Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season Sunday Against Western Oregon

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Nov. 21, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS REGULAR SEASON ACTION ON SUNDAY AGAINST WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002
Western Oregon at OSU
2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002
OSU at Portland
7 p.m. PST, Portland, OR
(Chiles Center)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (16.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)
*statistics from two exhibition contests

WESTERN OREGON WOLVES (0-0 overall)
G #20 Darcey Hodges, 5-7, Jr., (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Erica Matthews, 5-7, Sr.,(6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.0 apg.)
F #5 Buffy Hummel, 5-8, Jr., (0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #42 Serenity Ragone, 6-0, So., (14.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
C #44 Amanda Johnson, 5-10, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
*statistics from exhibition game against Portland

PORTLAND PILOTS (0-0 overall)
G #11 Cecily O'Reilly-Williams, 5-11, Jr., (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G #14 Whitney Grant, 5-6, Fr.,(10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
G #23 Ashlee Giles, 5-11, Sr., (7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #24 Michaela Dalgleish, 5-11, Fr., (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
C #45 Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, 6-0, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
*statistics from two exhibition contests

A GLANCE AT WESTERN OREGON: Western Oregon University opens its regular season on Sunday at Oregon State. The NCAA Division II Wolves return five players from last season's 16-11 squad and former Willamette University head coach Paula Pietrok (formerly Petrie) enters her first year at the helm. WOU has just one senior on its squad, Erica Matthews, a 5-7 guard who is the leading returning scorer with a 6.0 points per game average. The Wolves opened exhibition action on Monday, dropping a 70-51 game at University of Portland. Western led the Pilots, 28-23, at halftime and hit 48-percent of its field goals on the night compared to Portland's 32-percent shooting from the field. Much of the difference in the game's scoring came from the charity stripe as Western converted just 2-of-4 free throw attempts while UP hit 17-of-20 from the line. The Wolves also had 23 miscues in the contest. Junior Darcey Hodges finished with 14 points and five rebounds while sophomore post Serenity Ragone hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor for 14 points.

BEAVERS AND WOLVES SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Western Oregon University, 3-2. The teams last faced each other during the 1978-79 season when the Beavers swept a pair of games. OSU came out victorious in the last meeting between the two teams with a 76-75 victory in Monmouth on January 9, 1979. Oregon State has won three straight against WOU. As a note, Western Oregon was known as Oregon College of Education in its previous five meetings with the Beavers.

THE TALL AND THE SHORT OF IT: Western Oregon University has just two players on its roster that are 6-0 tall. In contrast, Oregon State has nine players on its squad that are 6-0 tall or taller. Beaver junior Brina Chaney will be the tallest player on the court Sunday, standing at 6-5.

A PREVIEW OF PORTLAND: The University of Portland will host Oregon State next Tuesday in the Chiles Center. The Pilots have won two straight games against the Beavers after OSU held a commanding 16-1 advantage in the series. Portland opens its regular season on Friday against Montana State University and will face University of Montana on Sunday. The Pilots return seven letterwinners and two starters from last season's 13-15 squad. Junior post Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, an honorable mention All-West Coast Conference selection in 2001-02, heads the list of returners.

LOOKING BACK AT TEAM CONCEPT: Eleven different Oregon State players scored as the Beavers blew past Team Concept, 82-54, on Nov. 13 in Gill Coliseum. OSU wrapped up its exhibition season with the win and saw exceptional play from its post players. Oregon State's frontline of Brina Chaney Hollye Chapman and Krystal Turner combined to score 44 points and pull down 23 rebounds on the night. Chaney led the way with a career-high 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and corralled seven rebounds. Chapman just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, to go along with a team-high five assists. Turner buried 5-of-6 field goals from the floor and finished with 12 points and seven boards. Junior guard Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points.

LOOKING BACK AT HORSHOLM BBC: Oregon State rolled to a 76-42 season opening exhibition victory against Horsholm BBC of Denmark on Nov. 7. Both teams started slow on the offensive end but Oregon State found its rhythm in the final 10 minutes of the first half. The Beavers went on a 20-2 run during the stretch to take a 34-15 advantage into the locker room. OSU hit 53-percent of its field goals in the second half and all 12 Beaver players that suited up for action saw playing time. Junior post Hollye Chapman led Oregon State with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-3 clip from the free throw line. Junior guard Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points (all in the first half) on 4-of-8 shooting. Junior College transfer Krystal Turner dominated the boards in her OSU debut, pulling down 15 rebounds including 10 in the first half. Turner just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points. Freshman guard Anita Rivera tallied seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 11 minutes of action, while Stayton High product Casey Bunn finished with six points and three rebounds. As a team, Oregon State dominated the boards, 56-27, including a 21-4 edge on the offensive glass.

ON THE INJURY FRONT: Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte is back in the lineup after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in her right knee. Rukstelyte missed exhibition action but is practicing and expected to play in Sunday's season opener against Western Oregon. Sophomore guard Jessica Jones is nursing an injured shoulder and is questionable for Sunday's season opener. 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.

SEASON OPENERS: Oregon State has won four consecutive season openers and nine of its last 10. The Beavers are 6-1 in the first game of the year during head coach Judy Spoelstra's tenure - OSU's lone loss was a 63-56 setback on Nov. 16, 1997 at San Diego State University. Spoelstra is a perfect 5-0 in home openers in Corvallis. The Beavers have won nine straight home openers in Gill Coliseum.

