Women's Basketball Faces Arizona State In Showdown For Second Place
Feb. 1, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Saturday, February 2, 2002
OSU at Arizona State - 2 p.m. MST, Tempe, AZ
(Fox Sports Net)(Wells Fargo Arena)
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (12-10 overall, 8-4 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (4.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
or F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.8 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (17-6 overall, 8-4 Pac-10)
G #4 Amanda Levens, 5-9, Sr., (17.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg.)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, Fr., (4.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #23 Betsy Boardman, 6-1, So., (8.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #52 Cian Carvalho, 5-11, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #35 Melody Johnson, 6-2, Sr., (11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University enters Saturday's contest in a second place tie with Oregon State for second place in the Pac-10 Conference with an 8-4 mark. ASU holds a 17-6 overall record, and have won six of its last eight games since falling, 77-70 at OSU on Jan. 4. The Sun Devils are coming off a 69-58 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday night. Post Melody Johnson and Cian Carvalho combined to score 35 points in the contest as Arizona State hit 51-percent of its field goal attempts. Amanda Levens leads the squad and ranks second in the conference with 17.8 points per game. The senior guard also leads the team in assists with 4.6 per outing. The Beavers held Levens without a field goal (0-for-9) in the opening half when the teams met in early January. Post Melody Johnson also averages double figures in scoring with 11.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per contest. Beaverton High product Betsy Boardman is contributing 8.8 points per outing while Corvallis native Carrie Buckner adds 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. ASU is outscoring its opponents 67.0-58.0 on the season. Arizona State maintains a +4.7 rebounding margin.
BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 18-15, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The two teams split last season's meetings with ASU winning 58-51 on Feb. 1, in Tempe and Oregon State earning a 72-64 win against the 23rd ranked Sun Devils in Corvallis on March 3. ASU has won seven of the last 10 games in the series but OSU has won two straight. Arizona State has won five consecutive games against the Beavers in Tempe, dating back to the 1995-96 season. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has a 6-7 record against the Sun Devils.
OSU-ASU LAST TIME OUT: 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 Jan. 4. 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 ARIZONA: Despite trailing for most of the contest, Oregon State rallied from six points behind (77-71) with 46 seconds remaining, knotted the score in the last second on a Hollye Chapman put-back to send the game to overtime before recording an 88-85 victory against University of Arizona on Thursday. UA, the best free throw shooting team in the Pac-10, had a chance to ice the game but missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 30 seconds. OSU trailed by two with 10 seconds remaining before Felicia Ragland missed a pair of jumpers but Chapman secured the board on scored on OSU's third attempt. Ragland buried back-to-back 3-pointers in the overtime period, putting the game out of reach. Ragland recorded her 16th career double-double with 27 points and matched her season-high with 12 rebounds while Ericka Cook had a season-high 20 points and matched her career-high with13 boards for her seventh career double-double. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points and tallied a game-high seven assists. Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte played big minutes for the Beavers, finishing with nine points and five rebounds. Oregon State dominated the boards, 52-36, including a commanding 26-12 edge on the offensive glass. OSU committed a season-low 10 turnovers. The victory marked the first win in Tucson for the Beavers since the 1994-95 season.
BREAKING THE STREAK: Oregon State's victory at University of Arizona on Thursday marked the first win for the Beavers in Tucson since the 1994-95 season, a span of seven games. The victory was the first for OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra in the McKale Center. 1994-95 was also the last time that the OSU had swept the season series with the Wildcats. After taking two games from Arizona State, the 1994-95 campaign marks the last time that Oregon State has swept both Arizona schools.
SENIOR SUCCESS: Oregon State seniors Felicia Ragland and Ericka Cook combined to score 47 points in the Beavers' 88-85 victory against University of Arizona on Thursday - more than half the OSU scoring total. Ragland and Cook also combined to pull down 25 rebounds, including 13 offensive boards. As a team, Oregon State tallied 52 caroms and 26 offensive boards.
MINISCULE MISCUE: Oregon State committed a season-low 10 turnovers at University of Arizona on Thursday. The 10 miscues were the least for the Beavers dating back to last season's Women's National Invitation Tournament game against Brigham Young University on Mar. 16.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Oregon State had its highest scoring game of the season with 88 points against University of Arizona on Thursday. The Beavers had not broken the 80-point barrier since a 94-60 victory against Washington State University on Feb. 17, 2001 - a span of 28 games. OSU is 8-1 this season when scoring at least 70 points.
