Rhea leads Seattle University to opening win

Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears four-year starter (2003-07) Talisa Rhea led the Seattle University Redhawks women’s basketball team to a 60-55 opening season victory over Santa Barbara on Friday.

Rhea, a 5-foot-11 guard, led the team in minutes played with 39 and scored a game-high 20 points, hitting six of 13 field goals, including three from beyond the arch, and notched five charity stripe shots. The Gaucho’s Emilie Johnson also scored 20.

Rhea grabbed a team high 12 rebounds and had four assists and one steal. Sweets Underwood had a game high 15 rebounds for the Gauchos.

Rhea is playing her senior season at Seattle University after transferring from Oregon State and redshirting the 2010-11 season.

Rhea played in all 31 games as a freshmen at OSU, was All-Pacific-10 Honorable Mention and made the Pacific-10 All-Freshman team, averaged 9.9 points per game. Rhea ended the season with 67 three-pointers, which placed her second in OSU single-season history and set a school record with eight three-pointers in a home game against Washington State.

As an OSU sophomore Rhea started all 32 games, was All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, Pac-10 All-Academic and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Second Team honoree. Rhea set the Pac-10 record for three-pointers with 10 against Sacramento State to open the 2008-09 season, finishing the game with 42 points and earning the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in her career. Rhea averaged 13.5 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.

As an OSU junior Rhea started all 31 games and was named to the All-Pac-10 Team after being the 15th Beaver to score over 1,000 career points. Rhea led OSU with 15.3 points and 3.6 rebounds and scored a season-high 30 points against the University of Oregon. Rhea was also Pac-10 All-Academic honoree.

While a JDHS Crimson Bear, Rhea helped the team win two state championships and was the 2005 and 2006 Alaska 4A Player of the Year and Anchorage Daily News Player of the year, a first team all-state and three-time all-tournament selection, the MVP of the Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage, graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was a National Honor Society and Honor Roll member.

On Sunday, in Seattle, Rhea scored a team high 16 points, had nine assists, two steals and four rebounds in 39 minutes of a 66-62 loss to the University of California Davis.


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