Women's Basketball Opens Second Half Of Pac-10 Play

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Jan. 28, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY; BEAVERS RETURN HOME TO HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003
Arizona at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003
Arizona State at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-8 overall; 4-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (11.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

No. 24 ARIZONA WILDCATS (13-5 overall; 6-3 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, So., (16.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G #13 Amy Grzyb, 5-7, Jr., (12.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.2 apg.)
G #20 Julie Brase, 5-10, Sr., (7.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg.)
F #35 Krista Warren, 6-2, Sr.,(11.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Fr., (17.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.1 apg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (12-6 overall; 4-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, So., (8.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.4 apg)
G #22 Jill Noe, 5-10, Fr., (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.3 apg.)
G #30 Carrie Buckner, 5-9, So., (7.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #32 Amy Denson, 6-1, Fr.,(11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #54 Kristen Kovesdy, 6-3, Fr., (11.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: No. 24 ranked University of Arizona enters the week with a 13-5 overall record and 6-3 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats dropped a 73-58 decision at rival Arizona State last Thursday before rebounding with a 62-55 victory at Wisconsin on Sunday. Arizona played against the Badgers without starting guard Amy Grzyb who was ill. Grzyb, who averages 12.4 points and 4.2 assists is probable for Thursday's game at OSU. Redshirt freshman standout Shawntinice Polk averages a double-double with 17.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game to lead the team. Polkey, who leads the Pac-10 with 13 double-doubles on the year, also averages 3.1 assists per outing. Three other Wildcat players average double figures in scoring with sophomore Dee-Dee Wheeler next on the list at 16.8 points per game. Grzyb adds 12.4 points while forward Krista Warren contributes 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. All three of Arizona's Pac-10 losses have come on the road. The Wildcats lead the conference in scoring offense (76.4) and field goal percentage (.495).

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

                            OSU    UA     ASUPoints per game	         57.4   76.4   68.7Points allowed per game	57.4   65.9   62.1Field goal percentage	39.8   49.5   41.93-pt field goal percent	24.8   37.3   33.0Free throw percentage	65.2   59.4   69.5Rebounds per game	         37.7   40.3   37.7Assists per game	         14.6   19.0   16.3Steals per game	         7.5    7.9    11.2

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: With its dominating victory against OSU earlier this season, Arizona has regained the all-time series lead at 18-17. Oregon State has won three of the last four games in the series but the Wildcats have won nine of the last 12 meetings. The Beavers have won two in a row in Gill Coliseum against Arizona. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 5-10 against the Wildcats, but is 4-4 in games played in Corvallis.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST 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.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters Thursday's game at University of Oregon with a 12-6 overall record and 4-5 Pac-10 mark. The Sun Devils broke a two-game conference losing streak with a 73-58 upset victory of rival Arizona last Thursday. A pair of Oregon products led ASU to victory against UA, as freshman Jill Noe of Wilsonville High School had 22 points and seven rebounds against the Wildcats and Corvallis product Carrie Buckner recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. Noe leads the squad in scoring with 15.4 points per game and is shooting 44-percent from the field and 83-percent from the free throw line. Another Oregon product, Amy Denson of Crater High, averages 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while post Kristen Kovesdy adds 11.0 points and 6.6 boards. The youthful ASU squad starts three freshmen and two sophomores and has only one senior on its roster. The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds per game (15.78).

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 18-17, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The two teams split the last two seasons' meetings, with each squad earning victories on its home court. ASU has won nine of the last 12 games in the series but OSU has won two of the last four. Oregon State has won three consecutive games in Gill Coliseum. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has a 7-8 record against the Sun Devils.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST 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 then 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.

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 has missed three consecutive contests while nursing an ongoing hamstring injury and is questionable for this week's action. The 5-5 speedster has now missed seven games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: It was all Washington, as the Huskies rolled to a 82-56 victory against Oregon State on Saturday night in front of 5,964 fans at Bank of America Arena. UW led by as many as 29 points (68-39) with 8:03 remaining and held a 43-21 halftime advantage. Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 24 points for the Beavers on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 4-of-9 clip from 3-point range. Brina Chaney added eight points and Kristina Rukstelyte had four points and a team-high five rebounds. Four Husky players reached double figures in scoring with Emily Autrey and Giuliana Mendiola finishing with 13 each. Mendiola also dished out a career-high 13 assists. UW held a 43-26 rebounding advantage.

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.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has swept the home series with the Arizona schools in two straight seasons.

SECOND HALF START: Oregon State opens the second half of the Pac-10 schedule on Thursday against No. 24 Arizona. The Beavers have won three of their last four games to open the second round of conference action.

NATIONAL TV TROUBLE: After Saturday's loss at University of Washington, Oregon State falls to 0-2 on the year in games televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. The Beavers have been outscored by a combined 54 points in the two national t.v. outings.

FILL GILL: Tickets for Saturday's game against Arizona State can be purchased at the door for $1. Game-time is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

GOOD POINT: Junior Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 4-of-9 clip from 3-point range at University of Washington last Saturday. The 5-7 guard has reached double figures in scoring in four straight games and in 12 contests on the year. Estavan currently ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.1 points per game and her 4.9 assists lead the team and rank second in the Pac-10.

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 Jan. 23. 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. Jones has made 13 consecutive appearances in the OSU starting and ranks third on the team in assists with 31.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 16 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 49...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...Leilani Estavan has reached double figures in scoring in four consecutive games...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 44 on the year and ranks 13th in the nation with 2.5 swats 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 32nd in the nation for scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 57.4 points per game.

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 a tie for 6th place in the OSU record book for blocked shots with 115 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 one swat to move into sole possession of 5th place in the record book and pass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87). 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 401 career assists. Estavan needs 21 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 58 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 105-113 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 203-181 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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