Women's Basketball Hosts Saint Mary's College On Sunday Afternoon

Dec. 5, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PICKS UP TWO BIG VICTORIES ON THE ROAD TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED,HOSTS SAINT MARY'S SUNDAY

Sunday December 10, 2000
Saint Mary's at OSU - 1:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR (Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-0)

G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (4.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (19.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (19.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (5.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg,2.4 apg.)

SAINT MARY'S GAELS (5-0)
G #33 Corrie Mizusawa, 5-8, Fr. (5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg,3.8 apg.)
G #25 Hilary Parker, 6-0, Sr., (8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg,3.2 apg.)
F #21 Julie Morris, 6-0, So., (8.8 ppg,3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #54 Jerkisha Dosty, 6-2, Jr., (15.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
C #45 Jermisha Dosty, 6-3, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College brings a perfect 5-0 record into its Friday night contest against Cal-State Fullerton before travelling to Corvallis on Sunday. Twin sisters Jermisha and Jerkisha Dosty have been incredible forces on the inside for the Gaels. 6-3 Jermisha Dosty is a leading the team in scoring and rebounding with an average of 16.0 points per game and an impressive 14.0 rebounds per contest. 6-2 Jerkisha Dosty is averaging 15.6 points per game while pulling down 9.4 rebounds. The two juniors are the only players scoring in double figure for Saint Mary's. Forwards Julie Morris and Hilary Parker are averaging just over 8 points per contest and three boards per game. The Gaels opened the season with a 74-63 win against Pacific-10 Conference powerhouse Stanford. As a team SMC averages 72 points per game while holding its opponents to 59 points. The Gaels have a +11.4 rebounding margin, while grabbing 45.6 boards compared to their opponents 34.2

THE SERIES: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Saint Mary's College 2-1. The Beavers have not faced the Gaels since the 1995 season, when OSU topped SMC 87-70 in Gill Coliseum.

LOOKING BACK AT OHIO: In a night of career bests, Oregon State used 35 points from Nicole Funn and 26 points from Felicia Ragland to help catapult the Beavers past Ohio University 99-72 in last Thursday's showdown. Funn produced most of the Beavers' offense in the first half, surpassing her previous career-high of 18 points with 21 points before the break on 10-of-14 shooting. Ragland spent most of the opening skein on the bench with two early fouls but was on fire in the second half burying 24 points en route to finishing the game with a career-high 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Funn not only led the squad in scoring but also in rebounding, tying her career-high with 10 boards and recording her first ever double-double. Sophomore Michelle Estell saw her first action of the season after suffering a concussion and broken nose prior to the season opener at Portland State. Estell, an Ohio native, scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in the contest. As a team Oregon State connected on 36-of-61 shots from the floor for a season-high 59-percent.

LOOKING BACK AT MARQUETTE: Oregon State broke Marquette University's 23-game home winning streak last Saturday when the Beavers downed the Golden Eagles 64-50. The Beavers held Marquette to just 16 first half points while scoring 27 of their own in the defensive battle. Oregon State never trailed in the second half of the game but the Beavers were on the losing end of the battle of the boards (34-38). Felicia Ragland reached double figures for the 12th consecutive outing with a game-high 23 points while teammate Nicole Funn finished with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore guard Nicole Funn was named Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance in last week's Beaver victories against Ohio University and Marquette University. On the week, Funn averaged 25.5 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 18-of-33 (55-percent) from the field and 15-of-20 (75-percent) from the free throw line. The Carson, Calif., native, scored a career-high 35 points and tied her career-high in rebounding with 10 boards against Ohio for her first career double-double. Funn reached double figures in scoring for the fifth consecutive game with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds against Marquette. Funn currently leads the Beavers in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). This was Funn's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Oregon State's 21st Player of the Week award winner of all-time. Sissel Pierce was the most recent POW award winner for the Beavers before Funn was honored. Pierce earned recognition on February 28, 2000.

GREAT START: Oregon State's 5-0 start is the best in head coach Judy Spoelstra's tenure. The Beavers have opened the season with a 5-0 record on five previous occasions, dating back to the 1976-77 season. The last time the Beavers have had this successful of a start was the 1994-95 campaign when the team posted an all-time best record of 7-0.

IS IT COINCIDENCE: The last time that Oregon State and Saint Mary's College faced each other was during the 1994-95 season when the Beavers topped the Gaels 87-70. 1994-95 was the same season that OSU had its best ever start -- 7-0. The 1994-95 squad was the first, and last, to win 20+ games (21-8) since the 1983-84 team (22-7).

FAST FACT: In Oregon State's two road victories last week against Ohio and Marquette, the Beavers scored a total of 163 points. Guards Nicole Funn and Felicia Ragland combined to score 100 points in the two games. Funn leads the Pac-10 Conference in scoring average with 19.6 points per game while Ragland ranks second in conference with 19.4 points per contest.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State has not trailed in the second half of this season's first five games. The Beavers have outscored their opponents 197-109 in the opening half.

HOME STREAK: Oregon State has a Gill Coliseum winning streak of four games which started last season with a 73-66 victory against USC on February 24, 2000. The Beavers are a perfect 2-0 in Gill this season.

