Women's Basketball Heads To Eugene For Inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Tournament

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY, No. 5 SEED BEAVERS FACE No. 4 SEED UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Saturday, March 2, 2002
No. 4 Southern California vs. No. 5 OSU - 8:15 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(McArthur Court)(Game 6)

PROBABLE STARTERS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (15-13 overall, 11-7 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.6 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (15-12 overall, 11-7 Pac-10)
G #10 Jessica Cheeks, 5-9, So., (8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.8 apg.)
G #23 Aisha Hollans, 5-9, So., (17.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #14 Carmen Krause, 6-1, Sr., (6.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, So., (14.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #33 Rachel Woodward, 6-1, Fr., (11.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg.)

STATE FARM 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. A list of seedings and the game times can be found in the pdf version of this release on page three, below the final regular season standings. Oregon State earned the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed University of Southern California in tournament game six at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday night.

A GLANCE AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California enters the Pac-10 Tournament with a 15-12 overall record and 11-7 mark in conference action. Despite sharing the same conference record as Oregon State, the Women of Troy earned the tournament's No. 4 seed by sweeping the season series with the Beavers. Sophomore sensation Aisha Hollans leads the squad in scoring with 17.0 points to go along with 6.4 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Ebony Hoffman is averaging 14.3 points per outing and a team-high 9.0 rebounds. Freshman Rachel Woodward rounds out the double-figure scorers with 11.7 points per game. As a team, USC leads the Pac-10 in steals average (10.19) and offensive rebounds (17.63). The Women of Troy have a +5.3 rebounding margin. Southern California is shooting just 27-percent from 3-point range. USC has a record of 3-4 in games decided by four points or less - two of its victories have come against Oregon State.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 25-11, but the Beavers have won four of the last seven games against the Women of Troy. Southern California has topped Oregon State in three of the last four meetings however. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an all-time record of 6-8 against USC.

OSU-USC FIRST TIME OUT (DEC. 20): 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.

OSU-USC SECOND TIME OUT (JAN. 26): 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 on Jan. 26 in Corvallis. 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.

CLOSE CONTESTS: In the previous two meetings between Oregon State and Southern California, the games have been decided by a combined six points. The first meeting produced 10 ties and 11 lead changes before the Women of Troy prevailed. Neither team has led by more than six points in the two games.

TURNOVER TROUBLE WITH TROJANS: Oregon State matched its season-high with 24 turnovers against University of Southern California on Jan. 26. The Beavers also had 24 miscues against the women of Troy when the squads met in the Pacific-10 Conference opener on Dec. 20. OSU also committed 24 turnovers on Feb. 21 against University of Washington.

TREY TROUBLE WITH TROJANS: The Jan. 26 game against University of Southern California marked the only time during the regular season that Oregon State was held without a 3-point field goal (0-for-5). Prior to the late January 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.

TROJAN TIES: Oregon State assistant coach Jualeah Woods was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Southern California from 1991-94. Her 66 3-point field goals rank seventh in the USC career record book. Fellow Beaver assistant coach Todd Corman, is a 1979 graduate of USC.

ROUGH ROAD FOR RAGLAND: Oregon State senior guard Felicia Ragland has been stymied by the University of Southern California this season. Ragland has been held under double figures in scoring just four times in the regular season's 27 games - but twice against USC. The All-America candidate managed a season-low six points in only 13 minutes of action before leaving the Dec. 20 game with a sore knee. Against the Women of Troy on Jan. 26, Ragland connected on only 3-of-7 field goals for nine points and was hampered by four personal fouls.

JUST A COINCIDENCE: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week prior to Oregon State's Jan. 26 game with University of Southern California. Ragland earned her second Player of the Week honor of the season after OSU swept the Washington schools to end the regular season.

