Women's Basketball Currently Tied For Second In Pac-10 Race

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Jan. 22, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 ACTION IN A TIE FOR SECOND, BEAVERS FACE UCLA ON THURSDAY AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SATURDAY

Thursday January 24, 2002
UCLA at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

Saturday January 26, 2002
Southern California at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-9 overall, 6-3 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.0 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
or F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, So., (10.3 ppg, 5.5, 1.0 apg.)

UCLA (5-12 overall, 2-8 Pac-10)
G #1 Natalie Nakase, 5-2, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.6 apg.)
G #21 Jalina Bradley, 5-7, Jr., (7.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, So., (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, So., (2.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
C #32 Malika Leatham, 6-2, Sr., (6.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
or F #33 Shalada Allen, 6-2, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.1 apg.)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (10-8 overall, 6-3 Pac-10)
G #10 Jessica Cheeks, 5-9, So., (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg.)
G #23 Aisha Hollans, 5-9, So., (18.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #14 Carmen Krause, 6-1, Sr., (6.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, So., (14.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #33 Rachel Woodward, 6-1, Fr., (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA brings a 5-12 overall record and 2-8 Pac-10 mark into Thursday's game at Oregon State. The Bruins have lost three straight, but have picked up two Pac-10 wins in the past six contests. UCLA lost All-Pac-10 guard Michelle Greco for the season after she suffered a string of mild concussions. Forward Kristee Porter left the program at the end of December to pursue a professional volleyball career. Soccer standout Whitney Jones leads the depleted Bruins with 8.6 points per game and adds 4.7 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Natalie Nakase is scoring 8.5 points per game, pulling down 3.3 boards and dishing out a team-best 5.6 assists per game. The 5-2 guard recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists against Arizona last Saturday. As a team, UCLA leads the conference in steals with 10.41 per outing. The Bruins are averaging just 59.5 points per game while allowing their opponents to score 72.1.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 22-14. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 5-8 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won four-straight against UCLA. Last season's sweep of the Bruins was the first for Oregon State since the 1992-93 season.

OSU-UCLA LAST TIME OUT: Felicia Ragland's 32 points and school record seven 3-point field goals helped lead Oregon State to a 79-65 victory against UCLA on Dec. 22. The win marked the fourth straight victory for OSU against UCLA. 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 out-scored Oregon State 18-6 over the first six minutes of the second half 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. Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points and a then career-high 10 rebounds for her first ever double-double. Sophomore Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points. OSU held a commanding 53-36 edge on the boards including a 22-11 advantage on the offensive glass.

A GLANCE AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California enters the week with a 10-8 overall record and a 6-3 Pac-10 Conference mark. The Women of Troy face University of Oregon on Thursday before heading to Corvallis for Saturday's contest against the Beavers. USC dropped a 78-74 game against Arizona last Thursday, while playing without three starters (Ebony Hoffman (suspension), Tiffany Elmore (injury) and Aisha Hollans (team violation)). The Women of Troy rebounded with a dominating 68-49 victory against No. 23 Arizona State last Saturday. Four different Southern California players are averaging double figures in scoring. Hollans leads the squad in scoring with 18.2 points per game and adds 7.0 rebounds per outing. Hoffman is pulling down a team-best 8.9 rebounds to go along with 14.1 points per contest. Elmore adds 11.7 points while freshman Rachel Woodward contributes 11.4 points. Elmore, who suffered a sprained ankle against University of Washington on Jan. 6, is questionable for competition entering the week. As a team, USC leads the conference in offensive rebounds with 17.56 boards per game. The high-scoring Women of Troy are averaging 73.7 points per game while their opponents are scoring 66.6 points per contest.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 24-11, but the Beavers have won four of their last six games against the Women of Troy. Oregon State has won three of the last four games played in Gill Coliseum against Southern Cal, despite last season's 69-67 overtime loss. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an all-time record of 6-7 against USC.

OSU-USC LAST TIME OUT: 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 then-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 Chapman combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds.

RAGLAND NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 14-20. The Tulare, CA, native averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 3-point field goals per game as Oregon State beat rival University of Oregon and dropped a non-conference game against UC Santa Barbara. Ragland had a game-high 36 points on 11-of-21 shooting and knocked down 7-of-14 from 3-point range against UCSB last Wednesday. Her seven treys matched her own Oregon State single-game record for 3-pointers. It was also her fourth 30-point outing of the season. Ragland led all players with 16 points against Oregon last Saturday, as the Beavers claimed their first Civil War victory in 12 tries and first win on MacArthur Court in nine years. The 5-9 guard also pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds to record the 15th double-double of her career and third this season. The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Ragland leads the conference in scoring (20.5 ppg), steals (2.95 spg) and 3-pointers per game (2.74 avg). The Player of the Week honor is the second of Ragland's career and Oregon State's 23rd selection of all-time.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan buried six consecutive free throws in the final 35 seconds to give Oregon State a 61-53 victory against University of Oregon in last Saturday's Civil War. The win was the first for OSU against the Ducks in 12 tries and marked the first Beaver victory on MacArthur Court in nine years. After going into the locker room tied 30-30 at the half, Jamie Craighead's 3-pointer gave the Ducks a short-lived lead as OSU senior Ericka Cook reeled off seven consecutive points to put the Beavers in front for good. Oregon pulled within two points (44-42) with just over six minutes remaining but Felicia Ragland knocked down a jumper and freshman Jessica Jones buried a 3-point field goal to extend the OSU lead and put the game out of reach. Ragland finished with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, for her 15th double-double of her career. Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points, while Cook added nine points and seven boards.

