Women's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season In Los Angeles

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINISHES REGULAR SEASON ON THE ROAD IN LOS ANGELES; BEAVERS FACE UCLA ON THURSDAY AT 7 P.M.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003
OSU at UCLA
7 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(Pauley Pavilion)
Radio broadcast on INTERNET ONLY

Saturday, Mar. 1, 2003
OSU at USC
2 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(Sports Arena)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (14-11 overall; 8-8 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, Fr., (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (4.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

UCLA BRUINS (15-10 overall; 10-6 Pac-10)
G #1 Natalie Nakase, 5-2, Sr., (4.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G #20 Michelle Greco, 5-9, Sr., (19.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, Fr., (16.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, Jr., (6.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, Jr., (2.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

USC WOMEN OF TROY (12-15 overall; 7-9 Pac-10)
G #3 Rometra Craig, 5-10, Jr., (13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg)
G #21 Erin Young, 5-11, Sr., (2.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
G #24 Tiffany Hicks, 5-6, Jr., (2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, Jr., (15.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #33 Rachel Woodward, 6-1, So., (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with a 15-10 overall record and 10-6 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins have more than doubled their conference win total from last season and are looking for their first postseason appearance since 1999-00. Senior guard Michelle Greco leads the team and the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.4 points per game. Freshman guard Nikki Blue also averages double figures in scoring with 16.6 points per outing and leads the team with 3.4 assists per game. The high-scoring Bruins average 73.8 points per outing and lead the conference in turnover margin with a +6.48 average. UCLA averages a Pac-10 best 12.88 steals per game. The Bruins are 7-3 in games played in Pauley Pavilion this season.

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

                        OSU     UCLA    USCPoints per game         59.8    73.8    65.8Points allowed per game 59.4    67.7    66.3Field goal percentage   40.8    42.2    41.03-pt field goal percent 27.1    31.6    26.9Free throw percentage   66.3    70.9    68.3Rebounds per game       37.2    37.2    37.2Assists per game        14.5    14.4    14.7Steals per game          7.2    12.9    11.0

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 23-15. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 6-9 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won five of the last six outings, including two in a row in Pauley Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UCLA: Michelle Greco scored 29 points as UCLA rallied for a 58-54 victory against Oregon State on Dec. 29. The Beavers led for most of the contest but costly turnovers made it unable for them to pull away from the pesky Bruins. UCLA took its first lead of the game with 11:29 left in the second half and the Beavers went scoreless for a five-minute stretch near the end of the contest, allowing the Bruins to pull in front, 55-48 with only 41 seconds remaining. OSU had 26 miscues in the game that led to 22 UCLA points. Junior post Brina Chaney tallied her sixth career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-5 post also dished out a career-high four assists and matched her then career-best with six blocked shots. Leilani Estavan finished with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting while Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 boards. The victory ended a five-game slide for the Bruins against the Beavers. OSU shot a then season-best 44-percent (22-for-50) from the field.

A GLANCE AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California enters the week with a 12-15 overall record and 7-9 mark in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy had won six of seven games, including a victory against No. 6 Stanford in Los Angeles, before dropping their last three. Junior post Ebony Hoffman leads the squad with 15.8 points per game and 9.7 rebounds. Three other USC players average double figures in scoring. Junior Rometra Craig sits at 13.6 points and Aisha Hollans totals 12.4 points while pulling down 6.0 rebounds. Sophomore Rachel Woodward adds 10.0 points per outing. Guard Jessica Cheeks has left the team for the remainder of the season but will return next year. USC boasts a 7-4 record in games played at the Sports Arena with their lone home conference losses coming at the hands of Washington and Arizona. USC ranks second in the conference in steals per game with 11.1.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY SERIES NUMBERS: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 25-13, but the Beavers have won six of the last nine games, and two straight against the Women of Troy. The last four meetings between the squads have been decided by a combined nine points. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an all-time record of 8-8 against USC.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California had three shots in the final 10 seconds fall astray as Oregon State recorded a 63-61 victory in the Dec. 27 Pac-10 opener. The back-and-forth game saw 16 lead changes and nine ties - the last four meetings between OSU and USC have been decided by a combined nine points. Hollye Chapman's 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field led the Beavers. Leilani Estavan added 12 points and five assists while Brina Chaney amassed her fifth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. OSU won the battle of the boards, 46-37, and rallied from a 10-point first half deficit.

