Women's Basketball Hosts Beaver Classic On Friday And Saturday

Nov. 20, 2000



Friday November 24, 2000
Kansas State vs Wyoming - 5 p.m., Corvallis (Gill Coliseum)
Princeton at OSU - 7 p.m. , Corvallis (Gill Coliseum)

Saturday November 25, 2000
Consolation Game - 5 p.m., Corvallis (Gill Coliseum)
Championship Game - 7:05 p.m., Corvallis (Gill Coliseum)

G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 7.0 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Holbrook, 6-2, Fr. (3.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (12.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg,2.0 apg.)

G #11 Jessica Munson, 5-8, Sr. (5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #24 Hillary Reser, 5-8, Jr., (4.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #32 Allison Cahill, 5-6, So., (6.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg,1.0 apg.)
F #21 Lauren Rigney, 5-10, Jr., (6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #43 Maureen Lane, 6-0, So., (4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 apg.)

BEAVER CLASSIC HISTORY: Oregon State hosts the Beaver Classic basketball tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Classic is sponsored this season by the OSU Federal Credit Union. Last season the tournament returned as the Gazette-Times Classic after a one-year hiatus during the 1997-98 campaign. The Classic began during the 1982-83 season and has been known as the Converse Classic, the Big O Restaurant Classic and the Fisher Implement Classic. In the 14 previous tournaments the Beavers have won the tournament title on 11 occasions. Oregon State owns a 24-4 record in the Classic and has had 32 players among the All-Tournament selections, including MVP's Tanja Kostic (three times), Shanna Daniels, Judy Spoelstra, Lisa Channel, Debbie Dalluge, Chelle Flamoe, Judy Shannon and Tammy Arnold.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Princeton University, Kansas State University and the University of Wyoming are all making their inaugural appearance in the Beaver Classic. Oregon State will open action on Friday night against Princeton, marking the first meeting between the Beavers and the Tigers. OSU will face either K-State or Wyoming in the second round on Saturday. The Beavers own a 1-0 all-time record against Kansas State with a 70-62 victory at the Giusti Tournament in Portland, OR during the 1983-84 season. Wyoming beat Oregon State in the teams only meeting. The Cowgirls topped the Beavers 75-64 in Casper, WY during the 1985-86 campaign.

SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers open season action on Tuesday night at Lehigh University before travelling to Corvallis to face Oregon State in Friday's opening round of the Beaver Classic. The Tigers return nine players, including three starters, from last season's 9-19 squad. Junior Lauren Rigney returns to lead the squad after averaging 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds as a sophomore. Teammate Allison Cahill averaged 6.9 points and 1.7 boards last season. Princeton's lone senior, Jessica Munson averaged 5.2 points last season while junior guard Hilary Reser, a Jesuit High School graduate, averaged 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. As a team, Princeton averaged 58.2 points per game compared to its opponents 65.6 points.

SCOUTING K-STATE: Kansas State brings a 1-0 record into its Tuesday night game against Western Illinois before heading to Corvallis to face Wyoming in Friday's opening round of the Beaver Classic. Six letterwinners return from last seasons 13-17 squad. The Wildcats opened their season with a 62-49 victory against Missouri-Kansas City on Nov. 17. Junior forward Kristin Rethman came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 4-for-5 clip from 3-point range. Senior Kim Woodlee also reached double figures in scoring with 16 points.

SCOUTING WYOMING: The University of Wyoming brings a 1-0 record to Corvallis for its Friday night game against Kansas State University. Four Cowgirls reached double figures in scoring in UW's 95-77 season opening victory against Chadron State last Saturday (Nov. 18). Carly Stucky's 20 points, eight assists and eight steals led all players, while a trio of Cowgirls recorded double-doubles. Jessica Gibbs finished the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Christy Bacon and Ann McColl recorded 13 points and 10 points each. Wyoming returns 10 players from last season's 10-18 squad.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: The Beavers opened regular season action with a 64-54 win at Portland State last Friday. Oregon State's pressure defense caused the Vikings problems through much of the first half. OSU dominated the boards in the opening skein, out-rebounding PSU 20-9. The Beavers used a 22-7 run to close out the half and take a commanding 40-25 lead into the locker room. Sophomore Nicole Funn scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor while junior post Ericka Cook, finished the night with a double-double, 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Junior guard Felicia Ragland also reached double figures in scoring with 16 points. OSU's lone senior, Syesha Thomas, led the squad in assists and steals with seven and three, respectively.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has won seven consecutive Gill Coliseum season openers. The Beavers are a perfect 5-0 in their opening home game of the season under head coach Judy Spoelstra.

