Women's Basketball Hosts Bay Area Schools

Jan. 7, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS BAY AREA SCHOOLS; BEAVERS LOOK TO BREAK THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK ON THURSDAY AGAINST No. 6 STANFORD

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003
No. 6 Stanford at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 AM)

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003
California at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT (990 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-6 overall; 1-3 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.6 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (9.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg.)

No. 6 STANFORD CARDINAL (10-1 overall; 2-0 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, So., (14.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.5 apg)
G #24 Susan King, 5-7, So., (7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 5-11, So., (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, So.,(7.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #44 Azella Perryman, 6-1, So., (13.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (5-6 overall; 1-1 Pac-10)
G #1 Nihan Anaz, 5-9, Jr., (7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, So., (7.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, So., (10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #23 Amber White, 6-0, Sr.,(2.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
C #53 Timea Ivanyi, 6-4, Jr., (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

A GLANCE AT STANFORD: No. 6 ranked Stanford University enters Thursday's contest against Oregon State on a five-game winning streak. The Cardinal, 10-1 on the year, have won 23 consecutive Pacific-10 Conference games dating back to Mar. 1, 2001. Stanford starts five sophomores with guard Kelley Suminski's 14.3 points and 4.5 assists per game leading the way. Forward Azella Perryman adds 13.4 points per outing and a team-best 9.9 rebounds. Junior All-American Nicole Powell missed the first nine games of the year with a bulging disc in her back. The 6-2 forward made her return last week in Stanford's victories against Oklahoma and Pepperdine. Powell is averaging 16.0 points and 10.5 boards after two games. The Cardinal have seven players averaging at least 7.5 points per game. As a team, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring margin, beating its opponents by an average of 14.2 points. The Cardinal also lead the conference in free throw percentage with a 77.4 clip.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State entered the week stacked up statistically with Stanford and California:

                           OSU	STAN	CALPoints per game	         55.9	71.3	61.2Points allowed per game	56.8	57.1	65.4Field goal percentage	37.4	44.0	38.93-pt field goal percent	21.2	35.2	31.7Free throw percentage	65.2	77.4	63.0Rebounds per game	         39.4	40.6	37.9Assists per game	         14.2	15.8	15.9Steals per game	         8.3	6.7	8.1

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 28-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford, but the Cardinal swept the 2001-02 regular season series by an average of 29.5 points. Oregon State and Stanford met in the semifinal game of the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, with the Cardinal earning a 71-55 victory. The Beavers' 37-point loss to Stanford on Jan. 10, 2002, was their worst loss of the season. Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra is just 1-14 against Stanford.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST STANFORD: Oregon State dropped its semifinal contest in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament to No. 2 ranked Stanford University, 71-55 on Mar. 3, 2002 in Eugene, OR. The Beavers kept the game close over the first 16 minutes of action behind inspired play by Juleen Smith. OSU could not contend with 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year Nicole Powell, who lit the Beavers up for 27 first half points. Powell's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Cardinal a 37-19 halftime lead. Oregon State continued to battle in the second half, cutting the Stanford lead to eight points (47-39) with 10:23 remaining but the Cardinal responded with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. Smith led OSU with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Senior guard Felicia Ragland was the only other Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 15 points. Powell finished with a game-high 37 points and 14 boards to lead Stanford. OSU outscored the Cardinal 26-18 in the paint and had a 12-0 advantage on fast break points.

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters Thursday's game at University of Oregon with a 5-6 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears have won two of their last three games after knocking off Arizona State, 72-67, on Dec. 29 and topping Mercer, 69-60, on Jan. 2. Sophomore forward Leigh Gregory leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Gregory is the lone Cal player to average double figures in scoring but the balanced squad has six players averaging over five points per game. The Bears have a pair of Oregon products on their roster with freshmen Lexie Helgerson of Jesuit High School and Sarah Pool of Crater High in Central Point. As a team, California ranks third in the Pac-10 for offensive rebounds with 15.4 per game.