BIG WIN: Oregon State's Civil War victory against University of Oregon was the first for the Beavers in 12 meetings, breaking OSU's longest current losing streak in any series. The win also marked the first Oregon State victory on MacArthur Court in nine years. No current OSU player had beaten the Ducks until Saturday.

SAYS IT ALL: In a post-game interview after beating University of Oregon for the first time in her career, senior Ericka Cook was asked if it was the biggest win in her four season's at Oregon State - even bigger than the Beavers' 81-65 thumping of No. 24 Stanford on Jan. 11, 2001 to break an 11-game losing streak to the Cardinal. Cook's one-word reply, 'DEFINITELY'.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's women's sports teams have a combined 8-0 record against University of Oregon during the 2001-02 season. The OSU women's golf team has finished ahead of the Ducks in four competitions this season, Beaver volleyball swept the series with UO, women's soccer knocked off Oregon and women's basketball topped the Ducks last Saturday for the first time in 12 meetings.

LOOKING BACK AT UC SANTA BARBARA: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 36 points and matched her Oregon State single-game record with seven 3-point field goals, but it wasn't enough as UC Santa Barbara held on for a 79-73 victory on Wednesday night. The Gauchos jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest. Ragland had 14 first half points and helped the Beavers reel off a 22-12 run to close out the half and pull OSU within seven points (38-31) at the break. Oregon State narrowed the margin to two points at three times in the second half but could never take the lead. Kristina Rukstelyte had a career night for the Beavers with a career-best 10 points and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Ericka Cook just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

BEST START: Oregon State is off to its best start in six years, at the turnaround point of the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with a 6-3 record. The Beavers were 6-3 over their first nine conference games during the 1995-96 season, head coach Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm. The 1995-96 season was the last time Oregon State reached the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers enter the week in a tie for second place in Pac-10 action.

STARTING ACTION: The versatile Oregon State squad has seen seven different players in the starting line-up this season. Senior guard Felicia Ragland continues her streak, having started 104 consecutive games for the Beavers. 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. Sophomore Leilani Estavan is the only other Oregon State player to start all 19 games this season. The 5-5 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 27 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-3. 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. No. 4 Stanford dominated the Beavers, 91-54, on Jan. 10, handing OSU its worst loss of the season. Oregon State 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.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State ranks third in the Pac-10 with an average of 39.4 rebounds per game. The Beavers tallied a season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28, which 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).

A LOOK AT THE LINE: 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 several 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 has knocked down 74-of-95 (78-percent) in the last six Pac-10 outings, including a 17-of-20 clip against Oregon last Saturday. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 66-percent (213-of-321) from the line while their opponents have connected on 251-of-366 free throws for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 65 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 6 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have a 71 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking seventh 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: Last Wednesday's 79-73 loss to UC Santa Barbara marked just the first time this season that Oregon State has lost a game when it scored at least 70 points (6-1). Despite a recent high-scoring trend, OSU's overall scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 64.8 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 4.0 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points on Dec. 28, OSU is allowing its opponents to score 64.4 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LEADING THE PAC: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan is leading the Pac-10 in assists with 6.00 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.19 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 20.5 points per game, 2.95 steals per outing and 2.74 3-point field goals made per contest.

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. She had her second best scoring outing last Wednesday with 36 points, including seven 3-point field goals, against UC Santa Barbara. 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 Oregon last Saturday, Ragland recorded her third double-double of the season, and 15th of her career, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The All-America candidate has now reached double figures in scoring in 27 of the last 30 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 four occasions. Ragland leads the Beavers in scoring (20.5 ppg), steals (56), 3-point field goals (52) and free throw percentage (.853).

GOOD POINT: 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. She buried six free throws in the final 34-seconds against Oregon last Saturday to clinch the Beaver victory. Estavan finished with 15 points against the Ducks, reaching double figures in scoring for the seventh time this season. 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 9.2 points, 6.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. She currently leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.00) and assist-turnover ratio (2.19). Her 2.11 steals per game rank third in the conference.