LOOKING BACK AT USC: Oregon State led for 39 minutes but Jessica Cheeks buried a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to tie the score and added a lay-up with just four ticks remaining to give USC a come-from-behind 60-58 victory last Saturday. The Beavers committed their 24th turnover of the game to set up USC's final possession and ultimate game-winner by Cheeks. Despite shooting 58-percent from the field, turnovers and poor rebounding proved costly for OSU as the Women of Troy corralled 21 offensive rebounds and maintained a 37-26 advantage on the boards. Sophomore Leilani Estavan was the only Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Three players finished with nine points - Felicia Ragland, Juleen Smith and Brina Chaney. Ebony Hoffman's 16 points paced USC.
LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Oregon State used a 19-0 run in the final 4:23 of the first half, to cruise to a 77-36 victory against UCLA last Thursday. OSU led 33-10 at halftime as the Bruins shot just 10-percent from the field, made only two first half field goals, and had 17 turnovers. All 10 Beaver players that suited up for action scored on the night. Felicia Ragland's 19 points and seven rebounds led Oregon State as four players reached double figures in scoring. Sophomore Brina Chaney finished with a career-high 14 points while fellow posts Ericka Cook and Hollye Chapman chipped in 10 points each. The frontline trio combined to hit 14-of-21 shots from the floor for 67-percent. Freshman guard Jessica Jones had a career night, pulling down a career-best four rebounds while dishing out three assists and making three steals. The 41-point victory was the largest for OSU in a Pac-10 Conference game since a 92-49 win against Arizona State on Feb. 26, 1995. UCLA scored its fewest points in program history (dating back to 1975). The Bruins committed 33 turnovers that led to 33 Oregon State points.
BEST START: Oregon State is off to its best start in six years in Pacific-10 Conference action with a 8-4 record. The Beavers were 8-3 over their first 11 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 are currently in a four-way tie for second place in the Pac-10.
POST POINTS: All five Oregon State post players scored in last Thursday's game against UCLA. The group of Ericka Cook, Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman, Kristina Rukstelyte and Jenni Jodoin tallied 43 points on 15-of-24 shooting from the floor (63-percent) and a 13-of-21 clip from the free throw line.
MAGIC NUMBER IS 4: The balanced Beavers had four different players reach double figures in scoring against UCLA last Thursday. The only other time this season that OSU has had four players with at least 10 points was in its 77-61 victory at University of New Mexico on Dec. 2.
GOOD 'D': Oregon State held Washington State to a Pacific-10 Conference low of 33 points on Dec. 28. The Beavers tied their own Pac-10 record after having allowed just 33 points against California on Feb. 10, 2000. Last Thursday, OSU limited UCLA to 36 total points and a mere 10 points in the first half - the fewest points scored against the Beavers in the opening 20 minutes this season. UCLA's 36 points were the lowest in program history (dating back to 1975). Oregon State is allowing its opponents to score an average of 62.0 points in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Beavers are averaging 68.8 points in conference tilts.
TROJAN TROUBLE: Oregon State matched its season-high with 24 turnovers against University of Southern California last Saturday. The Beavers also had 24 miscues against the women of Troy when the squads met in the Pacific-10 Conference opener on Dec. 20.
NO TREYS: Last Saturday's game against University of Southern California marked the first time this season that Oregon State was held without a 3-point field goal (0-for-5). Prior to Saturday's contest against the Women of Troy, the Beavers had hit at least one trey in 27 consecutive games, dating back to a Feb. 23, 2001 contest at USC.
POINTS TO PONDER: Oregon State's Jan. 16 79-73 loss to UC Santa Barbara marked just the first time this season that the Beavers lost a game when they scored at least 70 points (7-1). Despite a recent high-scoring trend, OSU's overall scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 66.1 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 2.7 points per game.
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 107 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 22 games this season. The 5-7 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 30 consecutive appearances in the starting five.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State entered the week in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. The Beavers ripped down 52 rebounds at University of Arizona on Thursday, including 26 offensive boards. OSU has upped its season average to 39.5 boards per contest. 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 119-of-160 (74-percent) in the last nine Pac-10 outings, including a 17-of-20 clip against Oregon on Jan. 19. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 67-percent (258-of-386) from the line while their opponents have connected on 288-of-430 free throws for 67-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.
RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 76 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the fourth toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 4 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.
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.
LEADING THE PAC: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio with a 2.12 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 19.9 points per game, 2.95 steals per outing and 2.62 3-point field goals made per contest.
IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Despite being held to just nine points against University of Southern California last Saturday, senior guard Felicia Ragland moved into the Oregon State Top 5 for scoring in her career. After responding with 27 points and 12 rebounds against Arizona on Thursday, Ragland now ranks in the Top 5 in scoring (1,610) and rebounding (664), one of just three Beavers to accomplish the feat.
