Women's Basketball Battles Washington On Saturday

Jan. 24, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO GARNER FOURTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY; BEAVERS FACE WASHINGTON IN SEATTLE ON SATURDAY

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 (10-7 overall; 4-4 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (14-3 overall; 6-2 Pac-10)
(statistics as of Wednesday, Jan. 22)

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: University of Washington enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 14-3 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies have won five of their last six games and 13 of their last 15. UW boasts a perfect 8-0 record in Bank of America Arena. Washington ran away with a 79-60 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday night. UW led by just two points at halftime but outscored the Ducks, 45-28 over the final 20 minutes, helped in part by 29 points from senior Loree Payne. The balanced Huskies entered the week with 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. Payne, Washington's all-time 3-point leader, hits for 13.6 points per game and leads the team with 40 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.

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

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

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 did not make the trip to play the Washington schools this week. Smith missed last Saturday's game against Oregon while resting an injured hamstring. The 5-5 speedster has now missed six games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore guard Jessica Jones buried four free throws in the final 13 seconds as Oregon State escaped with a 65-62 victory at Washington State on Thursday. The Cougars led by as many as 10 points (45-35) with 10:38 remaining in the game but the Beavers battled back to eventually knot the score at 49 behind a 3-pointer by Jones, who finished with a career-high 13 points and matched her career-best with seven rebounds. Hollye Chapman scored 10 of her 16 points in the final 3:28 and gave the Beavers the lead for good after converting an old-fashion 3-point play with just under one-minute in the game. All-told, the Cougars held the lead in the contest for 35 minutes and 50 seconds, but OSU had the advantage when the final buzzer sounded. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring for Oregon State with 12 points and dished out six assists. Bianca McCall led all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds for WSU. The loss was the 40th consecutive for the Cougars.

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 on Jan. 18. 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.

LOOKING FOR FOUR: Oregon State is hoping to win its fourth consecutive game for the first time since the Beavers reeled off a five-game winning streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 3 of 2001. OSU has won four consecutive Pac-10 games on three occasions since Judy Spoelstra took the helm for the 1995-96 season.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES': Sophomore guard Jessica Jones buried four free throws in the final 13 seconds to help OSU hold on for a 65-62 victory at Washington State on Thursday. Jones buried 3-of-6 field goal attempts, including a trio of 3-pointers, en route to a career-high 13 points against the Cougars. The Brush Prairie, WA, native also matched her career-best with seven rebounds and blocked the first shot of her career against the Cougs.

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 on Jan. 18. 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 44 blocked shots on the year. The 6-5 post has tallied five or more swats in four different games.

CHAPMAN FILE: 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 on Jan. 18. Chapman also dished out a career-high eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds in 38 minutes, to lead the Beavers past the Ducks. The Oregon City grad finished with a team-high 16 points, including 10 in the final 3:30, at Washington State on Thursday. Chapman has led the team in scoring in five games this season.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 15 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 47...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 20 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 44...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...The Beavers entered the week ranked 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 44-percent during Pac-10 games...The Beavers have not won four consecutive games since February of 2001.

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 114 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 two 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 399 career assists. Estavan needs 23 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 57 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 105-112 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 203-180 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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