Women's Basketball Faces Portland On Tuesday

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Nov. 25, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FACES UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND AT THE CHILES CENTER

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

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(12.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (5.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

PORTLAND PILOTS (0-2 overall)
G #11 Cecily O'Reilly-Williams, 5-11, Jr., (7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.0 apg)
G #14 Whitney Grant, 5-6, Fr.,(15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #23 Ashlee Giles, 5-11, Sr., (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #24 Michaela Dalgleish, 5-11, Fr., (10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
C #45 Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, 6-0, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 apg.)

A GLANCE AT PORTLAND: University of Portland enters Tuesday's game with Oregon State in search of its first victory. The Pilots lost a pair of games last week, opening the season with a 86-74 loss at Montana State on Friday and dropping a 74-65 contest at University of Montana on Sunday. Senior guard Ashlee Giles led UP in scoring with 18 points against the Bobcats but did not see action against Montana. Freshman guard Whitney Grant of South Medford High School is averaging 15 points and four rebounds after two games of play. Grant has buried 10-of-16 shots from the floor and 5-of-7 3-point field goals. Junior post Khalila O'Reilly Williams is averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Over the past 12 years the Pilots are 11-1 in home openers, with their lone loss coming in 1999-00 against University of Southern California (47-59).

BEAVERS AND PILOTS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Portland, 16-3. The Pilots hold a two-game winning streak against the Beavers after knocking off OSU, 65-55, in the Chiles Center on Dec. 21, 2000 and stealing a 67-66 victory in Corvallis on Dec. 6, 2001. Prior to the back-to-back Portland victories, Oregon State had won 11 straight in the series. OSU's last four victories in the Chiles Center have been decided by seven points or less.

OSU VS. UP LAST SEASON: Senior guard Felicia Ragland's career-high 37 points weren't enough as Oregon State was tripped-up by University of Portland, 67-66 on Dec. 6, 2001. With the Beavers trailing by three points, Leilani Estavan launched what appeared to be a 3-point field goal in the final seconds, but the officials ruled the shot to be a two-pointer, allowing the Pilots to escape with the victory. Ragland scored 26 of her 37 points in the second half and knocked down 14-of-25 field goals and a 4-of-9 clip from beyond the arc for the game. Estavan finished with a career-high 11 assists and sophomore post Brina Chaney came of the bench to match her then career-high in scoring with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting. Beaver senior post Ericka Cook was held without a field goal attempt in the contest but managed to match her career-high with 13 rebounds. Turnovers proved costly for the Beavers as OSU had 22 miscues on the night. The win was the sixth straight for the Pilots. Da'Love Woods led Portland with 20 points.

DOUBLE-HEADER TUESDAY: Tuesday's Oregon State and University of Portland women's basketball game is the nightcap of a Beaver-Pilot double-header in the Chiles Center. The OSU and UP volleyball squads will take the court at 5 p.m., with the basketball game tentatively scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

LOOKING BACK AT WESTERN OREGON: Junior guard Leilani Estavan scored 12 points and had four steals as Oregon State knocked off Western Oregon University, 59-37, in Sunday's season opener for both squads. The game was a defensive battle from the start as both teams struggled to find the offensive range. OSU utilized a 24-6 run over the final 13 minutes of the opening half to take a 29-14 lead into the locker room. The Wolves could get no closer than within 11 points in the second half. Beaver newcomer Krystal Turner just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds and eight points. Fellow post Brina Chaney, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Sunday, pulled down eight rebounds and had eight points, including a perfect 6-for-6 mark from the free throw line. Former Stayton High product Casey Bunn led the Beaver freshmen with six points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action. OSU held a commanding edge on the boards, out-rebounding Western, 41-28, including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

FOR THE BEST: Sophomore guard Jessica Jones scored a career-high five points against Western Oregon University on Sunday and tallied a career-best four assists. Junior post Hollye Chapman recorded a career-best four assists against the Wolves.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Oregon State had four freshmen see playing time in Sunday's season opener against Western Oregon University. Casey Bunn, a Stayton High grad, buried 3-of-5 shots for six points to go along with three rebounds. Anita Rivera finished with five points and a blocked shot in 14 minutes of action, while Mandy Close added four points, three rebounds and two steals. Freshman post Karen Vickery saw two minutes of action.

BENCH IS BIG: Oregon State's starting five managed to hit just 9-of-32 shots from the field for 28-percent against Western Oregon in Sunday's season opener. The Beaver bench combined to bury 12-of-26 shots from the floor for 46-percent.

ON THE INJURY FRONT: 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.

ROAD OPENERS: Oregon State has a 3-4 record in road openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm. The Beavers dropped their first game on the road last year with an 81-55 showing against Vanderbilt University in the second round of the WNIT.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has a 2-0 record in road openers against University of Portland, dating back to the 1986-87 season when the Beavers joined the Pacific-10 Conference.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with University of Portland:

	                OSU	UPPoints per game	         59.0	69.5Points allowed per game	37.0	80.0Field goal percentage	36.2	40.93-pt field goal percentage	27.8	43.2Free throw percentage	80.0	68.8Rebounds per game	         41.0	35.0Assists per game	         16.0	10.5Steals per game	         11.0	9.0

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: Oregon State junior transfer Krystal Turner and freshman Anita Rivera each recorded a blocked shot in Sunday's season opener against Western Oregon University. Returning players Brina Chaney and Kristina Rukstelyte also added a swat each. Last season the Beavers tallied four blocked shots or more in 11 different contests.

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.

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 41 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 66 of their last 105 (.629) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 82-43 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 232-121 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .657 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 95-105 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 194-173 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 tallied four points and two assists against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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 led the Beavers with 12 points and four steals against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had four assists...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 317 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 41 consecutive starts.

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

Rukstelyte had two rebounds and a blocked shot in seven minutes of action against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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 hit 3-of-5 shots for a freshmen leading six points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had two steals and three rebounds... 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 scored a career-high five points and career-best four assists in the season opener against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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.

#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 buried 2-of-4 shots for four points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also pulled down three rebounds and had two steals in 12 minutes...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 hit 2-of-5 shots for five points and had a blocked shot against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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 buried 2-of-3 shots for five points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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 2001-02 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 hit 6-of-6 free throws and finished with eight points and eight rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...scored a non-counting 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 71 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book.

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

Vickery saw two minutes of action against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...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 tallied a career-high four assists and had three rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...held to just two points against the Wolves...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 just missed a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds and eight points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had a blocked shot and steal in 25 minutes of work...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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