Women's Basketball Faces Oregon In Second Round WNIT Action
March 16, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Sunday, March 17, 2002
OSU at Oregon - 1 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(Second Round WNIT)(McArthur Court)(Action Sports Cable Network)
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (17-14 overall, 11-7 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.5 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, So., (5.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg.)
OREGON DUCKS (18-13 overall, 10-8 Pac-10)
G #00 Edniesha Curry, 5-6, Sr., (10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
G #3 Shaquala Williams, 5-6, Jr., (17.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #10 Jamie Craighead, 5-9, Sr., (7.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #33 Cathrine Kraayeveld, 6-3, So., (9.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg.)
F #44 Andrea Bills, 6-3, Fr., (7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 bpg.)
A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Sunday's second round WNIT game against Oregon State with an 18-13 overall record. The Ducks topped Saint Mary's College, 72-61, in Wednesday's opening round action. Freshman post Andrea Bills tallied 17 points while fellow post Cathrine Kraayeveld added 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior guard Shaquala Williams was sidelined for most of the game with the stomach flu. The Ducks have won six of their last eight games. Williams leads the squad in scoring with 17.1 points per outing while backcourt mate Edniesha Curry adds 10.6 points and 3.1 assists per game. As a team, Oregon scores 71.5 points per outing compared to its opponents' 66.3 points.
THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 46-14. The Ducks have won 14 of the last 17 meetings. Oregon State recorded its first victory in 12 meetings earlier this season with a 61-53 win in Eugene on Jan. 19. Prior to that victory, the most recent Beaver win was a 58-57 victory at Gill Coliseum during the 1995-96 season. Oregon recorded an 84-83 overtime win on senior day in Corvallis on Feb. 16 to earn the regular season series split. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 2-12 against Oregon.
OSU-UO FIRST TIME OUT (JAN. 19): Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan buried six consecutive free throws in the final 35 seconds to give Oregon State a 61-53 victory against University of Oregon on Jan. 19. The win was the first for OSU against the Ducks in 12 tries and marked the first Beaver victory on MacArthur Court in nine years. After going into the locker room tied 30-30 at the half, Jamie Craighead's 3-pointer gave the Ducks a short-lived lead as OSU senior Ericka Cook reeled off seven consecutive points to put the Beavers in front for good. Oregon pulled within two points (44-42) with just over six minutes remaining but Felicia Ragland knocked down a jumper and freshman Jessica Jones buried a 3-point field goal to extend the OSU lead and put the game out of reach. Ragland finished with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, for her 15th double-double of her career. Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points, while Cook added nine points and seven boards.
OSU-UO SECOND TIME OUT (FEB. 16): 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 the Feb. 16 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 regular season 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 regular season 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.
MORE WAR: Oregon State's Civil War victory against University of Oregon on Jan. 19, was the first for the Beavers in 12 meetings, breaking OSU's longest current losing streak in any series. The win also marked the first Oregon State victory on McArthur Court in nine years. No current OSU player had beaten the Ducks until the Jan. 19 game.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE DOMINANCE OF DUCKS: Oregon State senior guard Felicia Ragland has recorded a double-double the last four meetings against University of Oregon. Ragland has combined to score 85 points and pull down 54 rebounds in the previous four Civil War encounters, for an average of 21 points and 13.5 boards per outing. The 5-9 guard pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds against the Ducks earlier this season (Feb. 16).
BEAVERS IN THE WNIT: Oregon State is making its second consecutive appearance in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, and its fourth appearance overall. Thursday's victory against University of Hawai'i was the Beavers' first postseason win since the 1995 season when Oregon State topped Tennessee State, 88-75 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU dropped a 78-63 decision to Brigham Young University at Gill Coliseum in the first round of the 2001 WNIT, but earned a pair of tournament championships during the 1980 and 1982 campaigns.
PAC-10 POSTSEASON: Six Pacific-10 Conference are playing in the postseason, with Stanford University and Arizona State University garnering berths in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon State, University of Oregon, University of Southern California and University of Washington were all invited to the postseason WNIT. All four Pac-10 schools participating in the Women's NIT are in the same half of the bracket, setting up the Oregon State-Oregon showdown and Washington-USC matchup in Sunday's tournament second round. 2002 marked just the second time in conference history that just two Pac-10 teams made the NCAA Tournament, and the first time since 1989. Pac-10 teams have posted a 24-15 record (.615) in the WNIT, and have won four titles.
LOOKING BACK AT HAWAI'I: Oregon State recorded its first postseason victory since 1995, with a 62-50 win against Hawai'i (23-8 overall) on Thursday night in the opening round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Beavers used balanced first half scoring to take an early lead, while Hawai'i managed to shoot just 29-percent, including a streak of 11-minutes without a point in the opening half. OSU went into the locker room with a 31-17 halftime lead. The Wahine pulled within eight points (46-38) with 8:34 remaining but OSU senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 11 of the game's next 13 points to put the contest out of reach. Ragland finished with 24 points and seven rebounds while sophomore post Brina Chaney added her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards. Leilani Estavan dished out seven assists to lead all players.
