Women's Basketball Falls To UCLA

Feb. 25, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team had three players finish in double figures, but the Beavers dropped a 74-53 decision to UCLA Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'I thought UCLA played like the team that they are,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'They got 26 points off of our turnovers and that's five less points than they got at their place. The positive side is that I thought Brittany Kennedy did an excellent job for us at the point guard position. She played 35 minutes, and she was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, but the exciting thing is that she had seven of our 11 assists. We've been struggling at that point guard position to find a leader, to find a floor general and tonight I thought she did a very good job. It all goes back, again, to that, their pressure bothered us and we turned the ball over way too much.'

The game marked the first of the weekend for the Beavers, who will wrap up their regular season home schedule Saturday afternoon when hosting USC. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. PT tip and prior to the game, OSU will celebrate its annual Senior Day by honoring Anita Burdick, Julie Futch and Stacey Nichols.

Oregon State was paced by Talisa Rhea, who totaled 15 points on Thursday night. She was joined by Haiden Palmer, who posted her sixth consecutive double-digit scoring effort with 11 points, as well as Kirsten Tilleman, who also finished with 11.

Rhea shot 6-for-13 from the field, while Palmer connected on four shots from the floor and three from the charity stripe.

Tilleman added a team-best eight rebounds as Oregon State finished with 30 on the night. Tilleman also had 11 points in the loss.

Kennedy finished the game with seven of the team's 11 assists. Her seven assists tied for the single-season best by an OSU player with Rhea, who also had seven earlier this season against Northern Arizona.

UCLA narrowly edged the Beavers on the boards, grabbing 30 to the Beavers' 28. The Bruins (19-7 overall, 12-3 Pacific-10 Conference) also shot 55.2 percent from the field while OSU finished at 43.2 percent. UCLA, however, took 14 more shots than the Beavers while making 13 more.

Markel Walker led UCLA with 19 points and was followed closely by Jasmine Dixon who had 17. Walker also led UCLA with seven rebounds.

The loss dropped Oregon State to 9-17 overall this season and 1-14 in league play.

UCLA took a 43-21 lead into the break after shooting nearly 60 percent from the field compared to 32 percent for the Beavers.

Palmer led Oregon State with eight first-half points as the freshman was 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

The Beavers had 14 rebounds to UCLA's 19 in the first half. Tilleman paced Oregon State with five rebounds entering halftime.

The Beavers play their final home game of the regular season Saturday when taking on USC at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.

The team's three seniors will be honored before the game as it is Oregon State's annual Senior Day. Seniors to be honored include Anita Burdick, Julie Futch and Stacey Nichols.

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.

Tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.

For those fans who can't make it to Gill, catch the game live on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis. It can also be heard live on the Internet by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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