Women's Basketball Hits The Road This Week

Jan. 15, 2001


Thursday January 18, 2001
OSU at Washington State - 7 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
(Friel Court) (Fox Sports - tape delay)

Saturday January 20, 2001
OSU at Washington - 2 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)(Fox Sports - tape delay)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-4 overall, 1-2 Pac-10)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (18.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (5.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 apg.)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY (7-7 overall, 2-2 Pac-10)
G #20 Katie Nyseth, 5-3, Sr. (8.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #41 Jessica Ottmar, 6-0, So., (5.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #5 Victoria Harrod, 6-0, Sr., (5.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #12 Whitney Martindale, 5-10, Jr., (5.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
C #33 Brittney Hawks, 6-2, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.4 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (10-4 overall, 3-1 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, Fr. (12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.9 apg.)
G #14 Megan Franza, 5-11, Sr., (13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, So., (9.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #24 Kellie O'Neill, 6-1, So., (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #42 LeAnn Sheets, 6-2, Sr., (6.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE COUGARS: The Beavers travel to Pullman, WA, to face Washington State on Thursday. WSU brings a 7-7 record into the game after dropping a pair of games in Arizona last week. Junior Brittney Hawks is the only Cougar to average double figures in scoring with 10 points per game. The former College of Eastern Utah player also leads the squad in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game. The Cougars next two leading scorers come off the bench, Kelley Berglund (9.2) and Yvonne Volkman (9.0). WSU ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.362). The Cougars have committed a conference leading 296 turnovers on so far this season, including more than 20 miscues in the last four games.

THE SERIES WITH WSU: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State 27-18. The Beavers have won two straight against the Cougars. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-4 against WSU.

COUGARS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: In last season's Friel Court meeting between Oregon State and Washington State, the Beavers rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit (37-26) and trailed by as many as 14 points, to emerge with a 65-62 victory. Felicia Ragland sank a pair of free throws with :07 remaining on the clock to seal the victory for OSU. Ragland finished the game with 24 points, on 8-of-18 shooting and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. The Tulare, CA native also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 40 minutes of action.

A GLANCE AT THE HUSKIES: Washington enter the week with a 10-4 record and 3-1 Pac-10 Conference mark after falling at Arizona, 88-72, last Saturday. UW leads the loop in rebounding with 45.4 boards per game. The balanced Huskies have three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Megan Franza's 13.4 points per game. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola leads the squad in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game and assists with 3.9 per contest. The 5-11 guard also scores 12.1 points per outing. Sophomore Kellie O'Neill adds 10.1 points per game and 5.8 rebounds. As a team UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made per game with 6.36. Washington averages 72.1 points per game while holding its opponents to 66.6 points.

THE SERIES WITH WASHINGTON: The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State 31-19. The Beavers have won two straight, after sweeping Washington for the first time since the 1995-96 season. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 4-6 against UW.

HUSKIES AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: In last season's meeting between Oregon State and Washington, the Beavers led by as many as 11 points on their way to a 57-50 victory. Felicia Ragland scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists and set a career high with three blocked shots.

LOOKING BACK AT STANFORD: For the first time in five seasons, and 11 meetings, Oregon State came out on top against Stanford University. OSU's Thursday night 81-65 victory against the No. 24 Cardinal is quite possibly the biggest win in head coach Judy Spoelstra's reign as Beaver head coach and her first career victory against national powerhouse Stanford. The Beavers utilized defensive pressure and team speed to off-set the noticeable Cardinal height advantage and spurt to a quick 11-0 lead, never allowing Stanford's coaching staff or players know what hit them. Oregon State led by as many as 28 points in the first half before taking a 46-26 lead into the locker room at intermission. The Beavers hit a scorching 18-of-29 shots from the floor for a season-high 62-percent in the first half while Stanford committed 17 turnovers in the opening frame. The Cardinal out-scored the Beavers 41-36 in the second half and narrowed the OSU lead to seven points (65-58) with 3:29 remaining but All-America candidate Felicia Ragland nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put all but seal the upset victory. Ragland finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc. The Tulare, CA native, also pulled down five rebounds and tallied a game-high six steals. Sophomore Nicole Funn scored 17 points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and matched her career-high with four steals. Junior Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring on the night with 16 points and six rebounds. All eight OSU athletes that saw playing time, scored. Stanford committed a school record 30 turnovers.

