Women's Basketball Set For Busy Week At Home

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Nov. 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - WOMEN'S BASKETBALL READY FOR BIG WEEK OF ACTION, BEAVERS HOST PORTLAND STATE AND No. 9 RANKED TEXAS TECH

Wednesday November 21, 2001
Portland State at OSU - 7:05 p.m., Corvallis, OR
(Action Sports Cable Network - Gill Coliseum)

Sunday November 24, 2001
No. 9 Texas Tech at OSU - 2 p.m., Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-1 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(13.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 5.5 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (4.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.0 apg.)

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY (1-1 overall)
G #3 Heidi Stuart, 5-10, Fr., (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
G #14 Krishelle Jessee, 5-4, Sr., (5.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #24 Nikki Petticrew, 5-10, Jr., (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #30 Sarah Hedgepeth, 6-0, So., (12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #34 Jill Feller, 6-3, So., (4.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

No. 9 TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (0-1 overall)
G #15 Jia Perkins, 5-8, So., (27.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #32 Amber Tarr, 6-0, Sr., (0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #3 Casey Jackson, 5-11, So., (6.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #50 Dionne Brown, 6-2, So., (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #54 Plenette Pierson, 6-2, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT PORTLAND STATE: Portland State University enters Wednesday's game against Oregon State with a 1-1 record. The Vikings knocked off Texas A&M 80-78, in their season opener on Nov. 17 at the Waikiki Beach Classic. Freshman guard Heidi Stuart hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give PSU the double-overtime victory against the Aggies. The Vikings were topped by host Hawaii, 68-55, on Nov. 18. Portland State jumped out to a 10-point lead in the opening half but Hawaii rallied to 32-27 lead into intermission and pulled away in the second frame. Junior guard Nikki Petticrew and sophomore forward Sarah Hedgepeth are each averaging 12.5 points per game while grabbing 5.0 and 7.0 rebounds, respectively. The Vikings are being out-rebounded by their opponents, 35-23 on the offensive glass.

ON THE TUBE: Oregon State's game on Wednesday night against Portland State will be broadcast live on the Action Sports Cable Network in the Portland area. Bob Akamian will announce the play-by-play with Cathy Nelson handling the color commentary.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 20-6. The Beavers have won four straight, with PSU's last victory coming during the 1989-90 campaign (83-74). OSU has won 11 consecutive games in Gill Coliseum against the Vikings with Portland State's last victory in Corvallis dating back to a 61-57 win in the 1977-78 season.

OSU AND PSU LAST SEASON: Oregon State reeled off a 64-54 victory against Portland State in the 2000-01 season opener for both squads. With both teams battling back and forth over the opening 10 minutes of action, the Beavers pulled in front, outscoring PSU 22-7 to close out the half and take a 40-25 lead into the locker room. Ericka Cook finished the night with a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebounds while Felicia Ragland added 16 points and seven boards for the Beavers.

A GLANCE AT TEXAS TECH: Texas Tech University, ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, visits Oregon State on Saturday afternoon before heading to Eugene, OR, to face the Ducks of University of Oregon on Monday (Nov. 26). The Lady Raiders face the Beavers with just one regular season game under their belt, falling to No. 5 Duke University, 85-69 on Nov. 11. Sophomore guard Jia Perkins led all players with 27 points on 12-of-24 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds against the Blue Devils. Junior post Plenette Pierson led Texas Tech last season with 14.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per outing. The youthful Raiders have just three seniors and two juniors on their squad, while a combined nine sophomores and freshmen dot the roster. Head coach Marsha Sharp boasts a 459-142 overall record in 20 seasons at Texas Tech. Under Sharp's direction, the Raiders have captured eight regular season conference titles (Big 12) and five conference tournament titles, while winning the 1993 NCAA National Championship. The Raiders have made the NCAA Tournament 14 times with Sharp at the helm, including 12 straight years.

BEAVERS AND RAIDERS: Texas Tech University leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 1-0. The Raiders topped the Beavers, 79-55, in the squads' lone meeting in Plainview, TX, at the Plainview Queen's Classic during the 1984-85 season.

DOUBLE-HEADER ACTION: Saturday's 2 p.m. women's basketball showdown between Oregon State and No. 9 Texas Tech will be followed by a 7 p.m. volleyball match between the Beavers and No. 8 Colorado State. Spectators showing their ticket stub from the women's basketball game will receive free admission to the volleyball match.

TAKE A KID TO THE GAME DAY: Saturday's women's basketball game against No. 9 Texas Tech is Take a Kid to the Game day. All children age 12 and under will receive free admission to the game when accompanied by a paying adult.

LOOKING BACK AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Oregon State opened the 2001-02 season on Nov. 9 with a 65-58 victory against Loyola Marymount University in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Beavers led from start to finish as LMU was ice-cold from the field in the opening half, hitting just four field goals. OSU maintained a 35-18 lead at the half with the Lions narrowing the margin to four points (57-53) with just two minutes remaining in the game. Sophomore Hollye Chapman led the Beavers with a career-high 16 points while junior Michelle Estell chipped in a career-high 15 points and matched her career-high in rebounding with seven boards. Senior Felicia Ragland recorded the 13th double-double of her career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Post Brina Chaney pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds while Leilani Estavan led all players with six assists.

