaign.

Seniors Stacey Nichols, Julie Futch and Anita Burdick will be honored before the game.

Scouting UCLA
UCLA comes into Thursday night’s game with an 18-7 overall mark and 11-3 record in Pacific-10 Conference play, which places the Bruins in second place in the league with two weeks remaining on the schedule.

Jasmine Dixon paces the team offensively with 14.4 points per game; UCLA outscores its opponents by 12.2 points per game. Markel Walker, meanwhile, is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.6 per contest.

Nikki Caldwell is in her second season as UCLA’s head coach, her first stop as a head coach.

All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA enters Saturday’s game with a 37-17 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 won the first matchup between the teams this season and holds a 12-11 advantage in games played in Corvallis.

Last Time vs. UCLA - 1/30/10
The Oregon State women’s basketball team lost to UCLA, 70-44, at Pauley Pavilion.

The game was the ninth and final of the first half of Pacific-10 Conference play for the Beavers.

Talisa Rhea kept her double-figure scoring streak intact as the junior finished the game with 16 points. She had then scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games and in 15 of the Beavers’ 19 games.

The guard hit on six baskets from the field, including one three-pointer, and connected on three free throws. She came into the afternoon third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.7 points per game, and was just shy of that.

Haiden Palmer pitched in with 13 points for her ninth double-figure scoring effort of the season and Anita Burdick totaled seven points coming off the bench.

Last Time Out - February 20
Haiden Palmer hit the double-figure scoring mark for the fifth straight game, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team lost to No. 2 Stanford, 82-48, Saturday night at Maples Pavilion.

Palmer was 7-of-15 from the field and scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half. The freshman guard now has 14 games with 10 or more points this season.

She came into the game averaging 10.9 points per game, and surpassed that mark early in the second half. She scored 11 of the team’s first 15 points in the second half.

Julie Futch posted seven points as she hit on three baskets from the field, including a three-pointer, and Kirsten

Tilleman also had six for the Beavers. Brittany Kennedy chipped in with seven, while Kate Lanz tallied six points after hitting on two three-pointers.

Haiden’s Last 5
Haiden Palmer enters Thursday night’s game on a five-game double-fiugures scoring streak. The freshman finished with 16 points against Stanford Saturday night.

During that stretch, she is averaging a team-leading 17.0 points per game and shooting 42.3 percent from the field.

She is also averaging 4.4 rebounds per game during that stretch, third on the team.

Seniors Coming Up
Oregon State will honor its senior class Saturday before the game against USC. Seniors Anita Burdick, Julie Futch and Stacey Nichols will have their careers celebrated.

Futch and Nichols are four-year letterwinners while Burdick is a two-year letterwinner after transferring prior to the 2008-09 season.

Strong Academics, Part 1
Both Kirsten Tilleman and Talisa Rhea earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Second Team honors this season. 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 1,154 career points.

Talisa Rhea also has 168 career three-pointers, which is 10 off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.

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