Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season Thursday

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Nov. 5, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS EXHIBITION SEASON AGAINST HORSHOLM BBC OF DENMARK

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002
Horsholm BBC at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.4 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (3.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (5.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
*statistics from conclusion of 2001-02 season

A GLANCE AT HORSHOLM BBC: Horsholm BBC of Denmark boasts a roster of 11 players, with four having seen action on the Danish Youth National Team - Nynne Nele Larsen, Kristine Dalgaard, Maya Johansen and Therese Deemand. In 2002 Horsholm finished with a 22-5 overall record and registered a second place finish in the highest Danish women's league, dropping its game in the semi-finals of the National Championship. Horsholm opens its eight-game exhibition schedule at University of Utah on Nov. 5 before facing OSU on Nov. 7. Horsholm will travel to Eugene to battle the Ducks on Nov. 9.

NEW LOOK BEAVERS: Seven players return for Oregon State from last season's 17-15 squad that made the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament for the second consecutive year. Junior guard Leilani Estavan, an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference all-star, returns to lead the Beavers in 2002-03. Estavan averaged 8.9 points, 5.4 assists and led the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) last season. Junior post Hollye Chapman is the leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.) while fellow frontcourt mate Brina Chaney returns after averaging 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and a Pac-10 leading 27 blocked shots during conference games. Guards Juleen Smith, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman selection, and Jessica Jones, a defensive catalyst, each return for their sophomore seasons. Michelle Smith (formerly Estell) returns for her senior season in the small forward position while fellow senior, Kristina Rukstelyte will return to the post. Nine newcomers dot the roster with junior college standout Krystal Turner heading the list. Turner, a 6-2 post, was a two-time Kodak All-American at Arizona Western Community College while shooting an average of 60-percent from the field during her two seasons. Freshman guards Casey Bunn, Mandy Close and Anita Rivera look to bring an added threat to the Beavers' outside shooting while 6-2 freshman Karen Vickery adds much needed depth to the post position. Walk-on forwards Katie Atkins and Bailey Stokes bolster the roster as a pair of players, Tarika Campbell and Ebony Young, will redshirt during the 2002-03 season.

ON THE INJURY FRONT: Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte will miss both exhibition games after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in her right knee. Rukstelyte is probable for the season opener against Western Oregon University on Nov. 24. Redshirt freshman Tarika Campbell is making progress after undergoing successful knee surgery in August of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Freshman walk-on Bailey Stokes is currently sitting out of practice sessions with an injured ankle. Her return to action is questionable at this time.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: For the second consecutive year, Oregon State was tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 40 points in the voting, while Stanford, who went undefeated in conference play last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 90 points and nine first place votes. OSU's 2001-02 fourth place finish was its highest since 1995-96, when the squad finished second.

THE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's non-conference schedule includes three games against 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifying teams. Texas Tech University, a legitimate Final Four candidate, tops the list of opponents as the Beavers visit Lubbock, TX on Dec. 17. OSU also makes a trip to fellow 2002 WNIT participant Southwest Missouri State. OSU hosts Tulane and Florida, both tournament teams. Oregon State opens Pacific-10 Conference action immediately following Christmas with a Dec. 27 game against USC. The culmination of the Pac-10 season will be decided in the conference tournament on Mar. 7-10 in San Jose, CA. The tournament's winner will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

GETTING BETTER: Oregon State has improved its overall record in four consecutive seasons. A listing follows: 1998-99 (11 wins); 1999-00 (14 wins); 2000-01 (16 wins); 2001-02 (17 wins).

GREAT LOSS: Oregon State guard Felicia Ragland finished her four-year career for the Beavers last season, ranked in the career top 10 in 14 different statistical categories. The two-time honorable mention Kodak All-American is one of just three players to rank in the Oregon State Top 5 for scoring (1,803) and rebounding (739).

COACH SPOELSTRA ON RAGLAND'S DEPARTURE: 'To say that one player is going to replace what Felicia (Ragland) has been able to do here at Oregon State is tough. We'll be hard pressed to find another Felicia Ragland in a very long time. You have to do it by committee - that's the theme with our team.'

PAC-10 PERFORMERS RETURN: Junior guard Leilani Estavan received honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference accolades last season and sophomore speedster Juleen Smith was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman squad. Junior posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman each received honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic honors in 2001-02.

PAC-10 FINISH: Oregon State's 11 Pac-10 victories and fourth place finish during the 2001-02 season was the best record for the Beavers since an 11-7 mark and second place finish during the 1995-96 campaign - head coach Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm. Since joining the Pac-10 during the 1986-87 season, OSU's best conference finish is a 12-5 mark during the 1994-95 campaign.

