Women's Basketball Ends Five-Game Homestand With Bay Area Schools

Jan. 8, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IN SEARCH OF FIRST PAC-10 VICTORY,BEAVERS HOST BAY AREA SCHOOLS
Thursday January 11, 2001
Stanford at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Saturday January 13, 2001
California at OSU - 1:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)(Fox Sports - Live)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (8-3 overall, 0-1 Pac-10)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (6.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (17.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (4.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (12.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)

No. 24 STANFORD UNIVERSITY (7-5 overall, 1-1 Pac-10)
G #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Fr. (12.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.1 apg.)
G #42 Lauren St. Clair, 6-0, Jr., (7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #33 Sarah Dimson, 6-0, Sr., (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #41 Bethany Donaphin, 6-2, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #53 Carolyn Moos, 6-6, Sr., (5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.1 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (4-8 overall, 0-2 Pac-10)
G #4 Kenya Corley, 5-8, Sr. (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg,1.4 apg.)
G #5 Becky Staubes, 5-10, Sr., (5.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #10 Courtney Johnson, 5-8, Sr., (12.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #31 Lauren Ashbaugh, 6-2, Sr., (9.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #42 Ami Forney, 6-2, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford University travels to Corvallis Thursday in hopes of recovering from a 68-65 loss at the hands of Arizona last Saturday. The Cardinal, ranked No. 24, are led by 6-2 freshman Nicole Powell's 12.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Junior Bethany Donaphin is the only other active Stanford player to average double figures in scoring with 10.8 points per game. As a team, Stanford has buried 76-of-200 3-point attempts on the season (.380) while just two players have yet to attempt a shot from long range. The Cardinal are also deadly from the free throw line, hitting a Pac-10 Conference leading .712 from the stripe. Eleven of Stanford's 12 players are over 6-0 tall. Former Oregon City standout, Lindsey Yamasaki is scoring 9.8 points per outing and grabbing 3.8 boards. The Cardinal and Beavers have faced to of the same opponents this season. Stanford dropped its season opener at Saint Mary's College on Nov. 17, 74-63, while the Beavers knocked off the Gaels in Corvallis, 65-52 on Dec. 10. Both teams also faced Utah, with OSU falling 53-49 in Corvallis on Dec. 18 and the Cardinal topping the Utes 72-58 in Stanford on Dec. 30.

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD: Stanford University leads the all-time series with Oregon State 24-5. The Cardinal have won 11 consecutive contests with the Beavers and 15 of the last 16 meetings. The most recent Beaver victory was a 78-73 win at Gill Coliseum during the 1994-95 season. Last season's 4-point (54-58) OSU loss in Corvallis was the closest game since the 5-point Beaver victory on Feb. 4, 1995. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 0-10 against Stanford.

CARDINAL AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: In last season's Gill Coliseum contest between Oregon State and Stanford, the Cardinal came out on top, 58-54, making it the closest game in the series in five years. Just four current OSU players saw action in last season's loss to Stanford, Felicia Ragland, Ericka Cook, Syesha Thomas and Nicole Funn. Ragland was ice-cold from the field, hitting just 1-of-11 field goals.

A GLANCE AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California heads to Eugene to face University of Oregon Thursday before travelling to Corvallis on Saturday. Senior guard Courtney Johnson leads the Bears in scoring with 12.1 points per game while junior post Ami Forney adds 10.8 points per contest and a team-high 8.1 rebounds. Senior guard Kenya Corley also averages double figures in scoring with 10.7 points per game. As a team the Golden Bears score 61.1 points while their opponents average 64.9 points per outing. Cal has recorded two of its four wins this season on the road.

THE SERIES WITH CAL: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California 23-16. The Beavers have won two straight against the Golden Bears and four of the last five meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 7-3 against California.