PUTTING POINTS ON THE BOARD: The 99 points scored against Ohio last Thursday is the 11th highest point total in Oregon State history and the second highest number of points the Beavers have scored with Judy Spoelstra at the helm. OSU has not reached the century mark since a 100-54 victory against Eastern Washington University on November 27, 1998. The Beavers are averaging 73.6 points per game which ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference. Oregon State ranks first in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 52.8 points per game and first in margin of victory, defeating its opponents by over 20-points (20.8) per outing.

STEALING THE SHOW: Oregon State is leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals per game with an average of 11.80. Beaver guard Felicia Ragland leads the conference with 3.6 steals per game while teammate Syesha Thomas is tied for 6th in the loop with 2.0 steals per contest.

RAGLAND GETS IT DONE: Junior guard Felicia Ragland scored a career-high 26 points last Thursday against Ohio on 12-of-17 (71-percent) shooting from the field. Ragland led all players with 23 points last Saturday against Marquette. In the two games Ragland scored a total of 49 points on 21-of-37 shooting for 57-percent. Ragland has now reached double-figures in scoring on 12 occasions. The streak started last season with an 11-point effort at Washington State (2/19/00).

HOT-SHOTS: Senior guard Syesha Thomas scored a season-high nine points in Oregon State's victory over Ohio last Thursday. Thomas was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 1-for-1 from 3-point range. Thomas also dished out three assists in the contest and pulled down a pair of rebounds. Freshman Leilani Estavan was also perfect from the field against Ohio, knocking down 2-of-2 shots from the field, both beyond the arc. Estavan finished the game with a career-high seven points after hitting 1-of-2 free throws and recorded a team-high five assists.

COOK SHOWS MANY TALENTS: Junior post Ericka Cook dished out a season-high four assists and blocked a season-high three shots in Oregon State's victory against Ohio last Thursday. Cook also tallied eight points and five rebounds in the 99-72 win. Cook's scoring average of 11.6 points per game ranks 14th in the Pacific-10 Conference while her 6.4 rebounds ranks 11th. The North Medford High graduate ranks second in the loop for blocked shots with 1.4 per game.

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 41.2-30.6 per game for a Pacific-10 Conference leading +10.6 rebounding margin. OSU is dominating the offensive glass, controlling 92 rebounds compared to its opponents' 50 offensive boards. The Beavers' 18.4 offensive rebounds per game ranks first in the Pac-10.

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: Join the voice of Beaver women's basketball, Jon Warren, as he calls the play-by-play for all of Oregon State's 2000-01 games. Every OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. This Sunday's game against Saint Mary's College can also 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.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE LEADERBOARD (Dec. 4, 2000)

TEAM LEADERS:Scoring Offense1. Stanford	79.53. Oregon State	73.6

Scoring Defense1. Oregon State 52.8

Scoring Margin1. Oregon State +20.8

Free Throw Percentage1. Oregon 70.44. Oregon State 67.6

Field Goal Percentage1. Oregon 48.83. Oregon State 45.1

Field Goal Percentage Defense1. Oregon 34.94. Oregon State 39.6

3-Point Field Goal Percentage1. Washington State 38.38. Oregon State 26.8

3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense1. Arizona State 19.63. Oregon State 25.4

Rebounding Offense1. Arizona 45.23. Oregon State 41.2

Rebounding Defense1. Oregon State 30.6

Rebounding Margin -1. Oregon State +10.6

Blocked Shots average1. Oregon 6.04. Oregon State 4.0

Assists average1. Stanford 18.836. Oregon State 14.80

Steals average1. Oregon State 11.80

Turnover Margin1. USC +7.802. Oregon State +6.00

Offensive Rebounds1. Oregon State 18.40

Defensive Rebounds1. Arizona 28.007. Oregon State 22.80

3-Point Field Goals Made1. Stanford 5.83T6. Oregon State 3.00

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:Scoring1. Nicole Funn 19.62. Felicia Ragland 19.414. Ericka Cook 11.6

Rebounding3. Nicole Funn 7.811. Ericka Cook 6.416. Felicia Ragland 5.6

Field Goal Percentage6. Felicia Ragland 54.7

Assists avergage4. Leilani Estavan 5.00

Steals1. Felicia Ragland 3.60

3-Point Field Goal Percentage9. Felicia Ragland 38.1

3-Point Field Goals Made6. Felicia Ragland 1.60

Blocked Shots2. Ericka Cook 1.406. Nicole Funn 1.208. Brina Chaney 1.00

Assist/Turnover Ratio2. Leilani Estavan 2.505. Syesha Thomas 1.60

Offensive Rebounds2. Ericka Cook 4.003. Nicole Funn 3.608. Brina Chaney 2.60

Defensive ReboundsT8. Nicole Funn 4.20

TEAM HIGHS:Points1. 99 OSU at Ohio (11/30/00)

Field Goals Made1. 36 OSU at Ohio (11/30/00)

Field Goal Percentage1. 59.0 (36-61) OSU at Ohio (11/30/00)

Free Throw Percentage1. 92.9 (13-14) OSU at Marquette (12/2/00)

Rebounds2. 51 OSU vs. Wyoming (11/25/00)

StealsT2. 17 OSU vs. Princeton (11/24/00)

INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS:Points1. 35 Nicole Funn at Ohio (11/30/00)

Field Goals MadeT1. 12 Nicole Funn at Ohio (11/30/00)T1. 12 Felicia Ragland at Ohio (11/30/00)

Free Throws Made2. 11 Nicole Funn at Ohio (11/30/00)

StealsT1. 8 Felicia Ragland vs. Princeton (11/24/00)

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