Women's Basketball Heads To Ohio University Thursday And Marquette Saturday

Nov. 28, 2000



Thursday November 30, 2000
OSU at Ohio University - 4 p.m. PST, Athens, OH (The Convo)

Saturday December 2, 2000
OSU at Marquette - 11 a.m. PST, Milwaukee, WI (U.S. Cellular Arena)

G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (15.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (6.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (13.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg,2.0 apg.)

G #14 Candace Bates, 5-11, Fr. (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg,1.5 apg.)
G #22 Heather Laughlin, 5-7, Sr., (10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #34 Andrea Gay, 5-9, Fr., (6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg,2.0 apg.)
F #20 Lori Moorman, 6-1, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #30 Beckie Fischer, 6-1, So., (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

G #13 Kristi Johnson, 5-6, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg,1.8 apg.)
G #41 Heidi Bowman, 6-0, Sr., (16.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg,0.8 apg.)
F #31 Kelly Schwerman, 5-9, Fr., (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #44 Kristin Seffern, 6-2, So., (4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
C #52 Sarah Zawodny, 6-4, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.0 apg.)

BEAVER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Oregon State won its 12th Beaver Classic tournament title last weekend after man-handling Princeton University (69-33) on Friday night and topping the University of Wyoming (72-55) in Saturday's championship game. OSU improved its all-time tournament record to 26-4 with the victories. Wyoming finished with a 1-1 record after sneaking past Kansas State University in overtime (73-70) during the opening round. K-State recovered in the consolation game, finishing the tournament 1-1 after downing Princeton 63-51. The Tigers failed to pick-up a win (0-2) in tournament action.

A GLANCE AT THE BOBCATS: Ohio University brings a 1-1 record into this Thursday's game with Oregon State. The Bobcats opened the 2000-01 season with a 84-73 loss at Evansville but recovered to win their home-opener last Saturday 83-72 against Wright State. Junior Jacquie Negrelli comes off the bench to lead Ohio in scoring with an average of 14 points per game. 6-1 forward Lori Moorman leads the team in rebounding with a 7.0 per game clip and also averages 12 points per contest. Senior Heather Laughlin also averages double figures in scoring at 10.5 points per game and pulls down 5 boards per outing. The hot-shooting Bobcats have hit 56-of-105 field goals for a .533 field goal percentage. Negrelli paced last season's 11-15 squad with 14.5 points per game. Thursday's meeting between OSU and Ohio will be the first for both squads.

A GLANCE AT THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette University brings a 2-2 record into its Tuesday night game against Syracuse before hosting Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. 6-0 senior guard Heidi Bowman leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 16 points per game. Bowman, a graduate of South Fork High School (CA), is shooting 46-percent from the floor (21-46) and 83-percent from the charity stripe (15-18). Junior post Sarah Zawodny leads the team in rebounding with a 6.3 per game average and ranks second in scoring at 8.5 points per game. As a team Marquette is out-rebounding its opponents by just over a 7 boards per game (41.5-34.0). The Golden Eagles knocked off OSU 69-56 in last season's Beaver Classic championship game to win the first meeting between the two squads.

LOOKING BACK AT PRINCETON: Oregon State forced 18 first half Princeton turnovers en route to a decisive 69-33 victory in last Friday's opening round of the Beaver Classic. OSU opened a 14-2 lead out of the gates and never trailed in the game. Felicia Ragland's 19 points - 15 in the first half - led all players and the junior guard tied the tournament record and set a career-high with eight steals. Sophomore Nicole Funn buried 7-of-12 shots from the floor to finish the night with 17 points. A pair of OSU freshman got in on the action as post Brina Chaney scored a career-high 10 points and guard Leilani Estavan dished out a career-high eight assists.

LOOKING BACK AT WYOMING: Oregon State scored the first eight points of the Beaver Classic championship game and never allowed Wyoming to recover, as the Beavers rolled to a 72-55 victory. OSU took advantage of second chance opportunities, out-rebounding the Cowgirls 51-31, including 27 offensive boards. Beaver post Ericka Cook led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Felicia Ragland tallied her sixth career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Nicole Funn battled first half foul trouble to finish the night with 12 points and seven rebounds while freshman Hollye Holbrook reached double figures in scoring with a career-high 12 points.

ALL-TOURNAMENT: Three Oregon State players were named to the Beaver Classic All-Tournament squad for their efforts last week. Junior guard Felicia Ragland was named tournament MVP for her performance. Ragland hit 13-of-25 shots from the field for a 52-percent clip, tallied 15 rebounds and tied the tournament steals record with 10. Ericka Cook earned all-tournament honors after scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help the Beavers knock off Wyoming in the championship game. Sophomore Nicole Funn joined Cook on the all-tourney squad after posting big numbers, with a total of 29 points and 13 boards in the two contests. Carly Stucky of Wyoming and Nicole Ohlde of Kansas State round out the all-tourney picks.

FAST FACT: Oregon State starts the season 3-0 for the first time since 1994. The Beavers opened the 1994-95 campaign with seven consecutive wins en route to a 21-8 season record. The 1994-95 squad was the first, and last, to win 20+ games since the 1983-84 team (22-7).

ANOTHER FAST FACT: In its opening three games of the season, Oregon State has led its opponents for a total of 57 minutes and 4 seconds in a total of 60 minutes played. The Beavers have found themselves trailing for a mere 2 minutes and 56 seconds and have never trailed in the second half of this season's three games.

RAGLAND SHOWS STAR STATUS: Junior guard Felicia Ragland continues to show why she is considered one of the best players in the Pacific-10 Conference. After last weekends Beaver victories against Princeton and Wyoming, Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring on 10 consecutive occasions. The streak started last season with an 11-point effort at Washington State (2/19/00). Ragland also recorded her sixth career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Wyoming and set a career-high with eight steals against Princeton.

HOLBROOK HITS HIGHS: Freshman post Hollye Holbrook had the best game of her career against Wyoming last Saturday. Holbrook canned 4-of-5 shots from the floor and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line to finish with a career-high 12 points. The Oregon City grad also pulled down two rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

COOK WORKS THE BOARDS: Junior post Ericka Cook grabbed a total of 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive, in last weekends Beaver victories against Princeton and Wyoming. Cook also scored a total of 29 points and dished out four assists on her way to garnering Beaver Classic all-tournament honors. Cook's 20-point performance against Wyoming was the second highest scoring total in her career. Last season Cook scored a career-high 24 points against Idaho on Jan. 2.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State picked up where it left off last season, winning the battle of the boards against its opponents. The Beavers are out-rebounding their opponents 44.7-30 per game for a +14.7 rebounding margin. OSU is dominating the offensive glass, controlling 65 rebounds compared to its opponents' 28 offensive boards. Oregon State led the Pac-10 in rebounding last season, grabbing 5.7 more caroms than its opponents.

THE FIRST TIME AROUND: In last season's 69-56 loss to Marquette, the Beavers built a 9-point lead (17-8) at the 10-minute mark of the first half but the Golden Eagles recovered with a 15-2 run and eventually went into the locker room with a 32-29 advantage. OSU stayed close for the first 11 minutes of the second half but Marquette took the lead for good at 43-42 with 9:13 remaining on the clock and cruised to a 13-point victory.

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 Thursday's game at Ohio University and Saturday's contest at Marquette 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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