Women's Basketball Puts Winning Streak On The Line At California

Feb. 4, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK; BEAVERS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA SCHOOLS

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003
OSU at California
7 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA
(Haas Pavilion)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003
OSU at No. 6 Stanford
2 p.m. PST, Palo Alto, CA
(Maples Pavilion)
Radio broadcast on KEJO 1240

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (12-8 overall; 6-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.5 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, 2.4 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (7-12 overall; 3-7 Pac-10)
G #1 Nihan Anaz, 5-9, Jr., (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, So., (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, So., (8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #23 Amber White, 6-0, Sr.,(2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #53 Timea Ivanyi, 6-4, Jr., (9.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

No. 6 STANFORD CARDINAL (17-2 overall; 9-1 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, So., (10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg)
G #24 Susan King, 5-7, So., (7.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Jr., (18.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, So.,(8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #44 Azella Perryman, 6-1, So., (10.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California brings a 7-12 overall record and 3-7 Pac-10 mark into Thursday's game against Oregon State. The Golden Bears lost a pair of games against Stanford last week but nearly knocked off the Cardinal in Berkeley (53-50). Cal topped UCLA, 69-61, in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 26. Junior post Timea Ivanyi and junior guard Nihan Anaz are tied for the team lead in scoring with 9.9 points per game. Leigh Gregory paces the squad in rebounding with 4.9 boards per game. As a team, California averages 59.9 points per game compared to its opponents' clip of 66.5 points. Five of Cal's seven wins on the season have come in Haas Pavilion.

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

                        OSU     CAL     STANPoints per game         58.8    59.9    71.6Points allowed per game 57.2    66.5    59.1Field goal percentage   40.7    38.8    44.33-pt field goal percent 25.9    29.6    36.0Free throw percentage   65.2    65.6    78.4Rebounds per game       37.9    37.3    40.6Assists per game        14.7    15.3    15.3Steals per game          7.5     8.2     6.6

BEAVERS AND GOLDEN BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 26-18. The Beavers have won seven of the last nine meetings, including three straight. Cal has won four of the last six games played in Berkeley. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 10-5 against California.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: Oregon State rolled to a 68-37 victory against University of California at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 11. OSU opened the second half on a 16-0 run and Cal missed its first 12 shots of the frame, failing to score until the 11:49 mark. Ten different Beaver players scored on the night, led by Brina Chaney's 13 points and game-high 13 rebounds. The double-double was the seventh of Chaney's career. The 6-5 post also had four blocked shots in 26 minutes of action. Hollye Chapman finished with 12 points and three blocks, while Leilani Estavan had 12 points, six rebounds and a season-high nine assists. Senior Michelle Smith buried 3-of-4 field goals for a season-high seven points. As a team, Oregon State had its best shooting night of the season to date, knocking down 30-of-58 shots for 52-percent. The Bears shot just 14-percent in the second half and finished the game with an 11-of-51 clip for 22-percent. OSU held a 40-34 rebounding edge. Former Beaver guard Felicia Ragland (1999-02) had her No. 34 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony.

A GLANCE AT No. 6 STANFORD: No. 6 ranked Stanford University enters the week with a 17-2 overall record and a 9-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Cardinal had its 28-game Pac-10 winning streak broken by USC on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Stanford is a perfect 10-0 in Palo Alto this season and has won 21 straight games in Maples Pavilion. Junior All-American Nicole Powell is leading the squad with 18.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Powell made her first appearance in the starting line-up last week against California. The balanced Cardinal attack has four players averaging double figures for scoring and seven players scoring at least seven points per game. Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+12.5) and free throw percentage (.784).

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 29-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford, but the Cardinal have won four straight since the Beaver victory. Oregon State has never won in Maples Pavilion, boasting an 0-17 record in Palo Alto. Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra is just 1-15 against Stanford.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST 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 Jan. 9. The Beavers recorded their best to date 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.

