Women's Basketball Hosts Florida On Saturday

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Dec. 12, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT HOME VICTORY ON SATURDAY AGAINST FLORIDA; JUDY SPOELSTRA SEARCHES FOR WIN No. 100 WHILE AT OSU

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002
Florida at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

FLORIDA GATORS (6-3 overall)
G #5 Kelly Stevenson, 5-7, So., (5.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg)
G #11 Sarah Lowe, 5-7, Fr.,(12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #12 Tara Taylor, 5-10, So., (3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #13 Dalila Eshe, 6-3, Fr., (5.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
F #33 Bernice Mosby, 6-1, Fr., (14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT FLORIDA: University of Florida enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 6-3 overall record. The Gators will be playing without the services of All-American center Vanessa Hayden, who broke her fibula on Dec. 7 against North Carolina State. The youthful Florida squad started three freshmen and two sophomores in a victory against University of Central Florida (72-48) on Wednesday night. Nine of the 12 Gator scholarship athletes have one year or less of college basketball experience. Freshman post Bernice Mosby is leading the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 boards per outing. Fellow freshman Sarah Lowe is also averaging double figures in scoring with 12.7 points, to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. As a team, the Gators are averaging 74.2 points per game and are shooting 41-percent from the field (246-for-606). Florida is a member of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference.

BEAVERS AND GATORS: Saturday's game between Oregon State and Florida is the first meeting in the series for both squads. The Beavers last faced a Southeastern Conference team in 2001 when OSU played at Vanderbilt University in the second round of the WNIT. The Commodores recorded an 81-55 victory.

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

                        OSU	UFPoints per game	        59.8	74.2Points allowed per game	53.5	64.3Field goal percentage	37.7	40.63-pt field goal percentage	18.3	29.3Free throw percentage	64.8	66.8Rebounds per game	41.0	46.8Assists per game	15.0	15.6Steals per game	        10.0	10.1

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: A big second half propelled Oregon State to a 60-43 victory against Portland State University last Saturday. The Beavers outscored the Vikings, 37-17 in the final 20 minutes after going into the locker room trailing by three points (26-23). Junior guard Leilani Estavan led all players with 18 points and dished out a game-high six assists. Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Jessica Jones connected on 3-of-5 shots from the floor for a career-high seven points and dished out a career-best five assists. Freshman guard Casey Bunn added nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field. Oregon State hit 41-percent of its field goal attempts in the game while holding Portland State to just 33-percent shooting from the floor, including a 17-percent clip in the second half.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith missed last Saturday's game against Portland State while nursing an injured hamstring. Smith's status is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida. Freshman post Karen Vickery will be sidelined for 5-7 days with a broken foot. Vickery had been playing with a sore foot but x-rays prior to the Beavers' game at San Jose State (Dec. 4) revealed a fracture.

ONE MORE FOR 100: Head coach Judy Spoelstra is enters Saturday's game against University of Florida just one victory shy of win No. 100 while at Oregon State. Spoelstra is also only three wins away from career victory No. 200.

GOOD START IN GILL: Oregon State brings a perfect 4-0 record at Gill Coliseum into Saturday's game against University of Florida. The four straight wins in Corvallis are the most for the Beavers since reeling off five in a row on Ralph Miller Court during Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm in 1995-96. The 1995-96 squad won five consecutive home games while starting the season with a 10-1 record.

DID YOU KNOW: The Beavers are 4-0 this season when Brina Chaney or Leilani Estavan lead the team in scoring...Leilani Estavan has led the team in assists in all six games this year...Brina Chaney has blocked at least one shot in eight consecutive games...Freshman Mandy Close has made four consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 17...Junior Krystal Turner leads the Beavers with a .577 field goal percentage...As a team Oregon State has pulled down 106 offensive rebounds compared to its opponents' 64 boards...The Beavers rank 25th in the nation for points allowed per game (53.5)...Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots (4.33) and offensive rebounds (17.67) per game.

B IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCK: Junior post Brina Chaney amassed a career-high six blocked shots against San Jose State on Dec. 4. Chaney has recorded 14 blocks over the first six games of the year. The Bothell, WA native, has tallied at least one swat in eight straight outings and ranks in 9th place in the OSU record book with 84 blocks in her career. As a team, Oregon State has 26 swats on the season and leads the Pac-10 with 4.33 blocks per game.

FREE THROW FIGURES: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith is a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line this season - the best in the Pac-10. Junior post Brina Chaney has canned 21-of-25 charity tosses for 84-percent which ranks third in the conference, while Leilani Estavan's 18-for-24 clip for 75-percent ranks seventh. As a team Oregon State ranks sixth in the Pac-10, shooting 65-percent (68-for-105) from the line over the first six games.

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 this Saturday, 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 46 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 69 of their last 108 (.639) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 85-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is currently a perfect 4-0 in games played on Ralph Miller Court.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 235-123 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 99-107 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 197-175 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 missed the Portland State game (Dec. 7) while nursing an injured hamstring; her return to the lineup is questionable at this time...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...had a streak of 19 consecutive starts end after missing the Portland State game (Dec. 7) with an injured hamstring...has hit 10-of-10 free throws this season - the best in the Pac-10.

#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 recorded a season-high 18 points and tallied six assists for the second straight game in 40 minutes of action against Portland State (Dec. 7)...finished with 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 343 career assists rank 9th in the OSU record book...has a current streak of 46 consecutive starts.

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

Rukstelyte buried 2-of-2 field goals for four points and tallied a steal against Portland State (Dec. 7)...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 knocked down 4-of-4 field goals for a career-high nine points and tallied a career-best three steals against Portland State (Dec. 7)...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 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 recorded a career-high seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and dished out a career-best five assists in a start against Portland State (Dec. 7)...also matched a season-high with three rebounds against the Vikings...tallied 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 fourth consecutive start against Portland State (Dec. 7)...finished with four points and four rebounds in a career-high 23 minutes against the Vikings...pulled down two boards in 12 minutes at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...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 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 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 had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds against Portland State (Dec. 7)...matched her career-best with three assists and added two blocks against the Vikings...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 84 career blocked shots rank 9th in the OSU record book...has blocked at least one shot in eight consecutive games...currently leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 2.33 per game.

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

Vickery will miss between 5-10 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 finished with six points, five rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes of action against Portland State (Dec. 7)...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...currently ranks second on the team with 17 assists.

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

Turner knocked down lone field goal attempt and pulled down five rebounds, all on the offensive glass, in seven minutes of action against Portland State (Dec. 7)...buried 3-of-4 shots for six points and pulled down three rebounds at San Jose State (Dec. 4)...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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