Palmer Named To Pac-10 Freshman Team; Rhea Named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
March 10, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State guard Haiden Palmer has been named to the Pacific-10 Conference's All-Freshman team and Talisa Rhea was selected to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad by a vote of the league's women's basketball coaches, which was announced Wednesday.
Palmer ended the regular season averaging 10.7 points per game, which ranked her 22nd overall in the Pac-10 and fifth amongst the league's freshmen. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native was also second on the Beavers in scoring behind only Rhea.
In league play, Palmer improved her scoring average to 12.3 points per game, 17th in the Pac-10, and second on the freshmen leaderboard. She finished with 17 games in double figures this season - again second only to Rhea's 23 - and of those 17, 14 came in Pac-10 play.
For Rhea, it's her second honor is as many days as she was named All-Pac-10 by the league's media on Tuesday.
Rhea averaged 15.8 points through the regular season, and ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring for all of 2009-10. She ended the regular season sixth, just two-tenths of a point behind the fifth-ranked player.
Rhea also totaled a team-leading 2.7 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the league entering the Pac-10 Tournament, which starts Thursday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Other categories in which she ranked among the Pac-10's leaders include free-throw percentage (.782), in which she ranked 11th, and three-pointers made (41) for which she finished in a tie for 10th.
Rhea continued her march toward becoming one of the most productive scoring threats in school history. She currently had 172 three-pointers, which is six off tying for the most in school history. She also has 1,200 career points, good for eighth in Oregon State history.
Rhea is the eighth Oregon State player to earn an All-League honor during head coach LaVonda Wagner's tenure at Oregon State, while Palmer is the third Beaver to earn Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors.
Each of the conference's 10 coaches voted for the all-league teams, which consisted of 15 players. Five players comprise the all-freshman team and five are on the all-defensive team.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Rhea and Oregon State play in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament Thursday against No. 7 seed Washington. Tip from the Galen Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. PT.
The game can be heard live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area as well as on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Ron Callan calling all the action.
For tickets, visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or call 1-800-GOBEAVS. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.pac-10.org or calling (213) 740-GOUSC.
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