Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Action Friday

Jan. 3, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO OPEN PAC-10 CONFERENCE ACTION FRIDAY,BEAVERS BATTLE OREGON IN CIVIL WAR
Friday January 5, 2001
Oregon at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
CIVIL WAR
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (8-2)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (16.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (15.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (4.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (12.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.8 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON (7-3)
G #5 Kourtney Shreve, 5-7, So. (6.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg,1.2 apg.)
G #10 Jamie Craighead, 5-9, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
F #23 Lindsey Dion, 5-10, Sr., (7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #40 Angelina Wolvert, 6-3, Sr., (13.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
C #34 Jenny Mowe, 6-5, Sr., (9.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE DUCKS: University of Oregon brings a 7-3 record to Corvallis on Friday for its Pac-10 Conference opener and Civil War matchup with Oregon State. The Ducks opened the season with four consecutive wins but dropped three straight on a tough road swing at Texas, Texas Tech and Utah. UO has regained its winning ways with a new three-game win streak including a 67-29 pounding of Boise State Tuesday. Oregon State knocked off the same Bronco squad Sunday, 66-55. Senior forward Angelina Wolvert paces the squad with 13.9 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds. The only other Oregon player to average double figures in scoring is junior Jamie Craighead who contributes 10.2 points per game. Senior post Jenny Mowe leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game to go along with 9.1 points per contest. As a team the Ducks lead the Pac-10 Conference in field goal percentage, knocking down close to 50-percent (.478) of their shots from the field. Oregon has struggled on the boards however, getting out-rebounded 33.4-33.1 per game. Boise State is just one of three opponents that both the Beavers and Ducks have faced this season. Oregon cruised past the University of Portland in Eugene on Nov. 24, 80-56, while the Beavers dropped their game with the Pilots 65-55 in the Chiles Center on Dec. 21. Both squads also suffered losses to the University of Utah, Oregon falling 63-48 in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16 and Oregon State just missing an upset of the No. 25 Utes in Gill Coliseum, 53-49 on Dec. 18.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 43-13. The Ducks have won nine straight and 11 of the last 13 meetings. The most recent Beaver victory was a 58-57 win at Gill Coliseum during the 1995-96 season. The 1-point OSU victory was witnessed by 7,881 screaming fans, making it the second largest crowd to ever witness a game in Gill Coliseum (No. 1 - 9,418 vs. Stanford 1/20/96). In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 1-9 against Oregon.

DUCKS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: Oregon State and Oregon faced each other in last season's Pac-10 finale with the Ducks coming out on top, 60-53 in Eugene. Just four current OSU players saw action in last season's loss to the Ducks, Felicia Ragland, Ericka Cook, Syesha Thomas and Nicole Funn.

LOOKING BACK AT THE NEW MEXICO: Oregon State overcame a sluggish start and 12-point halftime deficit to rally for a 75-64 victory against University of New Mexico last Thursday. The Lobos shot the lights out in the first half, connecting on 15-of-28 field goals and 6-of-12 shots from 3-point range while the Beavers hit just 11-of-29 shots for 38-percent before the break. Pressure defense spurred the Oregon State offense in the second half, helping the Beavers to utilize a 15-3 run and take their first lead of the second half at 40-39. OSU outscored New Mexico 51-28 in the final 20 minutes while knocking down 19-of-22 free throw attempts. Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring with 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds while teammate Nicole Funn added 16 points. Freshman Leilani Estavan scored a career-high eight points to go along with a team-high five assists.

LOOKING BACK AT BOISE STATE: For the second consecutive game, Oregon State recovered from a halftime deficit to knock off Boise State University 66-55 on Sunday afternoon. After shooting a paltry 32-percent (10-for-31) in the opening the frame and trailing 35-32 at the break, the Beavers once again picked up the defensive pressure in the second half and carried it to victory. OSU out-rebounded the Broncos 26-13 in the second half and finished the game with a 50-30 rebounding margin, including a 22-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Sophomore Nicole finished with a game-high 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds while Felicia Ragland also added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for fifth consecutive game with 12 points. Sophomore Michelle Estell also reached double figures in scoring, tying her career high with 10 points.