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: California recorded its first Pac-10 Conference win of the season last Saturday, 79-72, as Oregon State struggled hanging on to the ball. The Beavers committed 20 turnovers in the contest and let a 10-0 lead to open the game slip away. Junior guard Felicia Ragland matched her career high in scoring with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 4-of-7 clip from 3-point range. Junior Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for the eighth consecutive game with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor while teammate Nicole Funn just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Michelle Estell tied her career high in scoring with 10 points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The balanced Cal attack had five players reach double figures in scoring.

BEAVERS BACK IN POLL: Oregon State returned to the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll after knocking off former No. 24 Stanford University last Thursday. Despite the Beavers collapse against California on Saturday, OSU received one vote in this week's AP poll. The Beavers 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 Saturday's opponent, University of Washington enters the week receiving 12 votes.

FAST FACT: Thursday's victory against Stanford broke the Beavers' longest losing streak (11 games) against a Pac-10 opponent. The longest remaining losing streak is against in-state rival Oregon. OSU's Jan. 5, loss against Oregon (67-71) brought the skid to 10 consecutive games.

MORE FREE THROW = MORE WINS: The Beavers are 8-0 this season when they make more free throws than their opponents. Oregon State has a 1-4 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.

REBOUNDING WATCH: Oregon State dominated the boards against Stanford Thursday night, out-rebounding the taller Cardinal, 37-29, including an 18-11 advantage on the offensive glass. The Beavers struggled rebounding against California last Saturday, losing the battle of the boards, 36-34. On the season, OSU is out-rebounding its opponents 39.2-34.0 boards per game, ranking third in the Pac-10 Conference with a +5.2 rebounding margin. The Beavers have dominated the offensive glass, earning a 210-160 edge over their opponents.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte re-injured her right knee during last Monday's practice. Results of an MRI show that the Kaunas, Lithuania native, tore a piece of the meniscus as well as the anterior cruciate ligament that was repaired over the summer. Rukstelyte will be sidelined for this weekend's games at the Washington schools but is hopeful to return to the lineup. Walk-on Marissa Nehl will also be in street clothes for the Beavers pending results after fainting in a recent practice.

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 led the Beavers with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 2-for-3 clip from 3-point range against Stanford Thursday and then matched her career high in scoring with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 4-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. The Tulare, CA native, has reached double figures in scoring in six consecutive games and 12 of 13 games this season. The 5-9 guard leads the Beavers in scoring with 18.1 points per game and ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.31 steals per outing. Ragland leads Oregon State in 3-pointers made this season with 25, bringing her career total to 71, tying Vanessa Morris, to move into third place in OSU's record book. Ragland's .463 3-point field goal percentage ranks third in the Pac-10.

CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT RAGLAND: A legitimate All-America candidate, Felicia Ragland has scored 20 points or more in five games so far this season. Ragland has hit for 20-plus in all three of OSU's Pac-10 Conference games. The 5-9 junior has buried 26-of-46 (.565) field goals from the field and 9-of-15 (.600) from 3-point range in Pac-10 games.

LONG RANGE BOMBER: Sophomore Michelle Estell continues to be a force off the bench for the Beavers. The Amanda, OH native, tied her career-high in scoring with 10 points against California last Saturday on a perfect 3-for-3 effort from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Estell has hit at least one 3-pointer in seven consecutive games. The 5-11 forward is shooting 56-percent from beyond the arc (9-of-16) and has hit 17-of-33 shots from the field (.515).

COOK WATCH: Junior Ericka Cook continues to remain hot in scoring from the field for the Beavers. The 6-3 post buried 5-of-9 shots from the field and sank 6-of-7 free throws for 16 points against Stanford Thursday. She then went 7-of-8 from the floor with 14 points and matched her career-high with five assists last Saturday against California. Cook has now reached double figures in scoring in eight consecutive games and has recorded a team-high four double-doubles. The former North Medford High star, is currently tied for first in the Pac-10 Conference with and average of 3.23 offensive rebounds per game.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 53 of their last 82 (.646) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 70-34 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 70-81 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 168-148 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. Thursday's game against Washington State will be broadcast solely over the Internet while Saturday's game against Washington 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.

BEAVERS ON FOX NORTHWEST: Both of Oregon State's games this weekend will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest on a tape delayed basis. Thursday's game at Washington State will be broadcast on Friday (Jan. 19) at 2 p.m. while Saturday's game at Washington can be seen on Sunday (Jan. 21) at 2 p.m.

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