Women's Basketball Set For Senior Day, USC On Saturday

Feb. 26, 2010

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Oregon State (9-17, 1-14)
USC (15-11, 9-6)

February 27, 2010 • 2 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

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

The Game
Oregon State plays its final home game of the 2009-10 regular season Saturday when hosting USC on Senior Day at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.

USC holds a 34-18 all-time record in the series and is 13-11 in games played in Corvallis.

Prior to the game, the Beavers will honor their senior class, which cosists of Anita Burdick, Julie Futch and Stacey Nichols.

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
Talisa Rhea, Haiden Palmer and Kirsten Tilleman all scored in double figures, but the Beavers dropped a 74-53 decision to UCLA Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

Next Up
Oregon State wraps up the regular season next weekend. The Beavers visit Washington Friday night for a 7 p.m. PT start, followed by a visit to Washington State Sunday at 2 p.m.

Scouting USC
USC most recently defeated Oregon, 87-84, Thursday night to improve to 15-11 on the year and 9-6 in Pacific-10 Conference play. It’s the Trojans first year under head coach Michael Cooper, formerly of the WNBA and a Los Angeles Laker.

Ashley Corral leads USC in scoring with 15.4 points per game as the Women of Troy average 65.6 as a team. That’s, however, just 0.3 points more on average than their opponents.

Briana Gilbreath leads USC with 6.1 rebounds per game. USC is out-rebounded by an average of 4.8 per game.

USC concludes its regular season by hosting the Arizona schools next week.

All-Time vs. USC
USC holds a 34-18 advantage in the all-time series, and is 13-11 in games played at legendary Gill Coliseum The games have been fairly equal the past couple seasons as OSU and USC have each won on their home courts.

Last Time vs. USC - 1/28/10
Talisa Rhea finished with 16 points, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team dropped a 61-34 decision to USC at the Galen Center.

For Rhea, it was her 10th consecutive game in double figures, a streak that started Dec. 18.
Rhea connected on five baskets against USC and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Julie Futch finished with seven points, while El Sara Greer totaled five. Greer also had seven rebounds for the Beavers, who finished with 31 on the night. Of those 31, 12 came offensively for the Beavers compared to 37 and 11, respectively, for USC.

Kirsten Tilleman tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, while Futch wasn’t far behind with five.

USC committed 13 turnovers. Seven of those came on Oregon State steals. Tilleman led the Beavers with two.

Last Time Out - February 25
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.

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.

Senior Day Saturday
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.

Three-Pointers Getting Close
Talisa Rhea has 171 career three-pointers, which is seven off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.

Give An Assist To Brittany
Brittany Kennedy tied the team’s best this season in assists, totaling seven against UCLA Thursday night. It tied Talisa Rhea, who had seven in a win over Northern Arizona.

The seven assists also set a career-best for Kennedy, whose previous high of six was equaled a couple times.

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 1,169 career points.