Women's Basketball Faces No. 10 Texas Tech On Tuesday

Dec. 15, 2002


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Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002
OSU at No. 10 Texas Tech
5 p.m. PST, Lubbock, TX
(United Spirit Arena)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 bpg.)

No. 10 TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (4-1 overall)
G #14 Erin Grant, 5-8, Fr., (5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 9.0 apg)
G #15 Jia Perkins, 5-8, Jr.,(20.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
F #23 Natalie Ritchie, 5-9, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #54 Plenette Pierson, 6-2, Sr., (18.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #31 Cisti Greenwalt, 6-5, So., (12.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT TEXAS TECH: No. 10 ranked Texas Tech University enters Tuesday's game against Oregon State as winner of four in a row after dropping its season opener to Louisiana Tech. The Lady Raiders are coming off an 84-64 victory against the University of Wyoming on Saturday night. Three players average in double figures for scoring, with junior Jia Perkins' 20.6 points leading the way. Senior post Plenette Pierson is averaging 18.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while sophomore Cisti Greenwalt adds 12.2 points, a team-high 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per outing. Freshman guard Erin Grant dishes out nine assists per game. As a team, the high-scoring Lady Raiders average 87.6 points per game and are shooting 51-percent (173-for-341) from the field. In their second game of the season, the Lady Raiders dispatched University of Washington by a score of 99-67. Texas Tech has made the NCAA Tournament 15 times under the direction of head coach Marsha Sharp, including 13 straight years. The Lady Raiders are 3-0 in the United Spirit Arena this season and are averaging 10,789 fans per game.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with No. 10 Texas Tech:

                        OSU	TTUPoints per game	        58.3	87.6Points allowed per game	52.7	66.4Field goal percentage	37.0	50.73-pt field goal percentage	18.2	42.9Free throw percentage	65.4	68.8Rebounds per game	41.6	42.6Assists per game	14.9	20.0Steals per game	        9.6	10.2

OSU AND TEXAS TECH LAST SEASON: Senior guard Felicia Ragland's four 3-point field goals in the final 62 seconds weren't enough to overcome a 20-point second half deficit as No. 8/9 ranked Texas Tech held on for a 64-60 victory against Oregon State on Nov. 24, 2001. The Beavers outscored the Lady Raiders' 18-2 over the final 2:32 of the contest, including four consecutive 3-point field goals by Ragland to close out the game. Texas Tech took a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime after a defensive struggle in the opening 20 minutes of action. OSU committed 16 miscues in the frame while the Lady Raiders had 13 turnovers. Ragland led all players with 24 points, including a 5-of-9 clip from 3-point range and seven steals. With the five treys, Ragland became Oregon State's all-time 3-point shooter with 118 buckets from beyond the arc in her career. Senior Ericka Cook was the only other OSU player to reach double figures in scoring, just missing a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Juleen Smith knocked down her lone field goal attempt and buried a pair of free throws for a then career-high four points. Smith also dished out two assists and had a steal in seven minutes of action. Natalie Ritchie scored 21 points and Plenette Pierson had 18 points and seven rebounds for Texas Tech.

BEAVERS AND LADY RAIDERS SERIES NUMBERS: Texas Tech University leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 2-0. The Raiders topped the Beavers, 79-55, in the squads' first meeting in Plainview, TX, at the Plainview Queen's Classic during the 1984-85 season. Texas Tech outlasted OSU, 64-60, last season in Corvallis.

