Women's Basketball Faces Stanford Saturday

Feb. 9, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ATTEMPTS TO BREAK 4-GAME SKID AGAINST STANFORD SATURDAY

Saturday February 10, 2001
OSU at Stanford - 7:30 p.m., Stanford, CA
(Maples Pavilion)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (11-9 overall, 3-7 Pac-10)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (19.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
or F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11 So., (3.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr., (11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr., (4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

STANFORD UNIVERSITY (13-7 overall, 7-3 Pac-10)
G #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Fr., (14.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
G #42 Lauren St. Clair, 6-0, Jr., (7.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Enjoli Izidor, 6-0, Jr., (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #33 Sarah Dimson, 6-0, Sr., (7.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #53 Carolyn Moos, 6-6, Sr., (5.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford University enters Saturday's game against Oregon State looking to avenge an earlier 81-65 loss to the Beavers on Jan. 11. The Cardinal has won seven-straight since being swept by the Oregon schools in the middle of January boast a 10-1 record in Maples Pavilion this season. Stanford is coming off a 63-54 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday night. Lauren St. Clair led the squad with 14 points including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Neither team shot well in the contest, both hitting just 39-percent of their field goal attempts. Freshman Nicole Powell leads the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game and rebounding with 8.6 boards per contest. One of the conference's premier players, Powell, is averaging a double-double after the first nine Pac-10 games (16.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg.). Oregon City grad Lindsey Yamasaki is the only other Cardinal player averaging double figures in scoring with 10.5 points per outing and 4.1 boards. Yamasaki led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting against USC last Sunday. As a team Stanford leads the Pac-10 in four different statistical categories: Free throw percentage (.716), 3-point field goal percentage (.366), Scoring margin (+5.4) and Blocked shots (6.11).

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State 24-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, ended an 11 game losing streak for OSU against Stanford. The victory was the first-ever for Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra (1-11) against the Cardinal.

CARDINAL AND BEAVERS THIS SEASON: Oregon State's 81-65 victory against No. 24 Stanford on Jan. 11, ended a five-year drought for the Beavers against the Cardinal. OSU utilized defensive pressure and team speed to spurt to a quick 11-0 lead. 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. In the second half the Cardinal got as close as seven points (65-58) but OSU held on for the victory. Felicia 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 while sophomore Nicole Funn scored 17 points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and matched her career-high with four steals. All eight OSU athletes that saw playing time, scored. Stanford tied its school record with 30 turnovers.

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: In a game that was nearly identical to the first meeting this season, Oregon State blew a big first half lead and fell to California 72-60 on Thursday night. The Beavers led by as many as 14 points in the opening half, nailing 7-of-10 3-pointers and taking a 36-24 lead into the locker room. Cal's Kenya Corley reeled off 12-straight points in the second half, propelling the Golden Bears into the lead for good eventually at the 8:48 mark. OSU shot just 19-percent (7-of-37) over the final 20 minutes and was out-scored 48-24. Junior guard Felicia Ragland finished with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-28 shooting and tied the Oregon State record for 3-point baskets made in a game with a 6-for-12 effort. Ragland buried five of her six treys in the first half on the way to scoring 19 points. Sophomore Nicole Funn was the only other OSU player to score in double figures with 11 points.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Felicia Ragland's 29 points weren't enough as the Beavers failed to pull out the victory against Arizona last Saturday. The Wildcats' 83-73 win was No. 500 for head coach Joan Bonvicini. OSU was hampered by early foul trouble which sent Ragland and senior Syesha Thomas to the bench but a trio of guards, Michelle Estell, Nicole Funn and Leilani Estavan picked up the slack, helping Oregon State take the lead 18-14. The Beavers were out-scored 14-2 over the last five minutes of the first half to go into the locker room trailing 34-31. Arizona led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Ragland buried a 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining to cut the lead to 74-72. UA recovered to score nine of the game's final 10 points to seal the victory. Ragland was the lone OSU player to score in double figures, hitting 11-of-23 field goals and scoring 26 of her game-high 29 points in the second half. Four Wildcats scored in double digits with LaKeisha Taylor's 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting leading the way.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Poor shooting hampered all hopes of a comeback victory as Oregon State fell to Arizona State 58-51 on Feb. 1. The Sun Devils led by as many as 12 points in the second half and OSU could never get any closer than four points (50-46) for the rest of the game. The Beavers hit just 9-of-33 field goal attempts for 27-percent in the first half and finished the game shooting 32-percent from the floor. Senior guard Syesha Thomas led all players with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The only other Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring was freshman post Hollye Holbrook who scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Arizona State was paced by Melody Johnson's 14 points and nine rebounds. OSU junior guard Felicia Ragland was held to just nine points, half her season average, on 3-of-13 shooting. Ragland led the squad with nine rebounds and matched her season high with six assists.

