Women's Basketball Finishes Road Swing At Southwest Missouri State Friday

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Dec. 19, 2002

SPRINGFIELD, MO -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CONTINUES ROAD SWING AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE; BEAVERS MEET BEARS IN FINAL GAME BEFORE PAC-10 PLAY STARTS

Friday, Dec. 20, 2002
OSU at SW Missouri State
5 p.m. PST, Springfield, MO
(Hammons Student Center)
Radio broadcast on INTERNET ONLY (via SMS broadcast)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-3 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.5 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (9.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (9.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARS (3-3 overall)
statistics prior to Bears' game at Arkansas on Thursday

G #15 Jenni Lingor, 5-10, So., (17.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg)
G #23 Morgan Hohenberger, 5-8, Jr.,(11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.8 apg.)
G #24 Nicole Lehman, 6-0, So., (5.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
G #34 Sarah Klaassen, 5-9, Fr., (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #54 Meg Tierney, 6-1, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

A GLANCE AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: Southwest Missouri State faces tough scheduling as the Bears (3-3) play at Arkansas on Thursday night prior to hosting Oregon State on Friday. SMS is coming off a 77-74 loss at Denver on Monday. Just 10 players dot the roster but four active players are averaging in double figures for scoring. Sophomore Jenni Lingor leads the squad with an average of 17.7 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds. Morgan Hohenberger contributes 11.8 points while Sarah Klaassen and Kari Koot are scoring 11.3 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. The Bears are hitting 47-percent of their field goals (149-for-315) and 40-percent of their 3-point field goal attempts (45-for-114). As a team, SMS has hit 96-of-124 free throws for 77-percent.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacked up statistically with Southwest Missouri State on Thursday:

	                OSU	SMSPoints per game	        57.4	73.2Points allowed per game	54.5	70.7Field goal percentage	36.5	47.33-pt field goal percent	19.8	39.5Free throw percentage	65.8	77.4Rebounds per game	41.5	36.0Assists per game	14.4	13.8Steals per game	        8.8	9.3

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Friday's game between Oregon State and Southwest Missouri State marks the first meeting in the series for both squads.

LOOKING BACK AT TEXAS TECH: Oregon State held No. 10 Texas Tech to its lowest scoring output of the season and kept the game close for most of the contest, but the Lady Raiders came away with a 67-51 victory in Lubbock, TX on Tuesday night. Junior post Hollye Chapman had a season-high 18 points, including a 4-for-7 clip from 3-point range, and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Beavers. Fellow post Krystal Turner added a career-high 11 rebounds and seven points on the night. Leilani Estavan led the squad in assists for the eighth time this year with a season-high eight dishes. The 5-7 guard also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points. Tech went into the locker room with a 30-22 lead at the break but the Beavers pulled within four points on three different occasions in the second half. Plennette Pierson's 19 points led all players. The Lady Raiders had 14 steals in the contest compared to only three for Oregon State.

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 third consecutive game while nursing an injured hamstring. Smith will not play in Friday's game at Southwest Missouri State and it remains questionable when she will return to the lineup. Freshman post Karen Vickery will not be available for Friday's game at SMS while recovering from a broken foot suffered prior to the San Jose State game (Dec. 4). Vickery should be healthy by the beginning of Pacific-10 Conference action.

TWO MORE FOR 200: Head coach Judy Spoelstra enters Friday's game at Southwest Missouri State 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.

ROAD WOES: Oregon State is 0-3 in games played away from Gill Coliseum this season. The Beavers are being outscored 69.7 to 56.0 in the three losses. OSU has tallied fewer assists and fewer steals than its opponents in its three road games and has committed more turnovers (60-46).

GOOD WORK ON THE ROAD: Junior post Hollye Chapman is leading Oregon State in scoring during road games with 13.0 points per outing and is averaging 7.7 rebounds. Chapman is shooting 50-percent from the field (14-of-28) in games away from Gill Coliseum and has hit 6-of-11 3-pointers compared to a 2-for-10 mark from beyond the arc in Corvallis.

NON-CONFERENCE FINALE: Over the past two seasons the Beavers have won their final non-conference game leading up to Pac-10 play. Oregon State knocked off Wyoming, 70-55, on Dec. 15, 2001 and had a 66-55 victory against Boise State on Dec. 31, 2001.

DID YOU KNOW: Leilani Estavan has led the team in assists in all eight games this year...Brina Chaney has blocked at least one shot in 10 consecutive games...Freshman Mandy Close has made six 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 .500 field goal percentage...OSU is 4-0 in games played on the weekend and 1-3 in games played during the week.

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. The Beavers held the high-scoring Lady Raiders to 20-points below their season average, but suffered a 67-51 setback in Lubbock, TX on Dec. 17. 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 has moved into sole possession of 8th place in the OSU record book with 90 blocked shots in her career. Chaney needs just five swats to move into 6th place in the record book. 2002 graduate Ericka Cook currently ranks 6th with 94 career blocks. Junior guard Leilani Estavan's season-high eight assists at No. 10 Texas Tech on Tuesday, propelled her into 8th place in the OSU record book with 357 career assists. Estavan needs 65 dishes to climb up the ladder to 7th place on the all-time list and pass Chelle Flamoe's (1986-89) total of 421.

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 48 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 236-124 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 100-108 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 198-176 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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