Women's Basketball Heads Into Final Week Of Regular Season
Feb. 19, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Thursday, February 21, 2002
OSU at Washington - 7 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)
Saturday, February 23, 2002
OSU at Washington State - 6 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (13-13 overall, 9-7 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (5.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.6 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (19.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
WASHINGTON HUSKIES (16-9 overall, 11-5 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, So., (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, Jr., (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, Fr., (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #21 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, So., (12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #23 Emily Autrey, 6-0, Jr., (9.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (2-24 overall, 0-16 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, Fr., (6.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #12 Whitney Martindale, 5-10, Sr., (8.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #41 Jessica Ottmar, 6-0, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #15 Emma Joneby, 6-2, Fr., (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
C #33 Brittney Hawks, 6-2, Sr., (13.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with a 16-9 overall record and 11-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies will finish in no less than a tie for second place in the Pac-10 with a sweep of the Oregon schools. UW has won six of its last seven games and boasts a 9-3 record in Bank of America Arena, including a 6-1 conference mark. Junior Loree Payne leads the squad in scoring with 13.8 points per game and has hit 54 3-pointers. Sophomore post Andrea Lalum is scoring 12.1 points and pulling down a team-best 6.2 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Giuliana Mendiola also scores in double figures with 11.2 points while grabbing 5.4 rebounds and making 5.0 assists per outing. Washington is averaging 72.9 points per game while allowing its opponents to score just 64.6. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin with a +4.48 average. UW's opponents are committing 21.6 miscues per contest. Washington has a 2-0 record in overtime games this season.
BEAVERS AND HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 34-19. The Huskies swept the series with the Beavers last season and recorded a 74-58 victory in Corvallis on Dec. 30, 2001. UW has won nine of the last 11 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 4-9 record against Washington, with Oregon State's last victories coming as the season sweep of UW during 2000.
OSU-UW LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State 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. Chapman knocked down 7-of-11 field goals attempts 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.
FAST FACT: Senior guard Felicia Ragland and sophomore post Hollye Chapman combined to hit 16-of-34 field goals for 47-percent, against University of Washington when the teams first met 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.
A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State enters the week with a 2-24 overall record and 0-16 mark in the Pac-10. The Cougars have lost 21 straight games, with their last victory coming on Nov. 29 against Gonzaga University (80-72). Both of WSU's victories have been in Pullman. Senior Brittney Hawks is averaging nearly a double-double with a team-high 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per outing. Freshman guard Francine McCurtain is the only other Cougar averaging double figures in scoring with 10 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Nine different WSU players have seen action in the starting line-up throughout the course of the season. As a team, Washington is shooting just 34-percent from the field and 31-percent from 3-point range. The Cougars are scoring only 56.3 points per contest while their opponents are hitting for 78.3 points.
BEAVERS AND COUGARS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 25-15. The Beavers have won five straight against the Cougars including last season's dominating 64-46 win in Pullman on Jan. 18, and an impressive 57-33 victory this year on Dec. 28. OSU has won two straight in Pullman but WSU leads the all-time series, 13-10, in the Palouse. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has an 9-4 record against Washington State.
OSU-WSU LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State matched the Pacific-10 Conference record for fewest points allowed in a game, as the Beavers thumped Washington State, 57-33 on to open Pac-10 Conference action 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 had stood since the 1981 season.
LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Edniesha Curry's off-balance jumper with three seconds on the clock lifted University of Oregon to an 84-83 overtime victory against Oregon State in last Saturday's Civil War. The back-and-forth game saw 10 lead changes and seven ties, as the Beavers fought back from a nine-point second half deficit to force the extra period. Playing her final game in Gill Coliseum, OSU senior guard Felicia Ragland recorded her 17th career double-double with 23 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. The All-America candidate also matched her career-high with seven assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Also playing her final game in Corvallis, senior Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and knocked down her first career 3-point field goal. The 6-3 post pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots on the day. Sophomore Hollye Chapman led all players with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting and tallied 10 rebounds for the third double-double of her career. Junior post Kristina Rukstelyte also reached double figures in scoring with a career-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and a 2-for-2 clip from the free throw line.
ATTENDANCE FIGURES: Oregon State averaged 1,602 fans for the 14 games in Gill Coliseum during the season. The attendance mark is the fourth highest total in OSU history and best since the 1995-96 campaign's record average of 5,264.
ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State had not lost back-to-back Pac-10 Conference games this year until last Saturday. The Beavers dropped their Feb. 9 game to No. 2 ranked Stanford, 89-67 and then lost a heartbreaker to Oregon in overtime, 84-83. The Beavers have not won, or lost, three consecutive games this season.
LEADING THE WAY: On the season, Oregon State boasts a 6-0 record when senior guard Felicia Ragland leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. The Beavers are 2-0 when sophomore post Hollye Chapman leads the squad in both points and boards.
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 2-1 in overtime contests and have seen three of their last five games go an extra frame. OSU's three overtime games this season are the most in a single year.
