Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Tournament Play Thursday Against Washington

March 9, 2010

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Oregon State (10-19)
Washington (12-16)

March 11, 2010 • 8:15 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif.
Galen Center (10,258)

Radio: KTHH 990-AM (Ron Callan)
TV: None

The Game
Oregon State plays Washington Thursday night in the opening round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. The game will be played at USC’s Galen Center and is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. PT start.

Washington holds a 46-25 all-time record in the series, but the Beavers hold a 2-1 record in games played at neutral sites.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-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). Other streaming info of the game can be found by visiting www.pac-10.org.

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
Julie Futch led OSU with 12 points, and Kirsten Tilleman posted a double double as the Beavers defeated Washington State, 50-45, in the regular season finale for both teams in Pullman, Wash., on Sunday.

Next Up
The winner of Thursday night’s game advances to play second-seeded UCLA Friday night in a game that starts at 7:15 p.m. The losing team is eliminated from the tournament.

Scouting Washington
Washington comes into the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Huskies defeated Oregon in their regular season finale, 62-53, on Sunday, and are on a three-game winning streak.

Sami Whitcomb has proven to be Washington’s most valuable player this season as she leads the Huskies in both rebounding and scoring. She’s pacing the club with 6.0 rebounds per game and 13.0 points on average. Whitcomb was, however, held to just one point on 0-of-10 shooting against the Ducks Sunday.

Washington’s head coach is Tia Jackson, who is in her third year in Seattle.

All-Time vs. Washington
Washington holds a 46-25 advantage in the all-time series. The Huskies took both games from the Beavers during the regular season.

Oregon State does hold a 2-1 advantage in games played at neutral sites.

Last Time vs. UW - 3/5/10
Talisa Rhea finished with 12 points and Haiden Palmer had 10, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team lost to Washington, 67-49, Friday night at Bank of America Arena.

For Rhea, it was her 23rd game this season with 10 or more points and the 60th of her three-year career. She finished the game hitting on three baskets from the field and baskets from the free-throw line.

Palmer, meanwhile, hit double digits for the eighth consecutive game and 17th time overall this season, which is second only to Rhea’s team-leading 23.

Palmer was 4-for-11 from the field, and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Oregon State connected on 10 assists and made 16 baskets from the floor. Washington, meanwhile, posted 10 assists on 22 makes.

The Huskies shot 47.8 percent from the field, compared to 34 percent for the Beavers.

Last Time Out - March 7
Julie Futch led the Beavers with 13 points, Kirsten Tilleman posted a double double and the Oregon State women’s basketball team overcame a low-scoring first half for a 50-45 victory over Washington State Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams.

Futch led the team in scoring for the second time this season, and finished in double figures for the fifth time in 2009-10, and the seventh time for her career. She was 4-for-11 from the field, and sank two three-pointers in helping pace the Beavers to the win.

Tilleman also had a big game for the Beavers as the forward led Oregon State with 14 rebounds. All told, the Beavers tallied 43 rebounds to 40 for Washington State. Of Oregon State’s 43 rebounds, 15 came offensively.

Tilleman added 10 points for her fifth double double of the season.

Talisa Rhea and Anita Burdick also had eight points apiece for the Beavers, who snapped a 17-game losing streak with the victory.

Oregon State shot 32 percent from the field and held Washington State to 25.5 percent shooting. The Beavers finished the game with 12 assists, while the Cougars finished with just six.

Oregon State began the second half on a hot stretch, outscoring the Cougars, 16-4, through the first seven minutes of the second half to go up, 35-28. Futch hit on her second of two consecutive three-pointers at the 16:45 mark to put OSU up, 29-26.

OSU In The Pac-10 Tournament
The 2010 Pac-10 Tournament will be held for the ninth time, and the second year in Los Angeles. The Beavers are a combined 4-8 in the previous eight tournaments.

Vs. UW In The Pac-10 Tournament
Oregon State and Washington have met in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament just once, in 2005, in San Jose. Washington, as the No. 7 seed, was victorious over No. 10 Oregon State, 81-68.

Three-Pointers Getting Close
Talisa Rhea has 172 career three-pointers, which is six off tying the school record 178 by Felicia Ragland.

For Rhea, That’s 1,000 And Climbing
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 1,200 career points. The 1,200 career points places Rhea eighth in school history. Her next move up would replace Tina Lelas (1,313 points from 1993-97) as the seventh-best in school history.

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