Women's Basketball Hosts Washington Schools

Feb. 18, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WASHINGTON SCHOOLS IN FINAL HOME WEEKEND OF REGULAR SEASON; SENIORS MICHELLE SMITH AND KRISTINA RUKSTELYTE WILL BE HONORED SATURDAY

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003
No. 23 Washington at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003
Washington State at OSU
12 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
Radio broadcast on KEJO 1240

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (12-11 overall; 6-8 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, Fr., (6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Fr., (4.0 ppg, 2.3 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., (8.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

No. 23 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (19-5 overall; 11-4 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, Jr., (17.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.4 apg)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, Sr., (14.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
G #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, So., (5.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #24 Kellie Dalan, 6-1, Sr.,(6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #3 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, Jr., (11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (1-22 overall; 1-14 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, So., (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg)
G #21 Lindsey Egeland, 5-9, Jr., (6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #12 Holly Harris, 6-2, Jr., (5.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
F #35 Bianca McCall, 6-1, Jr., (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #42 Jami Clevenger, 6-0, So.,(2.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

A GLANCE AT No. 23 WASHINGTON: No. 23 ranked Washington enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with a 19-5 overall record and 11-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies are coming off a 92-68 thumping of No. 6 Stanford on Feb. 13 in Seattle. Four players average double figures in scoring for UW. All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola leads the squad in scoring, rebounding, and assists. The junior guard averages 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Senior guard Loree Payne contributes 14.5 points, while Andrea Lalum and Emily Autrey add 11.1 and 10.8 points, respectively. The Huskies have buried 199 3-point field goals on the season and shoot 38-percent from beyond the arc. All 13 players on the roster have attempted at least one shot from 3-point range. UW's 77.2 points per game are the most for any team in the Pac-10. All five of Washington's losses have come on the road.

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

                        OSU     UW      WSUPoints per game         58.0    77.2    55.7Points allowed per game 58.8    66.4    78.3Field goal percentage   40.3    45.4    36.93-pt field goal percent 25.9    37.7    29.6Free throw percentage   64.9    73.9    61.6Rebounds per game       37.1    37.2    35.5Assists per game        14.0    18.8    10.1Steals per game          7.3     8.8     7.7

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 35-20. The Huskies and Beavers split last season's meetings with both squads winning on the others home court. UW has won 10 of the last 13 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 5-10 record against Washington.

LAST TIME OUT 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.

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State enters the week with a 1-22 overall record and 1-14 Pacific-10 Conference mark. WSU broke a 45-game losing streak after knocking off California, 67-64, on Feb. 13 in Pullman, WA. The win also marked the first conference victory for the Cougars since beating Cal on Feb. 24, 2001. Junior Bianca McCall leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.3 points and 8.1 boards per outing. Sophomore guard Jessica Perry adds 9.0 points and a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Washington State has not won a road game since topping University of Oregon, 77-76, on Feb. 15, 2001 - a span of 28 games. The Cougars average 55.7 points per game while their opponents score 78.3 points.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 27-15. The Beavers have won seven straight against the Cougars. OSU has won four consecutive games in Corvallis and 10 of the last 11. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has an 11-4 record against Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT 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.

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 eight consecutive contests while nursing an ongoing hamstring injury. Her return to the lineup is doubtful for the remainder of the season. The 5-5 speedster has now missed 12 games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Oregon State had three players reach double figures in scoring, but it wasn't enough as University of Oregon recorded the 68-58 Civil War victory on Feb. 15. The Beavers led 2-0 to open the contest but the Ducks corralled the advantage moments later and would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. OSU pulled within three points (61-58) behind Brina Chaney's baseline jumper with 1:55 remaining but failed to score again as UO hit seven free throws in the final 35 seconds to secure the victory. Junior guard Leilani Estavan led all players with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and dished out five assists. Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with 15 points and a team-leading nine rebounds, while Chaney added 10 points. Kedzie Gunderson led Oregon with 12 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in her return to the UO lineup. The Ducks held a 36-24 halftime lead.

LOW TO: Oregon State recorded its second lowest turnover total of the season with just 11 miscues at Oregon on Feb. 15. The Beavers had a season-low seven turnovers against Portland State on Dec. 7.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME: Oregon State boasts a 10-2 record in Gill Coliseum on the year and the Beavers have won four straight contests in Corvallis. OSU has recorded 10 or more wins in Gill Coliseum just six times in program history, dating back to 1978-79. Excluding the current season, the Beavers have recorded 10 wins twice, 11 wins three times and a school record 13 victories (13-2) in 1994-95.

MORE HOME COOKIN': In its four consecutive victories in Gill Coliseum, Oregon State has outscored its opponent by an average of 19.5 points per game. On the year the Beavers average 61.2 points per game in Corvallis compared to the oppositions' 50.5 points.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN: Oregon State enters the week with a 12-11 overall record. With four games remaining in the regular season, the Beavers need to win two contests to secure their third consecutive winning season.

SENIOR DAY: Oregon State will honor seniors Kristina Rukstelyte and Michelle Smith on Saturday prior to tip-off against Washington State. Entering the week Rukstelyte has seen action in 89 games during her career, scoring 176 points and pulling down 166 rebounds. Smith has played in 102 games, making 17 starts for the Beavers. She has scored 286 points and her 41 3-point field goals rank in 9th place in the OSU career record book.

WOMAN OF DISTINCTION: The U.S. Bank Women's Athletic Education and Leadership Brunch will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Valley Football Center on the campus of Oregon State University. Olympic gold medallist and former OSU soccer player Jill Bakken will be the keynote speaker at the brunch. Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra will also speak. Tickets for the brunch, which is being held in conjunction with National Women and Girls in Sports Day, are $10 for adults and $4 for children (high school and younger) and includes a general admission ticket to the women's basketball game against Washington State.

DID YOU KNOW: Freshman Casey Bunn has made three consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 57...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 26 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 1-6 when losing the battle of the boards...Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 55 on the year...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 47th in the nation for scoring defense, holding their opponents to 58.8 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 125 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 four 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 55 stuffs on the year rank third on the OSU single-season chart. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in 7th place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 423 career assists. Estavan needs 13 dishes to climb up the ladder to 6th place on the all-time list and pass A.J. Dionne's (1993-96) total of 435. The Los Angeles, CA native is only 32 assists away from ranking second in the Beaver record book. 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 63 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 107-116 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 205-184 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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