THAT'S A LOT OF BASKETBALL: Oregon State's game against University of Oregon on Sunday will mark the 32nd game of the 2001-02 season for the Beavers - the most played in a single season for OSU. Oregon State has played 31 games on two occasions, during the 1989-90 campaign and 1979-80.
ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named to the District 8 All-America team for the second consecutive years as was announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The 5-9 guard is now a finalist for the prestigious Kodak All-American team. Ragland received honorable mention Kodak All-America accolades last season - no Oregon State women's basketball player has earned back-to-back Kodak All-America honors. Ragland also earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention accolades for the second consecutive year.
ALL-PAC-10 ACCOLADES: Oregon State had three players garner All-Pac-10 recognition for the 2002 season. Senior guard Felicia Ragland earned first team All-Pac-10 status for the third time in her career after leading the conference in scoring (20.0 ppg), steals (2.57 spg.) and 3-point field goals made (2.25). Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan received honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades and freshman standout Juleen Smith was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman squad. Stanford's Nicole Powell earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors while Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer was named Coach of the Year. DeeDee Wheeler of Arizona was named Freshman of the Year.
LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The third time was the charm, as Oregon State knocked off No. 4 seeded University of Southern California, 69-68, in the opening round of the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Tournament on Mar. 2 in Eugene, OR. Senior guard Felicia Ragland sank a pair of free throws with just 3-seconds remaining to lift the Beavers past the Women of Troy for the first time this season. All three meetings were decided by a combined seven points. Ragland finished with 29 points on 8-of-19 shooting and an 11-of-13 clip from the free throw line. Freshman guard Juleen Smith also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points and a then-career-best eight rebounds. Trailing by one (67-68) with 4.2 seconds remaining, OSU senior Ericka Cook launched a long pass to midcourt that Ragland and two USC defenders attempted to corral, Ragland was knocked to the floor, setting up the game-winning free throws.
LOOKING BACK AT STANFORD: Oregon State dropped its semi-final contest in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament to No. 2 ranked Stanford University, 71-55 on Mar. 3 in Eugene, OR. The Beavers kept the game close over the first 16 minutes of action behind inspired play by freshman Juleen Smith. OSU could not contend with 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year Nicole Powell, who lit the Beavers up for 27 first half points. Powell's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Cardinal a 37-19 halftime lead. Oregon State continued to battle in the second half, cutting the Stanford lead to eight points (47-39) with 10:23 remaining but the Cardinal responded with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. Smith led OSU with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Senior guard Felicia Ragland was the only other Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 15 points. Powell finished with a game-high 37 points and 14 boards to lead Stanford. OSU outscored the Cardinal 26-18 in the paint and had a 12-0 advantage on fast break points.
TOUGH IN THE PAC-10 TOURNEY: Oregon State freshman guard Juleen Smith buried 17-of-36 (.472) field goals and 4-of-11 (.364) 3-pointers in the Beavers' two Pac-10 Tournament games. Smith averaged 20 points and 8.5 rebounds over the two games and led the squad in field goal percentage, rebounds and minutes played. In the six games that Oregon State has played against Stanford and Southern California, the 5-5 guard leads the Beavers in scoring (16.0 ppg.), rebounding (5.3 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.449). On the season, Smith is averaging 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.
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 nine 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 FACT: Oregon State senior guard Felicia Ragland made 21 consecutive free throws to break the OSU record for consecutive free throws made - previously held by Jennifer Busen (1997) with 19 straight over nine games. Ragland's streak dated back to a Feb. 7 game against California, a span of six games, before missing a pair of free throws in the first half against University of Southern California on Mar. 2. After her two misses against the Women of Troy, Ragland recovered to start a new streak, hitting nine-straight to finish the contest, including the game-winner with 3-seconds left. The 5-9 guard knocked down all three of her charity tosses against Stanford on Mar. 3 and added a 6-for-6 performance against Hawai'i in Thursday's WNIT. Ragland enters Sunday's second round WNIT game against Oregon with a current streak of 18 straight free throws made.
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.
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 regular season 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. A total of 2,182 fans watched the Beavers beat Hawai'i in the opening round of the WNIT.
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 1,792 points scored in her career. Rhonda Smith (1992-95) ranks next on the list in 13th place with 1,801 points. Only 13 Pac-10 players have scored 1,800 points in their career - Ragland needs just eight points to join the list. The 5-9 guard also ranks in a tie for 8th place in the Pac-10 with Molly Goodenbour (1989-93) of Stanford with 178 career 3-point field goals.
MAKING THE DISH: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan has moved into the Oregon State top 5 for single season assists with 171 dishes on the year. Estavan currently ranks in 4th place in the OSU charts and needs just three dishes to surpass OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra's total of 173 assists during the 1982-83 season.