PAC-10 OPENERS: Pacific-10 Conference teams have faired exceptionally well in season openers since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. Pac-10 teams are 105-56 (.652) in season openers and conference teams have lost just 11 times in home openers, boasting a 67-11 (.859) record.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has outscored its opponents by an average of 9.8 points in the last four season openers.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with Western Oregon after the exhibition season:

	                  OSU	WOUPoints per game	         79.0	51.0Points allowed per game	48.0	70.0Field goal percentage	43.0	47.93-pt field goal percentage	25.0	25.0Free throw percentage	67.3	50.0Rebounds per game	         54.0	29.0Assists per game	         19.0	18.0Steals per game	         11.0	6.0

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State dominated the boards in its two exhibition games, recording a +19.5 rebounding margin. The Beavers averaged 54.0 rebounds compared to its opponents' 34.5 boards. Junior transfer Krystal Turner pulled down 22 rebounds in the two contests, including 10 rebounds on the offensive glass. Turner had 15 rebounds in her Oregon State debut against Horsholm BBC on Nov. 7.

GET IT OUT OF HERE: Oregon State tallied 12 blocks in its two exhibition games. Junior post Brina Chaney led the way with five swats. Chaney had a Pac-10 leading 27 blocks during conference games in 2001-02. Her 70 career swats rank 9th in the OSU record book. Freshman Karen Vickery had three blocks in her first two games as a Beaver while Krystal Turner added two swats and Casey Bunn and Hollye Chapman each had one.

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. No. 13 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 NCAA 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).

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.

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 appearances 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 had nine points on 4-of-8 shooting and corralled three rebounds against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...struggled in exhibition opener against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7), finished with six points...also pulled down three rebounds and had three assists.
Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors in 2001-02...in six games combined against USC and Stanford, averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.

#5 BAILEY STOKES
Forward, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (South Eugene)

Stokes did not see action during the exhibition season...has sat out early season practices with an injured ankle.
Joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter while playing at South Eugene High School...team won the Oregon 4A State Championship her freshman season.

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

Estavan was one of four Beaver players to reach double figures in scoring with 11 points against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also dished out four assists and had three steals...buried 4-of-8 shots from the field against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...finished with 11 points and a team-best six assists against Horsholm...scored all 11 points in the first half.
Earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in 2001-02...led the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) for the second consecutive year...her 313 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 40 consecutive starts.

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

Rukstelyte missed the exhibition season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee.
Showed much improvement over the course of the 2001-02 season...scored a career high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16).

#12 CASEY BUNN
Guard, 6-0, FR, Stayton, OR (Stayton)

Bunn nailed 2-of-5 shots for five points before fouling out against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also tallied four rebounds...played well in her exhibition debut against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7), buried 3-of-7 shots from the field for six points and pulled down three rebounds...also had two steals in 11 minutes of action.
Won 12 letters while competing in four different sports at Stayton High School...named a fout-time All-State selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and junior

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

Jones grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...scored four points and grabbed four rebounds against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...also had two assists and four steals against Horsholm BBC.
Played in all 32 games as a freshman...relied upon as a defensive catalyst...five of her eight career field goals have been from behind the 3-point arc.

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

Atkins buried 1-of-2 field goals and pulled down a rebound against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also dished out an assist in two minutes of action...hit 1-of-2 free throws in two minutes of action against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7).
Joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Crow High School...averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 steals as a senior.

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

Close started at guard for the Beavers against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...hit 1-of-2 free throws, pulled down four rebounds and dished out two assists...knocked down 1-of-2 shots from the field in her OSU debut against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...had two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of action.
Was a two-time All-State selection while at Bozeman High School...a three-time sport all-star...served as ball-girl for Montana State when Judy Spoelstra was at the helm.

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

Rivera pulled down six rebounds and had an assist against Team Concept (Nov. 13) in 10 minutes of action...led the Beaver freshmen in scoring against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7) with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 3-pointer...also had two rebounds and one steal in 11 minutes of play.
Was a four-time All-CIF selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and senior...earned honorable mention West Coast accolades by Street and Smith's Magazine while playing out of position (point guard) during her junior season.

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

Michelle (formerly Estell) Smith hit 2-of-4 field goals for five points against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also pulled down one rebound and had two assists...pulled down two rebounds against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7), but had four fouls in 12 minutes of action.
Played in 31 games during the 2001-02 season, making 15 starts...had best game of the year in the season opener with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount in the preseason WNIT.

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

Chaney scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also had two blocks and one assists in 29 minutes of action...buried 6-of-8 free throws and finished with eight points against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...pulled down seven rebounds and had a team-high three blocked shots in 23 minutes.
Led the Beavers in blocked shots during the 2001-02 season with 38, including a conference-best 27 during Pac-10 games...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...has three career double-doubles...her 70 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book.

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

Vickery hit 2-of-3 shots from the field for four points and pulled down two rebounds before fouling out against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...scored four points and pulled down two rebounds against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...also blocked one shot in 12 minutes of action.
Was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Vale High School...Earned third team All-State honors as a senior.

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

Chapman stood out as the most consistent player over the exhibition season...totaled 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and dished out a team-best five assists...led the Beavers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...pulled down seven rebounds including four offensive in 19 minutes of action.
Entered the 2002-03 season as the leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.)...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...has tallied three career double-doubles...her .485 (131-for-270) field goal percentage led the team and ranked 7th in the Pac-10.

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

Turner's scoring and rebounding strengths emerged in OSU's exhibition season...hit 5-of-6 field goals for 12 points and had seven rebounds against Team Concept (Nov. 13)...corralled a game-high 15 rebounds including five offensive and 10 in the first half against Horsholm BBC (Nov. 7)...buried 3-of-7 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws for nine points...also had two assists and two blocks.
Was a two-time Kodak All-American at Arizona Western Community College...was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association first team All-American...a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Team selection.

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