Oregon State is lucky to have Rhea (Basketball)

January 24, 2010
Talisa Rhea

Talisa Rhea went for a quarter of a century and it still wasn’t enough to save Oregon State University.

Then again, that’s how it’s gone for the Beavers during their six-game losing streak.

The Juneau sharpshooter pumped in 25 points but it couldn’t prevent a 79-75 home loss to Pac-10 enemy California in double OT Saturday. After starting the season 11-2, the team has since fallen on hard times, although this time it took 50 minutes and 47 points from Cal’s Alexis Gray-Lawson to doom them.

Meanwhile, Rhea keeps doing what she does—put up points.

The 5-foot-11 all-conference lock delivered double figures for the ninth straight game, giving her 50 for her three-year career. This season alone she has pumped in 20 or more points 10 times, fueling her 17.8 scoring average (second in the Pac-10).

She’s also a clutch performer. On Saturday, she sank three consecutive free throws with eight seconds left to send the game into a second OT. Makes sense since she ranks eighth in the league in FT percentage at .816.

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