Women's Basketball Looks To Sweep Arizona Schools For Second Straight Year

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Jan. 5, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SWEEP OF ARIZONA SCHOOLS, BEAVERS HOST WILDCATS ON SUNDAY

Sunday January 6, 2002
Arizona at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-7 overall, 3-2 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (3.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.6 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (21.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (5-7 overall, 1-3 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Fr., (13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, So., (8.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #20 Julie Brase, 5-10, Jr., (4.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #45 Elizabeth Pickney, 6-4, Sr., (17.2ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #50 LaKeisha Taylor, 6-4, Sr., (10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

STREAK IS AT 100: Senior guard Felicia Ragland will make her 100th consecutive start for Oregon State during Sunday's game against University of Arizona. Ragland has started every game in her four seasons at OSU after coming off the bench in the first game of her career. The Tulare, CA, native has never missed a game for the Beavers.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona brings a 5-7 overall record and 1-3 Pac-10 Conference mark into its game against Oregon State on Sunday. The Wildcats have lost four of their last five games after starting the season 3-0, including a 72-70 victory against defending national champion No. 15 Notre Dame on Nov. 24. UA was out-gunned, 72-53 on Friday night against University of Oregon. Only eight Wildcats saw action in the game, with Elizabeth Pickney's 12 points and seven rebounds leading the way. On the season Pickney leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. Arizona is 4-0 on the season when Pickney scores 20 points or more. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is averaging 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game. Senior LaKeisha Taylor also averages double figures in scoring with 10.4 points per outing and pulls down 5.2 boards. Despite a season-low 53 points against Oregon, the high-scoring Wildcats are averaging 70.3 points per outing but are giving up 74.7 points per game.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS: With last season's 67-66 victory against the Wildcats in Corvallis, Oregon State tied the all-time series with University of Arizona, 16-16. Prior to last season's Mar. 1 win, Arizona had won eight-straight contests against the Beavers, including an 83-73 victory on Feb. 3, 2001 that marked the 500th career victory for Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 3-9 against the Wildcats.

OSU-UA LAST TIME OUT: Ericka Cook's 20 points helped Oregon State knock off University of Arizona, 67-66 on Mar. 1, 2001. The victory marked the first for the Beavers against the Wildcats in a span of nine games. Arizona committed seven turnovers in the final four minutes, including three miscues in three consecutive possessions in the final minute as OSU held on for the victory. Felicia Ragland scored 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Leilani Estavan added a then career-best nine assists. Oregon State shot just 36-percent from the field while Arizona hit 59-percent of its shots.

FAST FACT: Oregon State completed its first sweep of the Arizona schools last season, since the 1996-97 campaign. The Beavers topped Arizona, 67-66 on Mar. 1, 2001 and beat No. 23 ranked Arizona State, 72-64 on Mar. 3, 2001.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman's 22 points and career-high 15 rebounds helped lead Oregon State to their second consecutive victory against Arizona State, when the Beavers earned a 77-70 win on Friday night. Both teams played fairly even in the first half with neither squad taking more than a five-point lead before the Beavers went into the locker room with a 36-34 advantage. OSU went on a 15-6 run over a five-minute span in the middle of the second half to build their largest lead at 60-48 with just over eight minutes remaining. The Sun Devils would get no closer than six points for the remainder of the contest. Chapman buried a scorching 8-of-11 field goals and 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to her second double-double of the season. She also tallied a career-best four blocked shots and her 15 rebounds are the most of any OSU player this season. Senior Felicia Ragland, who was hampered by first half foul problems, finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 17 points, a perfect 9-for-9 shooting from the free throw line, and a team-high eight assists. The Beavers hit 47-percent of their shots from the floor compared to ASU's 36-percent. A big difference came at the free throw line where Oregon State knocked down 24-of-28 attempts and Arizona State was just 15-of-24.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State matched the Pacific-10 Conference record for fewest points allowed in a game, as the Beavers thumped Washington State, 57-33 on Dec. 28. OSU jumped out to a commanding 31-16 lead at halftime, turning 15 Cougar turnovers into 18 points. Neither team shot well from the field with Oregon State hitting 32-percent of its field goal attempts and Washington State managing a miserable 17-percent, including 12-percent in the second half. The Beavers held WSU without a basket for the final seven minutes of action. Senior guard Felicia Ragland recorded her second double-double of the season and 14th of her career, with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Brina Chaney tallied her first ever double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 boards. The 6-5 post also added four blocked shots. Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Ericka Cook added nine points and eight boards. Sophomore Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high seven assists and had three steals while freshman Jasmine Wilson had a career-high three swats. As a team, the Beavers matched the Oregon State school record for rebounds in a single game with 61 - a record that has stood since the 1981 season.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: Oregon State was hampered by turnovers and poor field goal shooting as the Beavers lost, 74-58, against University of Washington on Dec. 30. Senior guard Felicia Ragland and sophomore post Hollye Chapman kept the Beavers close early in the game but the Huskies pulled away in the second half. Ragland finished with 26 points on 9-of-23 field goals and a 4-of-9 mark from 3-point range, while Chapman knocked down 7-of-11 field goals and 2-of-3 from long range for 17 points. Leilani Estavan matched her career-high with a team-best six rebounds and dished out eight assists. As a team, the Beavers shot a paltry 34-percent from the floor while Washington hit 41-percent of its shots. In a bright spot, Oregon State, who had been struggling from the free throw line all season, knocked down 10-of-11 charity tosses. The Beavers also held a 43-33 rebounding advantage.

