Women's Basketball Finishes Preseason Campaign Saturday At Wyoming

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Dec. 12, 2001



Saturday December 15, 2001
OSU at Wyoming - 5 p.m. MST, Casper, WY
(Wyoming Shootout - Casper Events Center)

G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.8 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (21.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (5.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2 So., (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
or C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (4.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING (3-3 overall) as of Dec. 11
G #12 Carly Stucky, 5-10, So., (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #25 Cherrith Wiersma, 5-9, Jr., (3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #21 Darci Arsene, 6-1, Jr., (13.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #41 Carrie Bacon, 6-0, Jr., (14.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #51 Ann McColl, 6-2, Jr., (11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WYOMING: University of Wyoming enters the week with a 3-3 record before facing No. 13/12 University of Colorado on Wednesday night, prior to hosting Oregon State on Saturday. The balanced Cowgirls have four players averaging double figures in scoring with Carrie Bacon's 14.2 points leading the way. Fellow frontcourt members, Darci Arsene and Ann McColl are scoring 13.0 and 11.8 points per game, respectively and both are pulling down 7.5 rebounds per outing. Sophomore Carly Stucky rounds out the double figure scorers with 10 points and 3.3 assists per game. Former Oregon State starter, Cherrith Wiersma, is averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 assists as a starter for the Cowgirls. As a team, Wyoming is scoring 73 points per game while its opponents are averaging 70.8.

BEAVERS AND COWGIRLS: Oregon State and Wyoming are tied 1-1 in the all-time series between the two squads. The Cowgirls won the first meeting between the teams in Laramie, WY, 75-64 on Dec. 31, 1985, but Oregon State took last season's OSU Beaver Classic championship game, 72-55 on Nov. 25. The Beavers reeled off the first eight points of last season's contest and never trailed on their way to victory. Ericka Cook led all players with 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Felicia Ragland tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carly Stucky led Wyoming with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

LOOKING BACK AT KANSAS STATE: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 32 points and buried six 3-point field goals, but Oregon State suffered its worst loss in two years as Kansas State rolled to a 95-61 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats led from start-to-finish behind scorching shooting from the field while OSU struggled to get shots to fall. Ragland buried 7-of-15 shots including five 3-pointers in the first half for 19 points, while the rest of the OSU squad managed just 2-of-19 shooting from the field. K-State had four players reach double figures in scoring and shot 58-percent for the game, including a 14-of-27 clip from 3-point range. Oregon State managed to hit just 29-percent of its shots from the floor but the Beavers knocked down a season-high 16-of-19 free throws. Freshman Juleen Smith added a career-high eight points and senior Ericka Cook came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 shots for eight points. K-State outscored the Beavers, 41-22 in the paint and won the battle of the boards, 40-31.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND: Senior guard Felicia Ragland's career-high 37 points weren't enough as Oregon State was tripped-up by University of Portland, 67-66 on Dec. 6. With the Beavers trailing by three points, Leilani Estavan launched what appeared to be a 3-point field goal in the final seconds, but the officials ruled the shot to be a two-pointer, allowing the Pilots to escape with the victory. Ragland scored 26 of her 37 points in the second half and knocked down 14-of-25 field goals and a 4-of-9 clip from beyond the arc for the game. Estavan finished with a career-high 11 assists and sophomore post Brina Chaney came of the bench to match her career-high in scoring with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting. Senior Ericka Cook was held without a field goal attempt in the contest but managed to match her career-high with 13 rebounds. Turnovers proved costly for the Beavers as OSU had 22 miscues on the night.

FAST FACTS: Kansas State's 95-61 victory against Oregon State on Sunday was the largest margin of victory against the Beavers since OSU fell, 105-50 at UCLA on Jan. 8, 1999. K-State's 95 points were the most given up by Oregon State in 82 games, dating back to the UCLA contest in Jan. 1999.

THREE MORE: Senior guard Felicia Ragland buried six 3-point field goals against Kansas State on Sunday to tie her own single-game mark for treys in the OSU record book. Last season, the All-America candidate knocked down six long balls on three different occasions, striking against California (2/8), Stanford (2/10) and Arizona State (3/3). Anette Mollerstrom (1993-96) has also recorded six 3-pointer in one contest, hitting six treys against Alabama (3/16/94). Ragland's 16 3-point field goal attempts against K-State on Sunday are the most ever by a Beaver in a single game.

NOT A GOOD SIGN: Over the last two games, senior guard Felicia Ragland has averaged 34.5 points while the rest of the Oregon State team has combined to score just 29 points.

A LOOK AT THE LINE: One bright spot in Oregon State's disappointing 95-61 loss at Kansas State on Sunday, was that the Beavers buried a season-high 16-of-19 (.842) free throw attempts. OSU has struggled from the line on the season, hitting just 64-of-110 free throw attempts for 58-percent while its opponents have connected on 104-of-132 charity tosses for 68-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

MORE FROM THE LINE: Oddly enough, Oregon State is 0-2 on the season when making more free throws than its opponent.

EERIE COINCIDENCE: As a team, Oregon State has knocked down 188-of-482 field goals while its opponents have hit 188-of-440 field goal attempts. Of those 188 OSU field goals, the Beavers have knocked down 46 from 3-point range while their opponents have also buried 46 treys. The difference in scoring on the season coming at the free throw line with Oregon State hitting 64 charity tosses compared to its opponents' 104 freebies.

