Women's Basketball Returns Home For A Pair

Feb. 13, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME, BEAVERS LOOKING FOR FIRST VICTORY IN FIVE GAMES, HOST WASHINGTON AND WSU

Thursday February 15, 2001
Washington at OSU - 7:05 p.m., Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

Saturday February 17, 2001
Washington State at OSU - 7:05 p.m., Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)(Fox Sports NW - tape delay)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (11-10 overall, 3-8 Pac-10)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (19.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
or F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11 So., (3.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.2 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr., (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr., (4.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (15-6 overall, 8-3 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, Fr. (10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #14 Megan Franza, 5-11, Sr., (15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg.)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, So., (10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #40 Andrea Lalum, 6-3, Fr., (8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 LeAnn Sheets, 6-2, Sr., (6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY (9-12 overall, 4-7 Pac-10)
G #14 Sarah Barrett, 5-9, Jr., (7.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #20 Katie Nyseth, 5-3, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
F #5 Victoria Harrod, 6-0, Sr., (6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #31 Yvonne Volkman, 6-0, Sr., (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
C #32 Kelley Berglund, 6-3, So., (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE HUSKIES: No. 23 University of Washington travels to Corvallis Thursday tied for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference and ranked in the Top-25 for the first time this season. The Huskies are winners of four-straight and five of their last six after escaping with a 69-67 victory against Oregon State in Seattle on Jan. 21. Washington is coming off victories against Arizona (98-88) and Arizona State (79-60) last week. Senior Megan Franza leads the squad with 15.5 points per game. The Pac-10 Conference player of the week scored 28 points against the Beavers in Seattle, including the game-winner. Fellow senior Loree Payne is averaging 10.8 points per game while freshman Giuliana Mendiola adds 10.5 points per game, a team-high 6.3 rebounds and a team-high 4.0 assists per outing. UW leads the conference in offensive rebounds with 17.05 per game and defensive rebounds with 26.7 per contest. The long range bombing Huskies are hitting a conference high 7.29 3-point baskets per game. Washington is 5-1 in Pac-10 games played in Seattle but just 3-2 on the road.

THE SERIES WITH WASHINGTON: The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State 32-19. Washington has won seven of the last nine meetings. The Beavers swept the Huskies last season for the first since the 1995-96 campaign. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 4-7 against UW.

OSU AND UW THIS SEASON: Senior Megan Franza's off-balance 15-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds left on the clock lifted Washington past Oregon State, 69-67, in Seattle on Jan. 21. UW led by as many as 14 points in the opening half but the Beavers sliced the lead to 35-30 heading into the locker room. OSU scored seven straight points to start the second frame and led by as many as 10 points. The Huskies slowly chipped away at the lead behind Franza's torrid shooting and Loree Payne's lay-up knotted the score 67-67 with 46 seconds remaining. OSU freshman Hollye Holbrook was called for a questionable player control foul on the ensuing possession which set-up Franza's game-winner. Four Beavers reached double figures in scoring on the night. Holbrook matched her career-high with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while teammates Nicole Funn and Felicia Ragland also added 12 points apiece. Ragland recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds while Funn grabbed nine boards. Junior Ericka Cook added 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Franza finished with 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor including 4-of-6 from 3-point land.

A GLANCE AT THE COUGARS: Washington State travels to Eugene on Thursday, looking for its first win at Oregon since the 1992-93 season. The Cougars are coming off a 93-86 upset of then-No. 22 Arizona. Yvonne Volkman is the only Wazzu player averaging double figures in scoring with 10.3 points per outing. Point guard Katie Nyseth, a native of Junction City, OR, is averaging 9.7 points per game and a team-high 5.1 assists.

THE SERIES WITH WSU: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State 28-18. The Beavers have won three straight against the Cougars and five of the last six meetings in Corvallis. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 7-4 against WSU.

