Women's Basketball Heads To Arizona For The New Year

Dec. 30, 2002

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HITS THE ROAD; BEAVERS FACE ARIZONA STATE ON THURSDAY BEFORE TELEVISION SHOWDOWN WITH No. 21 ARIZONA ON SATURDAY

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003
OSU at Arizona State
5 p.m. PST, Tempe, AZ
(Wells Fargo Arena)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 AM)

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003
OSU at Arizona
12 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ
(McKale Center)
(FOX SPORTS NET)Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM) THROUGHOUT THE STATE

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-4 overall; 1-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (8-3 overall; 0-2 Pac-10)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, So., (7.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.2 apg)
G #22 Jill Noe, 5-10, Fr., (14.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #30 Carrie Buckner, 5-9, So., (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #32 Amy Denson, 6-1, Fr.,(12.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
F #54 Kristen Kovesdy, 6-3, Fr., (10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

No. 21 ARIZONA WILDCATS (7-3 overall; 1-1 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, So., (15.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, Jr., (12.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #20 Julie Brase, 5-10, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg.)
F #35 Krista Warren, 6-2, Sr.,(13.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Fr., (19.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 3.7 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters Thursday's game against Oregon State searching for its first Pac-10 victory. The Sun Devils have an 8-3 overall record but have lost two straight after being swept by the Bay Area schools. The youthful ASU squad starts three freshmen and two sophomores and has only one senior on its roster. Three of the Sun Devil starters hail from the state of Oregon. Leading scorer, Jill Noe (14.6 ppg.), is a freshman from Wilsonville High School while leading rebounder, Amy Denson (6.3 rpg.), is a freshman from Crater High School in Central Point. Carrie Buckner, a graduate of Crescent Valley High in Corvallis, is averaging 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. As a team the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin with a +5.91 mark. ASU is 6-1 in games played at Wells Fargo Arena with its lone loss coming against No. 9 Notre Dame in the Hoops for the Cure Classic II.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State stacks up statistically with Arizona State and Arizona entering the week:

                                OSU	ASU	UAPoints per game	         56.8	71.2	78.4Points allowed per game	54.3	63.0	68.7Field goal percentage	37.5	43.7	50.23-pt field goal percent	20.0	34.9	38.3Free throw percentage	66.5	70.7	57.8Rebounds per game	         40.9	34.2	40.2Assists per game	         14.5	16.9	19.2Steals per game	          8.2	12.0	7.9