UGH: Senior guard Felicia Ragland and sophomore post Hollye Chapman combined to hit 16-of-34 field goals for 47-percent, against University of Washington on Dec. 30. The rest of the Oregon State team combined to knock down just 4-of-25 field goals for a miserable 16-percent.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State has dominated the boards in its last four games. OSU has combined to pull down 204 rebounds in the four contests, for an average of 51 boards per game. The Beavers' season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28 matched the OSU single game record for rebounds - previously set at San Jose State on Dec. 30, 1981. Oregon State grabbed 53 rebounds against UCLA on Dec. 22. Last season the Beavers tallied 50-plus rebounds on two different occasions, grabbing 51 against University of Wyoming (11/25/00) and 50 against Boise State (12/31/00).

MAKING IT COUNT: After connecting on just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State has improved dramatically from the line in the last two games. The Beavers had their best free throw shooting game of the season against University of Washington on Dec. 30, hitting 10-of-11 charity tosses. OSU knocked down 24-of-28 freebies against Arizona State on Friday to combine for 34-of-39 (87-percent) in the last two outings. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 65-percent (154-of-238) from the line while their opponents have connected on 175-of-257 free throws for 68-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line. Sunday's opponent, University of Arizona, leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting with a 76-percent clip.

FREE THROW FIGURE: Sophomore Leilani Estavan has made 11 consecutive free throws for the Beavers. The Los Angeles native, buried all nine of her free throw attempts against Arizona State on Friday. Estavan has hit 15-of-18 charity tosses for 83-percent during Pacific-10 Conference games.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-2. The Beavers 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: Oregon State matched its season-high in scoring with 77 points against Arizona State on Friday. The Beavers reached the 77-point plateau earlier this season in a victory at New Mexico. OSU is 4-0 on the season when scoring at least 70 points. Despite the two 77-point games, Oregon State's scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 63.7 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 5.1 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points on Dec. 28, OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 63.7 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State entered last week leading 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 was leading 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, 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 on Dec. 22. Ragland's seven treys broke the OSU single-game record for shots from long range. Against Washington State on Dec. 28, the 5-9 guard recorded her second double-double of the season, and 14th of her career, with 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. She followed that performance with 26 points and three steals against Washington on Dec. 30 and added 21 points against Arizona State on Friday. Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring in 23 of the last 25 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 (21.1 ppg), steals (44), 3-point field goals (37) and free throw percentage (.854).

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 eight assists and matched her season-high with six rebounds against Washington last Sunday. Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time this season with 17 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line, and dished out eight assists against Arizona State on Friday. 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 9.1 points, 6.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Entering last week, she led the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.30). Her 2.64 steals per game ranked second in the conference behind teammate Felicia Ragland.

CHAPMAN CHAT: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded the first double-double of her career on Dec. 22 against UCLA when she came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down a then career-best 10 rebounds, including six offensive. The 6-2 post recorded her second double-double on Friday with 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Chapman knocked down 8-of-11 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the contest and blocked a career-high four shots. Chapman has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last four games after adding 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting against Washington last Sunday. On the season, Chapman ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.8 points per game and third in rebounding with 6.1 boards per contest. She is averaging 13.6 points and team-high 9.0 rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference games.

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 three rebounds, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked her first shot against the Women of Troy. Smith pulled down a career-high five rebounds, including three offensive, against Washington State last Friday and made her first-career start against Arizona State on Friday. 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 a career-high three shots against Washington State last Friday. The 6-0 guard scored a career-best four points against Washington last Sunday. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, pulled down a career-high three rebounds against Arizona State on Friday. 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 on Dec. 22 against UCLA, scoring seven points and pulling down nine rebounds. Cook just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds against Washington State last Friday. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with a 6.6 boards per game average and entered last week ranked in seventh place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.3 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 296 points this season, upping her career total to 1,461 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 on Dec. 22. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the list with 1,582 points in her career.

600 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 7th player in Oregon State history to pull down 600 rebounds in her career. The 5-9 guard has a total of 615 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs 67 more boards to surpass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87) total of 681 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 4th place.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,400 points (1,461) and grab 600 rebounds (615) 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 on Dec. 22. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 146 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 44 steals on the season. At the beginning of last week, Ragland led the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.18 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranked second in the loop with 2.64 steals per contest. With five steals against Washington State last Friday and three picks against Washington last Sunday, Ragland moved into 8th place in the OSU record books with 222 swipes in her career. She needs 17 steals to surpass Robyn Clark's (1980-83) mark of 238 and move into 7th place.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 41-of-48 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with a .854 percentage. The All-America candidate has moved into sole possession of 8th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 315 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 6th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 237. She needs just 10 charity tosses to move past Juli Coleman (1991-92) into sole possession of 5th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 76 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has tallied at least one stuff in the last three of the last four games. The North Medford High grad is tied with sophomore Brina Chaney for the team-lead with 14 blocks on the season. 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 61 of their last 96 (.635) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 77-40 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 84-97 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 183-165 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 against Arizona will be broadcast solely on the Internet.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play four Live televised games this season on Fox Sports. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest were both 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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