BEAVERS AND GOLDEN BEARS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 25-18. The Beavers have won six of the last eight meetings, including two straight. Oregon State has won nine of the last 10 meetings in Gill Coliseum. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 9-5 against California.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: Oregon State outscored University of California 11-6 in overtime to escape with a 74-69 victory on Feb. 7, 2002. The Beavers led by as many as 12 points in the second half and held a 34-24 advantage at halftime, but the Bears rallied back behind a pressuring defense. Kristin Iwanaga sank a trio of free throws with just four seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score at 63 and force an extra frame. The Beavers buried 9-of-12 free throws in overtime and California managed just 2-of-10 shooting from the field. Senior guard Felicia Ragland led all players with 26 points, including 17 in the first half, and matched her career-high with seven assists. Leilani Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 16 points and post Hollye Chapman added 11 points and six rebounds.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 20 ARIZONA: No. 20 ranked University of Arizona rolled to a 72-44 victory against Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats outscored the Beavers, 24-6 over the first 12 minutes of the game. A 7-0 run by Oregon State cut the Arizona halftime lead to 31-15. Fourteen of Arizona's first 16 points were layups as OSU turned the ball over 16 times before the break and finished the contest with a season-high 27 miscues. The Beavers trailed by as many as 38 points with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, but went on a 16-6 run over to close out the contest. Freshman guard Mandy Close led OSU with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. All 12 Beaver players saw action in the game. Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte tallied a season-high eight rebounds and a career-best three steals in a career-high 24 minutes of action while freshman post Karen Vickery had a career-high two points and five rebounds. Shawntinice (Polkey) Polk led four Wildcat players in double figures with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Arizona shot 55-percent from the field while Oregon State managed to hit just 32-percent of its shots. The Beavers held a 38-33 rebounding advantage, including a 21-11 edge on the offensive glass.

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 Jan. 2. 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.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has split the season series with the Bay Area schools in Corvallis each of the last seven years. The Beavers swept Stanford and California in Gill Coliseum during the 1994-95 campaign.

HONORING RAGLAND: Oregon State will honor former guard Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by retiring her #34 jersey in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game against University of California. The 5-9 Tulare, CA, native is a two-time honorable mention Kodak All-American (2001-02) and a three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference pick. She earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors following her junior season after averaging 19.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Ragland finished her stellar career as the OSU leader in 3-point field goals made (178) and ranks in the top 10 in 14 career statistical categories. She is only the third player in Oregon State history to score 1,500 points (1,803) and pull down 600 rebounds (739). Ragland became the first Beaver player drafted by the WNBA when she was selected in 2002 as the 28th pick overall by the Seattle Storm.

BIG LOSS: Oregon State's 28-point loss at No. 20 Arizona on Saturday was the worst for the Beavers since dropping a 91-54 game at Thursday's opponent, Stanford University, on Jan. 10, 2002.

HAVEN'T SEEN THIS FOR A WHILE: After Saturday's loss at No. 20 Arizona, Oregon State is in the midst of a three-game losing streak - its first in nearly two years. The Beavers lost six games in a row from Jan. 27-Feb. 15, 2001.

REBOUNDING RUK: Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte pulled down a season-high eight rebounds, including six offensive boards, at No. 20 Arizona on Saturday. Ruk played a career-high 24 minutes against the Wildcats and tallied a career-best three steals. On the season, the 6-4 post has grabbed 23 rebounds with 14 coming on the offensive glass. Her eight steals on the year rank fifth on the squad.

OUCH: Oregon State is averaging 22.5 turnovers per game during Pac-10 play. OSU opponents commit just 16.8 miscues during conference outings. During non-conference games the Beavers held a +1.8 turnover margin with only 16.7 miscues compared to 18.4 from the opposition.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 11 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 31...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 13 3-point field goals...Oregon State entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense (56.8 ppg)...The Beavers have out-rebounded their opponents in 10 of 13 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...The Beavers are a perfect 5-0 when wearing their white uniforms.

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.

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.

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 Dec. 29. 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 373 career assists. Estavan needs 49 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 53 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 102-111 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 200-179 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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