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES: The last four meetings between Oregon State and University of Southern California have been decided by a combined nine points. The Beavers have won two straight after USC swept the 2001-02 regular season meetings.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Oregon State has won its Pacific-10 Conference opener and finale, just one time in program history - the Beavers opened the 1994-95 conference campaign with a victory against USC and then topped the Women of Troy in the regular season finale. OSU looks to complete the 2002-03 season sweep of USC in Saturday's season finale.

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 10 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 14 games on the season due to the hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Seniors Michelle Smith and Kristina Rukstelyte closed out their four-year careers in Gill Coliseum on Feb. 22 with a 62-46 victory against Washington State. Smith led all players with 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Rukstelyte had a season-best eight points and five rebounds in her final game in Corvallis. The win marked the sixth consecutive victory for OSU in Corvallis, and 12th win of the season in Gill Coliseum - just one game short of the school record (13-2) set in 1994-95. WSU opened with a 4-3 lead but it was all Oregon State after that as the Beavers scored 13 consecutive points and never looked back. Junior guard Leilani Estavan added 12 points and a game-high five assists, while freshman post Karen Vickery added a career-best five points and four rebounds. All 10 OSU athletes that saw action in the contest scored.

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 Feb. 20. 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.

SENIOR SUCCESS: Senior guard Michelle Smith concluded her final home series of her four-year career with her two best games while at Oregon State. Smith led the Beavers in scoring over the weekend as OSU swept the Washington schools. In the two contests Smith averaged 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds - four times her season average for both scoring and rebounding. She also shot 41-percent from the field and buried 7-of-15 3-pointers for 47-percent. Smith buried 7-of-12 shots and 5-of-6 3-point field goal attempts for a career-high 19 points as OSU upset No. 23 Washington on Feb. 20. She also dished out an assist and pulled down three rebounds against the Huskies. Smith led all players with 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 34 minutes against Washington State on Feb. 22. Her 48 career 3-point field goals rank in 8th place in the OSU record book.

THAT'S A LOT OF POINTS: Oregon State's 100 points scored against No. 23 Washington on Feb. 20 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 were the most points allowed by OSU this season.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State attempts to break a four-game road losing streak on Thursday at UCLA. Oregon State has been outscored by an average of 13.3 points per game in 11 road contests. The Beavers are also shooting just 37-percent from the field on the road compared to their opponents' 44-percent clip.

FAST FACT: Oregon State enters the week with a 2-9 record in games played away from Gill Coliseum. The road mark is the worst for the Beavers since finishing the 1997-98 campaign with a 1-13 record outside of Corvallis.

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

                        HOME    ROADPoints per game         64.1    54.5Points allowed per game 52.7    67.8Field goal percentage   43.7    37.2Opp. field goal percent 33.7    44.2Free throw percentage   67.7    64.1Rebounds per game       39.0    34.8Assists per game        16.3    12.3Steals per game          7.7     6.5

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 3rd place in the OSU record book for blocked shots with 131 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 13 more swats to move into sole possession of 2nd place in the record book and pass Carol Menken's (1979-81) total of 143. Chaney has tallied five or most blocks in four different contests this season. Her 61 stuffs on the year rank third on the OSU single-season chart. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in a tie for 7th place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 435 career assists. Estavan needs just five dishes to climb up the ladder to 5th place on the all-time list and pass Izzy Maryntschak's (1988-91) total of 439. The Los Angeles, CA native is only 20 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 65 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 77 of their last 118 (.653) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 93-45 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 109-116 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 207-184 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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