Women's Basketball Hosts Washington State Friday

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Dec. 27, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TO HOST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS, BEAVERS LOOK TO WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT AGAINST WSU ON FRIDAY

Friday December 28, 2001
Washington State at OSU - 7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports Northwest - Gill Coliseum)

Sunday December 30, 2001
Washington at OSU - 1:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports Net - Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-6 overall, 1-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.3 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (21.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (4.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (2-9 overall, 0-1 Pac-10)
G #11 Jessica Collins, 5-6, Sr., (0.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #23 Lindsey Egeland, 5-9, So., (6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #32 Francine McCurtain, 5-9, Fr., (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #41 Jessica Ottmar, 6-0, Jr., (5.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #33 Brittney Hawks, 6-2, Sr., (13.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a just a 2-9 record and looking to break a six-game losing streak. The Cougars were stomped in their Pac-10 opener, 98-64, by rival University of Washington. Freshman guard Francine McCurtain scored a season-high 20 points against the Huskies but was the only WSU player to reach double figures. McCurtain and senior Brittney Hawks lead the squad in scoring with 13.0 points per game and Hawks' 9.6 boards per outing is also a team-high. WSU scoring drops off dramatically after that, with sophomore Lindsey Egeland's 6.4 points next on the list. As a team, the Cougars are averaging just 59.9 points per outing while their opponents are scoring 75.7 points per contest. Washington State is being out-rebounded 38.5-44.5 on the year.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 24-15. The Beavers have won four straight against the Cougars including last season's dominating 64-46 win in Pullman on Jan. 18, and a 94-60 victory in Corvallis on Feb. 17. OSU has won three straight in Gill Coliseum against WSU, dating back to a 75-67 Cougar victory during the 1998 campaign. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has an 8-4 record against Washington State.

OSU-WSU LAST TIME OUT: A balanced Oregon State attack saw all 10 Beaver players involved in the action with five players reaching double figures in scoring as OSU dominated Washington State, 94-60 on Feb. 17, in Gill Coliseum. As a team, the Beavers shot a scorching 56-percent from the field for the game and pulled out to a dominating 40-19 halftime advantage. Brittney Hawks' 13 points and six rebounds led the Cougars.

FAST FACT: Oregon State is just 1-5 in Pacific-10 Conference home openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm and the Beavers have lost five straight. The most recent OSU victory in Gill Coliseum to open Pac-10 action came against rival University of Oregon, 58-57, on Jan. 5, 1996.

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington brings a 6-4 overall and 1-0 Pac-10 Conference record into its game at University of Oregon on Friday, before traveling to Corvallis to meet Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. The balanced Huskies have four players averaging double figures in scoring with Loree Payne's 14.5 points per game leading the way. Post Andrea Lalum is averaging 14.1 points per outing and pulling down a team-leading 7.7 rebounds. Emily Autrey adds 11.5 points while shooting 52-percent from the floor. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola rounds out the double figure scorers with 10.2 points per outing, 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 53 assists. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 75.9 points per game while their opponents are scoring only 65.0 points per contest. Nine different players have made at least one 3-point field goal on the season and the team has combined to drain 70-of-220 attempts from long range.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 33-19. The Huskies swept the series with the Beavers last season and have won eight of the last 10 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 4-8 record against Washington, with Oregon State's last victories coming as the season sweep of UW during 2000.

