Women's Basketball Hosts Portland State On Saturday

Dec. 6, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOPES TO GET BACK ON TRACK AGAINST PORTLAND STATE; BEAVERS HAVE WON FIVE STRAIGHT AGAINST THE VIKINGS

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002
Portland State at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on the INTERNET ONLY

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (3-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (3.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (8.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (2-2 overall)
G #3 Heidi Stuart, 5-9, So., (8.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G #10 Michelle Thueson, 5-6, Sr.,(6.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #23 Nikki Petticrew, 5-10, Sr., (17.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
F #30 Sarah Hedgepeth, 6-0, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Niki Sadowski, 5-10, Sr., (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT PORTLAND STATE: Portland State heads to Corvallis after a week off from action. The Vikings dropped a pair of games at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic hosted by Arizona State on Nov. 29-30. PSU fell, 72-53, against the Sun Devils and then lost a 68-51 game against Oklahoma State. The two losses evened the Vikings' record on the year at 2-2. Senior guard Nikki Petticrew leads the team in scoring with a 17.5 points per game average and 6.5 rebounds. Petticrew is also tied for the team-lead in assists with 13. Forward Sarah Hedgepeth is the only other Viking player averaging double figures in scoring with 11.5 points per game and a team-high 8.0 rebounds. On the season, Portland State has connected on 42-percent (91-of-218) of its field goal attempts and is hitting 42-percent (23-for-55) from beyond the arc.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS: According to Beaver records that date back to the 1976-77 season, Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 21-6. The Beavers have won five straight, with PSU's last victory coming during the 1989-90 campaign (83-74). OSU has won 12 consecutive games in Gill Coliseum against the Vikings with Portland State's last victory in Corvallis dating back to a 61-57 win in the 1977-78 season.

OSU AND PSU LAST SEASON: Oregon State reeled off its fifth consecutive victory against Portland State University with a 56-42 on Nov. 21, 2001. The Beavers scored 33 points off PSU turnovers. The Vikings committed 31 miscues in the game while Oregon State had 21 steals on the night. Beaver senior Felicia Ragland led all players with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Senior post Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and tallied a career-high four steals. Leilani Estavan registered a then career-high six steals and dished out a game-high seven assists. Hollye Chapman finished with nine points and matched her then career-high with eight rebounds.

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

                             OSU	PSUPoints per game	         59.8	65.2Points allowed per game	55.6	67.0Field goal percentage	37.0	41.73-pt field goal percentage	18.4	41.8Free throw percentage	64.1	80.0Rebounds per game	         41.2	35.0Assists per game	         14.6	14.5Steals per game	         10.8	10.8

LOOKING BACK AT SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State used 10 consecutive points by Jessica Kellogg over the final three minutes to give the Spartans a 59-47 victory against Oregon State on Wednesday night. The Beavers shot just 28-percent (17-of-61) from the field for the game and managed to hit only 12-percent (3-of-25) from 3-point range. San Jose State had 22 turnovers in the sloppy contest but the Beavers also committed 21 miscues on the night. Sophomore guard Juleen Smith led the Beavers with 13 points, her third consecutive game in double figures. Hollye Chapman added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting fromthe field, while Brina Chaney led all players with nine rebounds and amassed a career-high six blocked shots. Fellow post Krystal Turner hit 3-of-4 shots to finish with six points. The unsightly first half saw the teams head into the locker room with the score tied, 14-14.

LOOKING BACK AT IDAHO STATE: Junior post Brina Chaney scored a career-high 18 points to lead Oregon State past Idaho State, 67-48, on Sunday. Chaney buried 8-of-10 shots in the game and 2-of-3 free throws, while pulling down a game-high tying eight rebounds. Fellow post Hollye Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points, eight boards and dished out four assists for the third time this season, as the Beaver post players dominated the smaller Idaho State line-up. Sophomore Juleen Smith tallied 10 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and a career-best seven steals. It was all Oregon State as the Beavers led from start-to-finish and built as much as a 22-point lead on three occasions during the second half. ISU committed 28 turnovers in the contest and the Beavers recorded 16 steals.

LOOKING BACK AT TULANE: Oregon State overcame an early 7-0 deficit to record a 56-51 victory on Friday night against Tulane University. The Green Wave jumped in front early but the Beavers clawed back and used an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to get back into the game. Tulane committed six turnovers in the stretch and was held without a field goal. Oregon State took a 29-21 lead into the locker room at the half after holding the Green Wave to just 24-percent shooting from the field and forcing 20 turnovers. Tulane pulled within one point (33-32) with 16:31 left but the Beavers went on a 9-1 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach. Brina Chaney matched her then-career-high with 14 points, while Leilani Estavan added 13 points and five steals. Sophomore guard Juleen Smith also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and Jessica Jones had a career-best five steals.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman post Karen Vickery will be sidelined for 10-14 days with a broken foot. Vickery had been playing with a sore foot for the last week of practice and games but x-rays prior to the Beavers' trip to San Jose State on Tuesday, revealed the foot was broken.

