Women's Basketball Hosts No. 2 Ranked Stanford Saturday
Feb. 8, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Saturday, February 9, 2002
No. 2 Stanford at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (13-11 overall, 9-5 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(10.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
No. 2 STANFORD CARDINAL (23-1 overall, 13-0 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Fr., (8.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
G #25 Lindsey Yamasaki, 6-1, Sr., (16.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, So., (14.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 5.9 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, Fr., (6.4ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #41 Bethany Donaphin, 6-2, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg.)
A GLANCE AT STANFORD: Stanford University brings a No. 2 national ranking, 23-1 overall record and perfect 13-0 Pac-10 mark into Saturday's game against Oregon State. The Cardinal has won 15 straight game with its lone loss of the season coming against University of Tennessee. Stanford topped University of Oregon, 77-72 on Thursday in Eugene despite shooting just 35-percent from the field. Senior forward and Oregon City grad, Lindsey Yamasaki leads the squad in scoring with 16.3 rebounds per outing. She led all players with 24 points in 38 minutes against the Ducks. All-America candidate Nicole Powell entered the week averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. The 6-2 sophomore is also dishing out a Pac-10 leading 5.9 assists per outing. Her three career triple-doubles are the most of any player in Pac-10 history. Freshman starter T'Nae Thiel leads the balanced squad with 5.9 rebounds per game. As a team, Stanford leads the conference in 12 different statistical categories. The Cardinal is the only Pac-10 basketball team, men's or women's, to make it through conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record - a feat Stanford has accomplished three times.
BEAVERS AND CARDINAL: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 26-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford and gives the Beavers a 1-game winning streak against the Cardinal in Corvallis. The victory was the first-ever for Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra (1-12) against Stanford.
OSU-SU LAST TIME OUT: In its worst loss of the season, Oregon State was hammered by No. 4 Stanford University, 91-54, on Jan. 10. The Cardinal hit 10 of its first 11 shots from the floor while the Beavers were a miserable 1-of-9 shooting in the opening minutes. Stanford ran to a 19-2 advantage in the first four minutes and Oregon State could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Senior guard Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 20 points, including four 3-point field goals. No other OSU player reached double figures in scoring. Freshman Juleen Smith led the squad in rebounding with a career-best six boards. All five Stanford starters scored in double figures with Nicole Powell leading the way with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in just 25 minutes of action. Stanford dominated the boards, 46-28.
FILL GILL: Tickets for Saturday's game against No. 2 Stanford University can be purchased at the door for $1. Game-time is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the gates opening at 1 p.m.
LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: Oregon State outscored University of California 11-6 in overtime to escape with a 74-69 victory on Thursday night. The Beavers led by as many as 12 points in the second half and held a 34-24 advantage at halftime, but the Bears rallied back behind a pressuring defense. Kristin Iwanaga sank a trio of free throws with just four seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score at 63 and force an extra frame. The Beavers buried 9-of-12 free throws in overtime and California managed just 2-of-10 shooting from the field. Senior guard Felicia Ragland led all players with 26 points, including 17 in the first half, and matched her career-high with seven assists. Sophomore Leilani Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 16 points and post Hollye Chapman added 11 points and six rebounds.
LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: A 17-point second half deficit proved to be too much, as Oregon State dropped last Saturday's contest to Arizona State, 71-65. The Beavers fell behind early in the game, and went into the locker room trailing 39-26 at the half. The Sun Devils built their largest lead of the contest at 61-44 with 7:44 remaining but Oregon State responded with a 19-3 run over the next five minutes to slice into the lead. Leilani Estavan's lay-up with 2:43 on the clock brought OSU within one (64-63), but the Beavers were unable to take the lead and ASU scored seven of the game's final nine points. Freshman guard Juleen Smith matched Estavan with OSU high-scoring honors as both players recorded 14 points. Smith knocked down 6-of-10 shots from the floor and buried a pair of 3-pointers. Estavan added a team-high five assists and two steals. Felicia Ragland was held below her season average with 11 points. Arizona State held a commanding edge at the free throw line, hitting 23-of-39 attempts while Oregon State knocked down 10 of just 14 tries.
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 Jan. 31. 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.
TV TIME: The Feb. 16 Civil War game against University of Oregon and Oregon State has been selected as the Fox Net wildcard game and will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. The Beavers hold a 2-2 record in televised games this season.
OVERTIME: Prior to this season, Oregon State was 0-3 in overtime games with coach Judy Spoelstra at the helm. This year the Beavers are 2-0 in overtime contests and have seen two of their last three games go an extra frame.
BREAKING THE STREAK: Oregon State's victory at University of Arizona on Jan. 31 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.
MINISCULE MISCUE: Oregon State committed a season-low 10 turnovers at University of Arizona on Jan. 31. 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.
BEST START: Oregon State's nine Pac-10 victories so far this year, surpass last season's eight conference wins. Head coach Judy Spoelstra's best Pac-10 finish was an 11-7 mark during the 1995-96 season, her first year at the helm. The 1995-96 season was the last time Oregon State reached the NCAA Tournament. Oregon State has four conference games remaining.
FAST FACT: Oregon State is 4-0 on the season in games that freshman guard Jessica Jones scores.
ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State is just 1-3 in games that senior guard Felicia Ragland scores 30-plus points.
WON'T HAPPEN TWICE: Oregon State has not lost back-to-back games this season, however the Beavers have yet to win more than two in a row. OSU has won two straight on three different occasions during Pac-10 action.