OSU-UW LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State took a 44-39 lead into the locker room at the half behind 59-percent shooting, but University of Washington rallied back for a 77-70 victory on Feb. 15, in Gill Coliseum. OSU managed just 7-of-23 shooting (23-percent) in the second half of action while the Huskies hit 48-percent of their shots. Three Beavers reached double figures in scoring, led by Felicia Ragland's 23 points. Ericka Cook added a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The balanced Huskies had four players in double figures.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Oregon State dropped its sixth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference opener as Southern California held on for a 69-65 victory on Dec. 20. The closely contested game saw 12 lead changes and nine ties on the night with neither team taking more than a six-point lead throughout the contest. Freshman guard Juleen Smith had a career night for the Beavers, knocking down a game-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws. Smith also added career highs in rebounds (3), assists (3), steals (2) and blocks (1). Sophomore Leilani Estavan was the only other OSU player to reach double figures in scoring with 13 points and a team-high five assists. Senior guard Felicia Ragland was limited to just six points in 13 minutes of action, after injuring her knee in the opening minutes of the second half. Sophomore posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Holbrook combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds. USC had trouble holding on to the ball, committing 26 turnovers in the game but the Beavers had 24 miscues.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Felicia Ragland's 32 points and school record seven 3-point field goals helped lead Oregon State to a 79-65 victory against UCLA last Saturday. All of the OSU players got in on the action as the Beavers led by as many as 15 points in the opening half and went into the locker room with a 40-29 advantage. UCLA made things interesting in the second half, out-scoring the Beavers 18-6 over the first six minutes of the frame to eventually knot the score 46-46. Ericka Cook answered with a pair of free throws and Ragland added three consecutive 3-point field goals to help the Beavers pull away for good. Ragland finished the game hitting 10-of-23 shots from the field including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range to break the OSU single-game record for treys. Sophomore post Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for her first ever double-double and just OSU's second on the season. Sophomore Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Cook added seven points and nine rebounds as the Beavers dominated the boards. OSU held a commanding 53-36 edge on the boards including a 22-11 advantage on the offensive glass.

STREAK SURVIVES: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has made 96 consecutive starts for Oregon State after coming off the bench in the first game of her career. The Tulare, CA, native has never missed a game for the Beavers in her four seasons at OSU. After sitting out most of Oregon State's Dec. 20 game at USC with a sore knee, Ragland remained in the starting line-up last Saturday against UCLA, leading all players with 32 points and knocking down a school record seven 3-point field goals. The All-America candidate and the OSU coaching staff credits trainer Kelli Eberlein for the speedy recovery.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Oregon State has not won back-to-back games this season. The Beavers have lost two consecutive games twice this year.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State pulled down a season-high 53 rebounds against UCLA last Saturday. Last season the Beavers tallied 50-plus boards on two different occasions, grabbing 51 against University of Wyoming (11/25/00) and 50 against Boise State (12/31/00). The OSU record for rebounds in a single game is 61, set at San Jose State (12/30/81).

A LOOK AT THE LINE: After making just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State improved dramatically from the line against Kansas State and Wyoming to close out non-conference action. The Beavers knocked down 33-of-41 charity tosses for 80-percent against the Wildcats and Cowgirls but struggled once again from the stripe against Southern California on Dec. 20. OSU hit just 13-of-21 free throws against the Women of Troy for a paltry 62-percent. The Beavers didn't fare much better against UCLA last Saturday, hitting just 15-of-27 freebies. On the season, the Beavers are shooting just 61-percent shooting (109-of-180) from the line while their opponents have connected on 145-of-211 free throws for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

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 57 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 3 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have an 79 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking fifth in the Pac-10. According to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Oregon State started the season with the eighth toughest schedule in the nation.

POINTS TO PONDER: Despite a season-high 77 points against New Mexico on Dec. 2, Oregon State's scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 63.6 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 5.2 points per game. Currently OSU is allowing its opponents to score 65.0 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points. The Beavers are 3-0 when this season when they score at least 70 points.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State is leads the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Beavers are allowing their opponents to hit just 32.4-percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan leads the conference in assists with 6.27 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.30 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 21.5 points per game and 3.18 steals per outing.

