Women's Basketball Looks To Get Back On Winning Track

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Dec. 1, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE -

Sunday December 2, 2001
OSU at New Mexico - 12 p.m. PST, Albuquerque, NM
(University Arena - THE PIT)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-3 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.6 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (17.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (9.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (4.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
or #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2 So., (8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (5-1 overall)
G #12 Molly McKinnon, 5-8, Sr., (9.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
G #21 Mandi Moore, 5-7, Fr., (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
F #30 Chelsea Grear, 5-10, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #42 Lindsey Arndt, 6-1, Fr., (8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
C #40 Jordan Adams, 6-3, Jr., (18.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT NEW MEXICO: University of New Mexico brings a 5-1 record into Sunday's game with Oregon State. The Lobos are coming off big victories this week against University of Arizona and No. 8/9 Texas Tech. UNM's 74-65 win against Texas Tech on Friday was the Lobos' first against a Top 25 team since 1998. New Mexico rallied from a 29-27 halftime deficit to outscore the Lady Raiders 47-36 in the second half behind 60-percent shooting. The balanced Lobos had four players reach double figures in scoring with Jordan Adams' 21 points and three assists leading the way. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring. Adams, a junior, leads the squad in scoring with 18.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per contest and has 30 blocked shots on the year. Mandi Moore is scoring 13.7 points per game while Chelsea Grear adds 10.8 points per outing and a team-high 7.3 boards. The Lobos are scoring 78.5 points per game while their opponents are averaging just 63.8 points per outing. As a team, New Mexico has hit 115-of-145 free throws for 79-percent.

BEAVERS AND LOBOS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 3-0. The Beavers roared back from a 36-24 halftime deficit to record a 75-64 victory against the Lobos last season in Gill Coliseum. OSU knocked down 65-percent (15-of-23) of its shots in the second half while holding UNM to just 29-percent (7-of-24) shooting from the field. Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 19 points and seven rebounds while Ericka Cook added 18 points and eight boards. Chelsea Grear's 12 points paced New Mexico while Jordan Adams and Molly McKinnon chipped in 10 points each.

COULD BE COINCIDENCE: Oregon State has reached postseason action in two of the three seasons in which the Beavers have played University of New Mexico. OSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the 1982-83 season and was invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament last season. Oregon State also met the Lobos during the 1986-87 campaign in which the Beavers finished with a 17-11 overall record.

LOOKING BACK AT UTAH: Poor field goal shooting doomed Oregon State as Utah outscored the Beavers 33-21 in the second half to pull away with the 58-46 victory on Thursday. OSU went 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half and scoreless for an eight minute stretch in the second half, allowing the Utes to go on a 12-0 run and pull away for good. The Beavers managed just 32-percent (18-of-56) shooting in the game compared to Utah's 49-percent (18-for-43) clip. The Utes shot 20 more free throws than Oregon State, outscoring the Beavers 19-5 from the line. Senior Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 20 points and four steals. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high eight assists and Hollye Chapman had nine points and four rebounds while making the second start of her career. Ericka Cook added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Lauren Beckman's 21 points and nine rebounds led the Utes.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State reeled off its fifth consecutive victory against Portland State University with a 56-42 win on Nov. 21. The Beavers scored 33 points off PSU turnovers. The Vikings committed 31 miscues in the game while Oregon State had 21 steals on the night. Senior Felicia Ragland led all players with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and tallied a career-high four steals. Sophomore Leilani Estavan had a career-high six steals and dished out a game-high seven assists. Bolstering the defense, sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded a career-high three blocked shots to go along with nine points and matched her career-high with eight rebounds.

LOOKING BACK AT TEXAS TECH: Senior guard Felicia Ragland four 3-point field goals in the final 62 seconds weren't enough to overcome a 20-point second half deficit as No. 8/9 ranked Texas Tech held on for a 64-60 victory against Oregon State on Nov. 24. The Beavers outscored the Lady Raiders' 18-2 over the final 2:32 of the contest, including four consecutive 3-point field goals by Ragland to close out the game. Texas Tech took a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime after a defensive struggle in the opening 20 minutes of action. OSU committed 16 miscues in the frame while the Lady Raiders had 13 turnovers. Ragland led all players with 24 points, including a 5-of-9 clip from 3-point range and seven steals. With the five treys, Ragland became Oregon State's all-time 3-point shooter with 118 buckets from beyond the arc in her career. Ericka Cook was the only other OSU player to reach double figures in scoring, just missing a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Juleen Smith knocked down her lone field goal attempt and buried a pair of free throws for a career-high four points. Smith also dished out two assists and had a steal in seven minutes of action. Natalie Ritchie scored 21 points and Plenette Pierson had 18 points and seven rebounds for Texas Tech.