GREAT COMPANY: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into 15th place in the Pacific-10 Conference rankings with 1,647 points scored in her career. Ragland need just three points to move past Stanford star and Philomath High School grad Trisha Stevens (1988-91), and into 14th place.
DISHING THE ROCK: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan has moved into the Oregon State top 10 for single season assists with 137 dishes on the year. Estavan currently ranks in 9th place in the OSU charts. The 5-7 guard is on pace to move into the OSU top 5 by the end of the season.
HOLDING IN CHECK: 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. On Jan. 24, 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. Oregon State is allowing its opponents to score an average of 63.1 points in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Beavers are averaging 68.9 points in conference tilts.
POINTS TO PONDER: Oregon State's Jan. 16 79-73 loss to UC Santa Barbara marked the only time this season that the Beavers have lost a game when scoring at least 70 points (9-1). Despite a recent high-scoring trend, OSU's overall scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 66.4 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 2.4 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 109 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 24 games this season. The 5-7 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 32 consecutive appearances in the starting five.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State entered the week in third place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. The Beavers ripped down 52 rebounds at University of Arizona on Jan. 31, including 26 offensive boards. OSU has upped its season average to 39.1 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 month. 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 147-of-202 (73-percent) in the last 11 Pac-10 outings, including a 17-of-20 clip against Oregon on Jan. 19. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 67-percent (286-of-428) from the line while their opponents have connected on 333-of-500 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 8 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have a 63 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.
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 2.25 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 19.8 points per game, 2.74 steals per outing and 2.57 3-point field goals made per contest.
IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Senior guard Felicia Ragland is one of just three players to rank in the Oregon State Top 5 for scoring (1,647) and rebounding (672).
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 Jan. 31, Ragland recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and 16th of her career, with 27 points and 12 rebounds. She finished with 26 points, including 17 in the first half, and matched her career-best with seven assists against California on Thursday. The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring in 31 of the last 35 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 (201 ppg), rebounds (145), steals (66), 3-point field goals (60) and free throw percentage (.796).
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 on Jan. 24, and finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting against USC on Jan. 26. Estavan finished with 15 points, five rebounds and a game-high seven assists at Arizona on Jan. 31. She finished with a team-best 14 points against Arizona State last Saturday and reached double figures in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 16 points against California on Thursday. The Los Angeles, CA, native ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game is averaging 5.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per outing. She entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.25) and ranked second in the conference in assists with 5.78. Her 2.13 steals per game also ranked fourth in the loop.
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 Jan. 31. Chapman pulled down her lone rebound of the game and buried a five-footer to send the OSU-UA contest into overtime. Against Arizona State last Saturday she tallied seven points and a team-best seven rebounds. She reached double figures in scoring for the ninth time this season with 11 points against California on Thursday. Chapman has made eight appearances in the starting lineup this season. She ranks third on the squad in scoring and rebounding with 9.9 points and 5.2 boards per game. Her team-best .487 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
PLAYING WELL: Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has come on strong for Oregon State as of late. The Kaunas, Lithuania native has knocked down 14-of-22 (.636) field goal attempts and 14-of-17 free throws in the last eight games, for an average of 5.3 points 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 Jan. 31.
GET IT OUT OF HERE: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 28 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 21 swats in Pac-10 action, which ranks in a tie for first place in the conference. Chaney had a career-high five blocked shots and a career-best 11 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28.
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. She tied for the team-lead with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a pair of treys at Arizona State last Saturday and added seven points against California on Thursday. Smith has started nine of the last 11 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 on Jan. 24, with two points, a career-best four rebounds, career-high three assists and three steals while playing a career-high 24 minutes.
COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook recorded her best scoring game of the season with 20 points at University of Arizona on Jan. 31. 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 knocked down 4-of-6 field goals and finished with nine points against California on Thursday. Cook has reached double figures in scoring in eight games this season. The 6-3 post ranks second on the squad in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game and entered the week ranked 14th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per contest. Her 23 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 58 and fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.4 points per game. She has seven 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.
1,600 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 482 points this season, upping her career total to 1,647 points. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier four times this season after knocking down 36 points against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 16. She currently ranks in the OSU top 5 for both scoring and rebounding. Her 27 points against Arizona on Jan. 31 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 672 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs only 10 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 (1,647) and grab 600 rebounds (672) 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 541 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 Jan. 31 to move into 9th place in the OSU career record books. Tanya Mothershed (1982-85) is next, ranking in 8th 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 169 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 66 steals on the season. Ragland entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 2.74 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranked fourth in the loop with 2.13 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 244 swipes in her career. She needs just four 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 74-of-93 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .796 percentage. The All-America candidate is tied for 5th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 360 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 5th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 270. She needs just 7 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 85 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 64 of their last 101 (.634) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 80-42 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 7-5 overall and 5-2 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 90-101 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 189-169 overall record while in her 13th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Last season, Spoelstra led the Beavers to their first postseason tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1999-2000.
BEAVERS ON THE RADIO: Join the voice of Beaver women's basketball, Jon Warren, as he calls the play-by-play for all of Oregon State's 2001-02 games. Every OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Select games will be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area as well as on the Beaver Sports Radio Network through satellite affiliates. Saturday's game against No. 2 Stanford can be heard throughout the state of Oregon on the Beavers Sports Radio Network.
BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play five 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. Oregon State's Feb. 2 matchup against Arizona State was also televised live. The Oregon State-University of Oregon game on Feb. 16 was selected as the Fox Net wildcard game and will be broadcast at 1 p.m.
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.