Women's Basketball Faces Oregon in Civil War Showdown

March 6, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINISHES REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY AT OREGON, BEAVERS BRING 5-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO CIVIL WAR

Saturday March 10, 2001
OSU at Oregon - 1 p.m., Eugene, OR
(McArthur Court)

CIVIL WAR
PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (16-11 overall, 8-9 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7 Fr., (4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (6.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (19.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr., (12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr., (4.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.7 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON (16-11 overall, 9-8 Pac-10)
G #10 Jamie Craighead, 5-9, Jr., (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
G #12 Alissa Edwards, 5-6, So. (3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg,2.1 apg.)
F #23 Lindsey Dion, 5-10, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #40 Angelina Wolvert, 6-3, Sr., (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #34 Jenny Mowe, 6-5, Sr., (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE DUCKS: University of Oregon brings a 3-game winning streak into the season finale against in-state rival Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. The Ducks are coming off an 83-78 victory against Arizona last Saturday as five players reached double figures in scoring, led by Jamie Craighead's 20 points. Senior post Angelina Wolvert leads the Ducks with 14 points per game and 5.3 rebounds while Craighead is the only other Oregon player to average double figures in scoring with 11.3 points per outing. Senior Jenny Mowe is pulling down a team-high 5.4 rebounds and leads the Pac-10 Conference with 48 blocked shots. As a team the Ducks rank first in the Pac-10 for field goal percentage defense (.393). UO graduates five seniors at the end of this season.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 44-13. The Ducks have won 10 straight and 12 of the last 14 meetings. The most recent Beaver victory was a 58-57 win at Gill Coliseum during the 1995-96 season. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of just 1-10 against Oregon.

DUCKS AND BEAVERS THIS SEASON: 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 the Pac-10 Conference season opener on Jan. 5. 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 led 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 committed 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.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Junior guard Felicia Ragland led all players with a career-high 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting and a 6-of-7 clip from 3-point range as Oregon State knocked off No. 22 Arizona State, 72-64, last Saturday. Ragland buried her first five shots of the game including three treys and eight quick points by senior Syesha Thomas in her final game at Gill Coliseum gave the Beavers an early 19-9 lead. OSU was in front for 39 minutes and 15 seconds of the game and led by as many as many as 17 points with just over 13 minutes remaining. The Beavers buried 8-of-12 3-pointers in the contest and shot 51-percent (27-of-53) while Arizona State 44-percent of its field goals (24-of-55). Junior post Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 15 points while Thomas added 11. Freshman Leilani Estavan, making her sixth consecutive start, dished out a game-high eight assists.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Ericka Cook's 20 points helped Oregon State knock off the University of Arizona, 67-66 last Thursday. The victory was the fourth consecutive for the Beavers and their first win against Arizona in nine meetings. The Wildcats committed seven turnovers in the final four minutes of action including three miscues on three consecutive possessions in the final minute. Senior Syesha Thomas stole the ball from Arizona's Reshea Bristol with 10 seconds remaining and sank a pair of free throws to give OSU a 66-63 lead after UA's Veranda James was called for an intentional foul. Cook, celebrating her 22nd birthday, was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and hit 1-of-2 from the line to extend Oregon State's lead to four. Bristol's 3-pointer at the buzzer narrowed the final margin to one point. OSU Junior Felicia Ragland finished with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds and freshman Leilani Estavan matched her career-high with nine assists. The Beavers shot just 36-percent from the field and made only 5-of-24 from 3-point range while Arizona hit 59-percent of its shots. OSU kept things close throughout the game by dominating the offensive boards. The Beavers pulled down 25 offensive rebounds including 17 in the first half.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Felicia Ragland was named Pacic-10 Conference women's basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 26-Mar. 4. Ragland, a 5-9 guard, averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as OSU swept No. 22 Arizona State and Arizona for the first time since the 1996-97 season. On the week, the Tulare, CA, native shot 47-percent 917-of-36) from the field and 53-percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range. Ragland scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting (63-percent) and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds last Saturday against ASU. She buried 6-of-7 3-point shots and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor in her first five shot attempts including three treys. Ragland added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds in OSU's victory against the Wildcats. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the first of Ragland's career and Oregon State's 22nd Player of the Week award winner of all-time. Teammate Nicole Funn was honored earlier this season (Dec. 4).

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

STREAK CONTINUES: Oregon State has won five consecutive games and has swept the weekend series against a Pac-10 Conference opponent for the second straight week. OSU's five-game winning streak is its longest since the Beavers opened the season with six consecutive victories.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's current five-game Pac-10 winning streak is the longest in head coach Judy Spoelstra's tenure, dating back to her inaugural season (1995-96) when the Beavers topped Arizona State followed by sweeps of the southern California and Washington schools.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State's five-game winning streak is currently the longest winning streak in the Pac-10. The second longest current streak is held by Saturday's opponent, Oregon. The Ducks have won three-straight.