LUCKY NUMBER THREE: Oregon State has yet to win three games in row over the first 28 games played during the 2001-02 season. The last time the Beavers finished a season without at least a three-game winning streak was 1985-86. Oregon State is riding its fourth two-game winning streak heading into the Pac-10 Tournament. OSU hopes that the third time is a charm when it faces USC after going 0-2 against the Women of Troy during the regular season.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: Sophomore Leilani Estavan sank an incredible shot from three feet beyond halfcourt at the end of regulation, to tie the game at 64 and then hit a running 10-footer to give Oregon State an upset 73-71 overtime victory at University of Washington on Feb. 21. The back-and-forth game saw 14 lead changes and 13 ties. The Beavers led by as many as eight points two times in the first half but went into the locker room with the game tied at 28. Loree Payne sank a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to give UW a 64-61 cushion but Estavan's half-court shot swished through the net as time expired, giving the Beavers new life in their fourth overtime game in past six outings. Four Beavers reached double figures in scoring with Felicia Ragland's 25 points and six assists leading all players. Sophomore post Brina Chaney recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Estavan added 13 points. Senior Ericka Cook was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line, finishing with 10 points. The Beavers shot 51-percent from the floor while Washington hit just 35-percent of its field goal attempts. UW all-star post Andrea Lalum was sidelined with a severely sprained ankle in the opening minutes of action.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State closed the regular season with a 74-52 victory against Washington State University on Feb. 23. After a sluggish first half, the Beavers went into the locker room with a mere 35-30 lead. The Cougars never really threatened in the second half. After pulling within four points (40-36) at the 16:43 mark, Oregon State went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game and cruise to the 22-point victory, securing no less than a fourth place finish in the Pac-10. Five Beaver players reached double figures in scoring with senior guard Felicia Ragland's 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting leading the way. Sophomore Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points while freshman Juleen Smith added 12. Senior Ericka Cook poured in 10 points and blocked a pair of shots while Brina Chaney also contributed 10 points - all in the first half. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan led all players with eight assists and three steals.

THREE-TIME PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 18-24. The Tulare, CA, native averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as Oregon State swept the Washington schools for just the second time since joining the Pac-10 in 1986-87. On the week, Ragland shot 47.2 percent from the field (17-of-36) and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. The Player of the Week honor is the third of Ragland's career and second this season. She previously won the award for the week of Jan. 14-20, when she 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 McArthur 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.

GOOD RECORD: Oregon State's 11 Pac-10 victories this year, surpass last season's eight conference wins and match head coach Judy Spoelstra's best Pac-10 finish, which came 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. OSU's best Pac-10 finish came with a 12-5 mark during the 1994-95 campaign.

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 3-1 in overtime contests and have seen four of their last seven games go an extra frame. OSU's four overtime games this season are the most in a single year.

OVERTIME BREAKDOWN: In overtime games, Oregon State has four players averaging double figures for scoring and the Beavers are hitting 74-percent of their free throws while their opponents are connecting on 68-percent of their charity tosses. Senior guard Felicia Ragland is averaging a double-double in the four contests that have gone an extra frame, with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Ragland is also leading the team with 23 assists.

FREE THROW FAST FACT: With a pair of charity tosses last Saturday against Washington State University, senior guard Felicia Ragland has matched the OSU record for consecutive free throws made, with 19. The streak spans over the last five games, dating back to overtime against California on Feb. 7. Earlier this season Ragland converted 18 consecutive free throws during the Kansas State and Wyoming contests. Ragland's 19 straight from the line matches Jennifer Busen's streak, which stretched over a nine-game span during the 1996-97 season.

HAYWARD AWARD: Felicia Ragland was named the Bill Hayward Female Athlete of the Year for 2001 in an awards banquet on Feb. 24. The Hayward award is presented to the outstanding amateur athlete with a state of Oregon background - high school, college or by residency - whose accomplishments bring credit to the state. Ragland, the 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, averaged 19.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The Tulare, CA, native helped last season's Beaver squad earn its first postseason appearance since 1995-96 with a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Ragland capped off her junior season by earning District VIII All-America honors and became just the fifth OSU player to earn Kodak All-America honors. Previous Hayward Female Athlete of the Year winners include: Kelly Blair, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffany Milbrett, Leanne Peters, Tonya Harding and Oregon State gymnast Chari Knight.

LEADING THE WAY: On the season, Oregon State boasts a 7-0 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.

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.

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.

