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Jan. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VISITS WASHINGTON SCHOOLS TO CLOSE-OUT FIRST HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY; BEAVERS BATTLE WSU ON THURSDAY IN PULLMAN

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003
OSU at Washington State
7 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
(Friel Court)
Radio broadcast on Internet only

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003
OSU at Washington
5 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)
Radio broadcast on Internet only
(TELEVISED LIVE ON FOX SPORTS NET)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-7 overall; 3-4 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (9.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.7 bpg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (0-15 overall; 0-7 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, So., (9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg)
G #14 Sarah Barrett, 5-9, Sr., (4.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #21 Lindsey Egeland, 5-9, Jr., (6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #15 Emma Joneby, 6-2, So.,(4.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #35 Bianca McCall, 6-1, Jr., (13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (13-3 overall; 5-2 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, Jr., (15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.6 apg)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, Sr., (13.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, So., (5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #23 Emily Autrey, 6-0, Sr.,(10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #3 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, Jr., (10.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with an 0-15 overall record. The Cougars are looking to break a 39-game losing streak and earn their first Pac-10 victory since Feb. 24, 2001 (beat Cal; 74-59) - a span of 28 straight games. Junior transfer Bianca McCall leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points per game and 8.5 boards. McCall has recorded two straight double-doubles and has five on the season. The 6-1 post notched a season-high 24 points against California last Saturday. Sophomore guard Jessica Perry leads the team in assists with 3.7 per game, to go along with 9.2 points. The Cougars are averaging 55.5 points on the season while allowing their opponents to score 79.3 per game. WSU is committing nearly seven more turnovers per outing than its opponent.

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

	                   OSU	WSU	UWPoints per game	         57.1	55.5	74.9Points allowed per game	55.6	79.3	66.4Field goal percentage	40.0	37.0	43.73-pt field goal percent	22.7	27.8	35.3Free throw percentage	65.3	60.2	72.7Rebounds per game	         38.2	35.3	36.6Assists per game	         14.7	10.5	18.6Steals per game	         7.6	8.9	9.5

BEAVERS AND COUGARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 26-15. The Beavers have won six straight against the Cougars. OSU has won three consecutive games in Pullman, but WSU leads the all-time series, 13-11, in the Palouse. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 10-4 record against Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State closed out the 2001-02 regular season with a 74-52 victory against Washington State University in Pullman, on Feb. 23. After a sluggish first half, the Beavers went into the locker room with a mere 35-30 lead. The Cougars never really threatened in the second half. After pulling within four points (40-36) at the 16:43 mark, Oregon State went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game and cruise to the 22-point victory, securing no less than a fourth place finish in the Pac-10. Five Beaver players reached double figures in scoring with senior guard Felicia Ragland's 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting leading the way. Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points while Juleen Smith added 12. Senior Ericka Cook poured in 10 points and blocked a pair of shots while Brina Chaney also contributed 10 points - all in the first half. Leilani Estavan led all players with eight assists and three steals.

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters Thursday night's game against University of Oregon with a 13-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Pac-10 before facing Oregon State on Friday. The Huskies have won four of their last five games and 12 of their last 14. UW boasts a perfect 7-0 record in Bank of America Arena. The balanced Huskies have four players averaging double figures for scoring, with junior Giuliana Mendiola's 15.4 points leading the way. Mendiola also leads the squad in rebounding and assists with 6.1 boards and 4.6 assists per outing. Senior Loree Payne, Washington's all-time 3-point leader, hits for 13.6 points per game and leads the team with 34 treys on the season. Posts Andrea Lalum and Emily Autrey add 10.9 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Ten different players on the Washington roster have made a 3-point field goal on the season. The Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 for free throw shooting with a .727 clip from the line.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 34-20. The Huskies and Beavers split last season's meetings with both squads winning on the others home court. Washington recorded a 74-58 victory in Corvallis on Dec. 30, 2001 and Oregon State upset the Huskies in overtime, 73-71, on Feb. 21, 2002 in Seattle. UW has won nine of the last 12 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 5-9 record against Washington.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON: Leilani Estavan sank an incredible shot from three feet beyond half-court at the end of regulation, to tie the game at 64 and then hit a running 10-footer to give Oregon State an upset 73-71 overtime victory at University of Washington on Feb. 21, 2002. The back-and-forth game saw 14 lead changes and 13 ties. The Beavers led by as many as eight points two times in the first half but went into the locker room with the game tied at 28. Loree Payne sank a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to give UW a 64-61 cushion but Estavan's half-court shot swished through the net as time expired, giving the Beavers new life in their fourth overtime game in six outings. Four Beavers reached double figures in scoring with Felicia Ragland's 25 points and six assists leading all players. Sophomore post Brina Chaney recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Estavan added 13 points. Senior Ericka Cook was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line, finishing with 10 points. The Beavers shot 51-percent from the floor while Washington hit just 35-percent of its field goal attempts. UW all-star post Andrea Lalum was sidelined with a severely sprained ankle in the opening minutes of action.

