Rhea making it rain in Corvallis (Basketball)

October 19, 2009
Talisa Rhea

When Juneau’s Talisa Rhea left Alaska for college she was probably known as a better playmaker rather than shooter, but she’s since changed that perception in her two years at Oregon State University.

The 5-foot-11 junior guard is on pace to shatter the school record for career 3-pointers, already ranking second on the list with 131 in two seasons.

Rhea already owns the Pac-10 single-game record with 10 threes. She did that last season against Sacramento State en route to a career-high 43-point performance.

However, she’s hardly one-dimensional. She’s always been able to pass and finished third on the team last year with 73 assists. When she was at Juneau-Douglas, where earned multiple player-of-the-year honors, she would often throw passes her teammates couldn’t handle.

But now, thanks to her improved jumper, Rhea is a better well-rounded threat.

“I just tried to work on offense by improving on my shot, getting a quicker release and learning how to get open better with teams are guarding me closely,” Rhea told reporters on Media Day. “It’s just about learning new things, little hints every now and then.”

Rhea is also an exceptional student. She has a cumulative 3.54 grade point average, helping her earn a spot on last year’s Pac-10 All-Academic team.

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