Women's Basketball Looks For Weekend Sweep

Jan. 31, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR ITS FIRST PAC-10 SWEEP; BEAVERS HOST ARIZONA STATE ON SATURDAY

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

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (11-8 overall; 5-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (11.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (12-7 overall; 4-6 Pac-10)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, So., (9.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.5 apg)
G #22 Jill Noe, 5-10, Fr., (15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #30 Carrie Buckner, 5-9, So., (7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #32 Amy Denson, 6-1, Fr.,(11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
F #54 Kristen Kovesdy, 6-3, Fr., (11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters Saturday's game at Oregon State with a 12-7 overall record and 4-6 Pac-10 mark. The Sun Devils have lost three of their last four games and boast just a 1-4 record in conference road tilts. Three players reached double figures in scoring in ASU's 68-52 loss at Oregon on Thursday, but the Sun Devils committed 23 turnovers compared to just 15 by the Ducks. A pair of Oregon products led ASU to victory against rival Arizona last Thursday, 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 15.0 points per game and is shooting 43-percent from the field and 82-percent from the free throw line. Another Oregon product, Amy Denson of Crater High, averages 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while post Kristen Kovesdy also adds 11.1 points and 6.5 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).

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

                        OSU     ASUPoints per game	        58.2    67.8Points allowed per game 57.8    62.4Field goal percentage   40.2    41.73-pt field goal percent 26.0    33.9Free throw percentage   65.3    69.1Rebounds per game       37.6    37.4Assists per game        14.9    16.1Steals per game         7.6     10.9

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 ASU 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 four consecutive contests while nursing an ongoing hamstring injury. Her return to the lineup is questionable for the remainder of the season. The 5-5 speedster has now missed eight games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 24 ARIZONA: Leilani Estavan had 20 points, nine assists and six steals as Oregon State knocked off No. 24 Arizona 71-65 in overtime Thursday night. The victory was the first for OSU against a ranked opponent since defeating No. 22 Arizona State on Mar. 3, 2001. The win also marked the third straight for the Beavers against the Wildcats in Corvallis. Hollye Chapman buried 8-of-10 field goals and pulled down 11 rebounds for her sixth career double-double, while freshman Casey Bunn had her first double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Freshman Shawntinice Polk led Arizona with 18 points and 11 rebounds. OSU trailed by six points (29-23) at the half but scored eight straight points to open the second frame. The back and forth second half saw neither team lead by more than five points. Oregon State finished the game shooting 48-percent from the field while Arizona hit 45-percent of its shots.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: It was all Washington, as the Huskies rolled to a 82-56 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 25 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 Jan. 23. 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.

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.

BIG WIN: Oregon State's 71-65 overtime victory against No. 24 Arizona on Thursday night marked the first time the Beavers had topped a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 22 Arizona State on Mar. 3, 2001. Oregon State's 71 points against the Wildcats were the most for the Beavers this season. OSU's previous high-scoring game was 70 points in a 83-70 loss at Portland on Nov. 26. The Beavers suffered their worst loss of the season in Tucson earlier this year when the Wildcats ran away with a 72-44 victory.

GOOD THINGS COME IN TWOS: Junior post Hollye Chapman buried 8-of-10 field goals, including a perfect 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range, and pulled down 11 rebounds against No. 24 Arizona on Thursday. The double-double was the sixth of Chapman's career and her third this season. The Oregon City grad is shooting a team-best 41-percent (23-of-56) from 3-point range and has reached double figures in scoring in 11 games this season. Freshman Casey Bunn knocked down 6-of-8 field goals for 14 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, for her first career double-double. Bunn is shooting 50-percent (48-for-97) on the season - leading all the Beaver guards and ranking third best on the team. The Stayton, OR product is averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds over the last four games. On the year she averages 6.4 points and 3.7rebounds.

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 Jan. 25. The 5-7 guard followed that performance with 20 points, nine assists and six steals, while committing just one turnover against No. 24 Arizona on Thursday. Estavan has reached double figures in scoring in five straight games and in a team-high 13 contests on the year. Estavan currently ranks tied for first on the squad in scoring with 11.6 points per game. Her 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals lead the team.

HOME SWAT HOME: Junior post Brina Chaney has amassed 47 blocked shots on the season, 36 of which have come in games played in Corvallis. On the year, 54 of Oregon State's 81 blocked shots have occurred on Ralph Miller Court.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 17 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 50...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 23 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 five consecutive games...Oregon State is 10-2 in games which it shoots better than its opponent...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 46 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 4th place in the OSU record book for blocked shots with 117 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 12 more swats to move into sole possession of 3rd place in the record book and pass Tanya Mothershed's (1982-85) total of 128. Chaney has tallied five or most blocks in four different contests this season. Her 47 stuffs on the year are tied for fifth on the OSU single-season chart. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in 8th place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 410 career assists. Estavan needs 12 dishes to climb up the ladder to 7th place on the all-time list and pass Chelle Flamoe's (1986-89) total of 421. Estavan has tallied nine assists in two different contests this season.

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 59 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 74 of their last 115 (.643) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 90-45 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 106-113 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 204-181 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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