BEAVERS FALL OUT OF POLL: Despite winning a pair of games last week and improving its record to 8-2, Oregon State dropped out of the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll released Monday morning. The Beavers had received a season-high 25 votes in last week's AP poll. Prior to this season Oregon State had not received votes in a national poll since the 1995-96 season, when OSU was ranked No. 22 in the final AP poll. This Friday's Oregon State opponent and in-state rival, University of Oregon, enters the week ranked No. 24.

PAC-10 OPENER: The Beavers are just 1-5 in Pacific-10 Conference season openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm. The last OSU conference opening victory came in the 1995-96 season when the Beavers topped Oregon, 58-57 in Gill Coliseum for their ninth victory of the year. Oregon State enters this Friday's Pac-10 opening Civil War game with eight wins.

MAGIC NUMBER: Oregon State is averaging 67.8 points per game while allowing its opponents to score 55.3 points per contest. The Beavers are a perfect 8-0 this season when they score more than 55 points.

FAST FACT: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponents to shoot just .367 from the floor. University of Oregon leads the conference in field goal percentage, connecting on .478 of its field goal attempts.

LEADING THE LOOP: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in four statistical categories: Scoring Defense (55.3), Field Goal Percentage Defense (36.7), 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense (27.3) and Rebounding Margin (+6.4).

REBOUNDING WATCH: Oregon State continues to lead its opponents on the battle of the boards and the Beavers' rebounding margin was boosted by a 50-30 advantage Sunday against Boise State. OSU is out-rebounding its opponents 41.3-34.9 boards per game for a Pac-10 Conference leading +6.4 rebounding margin. The Beavers have also dominated the offensive glass, earning a 167-126 edge over their opponents.

RAGLAND RANKINGS: Junior guard Felicia Ragland recorded her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career with 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds against Boise State Sunday. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in three consecutive games and nine of 10 games this season. The 5-9 guard leads the Beavers in scoring with 16.5 points per game and ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.20 steals per outing. Ragland leads Oregon State in 3-pointers made this season with 16, bringing her career total to 62, ranking No. 5 in OSU' s record books. Ragland needs just seven more long balls to surpass Nicole McCallister (68) and move into fourth place.

FUNN FACTS: Sophomore Nicole Funn scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds Sunday against Boise State for her second double-double of the season. Funn ranks second on the Beaver squad in scoring and rebounding with 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

HOT SHOT: Sophomore Michelle Estell came off the bench to match her career high in scoring with 10 points Sunday against Boise State. Estell canned 4-of-9 shots from the field and 2-of-5 from 3-point range on the way to her first double-digit scoring output of the season. The 5-11 forward is shooting 44-percent for the season (11-of-25) and is hitting 46-percent of her shots from downtown (5-of-11).

COOK WATCH: Junior Ericka Cook has been hot for the Beavers over the last month. Cook combined for 30 points and 14 rebounds in last week's OSU victories against New Mexico and Boise State. The 6-3 post has now reached double figures in scoring in five consecutive games and has recorded a team-high four double-doubles. The former North Medford High star, leads the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.60 offensive rebounds per game. Cook is also tied for second in the conference in overall rebounding with 7.9 boards per game and joins teammate Brina Chaney in second place in the loop with 1.3 blocked shots per outing.

HOME STREAK: Oregon State opens a five-game homestand on Thursday against the University of New Mexico. The Beavers have won 52 of their last 79 (.658) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 70-32 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 227-113 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .668 percentage.

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 has a record of 69-79 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 167-146 overall record while in her 12th season 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 Friday's game against the University of Oregon can also be heard 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.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: Friday's Civil War game will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest on a tape-delayed basis, airing Saturday (Jan. 6) at 10 a.m.

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