Women's Basketball Signs Two More For 2002-03 Season

Nov. 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team added two more players to its roster on Monday, as Mandy Close, a 5-11 guard from Bozeman, MT, and Anita Rivera, a 6-0 guard from Lake Elsinore, CA, each signed letters of intent to play for the Beavers in 2002-03.

Close will come to OSU after graduating from Bozeman High School where she played for head coach Rick Jordan. As a junior, Close averaged 12.9 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 steals and shot 38-percent from 3-point range.

'Mandy is a hustler and has been extremely well coached on how to play both ends of the floor,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'She's a very good shooter and understands the game of basketball.'

Close helped lead Bozeman High to a fourth place finish at the 2000 State Tournament, earned All-State honors and was named second team All-State Tournament.

She is no stranger to athletics, having served as ball girl for the Montana State Bobcats while Spoelstra was at the helm. Her father played defensive end for the Montana State football team and her mother ran track.

'I've known Mandy since she was 10 years old and have followed her career,' said Spoelstra. 'Being around athletics all of her life, Mandy has developed an incredible desire to excel at the highest level.

'Experiencing a State Championship at Bozeman High under Rick Jordan and a Big Sky Championship as our manager at Montana State, Mandy has a good understanding of the commitment required to be an elite athlete.'

Rivera will join Oregon State after finishing her prep career at Temescal Canyon High School where she played for head coach Carrie Strange.

Rivera holds the Temescal Canyon record for points in a game when she poured in 36 as a sophomore. She was named team Most Valuable Player and earned first team All-CIF honors while averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds during the 1999-00 campaign. Rivera holds the school record for 3-point field goals.

'Anita is an automatic 3-point shooter,' said Spoelstra. 'She had a great summer, playing at a very high level.'

The versatile 6-0 guard will bring added height to the OSU backcourt. Despite playing out of position at point guard for her junior season, Rivera was an All League selection and earned honorable mention West Coast accolades by Street & Smith Magazine.

'Her size has helped her with passing angles and shooting,' added Spoelstra. 'Anita is well coached in her high school program by Carrie Strange.

'With her improvement each month, she will be a good addition to our program.'The addition of Close and Rivera, bring Oregon State's early signing recruits to a total of four.

Women's Basketball Signees:
Mandy Close (Bozeman, Montana/Bozeman High School)
Anita Rivera (Lake Elisnore, California/Temescal Canyon High School)
Casey Bunn (Stayton, Oregon/Stayton High School)
Karen Vickery (Vale, Oregon/Vale High School)

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