Talisa Rhea earns Pac-10 Player of the Week honor

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Talisa Rhea, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was named the Pac-10 women's basketball player of the week on Monday.

Rhea, an Oregon State University freshman, helped the Beavers upend Washington and Washington State during the week of Jan. 14-20. She tallied 21 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two wins.

On Saturday, Rhea set a school record for 3-pointers with eight as Oregon State downed Washington State 60-35. She made 8 of 13 shots from the floor and finished with 24 points.

Her eight 3s were one shy of the Pac-10 record of nine set in 2001.

In Thursday's 68-64 win over Washington, Rhea scored 18 points off the bench to lead Oregon State. She also had seven rebounds and four assists.

Her player of the week honor is Oregon State's first since the 2003-04 season.

Rhea leads Oregon State (10-8, 3-4 Pac-10) in 3-point shooting after making 43 of 101 attempts, good for a team-high of .426 percent. She's averaging 10.7 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game.

She's also second on the team with a .771 free-throw percentage and her 17 steals are tied for third on Oregon State.

Rhea's primarily contributed from the bench. She started just two of the Beavers' 18 games.

Oregon State next plays Thursday at University of Southern California.

Rhea is a three-time Alaska player of the year and helped lead Juneau-Douglas High School to a 2005 state championship.

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