SHORT HANDED: Oregon State had just seven players compete in its season opening win at Portland State last Friday. Sophomore guard Michelle Estell missed the contest because of a broken nose suffered in the Thursday practice before Friday's game. Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte was sidelined while continuing to recover from a torn ACL that she suffered last May. Freshman forward Kristine Gleisberg did not make the trip with the team because she was attending the funeral for her father, who passed away last week. Estell and Gleisberg are expected to see action this weekend, while Rukstelyte's status remains questionable, pending on a Monday evening visit to the doctor.

FUNN'S ON FIRE: Sophomore guard Nicole Funn scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against Portland State last Friday. The 6-0 forward also registered career highs in steals (2) and blocked shots (2) against the Vikings. Funn led the team in minutes played with 38 and grabbed eight rebounds on the evening. The Carson, CA, native was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman honorable mention list last season while averaging 4.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per contest.

COOK GETS IT DONE: Junior post Ericka Cook recorded her second career double-double in last Friday's Beaver victory at Portland State. Cook tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds, including seven offensive, in the 64-54 win. The 6-3 center also registered a pair of blocked shots to raise her career total to 39 swats.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State picked up where it left off last season, winning the battle of the boards against its opponents. The Beavers out-rebounded Portland State 43-27 and allowed the Vikings to grab just seven offensive rebounds. OSU led the Pac-10 in rebounding last season, grabbing 5.7 more caroms than its opponents.

THE STREAK: Beaver guard Felicia Ragland scored 16 points to open the season at Portland State last Friday night. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring eight consecutive games. The streak started last season with an 11-point effort at Washington State (2/19/00).

TOYS FOR TOTS: For the third consecutive year the Beavers are helping to make the holidays brighter for disadvantaged youths. The OSU men's and women's basketball teams are providing a free clinic for youths in grades 3-5 this Tuesday (Nov. 21) and a clinic for youths grades 6-8 next Tuesday (Nov. 28). The clinics will run from 7-8:30 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. In order to participate, youngsters must bring a new toy that would make a good gift for another youth during the holiday season. These gifts will be wrapped and transported to Corvallis' Vina Moses Center for distributions with holiday gift baskets. To sign up in advance for next weeks clinic, contact the Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department at (541) 766-6918.

COACHING ADDITIONS: Oregon State has three new coaches on the sideline this season. Tony Newnan joins the Beavers after guiding the high-powered offense at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Stephanie Norman brings a wealth of experience to the staff after working as an assistant at Oregon from 1992-99. Jualeah Woods rounds out the staff, joining the Beavers after two seasons as an assistant at California, under her former coach, Marianne Stanley.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra enters her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra is 61-77 in five seasons at OSU and has a 159-145 overall record in 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 season.

BEAVERS ON THE RADIO: All of Oregon State's 2000-01 games will be broadcast on the radio. Select games will be broadcast only on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com - this Friday's game against Princeton will be broadcast solely over the Internet. Saturday's second round game can be heard on KLOO (1340 AM) in Corvallis. Future games will be broadcast on the Beaver Sports Radio Network, through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play six televised games this season on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference season opener against Oregon on Jan. 5 will be broadcast on tape-delay, as well as the Jan. 18 game at Washington State, Feb. 17 vs. Washington State and Mar. 1 vs. Arizona. The Beavers can be seen Live on Jan. 13 against California and Jan. 21 at Washington.

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