Talisa Rhea - Everyday Champion
Jan. 20, 2009
"I like to have a lot of fun, but I'm serious on the basketball court and put a lot of work into it. I like to enjoy everything that I do."
For sophomore guard Talisa Rhea, that means in the classroom as well where she is a double major in education and exercise and sport science. Her aspiration, after her playing days are over, is to be a coach.
"I hope to still be playing or coaching," Rhea said of her future, five-to-10 years from now. "Coaching interests me because I want to pass along what I have learned and give back to the community. I want to be that coach that people turn to and help kids that are in a position that I once was."
In other words, the position she once was in, following her dad to the gym to watch him play in her hometown of Juneau, Alaska. That's where the basketball passion bit her.
"I was always hanging around the gym," Rhea said. "As long as I can remember, I wanted to play basketball."
Basketball was the impetus for Rhea to find her way to a college, where she has excelled with over a 3.5 cumulative GPA in such recent courses as introduction to microeconomics and financial accounting. Even with that type of class schedule, she is destined for the postseason Pac-10 Academic team.
"There are a lot of classes, just a lot of time devoted to academics," Rhea explained on the demands of being a double major. "I'm lucky to have a great advisor (former Beaver soccer player Lindy Brown) to get me into the right classes and excellent tutors to help me along the way."
Lucky maybe, but she has made her own luck and is on her way to not only being one of the top guards in the history of the program, but also one of the best student-athletes at OSU.
More with Talisa Rhea:
Q. What was it like growing up in Juneau?
Q. Did you ever feel that Juneau was a detriment to you athletically in terms of earning a scholarship?
A. Growing up in Juneau did make a little harder to get to where I am now, because I wasn't playing against the best competition. Once I got into AAU basketball I started playing tournaments around the West Coast and that helped tremendously.
Q. When did you know basketball was the sport for you?
Q. What is it like playing for Coach (LaVonda) Wagner?
Q. What is the most important lesson you have learned from Coach Wagner?
Q. Why should the casual basketball fan come see this team play?
Q. What is the best advice you can give to young girls playing basketball?
Q. What are your goals for this season and beyond?
Q. What has surprised you most about Oregon State?
Q. How important is it for you to have a scholarship to an institution like Oregon State?
Q. Do you consider yourself a role model?
Q. What was going through your mind when you set the Pac-10 record for three-point field goals (10) against Sacramento State earlier this season?
Q. Why do you collect bouncy balls?