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 65.5 points, while posting 67.0 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 an Oregon State record 116 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 31 games this season. The 5-7 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 38 consecutive appearances in the starting five. Sunday's game against University of Oregon marks the 118th game played by senior post Ericka Cook and Ragland. Both players own the Oregon State record for most games played in their career. Robyn Clark (1980-83) previously held the record for most games played at OSU with 116.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State entered the week tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game with 39.0 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 7 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have a 58 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 0-5. The Beavers faced two Top-10 teams over the first five games of the year, dropping their second round preseason 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 and fell in the Pac-10 Tournament to Stanford, 71-55. OSU had a 3-7 record against 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. 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 2.31 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with 20.1 points per game and 2.53 steals per outing.
IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Senior guard Felicia Ragland is one of just three players to rank in the Oregon State Top 5 for scoring (1,792) and rebounding (725).
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 regular season 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 on Feb. 23 and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season following OSU's sweep of the Washington schools. Her two free throws with 3-seconds remaining against USC on Mar. 2, lifted the Beavers past the Women of Troy and into the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Ragland finished with 29 points and seven rebounds against USC and was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team. Ragland led all players with 24 points against Hawai'i in Thursday's opening round of the WNIT. The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring in 38 of the last 42 games. Her 37 points are tied for the most scored by a Pac-10 player this season and she is the only conference player to score 30-plus points on four occasions. Ragland leads the Beavers in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounds (198), steals (78), 3-point field goals (69) and free throw percentage (.840). She earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third time in her career for her efforts during the season.
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. The Los Angeles, CA, native ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game, is averaging 5.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds per outing. She led the Pac-10 from start-to-finish in assist-turnover ratio and has a current mark of 2.31. She ranks second in the conference in assists with 5.47 and her 2.23 steals per game rank fourth in the loop. The 5-7 guard earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for her success during the year.
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 9.4 points per game, while her 5.3 rebounds rank third on the squad. Her .484 field goal percentage ranks eighth in the Pac-10.
'B' IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCKED SHOT: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 35 on the season. The 6-5 post amassed 25 swats in Pac-10 action, which ranked first in the conference. Chaney ranks in 9th place in the OSU record books with 67 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 four 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 on Feb. 23. Chaney recorded her third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Hawai'i in Thursday's opening round of the WNIT.
FRESHMAN PHENOM: Freshmen guard Juleen Smith has contributed valuable minutes for Oregon State in her inaugural season. Smith, from Inglewood, CA, buried 11-of-24 field goals for a career-high 26 points and just missed a double-double with a career-best nine rebounds against No. 2 Stanford on Mar. 3 in the Pac-10 Tournament. In OSU's opening round game against USC on Mar. 2, Smith knocked down 6-of-12 field goals for 14 points and pulled down eight boards. The 5-5 guard has reached double figures in scoring six times this season, including three of the last four games after hitting for 12 points against Washington State (Feb. 23) to end the regular season. Smith had a career night against USC in the Pac-10 opener on Dec. 20, leading all players with a then-career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Smith 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 15 of the last 17 games for the Beavers after entering the starting-five against Arizona State on Jan. 4. Smith was named to the honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman squad for her efforts on the season.
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 lone 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 regular season 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 on Feb. 23. Cook has reached double figures in scoring 11 times this season. The 6-3 post ranks second on the squad in rebounding with 5.4 boards per game and entered the week ranked 18th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per contest. Her 31 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 70 and fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.5 points per game. She has seven double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.
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 627 points this season, the 7th highest single-season total in OSU history. In her career, Ragland has scored a total of 1,792 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 seven boards against University of Southern California and Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament and against Hawai'i in the opening round of the WNIT, the 5-9 guard has a total of 725 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 (1,792) and grab 600 rebounds (725) 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 572 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. Cook needs just six boards to move past Tanya Mothershed (1982-85), and into 8th place on the Beavers' all-time list.
RAGLAND RANKS NUMBER ONE: Senior Felicia Ragland's five 3-point field goals against No. 8/9 Texas Tech University on Nov. 24, moved her into first place in the OSU record books for career 3-point field goals. The 5-9 guard matched her single-game record with six treys, including five in the first half, at Kansas State on Dec. 9 and then broke the Oregon State single-game record for 3-pointers with seven treys against UCLA on Dec. 22. Ragland matched her 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 178 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 78 steals on the season. Ragland entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 2.53 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan was fourth in the loop with 2.23 steals per contest. On the season, Ragland has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. She ranks in 4th place in the OSU record books with 256 swipes in her career.
ANOTHER TOP-5: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 110-of-131 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with an .840 percentage. The All-America candidate ranks in 4th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 398 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard also ranks in 4th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 306.
MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in sole possession of 6th place in the Oregon State record book with 93 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.
HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 65 of their last 104 (.625) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 81-43 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. OSU is 1-0 in 2002 postseason action on Ralph Miller Court.
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 94-104 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 193-172 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 postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament games will also be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area.
BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU played six 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 and the Pac-10 Tournament semi-final contest against No. 2 Stanford also aired to a national audience. The Action Sports Cable Network has aired a pair of Oregon State games, including Thursday's WNIT contest against Hawai'i and will televise Sunday's second round game against University of Oregon.
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