BEARS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: In last season's Gill Coliseum meeting between Oregon State and California, the Beavers never trailed en route to a 52-33 victory. Five current OSU players saw action in the contest, Felicia Ragland, Ericka Cook, Syesha Thomas, Nicole Funn and Michelle Estell. Ragland struggled from the field, hitting just 1-of-9.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: University of Oregon led the entire contest but Oregon State would never go away as the No. 24 Ducks escaped with a 71-67 victory in last Friday's Pac-10 Conference season opener. Both teams played evenly throughout the contest with the game's deciding factor coming at the free throw line. The Beavers managed to connect on just 5-of-12 free throws and hit only 1-of-4 attempts from the line in the final 35 seconds while the Ducks made 15-of-21 charity tosses. OSU all-star guard Felicia Ragland had a spectacular performance on the evening, leading all players in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. The 5-9 junior finished with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and a 3-for-5 mark from 3-point range. Ragland pulled down 11 rebounds for the second consecutive game, including 10 in the first half, while adding a season-high six assists and four steals. Senior Syesha Thomas and junior Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring for the Beavers with 11 points each. Brianne Meharry's 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting led Oregon. The Beavers had an uncharacteristic 22 turnovers while the Ducks recorded 19 miscues. Oregon State shot 53.8-percent from the field for the game while Oregon hit 52.9-percent of its shots.

HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Last Friday's Civil War game was the closest Beaver-Duck battle in exactly five years. The 4-point decision was the narrowest margin of defeat for Oregon State in the past 10 meetings. OSU's last victory over in-state rival Oregon was a 58-57 win on Jan. 5, 1996.

BEAVERS FALL OUT OF POLL: Oregon State has not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll for the past two weeks. The Beavers had received a season-high 25 votes in the Dec. 25 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 Thursday's opponent, Stanford University enters the week ranked No. 24.

FAST FACT: This Thursday's opponent, Stanford, enters the week leading the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage. The Cardinal shoot an impressive .380 from beyond the arc. Oregon State enters the week leading the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponents to hit just .268 from long range.

SLOW START: In its first six games of the season Oregon State never trailed at halftime en route to a perfect 6-0 record. In the last five games, the Beavers have gone into the locker room trailing at the break. OSU has a 2-3 record over the last five contests.

MORE FREE THROW = MORE WINS: The Beavers are 7-0 this season when they make more free throws than their opponents. Oregon State has a 1-3 mark when they score fewer points from the line than the opposition. Portland State's six free throws were one better than OSU but the Beavers still recorded the 64-54 victory in the season opener.

LEADING THE LOOP: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in two statistical categories: Scoring Defense (56.7) and 3-Point Percentage Defense (26.8). The Beavers rank in the Pac-10's Top-5 in every statistical category except for assists per game, where OSU's 13.27 average is eighth.

REBOUNDING WATCH: Despite being out-rebounded 28-26 by Oregon last Friday, Oregon State continues to lead its opponents on the battle of the boards. OSU is out-rebounding its opponents 39.9-34.3 boards per game, ranking third in the Pac-10 Conference with a +5.6 rebounding margin. The Beavers have also dominated the offensive glass, earning a 179-137 edge over their opponents.

RAGLAND RANKINGS: Junior guard Felicia Ragland recorded her second consecutive double-double, third of the season and eighth of her career with 24 points and a season-high tying 11 rebounds against Oregon last Friday. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in four consecutive games and 10 of 11 games this season. The 5-9 guard leads the Beavers in scoring with 17.2 points per game and ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.27 steals per outing. Ragland leads Oregon State in 3-pointers made this season with 16, bringing her career total to 65, ranking No. 5 in OSU' s record books. Ragland needs just four more long balls to surpass Nicole McCallister (68) and move into fourth place. Ragland's .432 3-point field goal percentage ranks second in the Pac-10.

LONG RANGE BOMBER: Sophomore Michelle Estell has hit at least one 3-pointer in five consecutive games. The 5-11 forward is shooting 50-percent from beyond the arc (6-of-12) and has hit 12-of-26 shots from the field (.462).

COOK WATCH: Junior Ericka Cook continues to remain hot in scoring from the field for the Beavers. The 6-3 post buried 5-of-8 shots from the field for 11 points last Friday against Oregon. Cook has now reached double figures in scoring in six consecutive games and has recorded a team-high four double-doubles. The former North Medford High star, ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.36 offensive rebounds per game. Cook is also tied for second in the conference in blocked shots with 1.36 per outing.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 52 of their last 80 (.650) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 70-33 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 69-80 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 167-147 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 Thursday's game against Stanford University can be heard solely on the Internet. Saturday's game against California 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, Jan. 20 at Washington and Feb. 17 vs. Washington State and Mar. 1 vs. Arizona. The Beavers can be seen Live on Jan. 13 against California.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: Saturday's Oregon State game against California will be televised Live, on Fox Sports Northwest.

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