Women's Basketball Hosts Cal Saturday

Jan. 10, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST CALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY; FELICIA RAGLAND'S JERSEY WILL BE RETIRED PRIOR TO THE 7 P.M. TIP-OFF

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

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-7 overall; 1-4 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(9.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (11.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (9.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 bpg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (5-7 overall; 1-2 Pac-10)
G #1 Nihan Anaz, 5-9, Jr., (9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, So., (7.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, So., (9.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #23 Amber White, 6-0, Sr.,(3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
C #53 Timea Ivanyi, 6-4, Jr., (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 5-7 overall record and 1-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears dropped a 70-67 game at University of Oregon on Thursday, despite shooting 74-percent (14-of-19) from the floor in the first half. Center Timea Ivanyi buried 8-of-8 field goal attempts for 17 points before fouling out and Nihan Anaz tallied a game-high 22 points against the Ducks. Both Ivanyi and Anaz lead the squad in scoring with 9.7 points per game. Leigh Gregory adds 9.5 points and a team-high 4.8 rebounds. The balanced squad has five players averaging at least 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.

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

                           OSU	CALPoints per game	         55.6	61.7Points allowed per game	57.2	65.8Field goal percentage	38.1	39.83-pt field goal percent	22.1	31.6Free throw percentage	64.8	64.5Rebounds per game	         38.1	37.2Assists per game	         13.9	16.0Steals per game	         7.9	7.9

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. 6 STANFORD: Hollye Chapman's game-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting weren't enough, as No. 6 ranked Stanford University survived with a 62-51 victory against Oregon State on Thursday night. The Beavers recorded their best field goal shooting night of the season, hitting 49-percent (23-for-47) from the field, but Stanford used an 18 to 1 advantage in scoring at the free throw line to secure the victory. For the game, the Cardinal buried 18-of-21 from the stripe compared to just a 1-for-3 clip for the Beavers. Chapman's layup at the 8:48 mark of the second half pulled OSU within two points (48-46) but sophomore Chelsea Trotter scored seven straight points to lead Stanford's 16-5 game-closing run. The Beavers tied the game at 23 when Leilani Estavan hit a 3-pointer with five minutes left in the first half. The Cardinal answered with a 7-0 run and held a 34-27 lead at the break.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 20 ARIZONA: No. 20 ranked University of Arizona rolled to a 72-44 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 4. 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 1,600 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.

FIRST TO 20: Junior Hollye Chapman tallied a season-high 22 points on 10-of-13 (77-percent) shooting against No. 6 Stanford on Thursday. The 6-2 post is the first Beaver player to surpass the 20-point barrier this season. Chapman has scored 20-plus points four times in her career.

FREE THROW FIGURES: In Thursday's game against No. 6 Stanford University, Oregon State managed to hit just 1-of-3 free throw attempts while the Cardinal buried 18-of-21 shots from the charity stripe. On the season, Beaver opponents have made 202-of-302 free throws compared to only 138-of-213 attempts by OSU.

FINDING THE RANGE: Oregon State had its best shooting game of the season on Thursday night against No. 6 Stanford. The Beavers buried 23-of-47 field goals for 49-percent in the contest. Strangely enough, OSU's top four shooting performances of the season have all been in a losing effort.

HAVEN'T SEEN THIS FOR A WHILE: Oregon State is in the midst of a four-game losing streak - its first in nearly two years. The Beavers lost six games in a row from Jan. 27-Feb. 15, 2001.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 12 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Beaver post Brina Chaney has been held scoreless in two straight games...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 33...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 15 3-point field goals....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...Oregon State is just 1-4 in games which it shoots 40-percent from the field or higher.

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 101 blocked shots in her career. The 6-5 post needs 15 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 377 career assists. Estavan needs 45 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 54 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 71 of their last 112 (.634) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 87-45 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 102-112 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 200-180 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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