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, becoming just the fifth Oregon State player to score at least 37 points in a game. Ragland reached the 30-point barrier for a 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 Dec. 9. The 5-9 guard buried 32 points, including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range against UCLA last Saturday. Ragland's seven treys broke the OSU single-game record for shots from long range. After scoring a season-low six points in only 13 minutes of action prior to bruising her right knee against Southern California on Dec. 20, the senior guard had her seven-game streak of scoring in double figures broken. After recovering with 32 points against the Bruins, Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring in 20 of the last 22 games. 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 three occasions. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (21.5 ppg), steals (35), 3-point field goals (31) and free throw percentage (.861).

FLOOR LEADER: 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 13 points and a team-high five assists against USC on Dec. 20. She followed that effort with 12 points, four rebounds and four dishes against UCLA last Saturday. Only six Oregon State players have tallied more assists in a single game than Estavan's total of 11. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 9.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. She leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.30). Her 2.64 steals per game rank second in the conference behind teammate Felicia Ragland and her .444 3-point field goal percentage ranks fifth.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded the first double-double of her career last Saturday against UCLA. The 6-2 post came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor for 13 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds, including six offensive. Chapman also dished out an assist, blocked a shot and recorded a steal in 23 minutes of action. She currently ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.6 points per game and is pulling down 5.2 rebounds per outing. Chapman has reached double figures in scoring in four games this season and has hit at least one 3-point field goal in five different contests. She is just the second OSU player to record a double-double on the season, after Felicia Ragland had 14 points and 10 boards against Loyola Marymount in the season opener.

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 freshman from Inglewood, CA, had a career night against USC on Dec. 20, leading all players with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The 5-5 guard also pulled down a career-best three rebounds, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked her first shot against the Women of Troy. Wilson, an athletic forward, started the season pulling down at least one rebound in the first eight contests she saw action in. Wilson pulled down a career-high four boards against Kansas State on Dec. 9, and blocked her second shot of the season against the Wildcats. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, pulled down a career-high two rebounds and dished out an assist against Kansas State on Dec. 9. She tallied a career-high two dishes against University of Portland on Dec. 6 and played a career-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 20.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland on Dec. 6. After coming off the bench in three straight contests, Cook returned to the starting lineup for the Beavers last Saturday against UCLA, scoring seven points and pulling down nine rebounds. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with a 6.8 boards per game average and entered the week ranked in seventh place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.6 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.

1,400 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,400 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 236 points this season, upping her career total to 1,401 points. With 32 points at Kansas State on Dec. 9, 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. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier three times this season after hitting for 32 against UCLA last Saturday. 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 592 boards, which ranks in 7th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland need just 16 more boards to surpass Debbie Dalluge's (1985-89) total of 607 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 6th place.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,400 points (1,401) and grab 500 rebounds (592) in her career. Only OSU Hall of Famer Carol Menken and Tanya Kostic have reached that plateau. Including Ragland, just six Oregon State players have scored over 1,400 points in their career.

RAGLAND RANKS NUMBER ONE: 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 matched her single-game record with six treys, including five in the first half, at Kansas State on Dec. 9 and then broke the Oregon State single-game record for 3-pointers with seven treys against UCLA last Saturday, raising her season total to 31. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 140 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

ONE-TWO PUNCH: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 35 steals on the season. Entering the week, Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.18 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranks second in the loop with 2.64 steals per contest. Ragland ranks in 10th place in the OSU record books with 213 swipes in her career. She needs just three 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 23-of-25 free throws in the last four games for the Beavers, including a streak of 18 consecutive that was broken on her last trip to the line at Wyoming last Saturday. After making just 3-of-5 free throws over the opening six games of the season, the Tulare, CA, native has found herself at the line recently and leads the Beavers with a 87-percent clip. Ragland has moved into 10th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 297 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 7th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 222. She needs just four charity tosses to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) into sole possession of 6th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook has moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 73 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and tallied a block against UCLA last Saturday. The North Medford High grad's team-high 11 blocks on the season and 1.0 blocks per game rank in a tie for fifth 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 231-119 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .660 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 82-96 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 181-164 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. This Friday's game against Washington State will also air 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 will 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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