LEADING THE PAC: Leilani Estavan finished the 2001-02 season as the Pacific-10 Conference leader in assist-turnover ratio with a 2.19 mark. Estavan also led the conference in assist-turnover ratio as a freshman.

FILLING THE SEATS: Oregon State averaged 1,602 fans for the 14 regular season games in Gill Coliseum during the 2001-02 season. The attendance mark was 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 2002 WNIT.

TICKET TALK: General admission tickets for women's basketball run at a cost of $6 for adults and $4 for youths ages 2-18. Children 12 and under will receive free admission to Thursday's game against Horsholm BBC if accompanied by a paying adult. Reserved women's basketball tickets are $8 each.

TOYS FOR TOTS: Oregon State's men's and women's basketball teams will hold two clinics in Gill Coliseum to help promote the local Toys for Tots program. The clinics provide an opportunity for area youth to meet the teams and improve their basketball skills. The first clinic will be held Tues., Nov. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to individuals in grades three through five. The second clinic, which will be held Wed., Nov. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m., is for grades six through eight. Admission to each clinic is a donation of one new toy. The Vina Moses Center, a non-profit Benton County charity, will distribute the toys to area youths. Space is limited. To reserve a spot contact the Corvallis Parks and Recreation at 766-6918. The clinics are sponsored by the OSU Department of Athletics, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Corvallis Youth Volunteer Corps, and the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Junior guard Leilani Estavan is the only Oregon State returning player to start all 32 games last season. Estavan closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 40 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: 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 2001-02 regular season with a 7-7 mark in Gill Coliseum, including a 5-4 record in Pac-10 games. OSU was 1-0 in 2002 postseason action on Ralph Miller Court.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 231-121 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .656 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Assistant coach Todd Corman returns for his second year on the Beaver bench after spending 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and more recently, six years at the helm of Albertson College. Jualeah Woods enters her third year on the Oregon State staff, assuming second assistant coaching duties in July. Heath Alexander joins the coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the 2001-02 season as director of operations. Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, joins the staff for her first year as operations director.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 94-105 entering her eighth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 193-173 overall record while in her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Spoelstra has led the Beavers to back-to-back postseason tournament appearance in the WNIT. At the conclusion of the 1999-00 season, Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

#3 JULEEN SMITH
Guard, 5-5, SO, Inglewood, CA (Morningside)

Smith saw action in all 32 games in 2001-02...made 17 starts, including a streak of 14 consecutive to close out the year...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors...finished fifth on the team in scoring with 210 points (6.6 ppg.)...her 46 assists and 32 steals ranked fourth on the squad...reached double figures in scoring in seven games, including four of the last five...during the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, led the Beavers in field goal percentage, rebounds and minutes played...averaged 20 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two Pac-10 Tournament games...in six games combined against USC and Stanford, averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds...had breakout game at USC (12/20) with a then career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (.529), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot...recorded first career start against Arizona State (1/4)...buried 11-of-24 field goals for a career-high 26 points and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds, including five offensive against Stanford (3/3).

#10 LEILANI ESTAVAN
Guard, 5-7, JR, Los Angeles, CA (Palisades Charter)

Estavan is the only returning player to have started all 32 games in 2001-02...has a current streak of 40 consecutive starts...earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors...led the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) for the second consecutive year...led the Beavers and ranked second in the conference with 174 assists (5.44 apg.)...her 174 dishes rank in third place on the OSU single season charts, while her 313 career assists are ninth best all-time...her .776 (97-for-125) free throw percentage ranks second in the OSU career record book...led the Beavers in minutes played (35.2 mpg.)...was OSU's third-leading scorer with 284 points (8.9 ppg.)...ranked second on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 with 68 steals (2.12 spg.)...ranked second on the squad with a .756 (62-for-82) free throw percentage...reached double figures in scoring during 13 games...dished out four or more assists in 24 games...averaged 6.7 assists over the first 15 contests of the season...buried 6-of-7 field goals, including 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point line for 18 points and dished out five assists at Vanderbilt (11/11) in the preseason WNIT...finished with a career-best 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and tallied seven assists as OSU won at New Mexico (12/2)...dished out a career-high 11 assists against Portland (12/6)...was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with 17 points and eight assists against Arizona State (1/4)...knocked down six free throws in the final minute as OSU beat Oregon (1/19) in Eugene for the first time in nine years...also had 15 points and three steals against the Ducks.