OSU AND WSU THIS SEASON: In the first meeting between the squads on Jan. 18, Oregon State never trailed and pulled away in the second half to cruise to a 64-46 victory. Junior Felicia Ragland scored eight straight points including back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Beavers in front 50-30 with just over 12-minutes remaining and the Cougars would get no closer than 16 points for the rest of the night. Nicole Funn led all players with 17 points and eight rebounds while Ragland added 16 points, seven boards and three steals. Junior Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for the ninth consecutive game with 12 points and a team-high three assists.

TIME CHANGE: Oregon State's game against Washington State on Saturday 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.

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 last Thursday. 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 STANFORD: Oregon State led by as many as many as eight points in the first half and took a 36-31 edge into the locker room at halftime but Stanford buried 8-of-13 second half 3-point baskets to rally for an 87-76 victory last Saturday. The Cardinal finished the game with 14 3-pointers and out-scored the Beavers by 16 points (56-40) in the final 20 minutes. OSU shot 50-percent (24-for-48) from the field and hit 7-of-12 3-point baskets. Junior Felicia Ragland buried 7-of-16 shots from the floor including 6-of-8 from 3-point range to lead all players with 26 points. Teammate Ericka Cook hit 7-of-10 shots and 8-of-10 free throws to finish with a season-high 22 points. Freshman post Hollye Holbrook also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points in 27 minutes of action.

BEAVERS REMAIN OUT OF POLL: Oregon State has not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll for the past four 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.

STILL DANGEROUS: Oregon State is quite possibly the most dangerous ninth place team in the country. Despite the Beavers' disappointing 3-8 Pacific-10 Conference record, OSU has been competitive in every contest. Last weekend Oregon State led both California and Stanford for most of the game before failing to hold on in the finish. The Beavers boast the No. 2 scorer in the Pac-10, Felicia Ragland (19.6 ppg.), and rank in the Top-5 in every statistical category, excluding Assists (8th) and 3-point Field Goals Made (6th).

ROUGH ROAD: Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum where the Beavers are 7-4 this season. OSU just completed a four-game road swing where the Beavers were held winless, dropping their overall record on the road to 4-6 and just 1-5 in Pac-10 Conference play. Oregon State's lone conference road victory was in Pullman, WA (Jan. 18) at Washington State. The Beavers host the Cougars on Saturday.

BAD SIGN: Oregon State gave up a season-high 14 3-point baskets at Stanford last Saturday. Prior to the game the Beavers had the best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the Pac-10. University of Washington buried a season-high 16 treys against Arizona last Thursday and average a conference leading 7.3 long balls per game. The Huskies also enter Thursday's game with Oregon State ranked number one in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.296).

1,000 POINT CLUB: Junior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,000 point club. Ragland's game-high 26 points against Stanford last Saturday gave the 5-9 guard 1,002 points in her career. Ragland has scored 409 points this season and needs just 22 points to surpass Sissel Pierce (1,024) and move into 11th place in the OSU record book for points scored.

500 REBOUND CLUB: After surpassing the 1,000 point barrier with 26 points last Saturday against Stanford, All-America candidate Felicia Ragland edges closer to 500 rebounds in her career. Ragland has tallied 151 boards this season and has a career total of 463 rebounds. The 5-9 junior needs just 35 more caroms to surpass Anette Mollerstrom's (1992-96) total of 497 and move into 11th place in the OSU record book for career rebounds.

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. In the Beavers' game against Stanford on Saturday, Ragland again buried six treys. The 5-9 junior sank 6-of-8 shots from long range. Mollerstrom knocked down her six treys against Alabama during the 1994 season. Ragland's season total of 46 3-pointers made is the most ever for any Beaver player, the All-America candidate surpassed Mollerstrom's single season (1994) total of 43 long balls to move into first place in the OSU record books.