LOOKING BACK AT FLORIDA: Judy Spoelstra picked up her 100th victory at Oregon State on Saturday when the Beavers outlasted the University of Florida, 49-48. Oregon State jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the game as the Gators failed to hit a field goal over the first 15 minutes of action. Florida use a 13-2 run over the final five minutes of the half to cut the lead to 25-14 at intermission. UF battled back to take a 46-44 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the game, but sophomore guard Jessica Jones nailed a 3-pointer with 3:56 on the clock to put OSU in front for good. Jones finished with a career-high 10 points and five rebounds, while junior post Brina Chaney added her fourth career double-double on 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Chaney also tallied five blocked shots, all in the first half. Freshman guard Mandy Close led the Oregon State scorers with a career-best 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Junior post Krystal Turner added nine rebounds and a career-high three assists in 24 minutes of action. The victory helped Oregon State improve to 5-0 in Gill Coliseum this season.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Juleen Smith missed her second consecutive game while nursing an injured hamstring. Smith's status remains questionable for Tuesday's game at Texas Tech. Freshman post Karen Vickery continues to be sidelined while recovering from 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.

TWO MORE FOR 200: Head coach Judy Spoelstra enters Tuesday's game at Texas Tech needing just two wins to pick up career victory No. 200. Spoelstra earned victory No. 100 while at Oregon State on Saturday against University of Florida. Prior to taking the helm at OSU in 1995, Spoelstra spent six seasons as the head coach at Montana State University.

SHOOT BETTER; WIN MORE: Oregon State is shooting just 37-percent (158-of-427) from the field on the season, however the Beavers are holding their opponents to only 35-percent (113-of-326) shooting. OSU is 5-0 in games that it shoots better than the opposition.

QUICK LOOK AT THE DISH: Oregon State is 5-0 on the season when it dishes out more assists than its opponent.

DID YOU KNOW: Leilani Estavan has led the team in assists in all seven games this year...Brina Chaney has blocked at least one shot in nine consecutive games...As a team Oregon State has tallied more blocked shots than its opponent in every game this season...Freshman Mandy Close has made five consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 18...Junior Krystal Turner leads the Beavers with a .515 field goal percentage...As a team Oregon State has pulled down 126 offensive rebounds compared to its opponents' 78 boards on the offensive glass...The Beavers have won the battle of the boards in every game except one - against Tulane (39-45)...OSU is 4-0 in games played on the weekend and 1-2 in games played during the week.

BIG GAMES FROM B: Junior post Brina Chaney is leading the Beavers in scoring and rebounding after seven games. Chaney is currently averaging 10.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. She recorded her fourth career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 14 rebounds against Florida on Saturday. The 6-5 Bothell, WA native has tallied 19 blocked shots on the year and ranks in a tie for 8th place in the OSU record book with 89 blocks in her career. Chaney has recorded at least one swat in nine straight outings.

CLOSE CALL: Freshman Mandy Close has made an immediate impact for the Beavers in her first season at Oregon State. The Bozeman, MT native has made five consecutive appearances in the starting lineup. Close led the Beavers with a career-high 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting against University of Florida on Saturday. She also had four rebounds and two assists in a career-high 28 minutes of action against the Gators. Close is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds on the season and ranks sixth on the squad with 19.1 minutes per outing.

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 Tuesday. OSU also makes a trip to fellow 2002 WNIT participant Southwest Missouri State on Friday. The Beavers knocked off Tulane (56-51) on Nov. 29 and Florida (49-48) 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.

CLOSING IN ON RECORDS: Junior post Brina Chaney is currently tied with Debbie Dalluge (1985-89) for 8th place in the OSU record book with 89 blocked shots in her career. Chaney needs just six swats to move into sole possession of 6th place in the record book. 2002 graduate Ericka Cook currently ranks 6th with 94 career blocks. Junior guard Leilani Estavan currently ranks in 9th place in the OSU record book with 349 career assists. Estavan need four more dishes to climb up the ladder to 8th place and pass Betty Collings' (1978-81) total of 352.

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 47 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 70 of their last 109 (.642) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 86-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is currently a perfect 5-0 in games played on Ralph Miller Court. The 5-0 start is the best for the Beavers since opening the 1995-96 season with five straight home wins. The 1995-96 squad finished Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm with an 11-1 record in Gill Coliseum. OSU's lone loss came against Stanford University on Jan. 20, 1996.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 236-123 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 100-107 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 198-175 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.


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