BEAVERS REMAIN OUT OF POLL: Oregon State has not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll for the past three weeks after garnering one vote in the Jan. 15 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.

GOOD MATCH-UP: Saturday's game pits the best 3-point shooting team in the Pacific-10 Conference against the best defensive squad against the 3-point shot. Stanford leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.364) while Oregon State leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.288).

ROAD TRIP: Oregon State will hit the road for three of its next five Pac-10 Conference games. The Beavers are 4-5 away from Gill Coliseum this season and 1-4 when visiting conference foes. OSU's lone Conference win on the road was at Washington State (64-46) on Jan. 18.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has never beaten the Cardinal in Maples Pavilion. The Beavers are 0-15 when playing on Stanford's home floor.

RECORD BOOK: Guard Felicia Ragland tied Anette Mollerstrom's OSU record for 3-point field goals made in a game with six against California on Thursday night. Ragland buried 5-of-6 long balls in the first half before finishing with a 6-for-12 clip. Mollerstrom knocked down her six treys against Alabama during the 1994 season. Junior Ericka Cook has moved into 10th place in the Oregon State record book for career blocked shots. The 6-3 post's 58 swats surpassed head coach Judy Spoelstra's total of 47 to move into the Top-10. Cook needs just three more stuffs to move past Tina Lelas' (1994-97) total of 60 and climb into ninth place. Kristina Walsh (1995-98) is next on the ladder with a career total 62 blocks.

REBOUNDING WATCH: Oregon State dominated the boards against California on Thursday. The Beavers out-rebounded the Bears 41-33, including a 22-12 advantage on the offensive glass. Oregon State's +4.3 rebounding margin ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference. The Beavers continue to maintain an edge against their opponents on the offensive glass, earning a 313-260 advantage. Saturday's opponent, Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a +5.5 rebounding margin.

RUKSTELYTE OUT FOR SEASON: Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte has missed the last eight games after re-injuring her right knee in practice following the Pac-10 season opener against Oregon. 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 in her right knee over the summer. Rukstelyte will undergo surgery on Feb. 15 to repair the tear and will miss the remainder of the season.

RAGLAND READ: Junior guard Felicia Ragland struggled shooting from the field against Arizona State on Feb. 1 and was held under double figures in scoring for only the second time this season. Ragland connected on just 3-of-13 shots from the field to finish with nine points. The Tulare, CA native continued her dominance on the boards against ASU however, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds while matching her season high with six assists. Ragland recovered from a disappointing shooting effort against the Sun Devils to match her career high with 29 points last Saturday against Arizona. Ragland buried 11-of-23 field goals and scored 26 points in the second half to keep Oregon State in the game. Ragland has recorded six double-doubles this season and 11 in her career. In OSU's 10 conference games, Ragland has recorded four double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on seven occasions. Ragland ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 19.1 points per game. The junior guard also ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.449), 3-point field goals made per game (2.00) and in steals (2.85) as well as ranking fourth in rebounding (7.2).