ISN'T THAT INTERESTING: This season's Oregon State squad is sharing some of the same characteristics of the Beavers' 1999-00 squad. Both teams had a 3-5 record over the first eight games of the season and the 1999-00 team had scored 480 points at this point while the 2001-02 squad has scored 486 points. The 1999-00 squad recovered well, totaling a 10-8 Pacific-10 Conference record, helping head coach Judy Spoelstra earn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

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.

RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 47 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the second toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 1 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have a 96 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking sixth in the Pac-10.

POINTS TO PONDER: Despite a season-high 77 points against New Mexico on Dec. 2, Oregon State's scoring has dropped dramatically this season. The Beavers are averaging 60.8 points per outing, far short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 8.0 points per game. Currently OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 65.8 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State is tied with University of California for the lead in the Pacific-10 Conference for 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Beavers and Bears are allowing their opponents to hit just 33-percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Individually, Leilani Estavan is leading the conference in assists with 6.75 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 3.18 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in five different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 3.5 steals per game and 2.88 3-point field goals made per contest.

THE NATIONS BEST: Two Oregon State athletes are ranked among the national statistics leaders. Senior Felicia Ragland ranks 13th in the country for scoring with 21.1 points per outing and her 3.5 steals per contest rank in a tie for 24th. Sophomore Leilani Estavan ranks 15th overall in assists with 6.8 per game.

ON FROM THE LINE: Freshman Juleen Smith knocked down 4-of-4 free throw attempts on Sunday at Kansas State on her way to scoring a career-high eight points. As a team, the Beavers are hitting just 58-percent (64-of-110) of their free throws on the season but Smith has yet to miss and is a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

RAGLAND NUMBERS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored a career-high 37 points, including 26 in the second half, on 14-of-25 shooting and a 4-of-9 mark from 3-point range against Portland on Dec. 6. Ragland kept the Beavers in the game, scoring 12 straight in one stretch including back-to-back 3-pointers. She is just the fifth Oregon State player to score at least 37 points in a game. Ragland reached the 30-point barrier for the second consecutive game after knocking down 10-of-27 field goals, including six 3-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to 32 points at Kansas State on Sunday. The 5-9 guard has now reached double figures in scoring in 18 of the last 19 games with a current streak of six consecutive. Her 37 points are the most scored by a Pac-10 player this season and she is the only conference player to score 30-plus points on two occasions. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (21.1 ppg), steals (28) and 3-point field goals (23).

DISH DOCTOR: Sophomore point guard Leilani Estavan has done a little bit of everything for the Beavers this season. Estavan dished out a career-high 11 assists against Portland on Dec. 6 and tallied seven points, three steals and a game-high eight dishes at Kansas State on Sunday. Only six Oregon State players have tallied more assists in a single game than Estavan. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. She leads the Beavers in two statistical categories: field goal percentage (.474) and assists (54). Estavan also leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.8) and assist-turnover ratio (3.18). Her .444 3-point field goal percentage ranks fifth in the conference.

THE 'J' CREW: 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, recorded the best game of her career against Kansas State on Sunday, knocking down 4-of-4 free throws and hitting a pair of field goals for a career-high eight points. Smith also grabbed a rebound, dished out an assist and made a steal in 18 minutes of action. Wilson, an athletic forward, has grabbed at least one rebound in the seven contests she has seen action in. Wilson pulled down a career-high four boards against Kansas State on Sunday and blocked her second shot of the season. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, pulled down a career-high two rebounds and dished out an assist against Kansas State on Sunday. Jones tallied a career-high two dishes against University of Portland on Dec. 6.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook was held without a field goal attempt against University of Portland on Dec. 6, but matched her career-high with 13 rebounds in the contest. Cook came off the bench in Sunday's game at Kansas State to hit 4-of-5 field goals for eight points and pulled down four rebounds. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with an impressive 7.4 boards per game average and ranks in sixth place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.4 points per game. She 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 169 points this season, upping her career total to 1,334 points. With 32 points at Kansas State on Sunday, the All-America candidate passed Tina Lelas' (1994-97) total of 1,313 points and moved into sole possession of 6th place in the OSU record books. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the list with 1,582 points in her career.

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 575 career rebounds, which ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland need just three 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 (1,334) and grab 500 rebounds (575) in her career. Only six other Oregon State players have scored over 1,300 points in their career.

SHE'S THE BEST: 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 four long balls on Dec. 6 against Portland and then matched her single-game record with six treys, including five in the first half, at Kansas State on Sunday to raise her season total to 23. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 132 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

PICK POCKET: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 28 steals on the season. Entering the week, Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.50 per game. With three steals on Sunday against Kansas State, Ragland moves into 10th place in the OSU record books with 206 swipes in her career. She needs just 10 steals to surpass Hall of Famer Carol Menken's (1979-81) mark of 215 and move into 9th place.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland buried 11-of-12 free throws in the last two games for the Beavers to up her season percentage to .824 (14-of-17). Ragland has moved into the Oregon State Top 10 list for free throw attempts in her career. With 284 attempts from the line, the 5-9 guard ranks in 10th place in the OSU record books. After finishing a perfect 6-for-6 against Kansas State on Sunday, Ragland currently ranks in 7th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 210. She needs just 16 charity tosses to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) into sole possession of 5th 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 tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2. The North Medford High grad's team-high eight blocks on the season and 1.00 blocks per game rank in a tie for eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Cook continues to inch closer to Debbie Dalluge (1985-89), who ranks 7th in the record book with 89 stuffs.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 59 of their last 93 (.634) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 75-39 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 230-119 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .659 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 81-95 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 179-163 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. Saturday's game at Wyoming 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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