LOW 'TO': Despite falling 89-67 against No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 9, Oregon State committed a season-low eight turnovers, just missing the OSU school record of seven miscues, set in 1986 against Southwest Texas.
GOOD RECORD: 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 three conference games remaining.
ALL-TIME PAC-10 LIST: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into 14th place in the Pacific-10 Conference record book with 1,659 points scored in her career. Ragland also ranks in 9th place in the Pac-10 with 170 career 3-point field goals.
MAKING THE DISH: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan has moved into the Oregon State top 10 for single season assists with 146 dishes on the year. Estavan currently ranks in 9th place in the OSU charts.
POINTS TO PONDER: 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 66.1 points in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Beavers are averaging 69.6 points in conference tilts.
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 111 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 26 games this season. The 5-7 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 34 consecutive appearances in the starting five.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State enters the week in third place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game with 39.2 boards per outing. The Beavers ripped down 52 rebounds at University of Arizona on Jan. 31, including 26 offensive boards. 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 173-of-239 (72-percent) in the last 13 Pac-10 outings. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 67-percent (312-of-465) from the line while their opponents have connected on 361-of-544 free throws for 66-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line. Thursday's opponent, University of Washington ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .712 free throw percentage.
RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 85 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 66 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking sixth 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 0-4. 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. The Beavers also dropped their Feb. 9 game against the No. 2 ranked Cardinal, 89-67. 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 enters the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio with a 2.32 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 19.9 points per game, 2.73 steals per outing and 2.35 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 (1,682) and rebounding (691).
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 tallied 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She finished with 26 points, including 17 in the first half, and matched her career-best with seven assists against California on Feb. 7. Last Saturday against Oregon, in her final game at Gill Coliseum, Ragland pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds, scored 23 points and matched her career-best with seven assists. The double-double was the 17th of her career and fourth consecutive in the Civil War. The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring in 33 of the last 37 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 (19.9 ppg), rebounds (164), steals (71), 3-point field goals (61) and free throw percentage (.816).
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 had 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 on Feb. 2. Estavan has reached double figures in scoring in 12 games this season, including five of the last six outings. The Los Angeles, CA, native ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game, is averaging 5.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per outing. She enters the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.32) and ranks second in the conference in assists with 5.62. Her 2.04 steals per game also rank in a tie for sixth place in the loop.
CHAPMAN CHAT: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman tallied her third career double-double with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds against University of Oregon last Saturday. The Oregon City grad buried 11-of-17 shots, including a 2-of-3 clip from 3-point range in 40 minutes of action against the Ducks. 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 reached double figures in scoring 10 times this season and has made eight appearances in the starting lineup. She ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.1 points per game, while her 5.3 rebounds rank third on the squad. Her .487 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
BIG GAMES: Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has come on strong for Oregon State over the second half of Pac-10 action. The Kaunas, Lithuania native has knocked down 19-of-30 (.633) field goal attempts and 16-of-19 free throws in the last 10 games, for an average of 5.4 points per game. Rukstelyte scored a career-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Oregon on Saturday. The 6-4 post had 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 30 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 ranks in a tie for 9th place in the OSU record books with 62 blocks in her career. She 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 on Feb. 2 and led the squad with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting against No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 9. Smith has started 11 of the last 13 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 five points against No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 9. 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. Against No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 9, Jones matched her career-high with four boards.
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 dished out a career-high eight assists and matched her career-high in steals with four, against California on Jan. 12. Last Saturday against Oregon, her final game at Gill Coliseum, Cook finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Cook has reached double figures in scoring nine times this season. The 6-3 post ranks second on the squad in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game and enters the week ranked 12th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per contest. Her 26 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 61 and fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.6 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 517 points this season, upping her career total to 1,682 points. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier four times this season. 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. After recording a career-high 17 rebounds against Oregon last Saturday, the 5-9 guard has a total of 691 boards, which ranks in 4th place in the OSU record book. Ragland looks to become just the fourth player in Oregon State history to pull down 700 rebounds, needing only nine rebounds to reach the mark.
EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,600 points (1,682) and grab 600 rebounds (691) 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 554 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 170 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 71 steals on the season. Ragland enters the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 2.73 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan is tied for sixth in the loop with 2.04 steals per contest. On the season, Ragland has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. She ranks in 6th place in the OSU record books with 249 swipes in her career. She needs just four steals to surpass Margy Becker (1979-82) and move into sole possession of 5th place.
ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 84-of-103 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .816 percentage. The All-America candidate ranks in 5th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 370 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 4th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 280.
MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 88 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 six different contests. Her three blocks against University of Oregon last Saturday brings her within just two swats of moving past Debbie Dalluge (1985-89) and into 7th place in the OSU record book.
HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 64 of their last 103 (.621) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 80-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished the regular season with a 7-7 mark in Gill Coliseum, including a 5-4 record in Pac-10 games.
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 90-103 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 189-171 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 at University of Washington and Saturday's contest against Washington State can be heard on the Internet only.
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 Civil War game on Feb. 16 was selected as the Fox Net wildcard game.
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.