MORE ON RAGLAND: A legitimate All-America candidate, Felicia Ragland, had her consecutive games scoring in double figures streak snapped with a nine-point performance against Arizona State on Feb. 1, but has responded with back-to-back high scoring games. Ragland started a new streak with 29 points against Arizona last Saturday, followed by a career-high 30 points on 11-of-28 shooting and a 6-for-12 clip from 3-point range. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in 18 of 20 games this season. The 5-9 guard has started 76 consecutive games for the Beavers and has led the squad in either scoring or rebounding in 14 contests this season. Ragland ranks third in Oregon State's record book for 3-point baskets made. The Tulare, CA native, has made 40-of-89 (.449) long balls this season and has a career total of 86 treys. Ragland needs just 11 more 3-pointers to surpass A.J. Dionne (1993-96) and move into second place in OSU's career record book for 3-pointers made.

DISHES IT OUT: Freshman point guard Leilani Estavan saw just 18 minutes of playing time on Feb. 1 against Arizona State before leaving the game on a stretcher after suffering a blow to the face. Estavan managed to dish out three assists and grab two rebounds before leaving the contest with what was determined to be a deep face bruise. The 5-7 guard returned to the court last Saturday against Arizona with a black eye and scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists. Estavan was held scoreless on Thursday at California but finished the night with a game-high seven assists. Estavan leads the Beavers in assists with 79, for an average of 3.95 per game and the Palisades High School grad ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with a 1.80 assist-turnover ratio. Estavan is hitting 82.4-percent of her free throws (28-of-34) to lead the Beavers.

GETTING THE START: Sophomore Michelle Estell got the first start of her career last Saturday against Arizona. Estell replaced Nicole Funn in the starting line-up and produced four points on 2-of-4 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes of action. The Amanda, OH native has hit 22-of-55 field goals on the season and 10-of-27 from beyond the 3-point line.

FUNN RETURNS: Sophomore Nicole Funn reached double figures in scoring for the first time in five games with an 11-point effort against California on Thursday night. Funn managed to hit just 4-of-13 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws against the Bears. The Palisades High grad has been struggling lately after putting up big numbers early in the season. After reaching double figures in scoring during 12 of OSU's first 15 games the 6-0 guard was held scoreless for the first time this season on Feb. 1 at Arizona State while shooting 0-for-6 from the field. Funn was replaced in the starting line-up by fellow sophomore, Michelle Estell, for last Saturday's game against Arizona and bounced back with a nine-point effort and matched her career high with four assists. The Palisades High grad ranks 11th in the Pac-10 with an average of 12.4 points per game and ninth in the league with 6.2 rebounds per game.

COOK STILL STRUGGLING: Junior Ericka Cook's streak of scoring in double figures ended at 12 games after an eight-point effort against Arizona State on Feb. 1. Cook hit just 4-of-14 field goals against the Sun Devils. The 6-3 post failed to reach double figures for a second consecutive game after managing a season-low two points on 1-of-5 shooting against Arizona last Saturday. On Thursday night Cook connected on just 1-of-7 field goals from the floor and hit 4-of-7 free throws for six points. Prior to last week's contests, Cook was one of the Beavers most consistent performers. The former North Medford High star, currently ranks 15th in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 11.8 points per game while her 6.4 rebounds per game rank seventh.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 54 of their last 84 (.643) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 71-35 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is just 2-3 in Pac-10 Conference games played at home this season.

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 72-86 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 170-153 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. Saturday's game at Stanford will only be broadcast on the Internet. Future games 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.

TOP OREGON - FILL GILL: Mark your calendar for Feb. 15, to show your support of Oregon State women's basketball by participating in the 'Fill Gill' excitement. Fans are urged to come out and support the Beavers when OSU hosts Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 15. This is Oregon State's attempt to regain the Pacific-10 Conference all-time attendance record. The Beavers held the record during two months in 1996, after 9.418 fans witnessed OSU face Stanford (1/20/96). The attendance figure was broken by in-state rival University of Oregon in March of 1996 when 9,738 fans watched the Ducks battle the Beavers (3/8/00). The Mac Court attendance figure has stood for nearly five years, but a capacity crowd at Gill Coliseum (10,400) would put the Beavers back on top and keep the record out of reach for the Ducks.

TIME CHANGE: Oregon State's game against Washington State on Saturday Feb. 17 has been changed to 7:05 p.m. The game will still be broadcast on Fox Sports Northwest on tape-delay with an air time of 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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