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 five 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 nine games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State used a huge second half to roll past Arizona State University, 70-45, on Feb. 1. After trailing 29-28 early in the second frame, the Beavers used a 15-2 run over a six-minute span to take command of the contest. ASU hit just one field goal over an 11-minute stretch in the half and shot just 19-percent from the field. OSU connected on 14-of-25 field goals for 56-percent shooting and finished the game with a 50-percent clip. Junior post Hollye Chapman matched her season-high with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Beavers. Freshman Casey Bunn registered her second consecutive double-double with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Leilani Estavan added nine points, all in the second half, and five assists. Wilsonville High grad Jill Noe led the Sun Devils with 12 points.

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 Jan. 30. 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.

IT'S A SWEEP: With its victories against No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30 and Arizona State on Feb. 1, Oregon State recorded its first Pac-10 sweep of the season. The Beavers have now swept the home series with the Arizona schools in three straight years.

WINNING BIG: Oregon State's 71-65 overtime victory against No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30 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 followed the Thursday night victory with a 70-45 thumping of Arizona State on Feb. 1. The win marked the first time on the season that the Beavers have broken the 70-point barrier in back-to-back games.

CHAPMAN CHAT: Junior post Hollye Chapman buried 17-of-24 field goals (71-percent) and 4-of-5 3-point field goals (80-percent) in last week's games against the Arizona schools. The Oregon City grad recorded her sixth career double-double with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds in OSU's upset victory against No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30. Chapman led all players with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds against Arizona State on Feb. 1. Chapman is leads the Beavers in scoring with 12.2 points per game and 3-point field goal percentage with a 41-percent clip.

BUNN IS BIG TIME: Freshman guard Casey Bunn had a huge weekend against the Arizona schools. Bunn knocked down 6-of-8 field goals for 14 points and pulled down a then career-high 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, for her first career double-double against No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30. The Stayton, OR native recorded her second consecutive double-double with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona State on Feb. 1. Bunn is shooting 51-percent (54-for-107) on the season - leading all the Beaver guards and ranking third best on the team. Bunn is averaging 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last five games. On the year she ranks fifth on the squad in scoring and rebounding with 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds.

ON A ROLL: Oregon State has won five of its last six Pacific-10 Conference games. During the stretch, the Beavers have averaged 66.2 points per game compared to their opponents' 57.0 points. OSU has shot 47-percent from the field in the six games compared to the oppositions 36-percent. Three Beaver players have averaged double figures in scoring, led by Leilani Estavan's 15.3 points. Freshman Casey Bunn is leading the team in rebounding with 7.2 boards

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Oregon State has a 10-2 record in Gill Coliseum on the year and the Beavers have won four straight contests in Corvallis. Conversely, OSU is just 2-6 in games played outside of the friendly confines of Gill.

HOME VS. AWAY: How Oregon State fares statistically in games played in Gill Coliseum versus games played on the road:

                        HOME    ROADPoints per game         61.2    55.0Points allowed per game 50.5    67.1Field goal percentage   43.2    36.9Opp. field goal percent 32.8    43.3Free throw percentage   65.6    64.5Rebounds per game       39.2    35.9Assists per game        15.7    13.3Steals per game         7.9      6.8

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Mandy Close has made 18 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 53...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 24 3-point field goals....Oregon State is a perfect 8-0 when it leads at the half...The Beavers are 0-4 when tied at the half...Casey Bunn has recorded two consecutive double-doubles...Oregon State is 11-2 in games which it shoots better than its opponent...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 47 on the year and ranks 20th in the nation with 2.4 swats per game...Oregon State has blocked seven or more shots in five games this season...The Beavers enter the week ranked 1st in the Pac-10 and 28th in the nation for scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 57.2 points per game...Oregon State has not won back-to-back road games since sweeping the Washington schools to close out the 2001-02 regular season (Feb. 21 & 23).

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 415 career assists. Estavan needs seven 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 60 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 75 of their last 116 (.647) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 91-45 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 107-113 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 205-181 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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