#11 KRISTINA RUKSTELYTE
Center, 6-4, SR, Kaunas, Lithuania (Menaul, New Mexico)

Rukstelyte will miss the exhibition season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee...is probable for return against Western Oregon University in the season opener (Nov. 24)...saw action in all 32 games during 2001-02...showed much improvement over the course of the year...pulled down five rebounds and matched career-high with two assists at Stanford (1/10)...had a career-night with 10 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards against UC Santa Barbara (1/16)...buried 4-of-6 field goals en route to nine points and corralled five rebounds at Arizona (1/31)...scored a career-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16)...canned 25-of-36 free throws for 69-percent, fourth best on the squad...totaled 77 points and 71 rebounds.

#12 CASEY BUNN
Guard, 6-0, FR, Stayton, OR (Stayton)
Bunn won 12 letters while competing in four different sports at Stayton High School...was a four-year basketball letterwinner...named a four-time All-State selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and junior...a four-time All-Region pick...named 2001 Regional Player of the Year...a four-time first team All-Capital Conference selection...named Capital Conference Player of the Year three seasons...served as team captain for three seasons...three-time team Most Valuable Player...team won Capital Conference her freshman and junior seasons...played in the Oregon 3A all-star game on the East Team...holds the Stayton High School career records for points (1831), rebounds (783), assists (342) and steals (306).

#14 JESSICA JONES
Guard, 5-8, SO, Brush Prairie, WA (Prairie)

Jones played in all 32 games in 2001-02, averaging 11.1 minutes per contest...relied upon as a defensive catalyst...first career field goal was a 3-pointer at California (1/12)...also pulled down three rebounds, including two offensive against the Bears...hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the second half as the Beavers beat Oregon (1/19) in Eugene...also knocked down a free throw against the Ducks for a career-high four points...had a career day against UCLA (1/24), recording career bests in minutes played (24), rebounds (4), assists (3) and steals (3)...buried lone field goal attempt - a 3-pointer - against Stanford (2/9) while dishing out two assists and matching career-best with four rebounds...matched career high in scoring with four points, including a 2-for-2 clip from the free throw line and two assists in the postseason WNIT against Hawaii (3/14)...five of her eight career field goals have been from beyond the 3-point arc...knocked down 8-of-12 (.667) free throw attempts...scored 29 points and pulled down 46 rebounds.

#23 KATIE ATKINS
Guard, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (Crow)

Atkins joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on... was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Crow High School in Eugene, OR...earned first team All-Trico League honors as a junior and senior, second team honors as a sophomore...named co-MVP of league as a senior...three-time team MVP...led the Trico League in scoring as a junior and senior...league leader in rebounding as a senior...second team All-State pick as a senior...played in Oregon 2A all-star game...averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds, 4.5 steals and three assists as a senior.

#24 MANDY CLOSE
Guard, 5-11, FR, Bozeman, MT (Bozeman)

Close earned a variety of awards as a three year starter and letterwinner at Bozeman High School...served as team captain as a senior...was a two-time All-State selection...was a two-time first team All-State Tournament pick...competed in the Midland Roundtable All-Star Game...was a senior all-star for the Treasure State Classic...was a three-time Academic All-State honoree...named team defensive and offensive MVP as a senior...team won the State Championship during her freshman and sophomore seasons...was a three-sport all-star.

#31 ANITA RIVERA
Guard, 6-0, FR, Lake Elsinore, CA (Temescal Canyon)

Rivera earned numerous honors as a three-year letterwinner at Temescal Canyon High School...earned valley MVP honors as a senior...named The Press-Enterprise Riverside County Player of the Year...was a four-time All-CIF selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and senior...two-time All-Southwestern League pick...team won the Southwestern league her senior season with a 26-3 overall record...played in the North vs. South All-Star game...averaged 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a senior...was team captain and earned honorable mention West Coast accolades by Street and Smith Magazine while playing out of position (point guard) during her junior season...set the Temescal Canyon school record for 3-pointers and most points in a game (36) during her sophomore season...earned Sunkist League Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore...played for Murrieta Valley High School as a freshman where she set the school record for 3-pointers (43).

#40 MICHELLE SMITH
Guard, 5-11, SR, Amanda, OH (Amanda-Clearcreek)

Michelle (formerly Estell) Smith played in 31 games, making 15 starts during 2001-02...started first 13 games of the season...had best game of the year in the season opener with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount (11/9) in the preseason WNIT...scored eight points and recorded two steals at Vanderbilt (11/11)...pulled down at least one rebound in the first 18 games of the year...buried 3-of-5 field goals and pulled down five rebounds against Texas Tech (11/24)...tallied a career-best three assists at New Mexico (12/2) and Wyoming (12/15)...buried 4-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line to finish with 13 points and six rebounds against Arizona (1/6)...averaged 19.1 minutes per game...scored 98 points and pulled down 81 rebounds.