ANOTHER RECORD WEEK: Oregon State's victories against USC and UCLA two weeks ago marked the first ever Beaver sweep of the Southern California schools since joining the Pacific-10 Conference in the 1986-87 season. Last week's sweep of the Arizona schools was the first for OSU since the 1996-97 campaign.

TOURNAMENT TALK: With five-straight victories heading into Saturday's regular season finale against Oregon, the Beavers are in contention for a post-season tournament appearance. A victory against the Ducks would potentially secure a position in the Women's National Invitational Tournament and would have an outside chance of gaining a birth in the NCAA Tournament if University of Arizona is knocked off by Stanford and California. OSU has not reached the post-season since 1996 and has not played in the WNIT since the 1981-82 season. OSU is a perfect 6-0 in WNIT games. As it stands now, the Beavers will finish above .500 for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.

MAYBE THIS TIME: The Jan. 5, Civil War game was the closest Beaver-Duck battle in exactly five years. The four-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. The Beavers are looking for their first win in Eugene since a 67-63 victory during the 1992-93 season. In her 12 years as a head coach, Judy Spoelstra has never won on McArthur Court (0-6).

STARTING FRESH: This season Oregon State has snapped some of its longest losing streaks. The Beavers defeated Stanford University (81-65) on Jan. 11 to end an 11-game skid and last Thursday's 67-66 victory against Arizona ended an eight-game slide. The longest remaining losing streak is against in-state rival Oregon. The Beavers have dropped 10-straight against the Ducks.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Oregon State is the only team to have three players rank in the Pac-10 Conference's Top-20 in both scoring and rebounding - Felicia Ragland, Ericka Cook and Nicole Funn.

STARTING STRONG: Oregon State has out-scored its Pac-10 opponents 594-495 in the first half of competition. On the season, OSU is 13-4 when leading at intermission.

BACK ON THE ROAD: In its 12 away games this season, Oregon State has a 6-6 record and a 3-5 mark in Pac-10 games on the road. The Beavers are on a two-game road winning streak.

SCORING LEADER: For the first time this season, junior Felicia Ragland surpassed UCLA's Michelle Greco to move into first place in the Pac-10 Conference scoring race. Ragland is averaging 19.8 points per game while Greco is scoring 19.7 points per outing. Ragland is shooting to become the second Beaver player to capture the Pac-10 scoring title. OSU all-time leading scorer, Tanja Kostic, held the honor in 1995.

POINTS KEEP ADDING UP: Junior guard Felicia Ragland is the only player to score over 300 points in Pac-10 Conference games this season. Ragland has tallied 370 points in 17 conference games for a league-leading average of 21.8 points per outing. UCLA junior, Michelle Greco is the closest player to Ragland with 286 points in 14 contests. Ragland is also the first Pac-10 player to reach the 500-point plateau this season for all games. The Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate has scored 535 points in 27 games this season.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Junior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,000 point club. Ragland's 12 points against Arizona last Thursday and 32-point performance against Arizona State last Saturday, moved her past Brenda Arbuckle (1984-87) into sole possession of ninth place in Oregon State's Top-10 list for career scoring with a total of 1,128 points. Jan Martin's (1980-83) 1,145 points are the next step on the ladder, ranking in eighth place while Judy Shannon (1991-92) ranks in seventh place with 1,148 points. Ragland has scored 535 points this season and needs just 13 more points to pass Judy Shannon's single season (1990-91) scoring total of 548 points to move into OSU's single season Top-10 for scoring.

500 REBOUND CLUB: Junior Felicia Ragland surpassed 500 rebounds in her career after pulling down a game-high nine rebounds against Arizona State last Saturday. Ragland has tallied 194 boards this season and has a career total of 506 rebounds. The 5-9 guard has surpassed Anette Mollerstrom (1992-96) to move into sole possession of 11th place in the OSU record book for career rebounds.

ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just eight Oregon State players to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in her career.

RECORD BOOK: For the third time this season, guard Felicia Ragland tied Anette Mollerstrom's OSU record for 3-point field goals made in a game with six against Arizona State last Saturday on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Ragland tied the record for the first time against California on Feb. 8. when she 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 Feb. 10, 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 61 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 a tie for 9th place in the Oregon State record book for career blocked shots after recording a pair of stuffs against USC on Feb 23. The 6-3 post's 60 swats tie her with Tina Lelas (1994-97). Kristina Walsh (1995-98) is next on the ladder at 8th place with a career total 62 blocks.

