Women's Basketball Meets WSU In Regular Season Home Finale On Saturday

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Feb. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WRAPS UP HOME CAMPAIGN AGAINST WSU ON SATURDAY; BEAVERS RIDE FIVE-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK

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

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (13-11 overall; 7-8 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, Fr., (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (4.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (12.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (1-23 overall; 1-15 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, So., (9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg)
G #21 Lindsey Egeland, 5-9, Jr., (6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #35 Bianca McCall, 6-1, Jr., (12.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #42 Jami Clevenger, 6-0, So.,(3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
C #44 Candace Fields, 6-2, Jr., (7.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State brings a 1-23 overall record and 1-15 Pacific-10 Conference mark into Saturday's game with Oregon State. The Cougars are coming off a 85-52 loss at University of Oregon on Thursday. Four WSU players reached double figures in scoring with Holly Harris' 13 points leading the way. Washington State 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 12.8 points and 7.9 boards per outing. Sophomore guard Jessica Perry adds 9.1 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 29 games. The Cougars average 55.5 points per game while their opponents score 78.6 points.

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

                        OSU     WSUPoints per game         59.8    55.5Points allowed per game 59.9    78.6Field goal percentage   41.1    37.03-pt field goal percent 27.4    29.6Free throw percentage   66.1    62.4Rebounds per game       37.0    35.1Assists per game        14.5    10.4Steals per game          7.2     7.7

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 nine 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 13 games on the season due to the hamstring injury. Athletic trainer Kelli Eberlein reported her own injury of a sprained thumb after scoring 17,836 points on Tetris.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 23 WASHINGTON: It was all Oregon State as the Beavers put up their highest scoring total since 1998 en route to a 100-86 upset victory against No. 23 Washington on Thursday. The Beavers were on fire from the start, scoring 10 of their first 13 times down the court and shooting a season-high 20-of-30 (67-percent) in the first half. OSU took a commanding 52-30 lead into the locker room at the break. The 52 points were more than the Beavers had scored in seven games this season. Four different OSU players reached double figures in scoring with Hollye Chapman connecting on 8-of-11 shots to match her season-best with 22 points. Sophomore guard Jessica Jones had a career night, finishing with a career-best 20 points and career-high seven assists. Senior guard Michelle Smith also posted the best game in her four seasons with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Brina Chaney finished with 16 points. OSU finished the game shooting a season-best 59-percent while the Huskies shot 48-percent from the field. Oregon State reached the century mark for the ninth time in school history and for the first time since a 100-54 victory against Eastern Washington on Nov. 27, 1998.

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.

GOOD TIMING: Senior guard Michelle Smith posted the best game of her career on Thursday night against No. 23 Washington. Smith buried 7-of-12 field goals, including 5-of-6 3-pointers, to finish with a career-high 19 points against the Huskies. Smith also pulled down three rebounds and dished out an assist in 25 minutes of action. The Amanda, OH native scored 11 consecutive points over a three-minute stretch in the closing minutes of the first half, allowing the Beavers to pull ahead by 25 points. In her four years at Oregon State, Smith has reached double figures in scoring on six occasions - with all six coming in games played in Corvallis.

BIG NIGHT: Sophomore guard Jessica Jones had a career night against No. 23 Washington on Thursday. The Brush Prairie, WA native canned 5-of-7 field goals and knocked down 9-of-10 free throws to finish with a career-high 20 points. Jones also dished out a career-best seven assists in 33 minutes of action. Jones buried seven free throws in the final two minutes against the Huskies. A starter in 19 games on the season, Jones averages 4.2 points and 2.1 assists per game.

HOME SWEET HOME: Oregon State boasts a n11-2 record in Gill Coliseum on the year and the Beavers have won five 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 GILL FIGURES: Oregon State is guaranteed to have its best record in Gill Coliseum this season since finishing the 1995-96 campaign with an 11-1 (.917) mark in Corvallis - 1995-96 was the last time the Beavers made the NCAA Tournament.

MORE GILL FIGURES2: In its five consecutive victories in Gill Coliseum, Oregon State has outscored its opponent by an average of 18.4 points per game. Four Beaver players are averaging double figures in scoring during the stretch, led by Hollye Chapman's 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. As a team the Beavers are shooting a whopping 53-percent from the floor compared to their opponents' 35-percent clip. Oregon State has averaged 75.2 points per game while giving up just 56.8 points over the five games.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State has scored at least 100 points in nine different games in program history, dating back to 1976-77. The Beavers have tallied 100-plus points five times in Gill Coliseum and their last three century mark outings have occurred in Corvallis.

THAT'S A LOT OF POINTS: Oregon State's 100 points scored against No. 23 Washington on Thursday were the most scored by the Beavers since topping Eastern Washington University (100-54) on Nov. 27, 1998. The 86 points scored by the Huskies on Thursday night were the most points allowed by OSU this season.

FAST FACT: Oregon State started the season with six consecutive victories in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers are riding a five-game home winning streak into Saturday's regular season finale in Corvallis.

SENIOR DAY: Oregon State will honor seniors Kristina Rukstelyte and Michelle Smith on Saturday prior to tip-off against Washington State. Rukstelyte has seen action in 90 games during her career, scoring 180 points and pulling down 167 rebounds. Smith has played in 103 games, making 17 starts for the Beavers. She has scored 305 points and her 46 3-point field goals rank in 8th place in the OSU career record book.

HOME FINALE: Oregon State has closed out the regular season home campaign with a pair of wins over the last three years. The Beavers have faced Washington State once before on senior day, with the Cougars earning a 75-63 victory on Feb. 18, 1989.

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 four consecutive appearances in the starting lineup...Forward Hollye Chapman ranks second on the team in assists with 62...Hollye Chapman has hit a team-high 27 3-point field goals...Oregon State is a perfect 9-0 when it leads at the half...The Beavers are 0-4 when tied at the half...Oregon State is 12-2 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 57 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 127 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 two 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 57 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 430 career assists. Estavan needs six 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 25 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 64 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 76 of their last 117 (.650) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 92-45 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 108-116 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 206-184 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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