ALL-TIME PAC-10 LIST: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into 14th place in the Pacific-10 Conference record book with 1,724 points scored in her career. Ragland also ranks in 9th place in the Pac-10 with 172 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 157 dishes on the year. Estavan currently ranks in 7th 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 65.7 points, while posting 67.5 points per outing.

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 113 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 28 games this season. The 5-7 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 36 consecutive appearances in the starting five. After Saturday's game against USC, both Ericka Cook and Ragland will have participated in 115 games for Oregon State, ranking second on the Beavers' all-time list. Robyn Clark (1980-83) holds the OSU record for most games played, with 116.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State entered the week in fourth place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game with 39.1 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).

RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts an 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 60 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 0-4. 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 entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio with a 2.38 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 20.0 points per game, 2.57 steals per outing and 2.25 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 (1,724) and rebounding (704).

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. Against Oregon on Feb. 16, 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. Ragland led all players with 25 points and six assists against University of Washington on Feb. 21. She had a game-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting against Washington State last Saturday and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season following OSU's sweep of the Washington schools. The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring in 35 of the last 39 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 (20.0 ppg), rebounds (177), steals (72), 3-point field goals (63) and free throw percentage (.826).

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 buried a 50-foot shot to send the Feb. 21 game at University of Washington into overtime. In the extra frame, she knocked down what proved to be the game-winner with an off-balance jumper with just 11 seconds left. Estavan has reached double figures in scoring in 13 games this season, including six of the last eight 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 2.5 rebounds per outing. She entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.38) and ranked second in the conference in assists with 5.61. Her 2.04 steals per game also rank in fourth 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 on Feb. 16. 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 11 times this season and has made eight appearances in the starting lineup. She ranks second on the squad in scoring with 9.9 points per game, while her 5.2 rebounds rank third on the squad. Her .490 field goal percentage ranks sixth in the Pac-10.

PLAYING BIG: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 34 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 25 swats in Pac-10 action, which ranks in first place in the conference. Chaney ranks in 9th place in the OSU record books with 66 blocks in her career. She had a career-high five blocked shots and a career-best 11 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28. She added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 stuffs at Washington on Feb. 21. The Bothell, WA, native reached double figures in scoring in back-to-back games for the first time in her career with 10 points against Washington State last Saturday.

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. She reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 12 points against Washington State last Saturday. Smith has started 12 of the last 14 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. In her final game at Gill Coliseum, against Oregon on Feb. 16, Cook finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line against Washington on Feb. 21 to finish with 10 points and added 10 points against Washington State last Saturday. Cook has reached double figures in scoring 11 times this season including three consecutive games. The 6-3 post ranks second on the squad in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game and entered the week ranked 15th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per contest. Her 30 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 66 and fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.7 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: In the preseason, Oregon State was 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. OSU's fourth place finish was its highest since 1995-96, when the squad finished second.

1,700 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,700 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 559 points this season, upping her career total to 1,724 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 and her 25 points at Washington on Feb. 21 helped her surpass the 1,700 mark. Juli Coleman (1982-85) is next on the all-time scoring list with 1,840 points in her career.

700 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 4th player in Oregon State history to pull down 700 rebounds in her career. After recording a career-high 17 rebounds against Oregon on Feb. 16 and tallying 13 boards over the weekend against the Washington schools, the 5-9 guard has a total of 704 boards, which ranks in 4th place in the OSU record book.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,600 points (1,724) and grab 600 rebounds (704) 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 564 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 172 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 72 steals on the season. Ragland entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 2.57 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan was fourth in the loop with 2.11 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 250 swipes in her career. She needs just three steals to surpass Margy Becker (1979-82) and move into sole possession of 5th place.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 90-of-109 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .826 percentage. The All-America candidate ranks in 5th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 376 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 4th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 286.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook's four blocked shots over the weekend against the Washington schools moved her into a tie for 6th place in the Oregon State record book with 92 swats in her career. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four blocks against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has had at least two blocks in eight different contests. Cook needs one swat to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) and into sole possession of 6th 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 92-103 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 191-171 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. All Pac-10 Tournament games will also be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area.

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.

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