Women's Basketball Meets No. 6 Stanford On Saturday

Feb. 7, 2003

PALO ALTO, Calif. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FACES No. 6 STANFORD; BEAVERS AND CARDINAL MEET SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. IN MAPLES PAVILION

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

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (12-9 overall; 6-6 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (3.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

No. 6 STANFORD CARDINAL (18-2 overall; 10-1 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, So., (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg)
G #33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 5-11, So., (9.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
F #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Jr., (17.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, So.,(8.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #44 Azella Perryman, 6-1, So., (10.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT No. 6 STANFORD: No. 6 ranked Stanford University enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with an 18-2 overall record and a 10-1 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 11-0 in Palo Alto this season and has won 22 straight games in Maples Pavilion. Junior All-American Nicole Powell is leading the squad with 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Powell made her first appearance in the starting line-up last week against California. The balanced Cardinal attack has three players averaging double figures for scoring and seven players scoring at least seven points per game. Stanford entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+12.5) and free throw percentage (.784). The Cardinal routed University of Oregon, 85-54, on Thursday night. Stanford had five players reach double figures in scoring against the Ducks and shot 56-percent from the field for the game.

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 a 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. Freshman guard Mandy Close had her streak of 18 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup broken on Thursday night at California, after suffering a sprained elbow in practice. Close came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Bears. Sophomore guard Juleen Smith has missed six consecutive contests while nursing an ongoing hamstring injury. She did not make the trip to the Bay Area and her return to the lineup is questionable for the remainder of the season. The 5-5 speedster has now missed 10 games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: University of California jumped to an early lead and Oregon State could never fully recover as the Bears recorded a 70-55 victory on Thursday night in Haas Pavilion. Cal spurted to an 8-0 advantage and eventually a 22-9 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first half. OSU reeled off 16 straight points and Michelle Smith's 3-point field goal gave the Beavers a 25-22 lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Beaver advantage was short-lived however, as Cal closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room. OSU would get no closer for the rest of the contest and the Bears led by as many as 19 points with just over one-minute remaining. Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season against California with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Casey Bunn, making her first career start, reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Jessica Jones led the Beavers with a career-high six assists. Four Cal players reached double figures in scoring, led by Timea Ivanyi's 15 points and seven boards.

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.

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior post Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds at California on Thursday. The double-double was the second for Chaney against the Golden Bears this season and her fifth overall on the year. OSU has had a player record a double-double in three consecutive games.

MAKING THE DISH: Sophomore guard Jessica Jones dished out a career-high six assists in 32 minutes of action at California on Thursday. Jones has started 17 games on the year for the Beavers and ranks third on the squad in assists with 41. Her 26.2 minutes played per game also ranks third on the team.

WORKING HARD: Freshman guard Casey Bunn made her first career start for the Beavers at California on Thursday. Bunn reached double figures in scoring for the third consecutive game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Bears. The Stayton, OR native is coming off 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 6-0 guard recorded her second consecutive double-double with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona State on Feb. 1. Bunn is shooting a team-high 51-percent (59-for-115) from the field on the season. She ranks fifth on the squad in scoring with 7.0 points and fourth in rebounding with 4.0 boards per game.

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.

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 2-7 in games played outside of the friendly confines of Gill.

ROAD WOES CONTINUE: Oregon State has been outscored 607-495 in its nine road games on the season - an average of 12.4 points per outing.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Casey Bunn has reached double figures in scoring in three straight games...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...Oregon State is 11-2 in games which it shoots better than its opponent...Oregon State is just 1-5 when losing the battle of the boards...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 49 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 entered 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.

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 119 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 10 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 49 stuffs on the year rank 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 417 career assists. Estavan needs five 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 61 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 107-114 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 205-182 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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