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 18-16, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The two teams split the last two seasons' meetings, with each squad earning victories on its home court. ASU has won eight of the last 11 games in the series but OSU has won two of the last three. Arizona State has won six consecutive games against the Beavers in Tempe, dating back to the 1995-96 season. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has a 7-7 record against the Sun Devils.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA STATE: A 17-point second half deficit proved to be too much, as Oregon State dropped its Jan. 31, 2002 contest at Arizona State, 71-65. The Beavers fell behind early in the game, and went into the locker room trailing 39-26 at the half. The Sun Devils built their largest lead of the contest at 61-44 with 7:44 remaining but Oregon State responded with a 19-3 run over the next five minutes to slice into the lead. Leilani Estavan's lay-up with 2:43 on the clock brought OSU within one (64-63), but the Beavers were unable to take the lead and ASU scored seven of the game's final nine points. Guard Juleen Smith matched Estavan with OSU high-scoring honors as both players recorded 14 points. Smith knocked down 6-of-10 shots from the floor and buried a pair of 3-pointers. Estavan added a team-high five assists and two steals. Felicia Ragland was held below her season average with 11 points. Arizona State held a commanding edge at the free throw line, hitting 23-of-39 attempts while Oregon State knocked down 10 of just 14 tries.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: No. 21 ranked University of Arizona enters Thursday's game against University of Oregon with a 7-3 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats had won three straight games before dropping a hard-fought 82-74 contest at No. 6 Stanford on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Shawntinice Polk averages a double-double with 19.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game to lead the team. Three other Wildcat players average double figures in scoring with sophomore Dee-Dee Wheeler next on the list at 15.7 points per game. Forward Krista Warren adds 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Aimee Grzyb scores 12.2 points per outing. UA is 4-1 in the McKale Center with its lone loss coming in the season opener against No. 3 Louisiana State. Arizona is averaging 78.4 points per game and leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .502 clip on the year.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: With three straight victories against University of Arizona, Oregon State has tied the all-time series record at 17-17. Prior to OSU's three consecutive wins, Arizona had won eight straight contests against the Beavers, including an 83-73 victory on Feb. 3, 2001 that marked the 500th career victory for Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. Oregon State picked up its first win in Tucson in a seven-year span when the Beavers beat the Wildcats, 88-85, in overtime on January 31, 2002. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 5-9 against the Wildcats, but is just 1-6 in games played in the Grand Canyon State.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA: Despite trailing for most of the contest, Oregon State rallied from a six-point deficit (77-71) with 46 seconds remaining, knotted the score in the last second on a Hollye Chapman put-back to send the game to overtime before recording an 88-85 victory against University of Arizona on Jan. 31, 2002. UA, the best free throw shooting team in the Pac-10, had a chance to ice the game but missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 30 seconds. OSU trailed by two with 10 seconds remaining before Felicia Ragland missed a pair of jumpers but Chapman secured the board and scored on OSU's third attempt. Ragland buried back-to-back 3-pointers in the overtime period, putting the game out of reach. Ragland recorded her 16th career double-double with 27 points and matched her season-high with 12 rebounds while Ericka Cook had a season-high 20 points and matched her career-high with13 boards for her seventh career double-double. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points and tallied a game-high seven assists. Kristina Rukstelyte played big minutes for the Beavers, finishing with nine points and five rebounds. Oregon State dominated the boards, 52-36, including a commanding 26-12 edge on the offensive glass. OSU committed a season-low 10 turnovers. The victory marked the first win in Tucson for the Beavers since the 1994-95 season.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Michelle Greco scored 29 points as UCLA rallied for a 58-54 victory against Oregon State on Sunday. The Beavers led for most of the contest but costly turnovers made it unable for them to pull away from the pesky Bruins. UCLA took its first lead of the game with 11:29 left in the second half and the Beavers went scoreless for a five-minute stretch near the end of the contest, allowing the Bruins to pull in front, 55-48 with only 41 seconds remaining. OSU had 26 miscues in the game that led to 22 UCLA points. Junior post Brina Chaney tallied her sixth career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-5 post also dished out a career-high four assists and matched her career-best with six blocked shots. Leilani Estavan finished with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting while Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 boards. The victory ended a five-game slide for the Bruins against the Beavers. OSU shot a season-best 44-percent (22-for-50) from the field.

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 last 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.

NOT A GOOD SIGN: Oregon State shot a season-high 44-percent (22-for-50) in Sunday's loss to UCLA. The Beavers' second-best shooting game was at Portland on Nov. 26 when OSU hit 43.9-percent from the field, also in a losing effort. Sunday's game against UCLA marked the first loss for the Beavers on the season when shooting better than their opponent (7-1).

2 FOR 1: Oregon State has boasted three two-game winning streaks so far this season. On the other end of the spectrum, the Beavers have not lost two games in a row.

JUST DON'T BE TIED: Oregon State is 0-3 on the season in games that have been tied at halftime. The Beavers are a perfect 6-0 when leading at the break.

B COMES UP BIG: Junior Brina Chaney had a big weekend for the Beavers against the Los Angeles schools. Chaney tallied a pair of double-doubles on the weekend and finished with 26 points and 23 rebounds. The 6-5 post also dished out a career-high four assists and matched her career-best with six blocked shots against UCLA. Chaney buried 5-of-6 field goals and 5-of-7 free throws against the Bruins and pulled down 12 rebounds. She had 11 points and 11 boards against USC.

FAST FACT: Oregon State enters the week with the best field goal percentage defense in the Pac-10, allowing its opponents to shoot just 35-percent from the floor. Saturday's opponent, University of Arizona, enters the week with the top field goal percentage in the conference, hitting just over 50-percent from the field.

DID YOU KNOW: Brina Chaney has blocked at least one shot in 13 consecutive games...Freshman Mandy Close has made nine consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 24...Brina Chaney has recorded two consecutive double-doubles...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 11 3-point field goals...Leilani Estavan leads the Pac-10 in assists with 5.09 dishes per game...Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and ranks 17th in the nation for scoring defense (54.3 ppg)...The Beavers have out-rebounded their opponents in nine of 11 games this season...Oregon State is 6-0 when it leads at the half.

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 moved into sole possession of 7th place in the OSU record book for blocked shots after matching her career-best with six swats against UCLA on Sunday. Chaney has 98 blocked shots in her career. The 6-5 post needs 18 swats to move into 5th place in the record book and pass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87) total of 115. 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 369 career assists. Estavan needs 53 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 51 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 71 of their last 111 (.640) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 87-44 in the friendly confines of Gill.

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 102-109 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 200-177 overall record while in her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. She picked up career win No. 200 against USC on Dec. 27, 2002. 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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