Women's Basketball Hosts Portland Thursday

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Dec. 5, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME FOR SHOWDOWN WITH PORTLAND THURSDAY, BEAVERS PLAY FOUR OF NEXT FIVE ON THE ROAD

Thursday December 6, 2001
Portland at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (3-3 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.8 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (5.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2 So., (11.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (9.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND (5-0 overall)
G #20 Da'Love Woods, 5-5, So., (12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.6 apg.)
G #23 Ashlee Giles, 5-11, Jr., (15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
F #22 Tami Standish, 6-1, Sr., (11.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #45 Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, 6-1, So., (14.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #42 Allison Asher, 6-4, Sr., (2.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT PORTLAND: University of Portland is off to its best start in program history, with a 5-0 record, entering Thursday's game at Oregon State. The Pilots are coming off a 64-47 thumping of Boise State University on Monday. Portland also upset University of Oregon, 77-73, on Nov. 20. All five of the Pilots' victories have come in the friendly confines of the Chiles Center. Four players are averaging double figures in scoring with junior guard Ashlee Giles' 15.6 points per game leading the way. The North Medford High grad is also pulling down 4.8 rebounds and dishing out 5.0 assists per contest. Post Khalila O'Rielly-Williams is averaging 14.6 points per outing and a team high 8.2 boards. Point guard Da'Love Woods is averaging 12.4 points and 5.6 assists while senior Tami Standish contributes 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per outing. Ashland High product Hanna Seltzer is next on the squad in scoring with 5.6 points per game. As a team, the Pilots are shooting 44-percent (129-of-292) from the field while their opponents are hitting just 35-percent (112-of-316) from the floor. On the season, Portland has outscored its opponents 179-124 in the first half.

BEAVERS AND PILOTS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Portland, 16-2. The Beavers had won 11 straight against the Pilots heading into last season's Dec. 21 meeting in the Chiles Center, where Portland secured the 65-55 upset victory. In perhaps their worst game of the season, the Beavers committed 21 turnovers, shot a meager 35-percent from the field and managed to hit just 8-of-18 free throws in the loss. Ericka Cook led OSU with a double-double, on 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Four Pilots reached double figures in scoring, with Tami Standish's 15 points leading the way.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has an 11-0 all-time record against University of Portland in Gill Coliseum, dating back to the 1982-83 season.

LOOKING BACK AT NEW MEXICO: Hollye Chapman and Leilani Estavan each recorded career-highs in scoring and combined for 50 points as Oregon State rolled past University of New Mexico, 77-61 on Sunday in The Pit. Chapman scored the first eight points of the game for the Beavers and finished with a career-best 28, on 11-of-18 shooting and a 4-of-6 clip from 3-point range. Making her second consecutive appearance in the starting line-up, Chapman also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds. Estavan buried 9-of-15 field goals, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for a career-best 22 points and tallied a game-high seven assists. OSU led by as many as 21 points in the second half and shot 45-percent for the game, while the Lobos hit just 36-percent from the field. All-America candidate Felicia Ragland finished with 13 points, all in the second half, and fellow senior Ericka Cook added 10 points, eight rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots.

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.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State's season-low 46 points at Utah last Thursday, were the fewest points scored by the Beavers since Jan. 29, 1999 when the Beavers lost at Oregon, 59-46. Oregon State has scored 46 points or fewer in just seven contests since entering the Pacific-10 Conference during the 1986-87 season.

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 last Thursday and knocked down another trey against New Mexico on Sunday to raise her season total to 13. Ragland becomes the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 122 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

STEALING THE SHOW: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied 20 steals over the last four games for Oregon State. The Tulare, CA, native has a team-high 24 picks on the season. Entering the week, Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 4.0 per game. Ragland ranks in 11th place in the OSU record books with 202 steals in her career. She needs just four swipes to surpass Lisa Channel's (1984-87) mark of 205 and move into the Top 10.

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.

NO RESPECT: Oregon State's 3-3 overall record may be deceiving to how good the Beavers are in 2001-02. OSU's three losses have come at the hands of two teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally (No. 3 Vanderbilt and No. 8/9 Texas Tech) and a Utah squad that made the Sweet 16 last season. Oregon State boasts a 37 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the second toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 2 leading all conference teams.

SURE STARTS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has started 92 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 35 consecutive starts.