MORE RECORDS: 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 last Thursday, out-rebounding the Bears 41-33, including a 22-12 advantage on the offensive glass. The Beavers struggled on the glass against Stanford last Saturday, losing the battle of the boards to the Cardinal, 34-27 including a Stanford 16-8 edge on the offensive glass. Oregon State's +3.8 rebounding margin ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference. Overall the Beavers continue to maintain an edge against their opponents on the offensive glass, earning a 321-276 advantage. Thursday's opponent, Washington ranks second in the Pac-10 with a +5.3 rebounding margin.

RUKSTELYTE OUT FOR SEASON: Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte has missed the last nine 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 Thursday to repair the tear and will miss the remainder of the season.

RAGLAND RIPS IT UP: Junior guard Felicia Ragland continued her scoring onslaught last weekend with a career-high 30 points against California on Thursday night followed by a 26-point outing against Stanford on Saturday. The Tulare, CA, native buried 18-of-44 shots from the floor and 12-of-20 from 3-point range in the two games for a total of 56 points and finished with 16 rebounds. Ragland has recorded six double-doubles this season and 11 in her career. In OSU's 11 conference games, Ragland has recorded four double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on eight occasions. Ragland ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 19.5 points per game. The junior guard also ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.474), 3-point field goals made per game (2.19), third in steals (2.71) as well as ranking fourth in rebounding (7.2).

RAGLAND IN CONFERENCE GAMES: After 11 Pacific-10 Conference games, Felicia Ragland leads the league in scoring with an average of 22.2 points per game. Ragland's 30 3-point baskets rank first and her average of 8.4 rebounds per outing is third.

MORE ON RAGLAND: A legitimate All-America candidate, Felicia Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in 19 of 21 games this season. The 5-9 guard has started 77 consecutive games for the Beavers and has led the squad in either scoring or rebounding in 15 contests this season. Ragland ranks third in Oregon State's record book for 3-point baskets made in her career. The Tulare, CA native, has made 46-of-97 (.474) long balls this season and has a career total of 92 treys. Ragland needs just five 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.

GETTING THE ASSIST: Freshman point guard Leilani Estavan led all players with seven assists last Thursday against California and then recorded a team-high six dishes at Stanford last Saturday. The 5-7 guard leads the Beavers in assists with 85, for an average of 4.05 per game and the Palisades High School grad ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with a 1.89 assist-turnover ratio. Estavan also leads the Beavers in free throw percentage (.806), hitting 29-of-36 attempts from the line.

HITTING THE BOARDS: Sophomore Michelle Estell Pulled down a season-high six rebounds against Stanford last Saturday. The Amanda, OH native and former 'Pumpkin Queen' added two points in 21 minutes of action.

HOLBROOK HITS HIGHS:, Freshman post Hollye Holbrook matched her career-high with six rebounds, including four offensive against California last Thursday. Holbrook reached double figures in scoring for the fifth game this season with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and a 4-for-4 clip from the free throw line last Saturday against Stanford. The Oregon City High School grad added four rebounds in 27 minutes of action against the Cardinal. Holbrook's .491 field goal percentage (27-of-55) leads the team.

COOK BACK ON TRACK: Junior Ericka Cook had a season-high 22 points last Saturday at Stanford. Cook buried 7-of-10 shots from the floor and hit 8-of-10 free throws on the night. The 6-3 post also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Cook had been struggling in recent contests, connecting on just 1-of-7 field goals from the floor and 4-of-7 free throws for six points against California last Thursday. The former North Medford High star, currently ranks 12th in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 12.2 points per game while her 6.4 rebounds per game rank seventh. Cook ranks second on the Beavers' squad in scoring (257) and rebounding (134).

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 72-87 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 170-154 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 and Saturday's game against Washington State 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.

PAC-10 ONLINE CHAT: Felicia Ragland will participate in an online chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. The chat will be featured on the Pacific-10 Conference's official website, www.pac-10.org and can also be accessed through Oregon State's website, www.osubeavers.com.

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