Women's Basketball Defeats Washington State To End Regular Season
March 7, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - 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.
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.
It was OSU's first lead of the game as the Wildcats maintained a lead the entire first half.
The Beavers extended their lead to 41-32 at the 7:45 mark of the second half, where a Rhea jumper approximately 30 seconds prior forced Washington State head coach June Daugherty to take a timeout.
Washington State got to within four, 45-41, with three minutes left, but the Beavers were able to keep the Cougars from inching any closer from there on out. Washington State's April Cook sank a three-pointer with less than 15 seconds left to pill WSU to within three, 48-45, but Tilleman sank two free throws with eight seconds left to put the game out of reach for good.
Cook and Katie Madison each had 13 points to pace Washington State. Madison also the Cougars with 11 rebounds.
The game marked the regular season finale for both the Beavers and the Cougars. Oregon State finished the regular season with a 10-19 overall mark and 2-16 record in Pacific-10 Conference play.
Washington State, meanwhile, is 8-21 on the year and 3-15 in league games.
Oregon State will be the No. 10 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles, beginning Thursday. Washington State is the No. 9 seed.
Oregon State was led by Rhea in the first half, as she scored six points to pace the Beavers. Oregon State found itself down, 24-19, entering halftime.
Overall, the Beavers hit on 9-of-12 free throws in the first half, compared to 10-of-11 for Washington State.
The Beavers grabbed a game-leading 24 rebounds in the first half, 10 of which came offensively. Tilleman paced the team with eight rebounds - four were on the offensive glass.
Madison paced the Cougars with eight points and four rebounds in the first half.
Oregon State plays 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.
Check osubeavers.com for a radio listing, to be announced later this week, for the game and it can also be heard live 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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