FREE THROW WOES CONTINUE: Over the first six games of the season, Oregon State has managed to hit just 41-of-80 free throw attempts for 51-percent - the worst in the Pac-10. OSU opponents have connected on 83-of-122 charity tosses for 68-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

POINTS TO PONDER: Despite a season-high 77 points against New Mexico on Sunday, Oregon State's scoring has dropped dramatically this season. The Beavers are averaging 59.8 points per outing, far short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 9.0 points per game. Currently OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 60.7 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE: After registering its lowest scoring total in two years, with a meager 46 points against Utah last Thursday, Oregon State rebounded to score a season-high 77 points against New Mexico on Sunday. The Beavers led by as many as 21 points in the contest and rolled to a 77-61 victory against the Lobos in front of 8,533 fans. Last season the Beavers were 0-5 in games that they scored 60 points or less. OSU scored 70-plus points on 12 different occasions in 2000-01 and tallied an 8-4 record.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State is leading the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponents to hit just 28-percent of its shots from beyond the arc. Individually, Leilani Estavan is leading the conference in assists with 5.83 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.92 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in five different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 4.0 steals per game.

CHAPMAN CONNECTS: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and a 4-of-6 clip from 3-point range to lead Oregon State past New Mexico on Sunday. Chapman also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in the contest, including six offensive. The 6-2 post scored the first eight points of the game for the Beavers and had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting by halftime. Last Thursday against Utah, Chapman added nine points and four rebounds. Chapman has made two consecutive starts for the Beavers after fellow post Brina Chaney suffered a sprained ankle in practice last week. The Oregon City grad ranks second on the squad in scoring and 18th in the Pac-10, with 11.7 points per game.

MAKING IT HAPPEN: Sophomore point guard Leilani Estavan has done a little bit of everything for the Beavers this season. Estavan poured in a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and a 3-of-5 mark from beyond the arc, Sunday at New Mexico. The 5-7 guard also dished out a game-high seven assists, blocked a shot and recorded three steals. Estavan added a game-high eight assists against Utah last Thursday. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. She leads the Beavers in three statistical categories: field goal percentage (.511), 3-point field goal percentage (.517) and assists (35). Estavan also leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (5.83) and assist-turnover ratio (2.92).

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. After sitting out most of the first half in foul trouble against New Mexico on Sunday, Ragland rebounded to score all 13 of her points in the second half and pulled down eight rebounds. The 5-9 guard has now reached double figures in scoring in 16 of the last 17 games with a current streak of four consecutive. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (16.7 ppg), steals (24) and 3-point field goals (13).

FRESHMEN FIGURES: A trio of freshmen, Juleen Smith, Jasmine Wilson and Jessica Jones, continue to contribute valuable minutes for Oregon State in their inaugural season. Smith, a speedy point guard, is averaging 1.2 points per game, while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out a five assists in 69 minutes of action. Smith tallied a career-high three dishes against New Mexico on Sunday. Wilson, a versatile forward, has grabbed a rebound in all six contests of her career and blocked her first shot against Portland State on Nov. 21. Jones, a solid ball-handler, has pulled down three rebounds, tallied a pair of assists and recorded a steal while serving as a defensive stalwart.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook scored eight points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds against Utah last Thursday and then reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season, with 10 points and eight rebounds against New Mexico on Sunday. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game and ranks in a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 for boards per game. Cook currently ranks third on the squad in scoring with 9.8 points per game. She has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.

MAKING THE DISH: Junior forward Michelle Estell dished out a career-high three assists in Oregon State's 77-61 victory against New Mexico on Sunday. The Amanda, OH, native has started all six games this season for the Beavers and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.

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 100 points this season, upping her career total to 1,265 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 567 career rebounds, which ranks in a tie with Sissel Pierce (1997-00) for 8th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland need just 11 more boards to surpass Tanya Mothershed's (1982-85) total of 577 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 7th place.

ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just eight Oregon State players to score 1,000 points (1,265) and grab 500 rebounds (567) in her career.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Despite making just five trips to the free throw line so far this season, Felicia Ragland moves into Oregon State's Top 10 list for free throw attempts in her career. The 5-9 guard's 272 attempts from the line rank in 10th place, passing Sissel Pierce's (1997-00) 270 attempts. Ragland currently ranks in 8th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 199. She needs just seven charity tosses to move past Anette Mollerstrom (1992-96) into 7th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook has moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 70 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post has tallied a blocked shot in four consecutive games and had a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Sunday. The North Medford High grad's eight blocks on the season and 1.33 blocks per game rank in a tie for fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference. 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 230-117 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .663 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 81-93 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 179-161 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. Thursday's game against University of Portland and Sunday's game at Kansas State will be broadcast throughout the state of Oregon on the Beaver Sports Radio Network.

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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