REBOUNDING WATCH: Oregon State dominated the offensive boards last Thursday against Arizona. The Beavers pulled down a season-high 25 offensive rebounds including 17 in the first half. 25 of OSU's 67 points were scored on put-backs. Both the Wildcats and Beavers finished the game with 37 boards. For the season, Oregon State continues to maintain an edge against its opponents on the offensive glass, earning a 417-356 advantage.

RUKSTELYTE OUT FOR SEASON: Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte has missed the last 16 games after re-injuring her right knee in practice following the Pac-10 season opener against Oregon. Results of a 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 had surgery on Feb. 15 to repair the tear and will miss the remainder of the season.

RAGLAND AT A GLANCE: Junior guard Felicia Ragland has recorded six double-doubles this season and 11 in her career. In OSU's 17 conference games, Ragland has recorded four double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on 11 occasions. Ragland ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 19.8 points per game. The junior guard also ranks first in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.473), second in 3-point field goals made per game (2.26), third in steals (2.63) as well as ranking fifth in rebounding (7.2). Overall, her name dots eight of 12 Pac-10 statistical categories.

RAGLAND IN CONFERENCE GAMES: After 17 Pacific-10 Conference games, Felicia Ragland leads the league in scoring with an average of 21.8 points per game and ranks third in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. The Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate ranks in the Top-7 in eight of 12 statistical categories.

MORE ON RAGLAND: Junior Felicia Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in 25 of 27 games this season, including nine consecutive games. The 5-9 guard has started 83 consecutive games for the Beavers and has led the squad in either scoring or rebounding in 19 contests this season. Ragland ranks second in Oregon State's record book for 3-point baskets made in her career. The Tulare, CA, native has made 61-of-129 (.473) long balls this season and has a career total of 107 treys. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-96) holds the all-time record with 113 3-point baskets.

THANK YOU LEILANI: Freshman point guard Leilani Estavan has made six straight appearances in Oregon State's starting lineup. The 5-7 guard is currently leading the Pac-10 Conference in assist-turnover ratio with an average of 2.28 per game. Estavan has dished out a total of 58 assists in the last eight games for an average of 7.3 per contest. The Palisades High School grad matched her career high with nine dishes against Arizona last Thursday and tallied five assists in the first five minutes of the Arizona State game on her way to finishing with eight. Estavan leads the Beavers in assists with 130, for an average of 4.8 per game.

SAYING GOODBYE: Syesha Thomas, the Beavers' lone senior, played her last game in Gill Coliseum last Saturday against Arizona State. Thomas has started 26 of 27 games this season and currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 6.9 points per game while dishing out 75 assists on the year. In her career, Thomas has scored 388 points, pulled down 124 rebounds and tallied 188 assists. The Interlake High School grad knocked down 3-of-6 shots from the floor against Arizona State and buried 3-of-4 free throws to finish with 11 points. Thomas sank a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining before leaving the court to a standing ovation from the Gill Coliseum crowd.

MOVING ON UP: Freshman post Hollye Holbrook continues to play well for the Beavers. Holbrook sank a free throw with just over one minute remaining in the game to give OSU the lead for good against Arizona last Thursday. The Oregon City grad buried 3-of-6 shots for six points and pulled down six rebounds against Arizona State last Saturday. Holbrook ranks fifth on OSU's squad with an average of 5.0 points per game and her .450 field goal percentage is second on the team.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Junior Ericka Cook celebrated her 22nd birthday with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting against Arizona last Thursday. Cook's sharp-shooting kept OSU in the game down the stretch. Cook buried 6-of-13 shots from the field and 3-of-3 free throw attempts to reach double figures in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 15 points. The former North Medford High star, currently ranks 12th in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 12.9 points per game while her 6.2 rebounds per game rank 10th. Cook ranks second on the Beavers' squad in rebounding and scoring with 167 boards and 349 points.

WALK-IN: Walk-on Carey Jo Stephens matched her career high in rebounding with a pair of offensive rebounds against Arizona on last Thursday. Continuing to give the Beavers some much needed depth, Stephens pulled down two rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time against USC on Feb. 23. Stephens scored the first points of her career, hitting 3-of-4 free throws on Feb. 17 against Washington State. The former Bend High grad also pulled down a rebound and assist in 10 minutes of action.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 57 of their last 88 (.648) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 74-36 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished with a 5-4 record in Pac-10 Conference games played at home this season and have won three straight.

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 77-88 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 175-155 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 against Oregon will be broadcast on the Beaver Sports Radio Network, through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play seven 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 and Live against Arizona State on Mar. 3 at 1 p.m.

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