GET IT INSIDE: Oregon State's combination of post players Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman and Krystal Turner knocked down 10-of-17 field goals for 59-percent shooting against San Jose State on Wednesday. The rest of the Beaver team connected on only 7-of-44 shots from the field for 16-percent.

MORE SHOOTING WITH THE BIG THREE: Oregon State's big three of Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman and Krystal Turner have buried 48-of-95 field goal attempts over the first five games for 51-percent. The rest of the Beaver squad has hit 63-of-205 field goals for 31-percent shooting.

CHAPMAN FIGURES: Post Hollye Chapman currently ranks second on the team with 14 assists on the year. Chapman has dished out a career-best four assists in three different games this season. The 6-2 junior leads the squad in 3-point shooting percentage, knocking down 40-percent (4-of-10) of her tries from beyond the arc.

B IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCK: Junior post Brina Chaney amassed a career-high six blocked shots against San Jose State on Wednesday. Chaney has recorded 12 blocks over the first five games of the year. The Bothell, WA native, has tallied at least one swat in seven straight outings and ranks in 9th place in the OSU record book with 82 blocks in her career.

FROM THE LINE: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith is a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line this season. Junior post Brina Chaney has canned 19-of-23 charity tosses for 83-percent. As a team, Oregon State is shooting 64-percent (59-for-92) from the line over the first five games.

LOOKING OUTSIDE IN: Over the first five games Oregon State has managed to hit just 18-of-98 3-point field goal attempts for a meager 18-percent. Saturday's opponent Portland State has buried 23-of-55 shots from beyond the arc for a 42-percent clip.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith has reached double figures in scoring in three consecutive games...freshman guard Mandy Close has made three consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Juleen Smith is a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line...the Beavers have won three games in a row in Gill Coliseum...OSU has a five-game winning streak against Portland State...junior post Brina Chaney's 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds lead the team...the Beavers are 3-0 when leading at the half but 0-2 when the score is tied at the break.

ONLY TWO AWAY: Head coach Judy Spoelstra is just two victories shy of win No. 100 while at Oregon State. Spoelstra is also only four wins away from career victory No. 200.

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. 10 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 knocked off Tulane (56-51) on Nov. 29 and hosts Florida on Dec. 14, 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.

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 45 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 68 of their last 107 (.636) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 84-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is currently a perfect 3-0 in games played on Ralph Miller Court.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 234-123 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 98-107 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 196-175 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 recorded a season-high 13 points in 31 minutes at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...reached double figures in scoring for a second straight game with 10 points against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...also tallied a career-high seven steals, dished out five assists and had six rebounds against the Bengals...buried 3-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws for 10 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 19 consecutive starts...has hit 10-of-10 free throws this season.

#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 finished with a season-high six assists before fouling out at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...had nine points, five assists and four steals against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 13 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had five rebounds, five steals and four assists against the Green Wave...finished 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 328 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 45 consecutive starts.

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

Rukstelyte had one point and a rebound at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...pulled down four rebounds and recorded a steal against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...finished with four points and four rebounds against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 hit a 3-pointer and dished out an assist at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...scored two points and pulled down two rebounds against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had five points and two boards in 14 minutes against Tulane (Nov. 29)...knocked down 3-of-5 shots from the floor to finish with a career-best 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 tallied a season-high three rebounds at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...had three points and dished out two assists against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...tallied a career-best five steals against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 made her third consecutive start at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...pulled down two boards in 12 minutes against the Spartans...scored six points and pulled down three rebounds in 21 minutes against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...made first career start against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes against the Green Wave...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 RIVERAGuard, 6-0, FR, Lake Elsinore, CA (Temescal Canyon)
Rivera pulled down a rebound in four minutes at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...hit a 3-pointer and recorded a steal in six minutes against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...pulled down a rebound and tallied a steal against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 pulled down a season-high four rebounds at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...hit a 3-pointer and dished out an assist against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...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 blocked a career-high six shots and finished with nine rebounds and seven points at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...tallied a team and career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had a team-high tying eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals against the Bengals...matched her then career-high with 14 points against Tulane (Nov. 29)...also had six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 37 minutes of action against the Green Wave...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 82 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book...has blocked at least one shot in seven consecutive games.

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

Vickery will miss between 10-14 days of action while resting a broken foot...played one minute against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...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 hit 4-of-7 field goals, including a 3-pointer, for 10 points at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...reached double figures in scoring with 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...also dished out four assists for the third time in four games...had eight points and four rebounds against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 buried 3-of-4 shots for six points and pulled down three rebounds at San Jose State...tallied two points and six rebounds in 11 minutes against Idaho State (Dec. 1)...had two points and three boards in a start against Tulane (Nov. 29)...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 in her first career start 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.

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