Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA On Sunday

Dec. 28, 2002

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PUTS PERFECT 6-0 HOME RECORD ON THE LINE AGAINST UCLA; BEAVERS LOOK FOR FIRST 2-0 PAC-10 START SINCE THE 1995-96 SEASON

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002
UCLA at OSU
1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-3 overall; 1-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.7 ppg, 2.8 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., (11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 bpg.)

UCLA BRUINS (6-4 overall; 1-0 Pac-10)
G #1 Natalie Nakase, 5-2, Sr., (4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.3 apg)
G #20 Michelle Greco, 5-9, Sr., (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg.)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, Fr., (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, Jr.,(6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, Jr., (2.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Sunday's game against Oregon State with a 6-4 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins are coming off a decisive 93-68 victory at University of Oregon on Friday. Junior Whitney Jones sank 10-of-12 field goals for 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, including seven offensive, against the Ducks. Freshman guard Nikki Blue led the squad with 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting, as five Bruin players reached double figures in scoring against UO. All-Pac-10 guard Michelle Greco leads UCLA in scoring with 18.3 points per game and ranks second on the squad with 34 assists. The Bruins entered the week leading the Pac-10 in steals per game with 12.4.

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

	                 OSU	UCLAPoints per game	        57.1	80.6Points allowed per game	53.9	69.6Field goal percentage	37.0	45.93-pt field goal percent	20.4	34.7Free throw percentage	66.3	67.9Rebounds per game	41.0	39.0Assists per game	14.5	16.5Steals per game	         8.4	12.3	

BEAVERS AND BRUINS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 22-15. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 6-8 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won five-straight against UCLA.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UCLA: Oregon State used a 19-0 run in the final 4:23 of the first half, to cruise to a 77-36 victory against UCLA on Jan. 24, 2002. OSU led 33-10 at halftime as the Bruins shot just 10-percent from the field, made only two first half field goals, and had 17 turnovers. All 10 Beaver players that suited up for action scored on the night. Felicia Ragland's 19 points and seven rebounds led Oregon State as four players reached double figures in scoring. Brina Chaney finished with a then career-high 14 points while fellow posts Ericka Cook and Hollye Chapman chipped in 10 points each. The frontline trio combined to hit 14-of-21 shots from the floor for 67-percent. Guard Jessica Jones had a career night, pulling down a career-best four rebounds while dishing out three assists and making three steals. The 41-point victory was the largest for OSU in a Pac-10 Conference game since a 92-49 win against Arizona State on Feb. 26, 1995. UCLA scored its fewest points in program history (dating back to 1975). The Bruins committed 33 turnovers that led to 33 Oregon State points.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California had three shots in the final 10 seconds fall astray as Oregon State recorded a 63-61 victory in Friday's Pac-10 opener. The back-and-forth game saw 16 lead changes and nine ties - the last four meetings between OSU and USC have been decided by a combined nine points. Hollye Chapman's 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field led the Beavers. Leilani Estavan added 12 points and five assists while Brina Chaney amassed her fifth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. OSU won the battle of the boards, 46-37, and rallied from a 10-point first half deficit.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: Hollye Chapman recorded her fifth career double-double with 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to lead Oregon State past Southwest Missouri State, 49-42, on Dec. 20. SMS led by as many as five points in the early going but Michelle Smith's 3-pointer with 11:35 remaining in the opening half sparked a 9-0 OSU run and helped the Beavers pull in front for good. Fellow post Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 16 points, including a 10-of-11 clip from the free throw line. The 6-5 post added a career-best three assists and three steals. The Beavers shot 48-percent (11-of-23) from the floor in the first half - their second-best percentage of the season in 20 minutes of action. OSU finished the game with a 39-percent mark from the field while SMS shot just 32-percent on the night.

PAC-10 OPENING WIN: Oregon State broke a six-game losing streak in Pacific-10 Conference openers with its 63-61 victory against University of Southern California on Friday. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1986-87 season, OSU is now 4-14 in conference openers.

HOME SWEET HOME: Oregon State is off to a perfect 6-0 start in games played in Gill Coliseum - its best start since finishing the 1983-84 campaign with a perfect 9-0 record at home. The home-start is also the best for the Beavers since Judy Spoelstra took the helm during the 1995-96 season. OSU opened the 1995-96 campaign with five straight home wins and finished the year with an 11-1 record on Ralph Miller Court. OSU's lone loss came against Stanford University on Jan. 20, 1996.

A CALL TO ALL FANS: Despite its undefeated start in Gill Coliseum this season, Oregon State is averaging just 700 fans per game - its lowest attendance figure in 10 years.

SPOELSTRA EARNS No. 200: Head coach Judy Spoelstra picked up career victory No. 200 on Friday night in Oregon State's 63-61 win against University of Southern California. The eighth-year head coach earned victory No. 100 while at Oregon State on Dec. 14 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.

18 AGAIN: Junior post Hollye Chapman scored a team-leading 18 points for the third consecutive game on Friday night against USC. Chapman knocked down 7-of-13 field goals against the Women of Troy in 38 minutes of action. In the last three games, the 6-2 post has scored 54 points and pulled down 25 rebounds. Chapman has also buried 21-of-39 field goal attempts in the stretch for 54-percent shooting.

DID YOU KNOW: Leilani Estavan has led the team in assists in all 10 games this year...Brina Chaney has blocked at least one shot in 12 consecutive games...Freshman Mandy Close has made eight consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 22...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 11 3-point field goals...Leilani Estavan leads the Pac-10 in assists with 5.33 dishes per game...OSU is 6-0 in Gill Coliseum this season...The Beavers are 7-0 when shooting better than their opponents...Oregon State is 6-0 when it leads at the half...Oregon State has won five straight games against UCLA...Hollye Chapman has scored 18 points in three consecutive 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.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The 2002-03 season will conclude with the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be played at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA on March 7-10. The tournament's winner will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tickets may be purchased through the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GOBEAVS.

CLOSING IN ON RECORDS: Junior post Brina Chaney has moved into sole possession of 8th place in the OSU record book with 92 blocked shots in her career. Chaney needs just three 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 Dec. 17, propelled her into 8th place in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 366 career assists. Estavan needs 56 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 50 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 71 of their last 110 (.645) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 87-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is currently a perfect 6-0 in games played on Ralph Miller Court - its best start since a perfect 9-0 finish in Gill Coliseum during the 1983-84 campaign.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 237-124 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 102-108 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 200-176 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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