FAST FACT: Oregon State closed out the 2001-02 season with just its second road sweep of the Washington schools since joining the Pacific-10 Conference in 1986-87. The Beavers topped the Huskies, 73-71 in overtime on Feb. 21, 2002 and beat the Cougars, 74-52, on Feb. 23.

TV TIME: Saturday's 5 p.m. game at University of Washington will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net with Tod Pickett and Mary Murphy making the call.

INJURY UPDATE: Oregon State freshman guard Anita Rivera will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL in a collision during the Jan. 11 game against California. Rivera saw action in 10 games for OSU and averaged just over one rebound per outing. Sophomore guard Juleen Smith is questionable for this week's games against the Washington schools. Smith missed last Saturday's game against Oregon while resting an injured hamstring. The 5-5 speedster has now missed five games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Freshman Casey Bunn's career-high 20 points and nine rebounds led Oregon State to a commanding 67-51 victory against in-state rival University of Oregon last Saturday. The Civil War victory was the first in Corvallis for the Beavers since 1996 and the 16-point margin of victory was the largest for OSU against UO since the 1993-94 campaign. In a game of runs, the Beavers used a 13-0 run over a six-minute stretch in the middle of the second half to garner a 48-39 lead with 8:36 remaining. Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes knocked down a jumper to end the Ducks' scoring drought but OSU responded with a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach (61-42) with just under four minutes left. Oregon State tallied its best shooting game of the season with a 55-percent clip (27-of-49), including a scorching 72-percent (18-of-25) shooting in the second half. Oregon hit just 32-percent (19-of-60) for the game. Junior Hollye Chapman buried 7-of-10 shots for 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career-best eight assists. Leilani Estavan added 15 points and seven assists while Brina Chaney matched the OSU school single-game record with eight blocked shots. Brandi Davis led Oregon with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES: The Beavers boasted their highest home attendance figure of the season when 4,572 fans were in Gill Coliseum for last Saturday's Civil War. The attendance mark is the 12th highest in program history. Six of the top-12 attendance figures have come in games against Oregon.

IT'S RECORD TIME: Junior post Brina Chaney matched the Oregon State record for blocked shots in a single game when she had eight swats against Oregon last Saturday. Chaney shares the record with Sissel Pierce (1997-00), who tallied eight blocks against Arizona State on Feb. 4, 2000. Chaney currently leads the Pac-10 with 43 blocked shots on the year. The 6-5 post has tallied five or more swats in four different games.

ALL-AROUND GOOD: Junior Hollye Chapman posted her best all-around performance of the year when she buried 7-of-10 field goals for 16 points against Oregon last Saturday. Chapman also dished out a career-high eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds in 38 minutes, to lead the Beavers past the Ducks. On the season, Chapman is shooting .497 from the field and paces the Beavers with 11.4 points per game. Her .386 clip from 3-point range leads the squad, while her 43 assists rank second. Over the last three games, Chapman has buried 23-of-37 field goals (.622) and is averaging 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

HOT DOG: Freshman guard Casey Bunn led all players with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds in a career-most 25 minutes against Oregon last Saturday. Bunn ranks fifth on the Beaver squad for scoring with 6.0 points per game and her 3.2 rebounds per outing are fourth-best on the team. The Stayton, OR native is shooting 49-percent from the field on the year and has hit12-of-18 (.667) field goals in the last three games.

WAY TO SHOOT: Oregon State has posted three consecutive season-best shooting performances. In last Saturday's game against Oregon, the Beavers buried 27-of-49 field goals for a season-high 55-percent - the game marked the first time OSU had shot better than 50-percent from the field this year. Oregon State knocked down 18-of-25 field goals for 72-percent, in the second half against the Ducks.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 14 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 43...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 17 3-point field goals....Oregon State is 7-0 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...Brina Chaney's four double-doubles on the season rank in a tie for 5th in the Pac-10...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 43...Leilani Estavan entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assists with 5.00 per game...Oregon State has blocked seven or more shots in five games this season...Oregon State has blocked eight shots in two consecutive games...The Beavers rank 1st in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation for scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 55.6 points per game...OSU is shooting 40-percent from the field for the season and 45-percent during Pac-10 games...The Beavers have just a 1-5 record in road games on the year and are 0-2 on the road in Pac-10 games.

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 currently ranks in 7th place in the OSU record book for blocked shots with 113 in her career. Chaney tied the OSU school record for blocked shots in a single game with eight swats against Oregon on Jan. 18. The 6-5 post needs just three swats to move into 5th place in the record book and pass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87) total of 115. Chaney has tallied five or most blocks in four different contests this season. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in 8th place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 393 career assists. Estavan needs 29 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 56 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 73 of their last 114 (.640) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 89-45 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 104-112 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 202-180 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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