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 on Jan. 16, 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 Arizona on Thursday, Ragland recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and 16th of her career, with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Ragland The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring in 29 of the last 33 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 (20.2 ppg), rebounds (137), steals (63), 3-point field goals (58) and free throw percentage (.827).
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 on Jan. 16. 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 on Jan. 19, 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 Player of the Week honor was the second of Ragland's career and Oregon State's 23rd selection of all-time.
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. Only six Oregon State players have tallied more assists in a single game than Estavan's total of 11. She tallied a career-high seven steals against UCLA last Thursday and finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting against USC last Saturday. Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the second consecutive game with 15 points at Arizona. She also pulled down five rebounds and dished out a game-high seven assists against the Wildcats. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 9.5 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. She entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.12) and ranked second in the conference in assists with 5.76. Her 2.24 steals per game also ranked second 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. The Oregon City grad buried the game-tying shot in the final seconds against Arizona on Thursday. Chapman pulled down her lone rebound of the game and buried a five-footer to send the OSU-UA contest into overtime. Chapman has made eight appearances in the starting lineup this season. She ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.0 points per game and is third in rebounding with 5.0 boards per contest. Her team-best .492 field goal percentage ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
MAKIING AN IMPACT: Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has come on strong for Oregon State in the last six games. The Kaunas, Lithuania native has knocked down 12-of-19 (.632) field goal attempts and 14-of-17 free throws in the stretch for an average of 6.3 points per game. Ruk has also pulled down 28 rebounds in the last six contests for 4.7 boards per game. Rukstelyte had a career-best 10 points and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 16. She tallied nine points and five rebounds at University of Arizona on Thursday.
'B' IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCK: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 26 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 22 swats in the last 11 games, for an average of 2.0 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. Chaney scored a career-high 14 points and blocked a pair of shots last Thursday against UCLA and added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting against USC last Saturday. She entered the week ranked in sixth place in the Pac-10 with 1.19 swats per game. Her .479 field goal percentage ranks second on the squad.
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 in the Pac-10 opener 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 seven of the last nine 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. Jones scored a career-high four points against Oregon on Jan. 19, after knocking down a crucial 3-pointer and hitting a free throw. She had a career night against UCLA last Thursday, with two points, a career-best four rebounds, career-high three assists and three steals while playing a career-high 24 minutes. Jones has played a total of 78 minutes in the last four games.
COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook recorded her best scoring game of the season with 20 points on Thursday night at University of Arizona. She also matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against the Wildcats, for her first double-double of the season. Cook's previous season-high was 17 points, when she led all players 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 tallied 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with three blocked shots against UCLA last Thursday and added a team-high five assists against USC last Saturday. The 6-3 post ranks second on the squad in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game and entered the week ranked 17th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Her 22 blocks on the season rank second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10. Cook ranks second on the team in assists with a total of 56 and fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.5 points per game. She has seven double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.
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.
1,600 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,600 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 445 points this season, upping her career total to 1,610 points. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier four times this season after knocking down 36 points against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 16. With nine points against USC last Saturday, Ragland moved into the OSU top 5 for both scoring and rebounding. Her 27 points against Arizona on Thursday moved her over the 1,600 point barrier. Juli Coleman (1982-85) is next on the all-time scoring list with 1,840 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 664 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs only 18 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 1,600 points (1,610) and grab 600 rebounds (664) in her career. Only OSU Hall of Famer Carol Menken and Tanya Kostic have reached that plateau. Including Ragland, just five Oregon State players have scored over 1,600 points in their career.
COOK CLOSES IN: Senior Ericka Cook has pulled down 536 rebounds in her career, becoming just the 11th OSU player to record 500 boards. The 6-3 post matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Arizona on Thursday night to move into 9th place in the OSU career record books. Tanya Mothershed (1982-85) is next, ranking in 7th place in the Beavers' all-time list with 577 caroms.
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 own OSU record with seven treys against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 16. She reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 167 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 63 steals on the season. Ragland entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 2.95 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranked second in the loop with 2.24 steals per contest. On the season, Ragland has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. She ranks in 7th place in the OSU record books with 241 swipes in her career. She needs just seven steals to surpass Chelle Flamoe's (1986-89) and move into sole possession of 6th place.
ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 67-of-81 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .827 percentage. The All-America candidate has moved into sole possession of 6th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 348 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 5th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 263. She needs just 14 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 84 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 five 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 63 of their last 100 (.630) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 79-42 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 6-5 overall and 4-2 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 89-100 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 188-168 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 contest against Arizona State can be heard on KLOO (1340 AM).
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 Saturday 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.