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 Jan. 4 against Arizona State University 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 made eight appearances in the starting lineup this season. Chapman ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.3 points per game and is third in rebounding with 5.5 boards per contest. She is averaging 10.0 points and team-high 6.6 rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference games. Her team-best .479 field goal percentage ranks sixth in the Pac-10.

BIG MINUTES: Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has come on strong for Oregon State in the last four games. The Kaunas, Lithuania native grabbed five rebounds against No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 10, and matched her career-high with two assists against the Cardinal. On Jan. 12, against California, Rukstelyte had then-season highs in scoring and rebounding with six points and six boards. She responded with a career-best 10 points and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action against UC Santa Barbara last Wednesday. Rukstelyte finished with six points and two rebounds against Oregon last Saturday. Ruk has buried 10-of-12 free throws in the last three games.

'B' IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCK: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 23 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 19 swats in the last eight games, for an average of 2.4 blocks per outing. Chaney had a career-high five blocked shots and a career-best 11 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28. The Inglemoor High grad added eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, five rebounds and three stuffs against California on Jan. 12. She currently ranks in sixth place in the Pac-10 with 1.21 swats per game.

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 dished out a career-best six assists, tallied three steals and matched her career-high with five rebounds against California on Jan. 12. Smith has started four of the last six games for the Beavers after entering the starting-five against Arizona State on Jan. 4. 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 matched that amount with four rebounds against California on Jan. 12. The 6-0 guard blocked a career-high three shots against Washington State on Dec. 28 and scored a career-best four points against Washington on Dec. 30. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, buried her first field goal of her career with a 3-pointer against California on Jan. 12 and matched her career-best with three rebounds against the Bears. Jones scored a career-high four points against Oregon last Saturday, after knocking down a crucial 3-pointer and hitting a free throw. She also recorded a career-high 19 minutes of action against the Ducks.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook recorded her best scoring game of the season when she led all players with 17 points against Arizona on Jan. 6. Cook dished out a career-high eight assists and matched her career-high in steals with four, against California on Jan. 12. She just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds against UC Santa Barbara last Wednesday and added nine points and seven boards against Oregon last Saturday. Earlier this season, she matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland (Dec. 6). The 6-3 post leads the team in rebounding with a 6.0 boards per game average and currently ranks 12th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.1 points per game. She has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.

TWO-SPORT STAR: Senior Jenni Jodoin has brought enthusiasm and leadership in her first season on the basketball court for Oregon State. Jodoin, a standout softball player for the Beavers, earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 1999 while playing first base. She will return to the nationally ranked softball squad at the conclusion of the basketball season. So far on the court, the 5-11 forward has hit 3-of-5 field goals, pulled down four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in 22 minutes of action. She has seen playing time in seven different contests since becoming eligible in December.

INJURY UPDATE: Walk-on freshman Heather Fossen has yet to see action in a Pacific-10 Conference game after suffering a pair of concussions in the last month.

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.

1,500 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,500 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 390 points this season, upping her career total to 1,555 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 four times this season after knocking down 36 points against UC Santa Barbara last Wednesday. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the all-time scoring list with 1,582 points in her career. Ragland needs just 27 more points to rank in the OSU top 5 in both scoring and rebounding.

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 640 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs 42 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 1,500 points (1,555) and grab 600 rebounds (640) 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 1,500 points in their career.

COOK CLOSES IN: Senior Ericka Cook has pulled down 518 rebounds in her career, becoming just the 11th OSU player to record 500 boards. The 6-3 post needs just 13 rebounds to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) into the Beavers' all-time top 10 list.

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 matched her OSU record with seven treys against UC Santa Barbara last Wednesday. She reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 161 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

STEALING THE SHOW: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 56 steals on the season. Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.00 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranks fourth in the loop with 2.06 steals per contest. On the season, Ragland has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. She ranks in 8th place in the OSU record books with 234 swipes in her career. She needs just five 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 58-of-68 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .853 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 335 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 5th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 254. She needs just 23 charity tosses to move past Chelle Flamoe (1986-89) into sole possession of 4th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 80 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has had at least two blocks in four different contests. 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 62 of their last 98 (.633) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 78-41 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. So far this season the Beavers are 5-4 overall and 3-1 during Pac-10 games in Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 231-120 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .658 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 87-99 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 186-167 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 UCLA will be broadcast on the Internet only, while Saturday's contest against Southern California can be heard 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. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest were both broadcast, as well as the Jan. 19 Civil War game at University of Oregon. The lone remaining Oregon State televised contest will be on Feb. 2 at Arizona State.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: A new era starts as the Pacific-10 Conference begins its first annual Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus. The league's Directors of Athletics and the Pac-10 Council approved the postseason tournament last fall. The Pac-10 postseason tournament will be a 10-team event which, will be hosted by one of the Pac-10 members on its campus each year. A total of nine games will be played with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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