#42 BRINA CHANEY
Center, 6-5, JR, Bothell, WA(Inglemoor)

Chaney saw action in all 32 games, making 29 starts in 2001-02...came off the bench in three contests during early December after spraining her right ankle during practice...led the team with 38 blocked shots, including a conference-best 27 during Pac-10 games...was sixth on the team in scoring with 180 points (5.6 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding with 146 boards (4.6 rpg.)...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...reached double figures in scoring on six occasions...had four double figure rebounding outings...tallied three double-doubles...pulled down a then career-best 10 rebounds in the season opener against Loyola Marymount (11/9)...had 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting against Portland (12/6)...recorded first career double-double with 10 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and five blocked shots against Washington State (12/28)...buried 4-of-5 field goals and 6-of-10 free throws against UCLA (1/24) for a career-high 14 points...tallied seven rebounds and four blocks against California (2/7)...recorded second double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including nine defensive, at Washington (2/21)...also had four blocks and a career-high 10 field goal attempts in 40 minutes of action against the Huskies...finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Hawaii in the postseason WNIT...one of just two returners (Hollye Chapman) to pull down at least one rebound in all 32 contests.

44 KAREN VICKERY
Forward, 6-2, FR, Vale, OR (Vale)

Vickery was a three-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball at Vale High School in Vale, OR...was a two-year starter at post...was a third team All-State selection as a senior...earned Greater Oregon League honors three times in her career, including first team accolades as a junior and senior...three-time Argus Observer All-Star...was team co-captain as a senior...member of the Idaho Elite All-Star summer team...selected to play in the Oregon 3A All-Star game...was a two-time Greater Oregon League pick as a middle blocker in volleyball...earned second team All-State Tournament honors and was Vale's co-MVP as the volleyball team placed fifth at state during her senior year.

45 HOLLYE CHAPMAN
Forward, 6-2, JR, Cottage Grove, OR (Oregon City)

Chapman played in all 32 games, making eight starts during 2001-02...enters the 2002-03 season as the leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.)...totaled 304 points and pulled down 171 rebounds as a sophomore...reached double figures in scoring on 12 occasions...tallied three double-doubles...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...her .485 (131-for-270) field goal percentage led the team and ranked 7th in the conference...buried 17-of-46 (.370) shots from beyond the 3-point arc...led the Beavers with 71 offensive rebounds...led the Beavers to victory at New Mexico (12/2) with a career-best 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and a 4-for-6 clip from beyond the 3-point line...also pulled down nine rebounds, including six offensive against the Lobos...had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and corralled seven rebounds vs. Wyoming (12/15)...recorded first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at UCLA (12/22)...hit 7-of-11 (.636) field goals for 17 points and pulled down five rebounds against Washington (12/30)...followed that performance by knocking down 8-of-11 (.727) shots and 6-of-6 free throws for her second double-double with 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against Arizona State (1/4)...also tallied a career-high four blocked shots against the Sun Devils...scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 40 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16)...buried 6-of-10 field goals for 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds at Oregon (3/17) in the postseason WNIT.

#50 KRYSTAL TURNER
Forward, 6-2, JR, Las Vegas, NV (Chaparral - Arizona Western Community College)

Turner earned numerous honors as a two-year starter at Arizona Western Community College...was a two-time Kodak All-American...a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-American...a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Team selection...was a two-time Player of the Year for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC)...as a freshman Arizona Western posted a 23-8 record...as a sophomore Arizona Western won the ACCAC Conference and won the Region I Championship with a 30-1 record...averaged 21.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and shot 61-percent from the floor as a freshman...averaged 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and hit 59-percent of field goals as a sophomore.

BAILEY STOKES
Forward, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (South Eugene)
Stokes joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...has sat out early season practices with an ankle injury... was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter while playing at South Eugene High School in Eugene, OR...was a second team All-Midwestern League selection as a senior and an honorable mention pick as a junior...served as team captain during her senior season...was a second team All-Far West Shootout selection...team won the Oregon 4A State Championship her freshman season...won two letters in track while competing in triple jump, high jump, long jump and discus...ranks in the top-10 in four events on the South Eugene all-time track list.

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