LOOKING BACK AT VANDERBILT: No. 3 ranked Vanderbilt pulled away from Oregon State late in the first half on its way to a 81-55 victory on Nov. 11 to knock the Beavers out in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. OSU held a 6-5 lead at the 15:16 mark of the opening half but Vandy guard Ashley McElhiney scored nine consecutive points, allowing the Commodores to pull into the lead for good. Oregon State held Naismith candidate Chantelle Anderson scoreless in the first half. Sophomore Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 18 points while burying 6-of-7 shots from the floor and knocking down 4-of-4 3-point field goals. Senior Ericka Cook was the only other Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring, with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. OSU had 16 turnovers on the afternoon that led to 17 Vanderbilt points. The Commodores connected on 18-of-23 free throws while the Beavers managed to hit just 3-of-5 from the charity stripe.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's 65-58 victory against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 9 was the Beavers' fourth consecutive season opening win. Prior to beating LMU, Oregon State had won two straight season openers against Wednesday's opponent, Portland State.

ROUGH START: Oregon State senior All-America candidate Felicia Ragland had a rough start to the 2001-02 season. Ragland recorded the 13th double-double of her career against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 9, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also committed eight turnovers in the contest. The 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year battled foul trouble against Vanderbilt on Nov. 11. Ragland finished with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting before picking up her fifth personal with 3:50 remaining.

READY TO BOUNCE BACK: Senior guard Felicia Ragland had her streak of 12 consecutive games scoring in double figures broken when she managed just eight points against Vanderbilt on Nov. 11. The last time Ragland was held under double figures in scoring was at Arizona State on Feb. 1, 2001 when she hit just 3-of-13 field goals for nine points. Ragland responded in the next outing, matching her then-career-high with 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting against University of Arizona (Feb. 3, 2001). The last time Ragland was held under double figures in scoring for back-to-back games was in February of 2000, when she managed six and five points against California (2/10) and Stanford (2/12), respectively.

GOOD POINT: Sophomore Leilani Estavan is currently leading the Beavers in scoring and assists after the first two games of the season. The 5-7 point guard has buried 10-of-15 field goals (.667), including 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range for a total of 26 points (13 per game). Estavan has also dished out 11 assists for a 5.5 average. She scored a career-high 18 points at No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11, hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

STEPPING IN AND STEPPING UP: Junior forward Michelle Estell has made an immediate impact after stepping into the starting lineup for the Beavers during the 2001-02 season. Estell scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting and matched her career-high with seven rebounds in Oregon State's season opening victory against Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 9. The Amanda, OH, native added eight points and two steals in the Beavers' Nov. 11 game at No. 3 Vanderbilt. On the season, Estell ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.5 points per game and has hit a team-high five 3-pointers.

BATTLING ON THE BOARDS: Senior Ericka Cook is leading the squad with 14 rebounds on the season (7 rebounds per game). Cook pulled down a game-high eight rebounds against No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 while reaching double figures in scoring with 12 points. The 6-3 post scored 367 points and pulled down 173 rebounds as a junior, both ranking second on the squad. Cook has six double-doubles in her career, including five in 2000-01.

IN THE POLLS: Oregon State received four votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as was announced on Nov. 5. The Beavers ranked 59th with the four votes. OSU dropped out of the polls after falling to No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. This Saturday (Nov. 26) the Beavers host No. 9 ranked Texas Tech prior to traveling to No. 34 Utah on Nov. 29. Currently three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25, with Stanford at No. 8, Washington at No. 21 and Arizona State at No. 25.

PRESEASON HONORS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named to the prestigious Street & Smith College Basketball 2001-02 Women's All-America team. Ragland was one of just 20 athletes selected to the squad, earning High Honorable Mention honors.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: Oregon State has been tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 39 points in the voting, while Stanford, who tied for first place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State and Washington last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 81 points and nine first place votes.

A LOOK AT THE LONG BALL: Senior Felicia Ragland's 63 3-point field goals in the 2000-01 campaign rank first in the OSU single season record books. With a pair of treys in against No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11, Ragland has made 111 3-point baskets in her career which ranks second to Anette Mollerstrom (1993-96) who holds the all-time record with 113 3-pointers.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,000 point club. Ragland's 572 points as a junior catapulted her into sole possession of 7th place in Oregon State's Top-10 list for career scoring. After the first week of the 2001-02 season, Ragland has upped her career total to 1,187 points. Tina Lelas' (1994-97) 1,313 points are the next step on the ladder, ranking in 6th place.

500 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 10th player in Oregon State history to pull down 500 rebounds in her career. The 5-9 guard has a total of 539 career rebounds, which ranks in 10th place in the OSU record books. Ragland needs 28 more boards to surpass Sissel Pierce's (1997-00) total of 567 and climb the ladder to 9th place.

ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just eight Oregon State players to score 1,000 points (1,187) and grab 500 rebounds (539) in her career.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook has moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 63 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post recorded Oregon State's first blocked shot of the season against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 9. Debbie Dalluge (1985-89) ranks 7th in the record book with 89 blocks.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 58 of their last 90 (.644) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 74-37 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 10-6 record at home including a 5-4 mark in Pac-10 Conference games.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 228-115 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .665 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Oregon State has two new faces on its staff with the addition of Director of Operations Heath Alexander and new assistant coach Todd Corman. Corman joins the Beavers after serving 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and most recently six years at the helm of Albertson College. Stephanie Norman and Jualeah Woods each return for their second season as assistant coaches for the Beavers. Norman and Woods helped lead OSU to its first postseason appearance since 1996 with a trip to the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 79-91 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 177-159 overall record while in her 13th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Last season, Spoelstra led the Beavers to their first postseason tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1999-2000.

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 2001-02 games. Every OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Select games will be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area as well as on the Beaver Sports Radio Network through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play four Live televised games this season on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest both be broadcast. A pair of road tilts will also see air-time with the Jan 19 Civil War game at University Oregon and the Feb. 2 Arizona State contest both being televised.

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