Women's Basketball Hosts Tulane On Friday

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Nov. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS 2002 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM TULANE UNIVERSITY ON FRIDAY;BEAVERS FACE IDAHO STATE ON SUNDAY

Friday, Nov. 29, 2002
Tulane at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM) THROUGHOUT OREGON

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002
Idaho State at OSU
2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM) THROUGHOUT OREGON

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-1 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

TULANE GREEN WAVE (1-0 overall)
G #5 Muci Haris, 5-7, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G #12 Kelly Nadeau, 5-6, Jr.,(14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #21 Kinya Lennix, 5-9, So., (2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #45 Gwen Slaughter, 6-3, Sr., (5.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
C #31 Teana McKiver, 6-3, Sr., (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)

IDAHO STATE BENGALS (1-0 overall)
G #11 Laraine Skow, 5-8, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G #12 Merrilee Udy, 5-6, Jr.,(5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #33 Cristal Fernandez, 5-6, Jr., (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.0 apg.)
F #42 Ashley Toner, 6-1, Sr., (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #32 Annie Anderson, 6-2, Jr., (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)

A GLANCE AT TULANE: Tulane University heads to Corvallis for Friday's game against Oregon State. The Green Wave, a 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifier out of Conference USA, is 1-0 this season after a 56-46 season opening victory against James Madison. Junior guards Kelly Nadeau and Muci Haris scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, while senior Gwen Slaughter pulled down 11 rebounds. Tulane returns 11 players from last season's 24-11 squad, including four starters. The Green Wave have made eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and have won the Conference USA Tournament three straight years. Tulane received 25 votes in the Nov. 25 Associated Press poll.

BEAVERS AND GREEN WAVE SERIES NUMBERS: Friday's meeting between Oregon State and Tulane University is the first for both squads. The Beavers have a 2-2 record in games against teams from Conference USA, having faced Houston, Southern Miss and most recently Marquette University (Dec. 2, 2000).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with Tulane University:

                           OSU	TUPoints per game	         64.5	58.0Points allowed per game	60.0	46.0Field goal percentage	40.3	37.73-pt field goal percentage	17.6	50.0Free throw percentage	65.7	70.6Rebounds per game	         44.5	37.0Assists per game	         16.5	16.0Steals per game	         9.0	5.0

A GLANCE AT IDAHO STATE: Idaho State will face Oregon State on Sunday after a week off of games during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Bengals opened the season on Monday, with a 72-69 victory against in-state rival University of Idaho. Senior post Ashley Toner led all players with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Hallie Hickman also reached double figures in scoring for ISU with 12 points. Laraine Skow added eight points and eight boards. Five transfer players joined the Idaho State squad for the 2002-03 season and Jon Newlee, a former assistant at University of Hawaii, has taken the reins as head coach. Eight letterwinners and two starters return from last season's 10-17 squad.

BEAVERS AND BENGALS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Idaho State, 3-0. Both teams last met on Nov. 26, 1999, in the first round of the OSU Beaver Classic. Oregon State recorded a 61-47 victory, with Ericka Cook's 16 points and 10 rebounds leading the way.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with Idaho State:

                           OSU	ISUPoints per game	         64.5	72.0Points allowed per game	60.0	49.0Field goal percentage	40.3	42.93-pt field goal percentage	17.6	28.6Free throw percentage	65.7	61.5Rebounds per game	         44.5	40.0Assists per game	         16.5	25.0Steals per game	         9.0	8.0

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND: Junior post Krystal Turner led the Beavers with 14 points and recorded her first career double-double with 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as University of Portland rallied for the 83-70 victory on Tuesday night. The Beavers jumped out to an 8-1 lead but the pesky Pilots battled back to eventually tie the game (30-30) at the half. Oregon State committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the second frame helping the Pilots grab some momentum. Portland took advantage of torrid shooting from 3-point range (10-for-19) to eventually pull away for its third straight victory against OSU. Junior Hollye Chapman recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-2 post also dished out four assists for the second straight game. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points, playing every minute of the game until fouling out in the closing seconds. Freshmen Casey Bunn and Mandy Close each played well off the bench. Bunn finished with a career-high seven points and seven rebounds while Close added a career-best seven points and four assists.

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.

NEW DISH: Junior post Hollye Chapman has dished out a career-best four assists in the opening two games of the 2002-03 season. Freshman Mandy Close also recorded a career-high four dishes in Tuesday's game at Portland.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE-TROUBLE: Junior posts Hollye Chapman and Krystal Turner each recorded the first Oregon State double-doubles of the season on Tuesday night against University of Portland. Turner led Oregon State with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds for the second consecutive game. Chapman recorded her fourth career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 boards.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has never started a season with a 1-2 record during Judy Spoelstra's seven years at the helm.

SWAT TEAM: As a team Oregon State has a combined 10 blocked shots over the first two games of the season. Six different Beaver players have recorded at least one swat so far, with Krystal Turner's four stuffs leading the squad.

MAKING THEM COUNT: Junior post Brina Chaney is a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line after two games this season. Without Chaney's 10 charity tosses, the remainder of the Beaver team has hit only 13-of-25 (52-percent) free throws. Former guard Felicia Ragland holds the Oregon State record with a streak of 21 consecutive free throws made over a six-game span during the 2001-02 season.

LONG RANGE WOES: Oregon State hit just 1-of-16 3-point field goal attempts against University of Portland on Tuesday. Junior post Hollye Chapman was the lone Beaver to knock down a trey, connecting on 1-of-2 attempts. Seven OSU players let fire from beyond the arc in the game.

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.

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. 11 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.

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 42 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 232-122 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .655 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 95-106 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 194-174 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 finished with eight points and three steals at Portland (Nov. 26), but committed seven turnovers...tallied four points and two assists against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
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...has a current streak of 16 consecutive starts.

#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 reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and tallied a team-best five assists at Portland (Nov. 26) in 40 minutes of action...led the Beavers with 12 points and four steals against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had four assists against the Wolves.
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 322 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 42 consecutive starts.

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

Rukstelyte played three minutes at Portland (Nov. 26)...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 knocked down 3-of-5 shots from the floor to finish with seven points at Portland (Nov. 26)...also pulled down seven rebounds, including five offensive in 16 minutes of action against the Pilots...hit 3-of-5 shots for a freshmen-leading six points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...also had two steals and three rebounds against the Wolves.
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 made first career start at Portland (Nov. 26)...had one steal in nine minutes of play against the Pilots...scored a career-high five points and career-best four assists in the season opener against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
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 has yet to see action during the regular season...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 finished with seven points and four assists in a career-high 21 minutes of action at Portland (Nov. 26)...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 against the Wolves.
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 played six minutes at Portland (Nov. 26)...hit 2-of-5 shots for five points and had a blocked shot against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
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 scored five points and grabbed two rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also matched her career-high with a blocked shot against the Pilots...buried 2-of-3 shots for five points against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
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 canned 4-of-4 free throws and ended up with six points and four rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...hit 6-of-6 free throws and finished with eight points and eight rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24).
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 72 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book...has blocked at least one shot in four consecutive games.

#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 recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also matched her career-high with four assists against the Pilots...tallied a career-high four assists and had three rebounds against Western Oregon (Nov. 24)...held to just two points against the Wolves.
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 four 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 registered her first career double-double with a team-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds at Portland (Nov. 26)...also had three blocked shots against the Pilots...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.
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...is currently averaging a double-double for the Beavers (11.0 ppg. and 10.0 rpg.).

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