Palmer Scores 16; Oregon State Women's Basketball Loses to Arizona State
Feb. 11, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Haiden Palmer scored 16 points and Talisa finished in double figures for the 14th straight game, but the Oregon State women's basketball team dropped a 62-49 decision to Arizona State Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
"I felt like we played a very good first half. In the second half, we obviously had a big letdown," Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. "We did not score for probably about four or five minutes, and that really hurt us.
"We need to continue to work hard, and play a 40-minute game. We have yet to put together a 40-minute game of basketball."
Palmer was 8-for-10 from the field and added two rebounds and a steal to her 16-point effort, which was her second consecutive game with at least 10 points. She scored a season-best 25 against Oregon last week.
Rhea, meanwhile, connected on three shots from the field and six from the free-throw line to post 12 points, putting her in double figures for the 14th consecutive game. She played 38 minutes and had a team-leading five rebounds in addition to an assist.
Overall, the Beavers narrowly trailed Arizona State in rebounding, 25-22. There were very few chances at rebounds as Arizona State shot 59.1 percent (26-for-44) and the Beavers finished at 46.5 percent (20-of-43).
The teams combined to miss a combined 41 shots. Kirsten Tilleman had four, just behind Rhea, while Arizona State was led on the boards by Becca Tobin's five.
Danielle Orsillo led the Sun Devils in scoring with 26 points. The guard was 10-for-18 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
The game remained close for most of the contest, with the lead changing hands a total of 11 times. The Beavers led by as much as four with 16:51 remaining in the second half while Arizona State's largest lead was the 13-point margin it held at the end of the game.
The loss dropped Oregon State to 9-13 overall and 1-10 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Arizona State, meanwhile, improved to 15-8 on the year and 7-5 against league opponents.
Both teams shot exceptionally well in the first half, leading to a slight, two-point lead for Arizona State, 30-28. The Sun Devils shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field in the first half, compared to 54.2 percent (13-of-24) for the Beavers.
Palmer was the leading scorer for Oregon State in the first half as the sophomore totaled 12 points after hitting on 6-of-7 from the floor.
Tilleman and Rhea both finished with five points, while Orsillo paced ASU with eight first-half points.
Both teams were practically equal in rebounding - ASU led 12-11 - and in steals with the Beavers leading in that category, 5-3. ASU did have an advantage in points in the paint, however, 26-16.
Oregon State returns to the court Saturday night when hosting Arizona at 7 p.m. PT at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game is Oregon State's 2010 "Pink Zone" game.
Buy a specially designed OS pink pin for $5 from Beaver Authentics and receive $2 admission to the game. Beaver Authentics is also selling a pink mini basketball. A portion of the proceeds from the pin and mini basketball will go to Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Corvallis Clinic's Project H.E.R.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to help bring awareness to the need to find a cure for breast cancer. The first 100 fans through the doors at Gill Coliseum will receive a free pink mini-basketball and fans will receive pink pompoms, while supplies last.
Tickets without the pins 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.
Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.
For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. A full audio and video stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.
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