Women's Basketball Faces No. 20 Arizona On Saturday

Jan. 3, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BREAK TWO-GAME SKID AT No. 20 ARIZONA ON SATURDAY; BEAVERS AND WILDCATS WILL MEET AT 12 P.M. PST ON FOX SPORTS NET

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003
OSU at No. 20 Arizona
12 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ
(McKale Center)
(FOX SPORTS NET)
Radio broadcast on KEJO (1240 AM) Throughout Oregon

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-5 overall; 1-2 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (10.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

No. 20 ARIZONA WILDCATS (8-3 overall; 2-1 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, So., (15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, Jr., (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg.)
G #20 Julie Brase, 5-10, Sr., (8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
F #35 Krista Warren, 6-2, Sr.,(13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Fr., (18.8 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 3.5 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: No. 20 ranked University of Arizona enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with an 8-3 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Pac-10. UA is coming off a commanding 96-65 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday. Four Wildcat players reached double figures in scoring led by Krista Warren's 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting. As a team, Arizona shot 53-percent from the floor against the Ducks. 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 18.8 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 15.5 points per game. Warren adds 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds while Aimee Grzyb scores 11.9 points per outing. UA is 5-1 in the McKale Center with its lone loss coming in the season opener against No. 3 Louisiana State. Arizona is averaging 80.0 points per game and leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .506 clip on the year.

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

                    OSU	UAPoints per game	        56.9	80.0Points allowed per game	55.6	68.4Field goal percentage	37.9	50.63-pt field goal percent	19.9	39.3Free throw percentage	67.0	58.7Rebounds per game	39.5	41.1Assists per game	14.4	19.7Steals per game	         8.2	7.7

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 ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State led by as many as five points in the opening half but Arizona State used a big second half run to knock off the Beavers, 70-58 on Thursday night. The win was the seventh consecutive for the Sun Devils against OSU in Tempe. ASU went on an 11-4 run in the middle of the second half, helped in part by a pair of 3-pointers, to earn a 51-44 lead with just 6:43 remaining. The Beavers would get no closer than within four points the rest of the way. Freshman guard Casey Bunn led the squad with a career-best 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and Juleen Smith added 10. Junior post Brina Chaney hit 4-of-5 field goals for nine points while fellow post Hollye Chapman amassed a career-high six assists. Three Sun Devils reached double figures in scoring led by Wilsonville High grad Jill Noe's 23 points and 11 boards. Arizona State dominated the glass with a 40-24 rebounding edge, including a 15-8 advantage on the offensive boards.

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.

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).

JUST DON'T BE TIED: Oregon State is 0-4 on the season in games that have been tied at halftime. The Beavers are a perfect 6-0 when leading at the break.

MAKING THE DISH: Junior Hollye Chapman tallied a career-high six assists at Arizona State on Thursday. The junior post currently ranks second on the squad with 30 dishes on the season. Chapman has recorded four or more assists in four different games.

BUNN PLAYS BIG: Freshman guard Casey Bunn led the Beavers with a career-best 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting at Arizona State on Thursday. Bunn also pulled down five rebounds and tallied two steals in 20 minutes against the Sun Devils. On the season, the Stayton High grad ranks fifth on the squad in scoring with 5.0 points per game. Bunn is shooting 44-percent from the field - the highest percentage on the squad for a guard.

HOMECOMING OF SORTS: Junior post Krystal Turner, a graduate of Arizona Western Community College, buried both of her field goal attempts for four points and pulled down two rebounds in 15 minutes against Arizona State. Turner was a two-time Kodak All-American for Arizona Western. She averages 4.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in her first year with the Beavers.

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: Freshman Mandy Close has made 10 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 30...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 12 3-point field goals...Leilani Estavan entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assists with 5.09 dishes per game...Oregon State entered the week leading the Pac-10 and ranked 17th in the nation for scoring defense (54.3 ppg)...The Beavers have out-rebounded their opponents in nine of 12 games this season...Oregon State is 6-0 when it leads at the half...The Beavers are 0-4 when tied at the half...Oregon State is 2-0 when Leilani Estavan leads the team in scoring.

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 372 career assists. Estavan needs 50 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 52 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 102-110 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 200-178 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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