RECORD SETTER: Senior Felicia Ragland's five 3-point field goals against No. 8/9 Texas Tech University on Nov. 24, moved her into first place in the OSU record books for career 3-point field goals. The 5-9 guard buried a trio of shots from beyond the arc against Utah on Thursday. Ragland becomes the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 121 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

PRINCESS OF PILFER: Guard Felicia Ragland tallied 18 steals over the last three games for Oregon State. The Tulare, CA, native has a team-high 22 picks on the season. Ragland ranks in 11th place in the OSU record books with 201 steals in her career. She needs just five swipes to surpass Lisa Channel's (1984-87) mark of 205 and move into the Top 10.

ROAD WARRIORS: Oregon State will play six of its next seven games on the road. The Beavers will travel to five different states in the skein, making trips to Utah and New Mexico before a Dec. 6 contest against Portland in Gill Coliseum. After a short stay in Corvallis, the Beavers head to Kansas State and Wyoming before opening Pacific-10 Conference action at USC and UCLA, respectively. Starting Nov. 28, the Beavers will spend approximately 14 of the next 25 days on the road.

SURE STARTS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has started 91 consecutive games for the Beavers, dating back to her freshman season. Ragland came off the bench in the opening game of her career against San Diego on Nov. 17, 1998 but has been in the OSU starting lineup ever since. Fellow senior Ericka Cook was the only other player to start all 29 games in 2000-01 and has made 34 consecutive starts.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore post Brina Chaney had her streak of 32 consecutive starts broken on Thursday at Utah. Chaney suffered a sprained ankle in Tuesday night's practice prior to Oregon State's trip to Salt Lake City. The 6-5 post pulled down three rebounds and scored two points in 12 minutes of action, coming off the bench against the Utes.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-2. The Beavers have faced two Top-10 teams over the first five games of the year, dropping their second round WNIT game at No. 3 Vanderbilt (81-55) on Nov. 11 and falling to No. 8/9 Texas Tech (64-60) on Nov. 24. OSU finished the 2000-01 season with a 2-2 record against Top-25 teams. Last season the Beavers dropped contests with No. 25 Utah (53-49) on Dec. 18 and No. 24 Oregon (71-67) on Jan. 5, before knocking off No. 24 Stanford (81-65) on Jan. 11, and No. 22 Arizona State (72-64) on Mar. 3.

FREE THROW WOES: Over the first four games of the season, Oregon State has managed to hit just 34-of-66 free throw attempts for 52-percent. OSU opponents have connected on 68-of-102 charity tosses for 67-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

POINTS TO PONDER: After managing a season-low 46 points against Utah on Thursday, Oregon State is averaging 56.4 points per game over the first five contests of the year. The Beavers' scoring has dropped dramatically this season from last year's total of 68.8 points per outing - a decrease of 12.4 points per game. Currently OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 60.6 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LITTLE POINTS = BIG PROBLEMS: Oregon State has scored over 60 points just twice this season, managing a season-high 65 points against Loyola Marymount to start the 2001-02 campaign and 60 points against No. 8/9 Texas Tech. Last season the Beavers were 0-5 in games that they scored 60 points or less. OSU scored 70-plus points on 12 different occassions in 2000-01 and tallied an 8-4 record.

RAGLAND NUMBERS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 20 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the field and tallied a game-high four steals against Utah on Thursday. The Tulare, CA, native finished last week's action with a 22.5 points per game average, scoring 45 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and registering 14 steals as OSU knocked off Portland State (56-42) on Nov. 21 and fell to No. 8/9 Texas Tech (64-60) on Nov. 24. The 5-9 guard has now reached double figures in scoring in 15 of the last 16 games with a current streak of three consecutive. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (17.4 ppg), steals (22) and 3-point field goals (12).

FAB FRESHMEN: A trio of freshmen, Juleen Smith, Jasmine Wilson and Jessica Jones, have contributed valuable minutes for Oregon State in their inaugural season. Smith, a speedy point guard, is averaging 1.4 points per game, while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists in 55 minutes of action. Wilson, a versatile forward, has grabbed a rebound in all five contests of her career and blocked her first shot against Portland State on Nov. 21. Jones, a solid ball-handler, has pulled down two rebounds, tallied a pair of assists and recorded a steal while serving as a defensive stalwart.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook played big last week for the Beavers against Portland State and No. 8/9 Texas Tech. Cook buried 10-of-20 shots from the field, scored 24 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists in the two games. Her five dishes against Texas Tech matched her career-high as Oregon State took advantage of the high-low pass. Cook scored eight points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds against Utah on Wednesday. The 6-3 post ranks leads the Beavers in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game and ranks second on the squad in scoring with 9.8 points per game. Cook has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.

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.

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.

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. The 5-9 guard has tallied 87 points this season, upping her career total to 1,252 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 559 career rebounds, which ranks in 10th place in the OSU record books. Ragland needs nine 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 (1,252) and grab 500 rebounds (559) in her career.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook has moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 66 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post has tallied a blocked shot in three consecutive games and has a season total of four swats. Cook continues to inch closer to Debbie Dalluge (1985-89), who ranks 7th in the record book with 89 blocks.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 59 of their last 92 (.641) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 75-38 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 229-117 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .662 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 80-93 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 178-161 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. Sunday's game at New Mexico will be broadcast on KLOO (1340 AM).

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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