Women's Basketball Faces No. 22 Arizona In Pac-10 Tournament

March 4, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT AS No. 6 SEED; BEAVERS WILL FACE No. 3 SEED ARIZONA ON SATURDAY IN SAN JOSE, CA

Saturday, Mar. 8, 2003
No. 3 seed OSU vs No. 6 seed Arizona
1:15 p.m. PST, San Jose, CA
(HP Pavilion)
Radio broadcast on KRKT 990

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (14-13 overall; 8-10 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, Fr., (6.7 ppg, 4.2 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, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

No. 22 ARIZONA WILDCATS (20-7 overall; 13-5 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, So., (16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg)
G #13 Amy Grzyb, 5-7, Jr., (11.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #20 Julie Brase, 5-10, Sr., (6.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg.)
F #35 Krista Warren, 6-2, Sr.,(11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Fr., (17.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.7 apg.)

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. A list of seedings and the game times can be found on page three, below the final regular season standings. Oregon State earned the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed University of Arizona in tournament game four at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: No. 22 Arizona enters the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Wildcats tied for second place in the conference standings, but University of Washington received the No. 2 seed after boasting a better overall winning percentage. Arizona has four starters that average double figures in scoring. Freshman post Shawntinice Polk continues to average a double-double with a team-leading 17.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Dee-Dee Wheeler averages 16.7 points while Krista Warren and Aimee Gryzb add 11.4 and 11.1 points, respectively. UA is hitting 48-percent of its shots from the field and 34-percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats' one weakness may be their free throw shooting, where they hit just 63-percent. Arizona has won seven of its last eight games, including four straight, after dropping an overtime contest to Oregon State. The Wildcats topped No. 9 Stanford on Feb. 27 by a score of 79-64. As a team, Arizona is averaging 74.6 points per outing compared to its opponents' 63.6 clip.

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

                        OSU     UAPoints per game         59.7    74.6Points allowed per game 61.2    63.6Field goal percentage   40.8    48.13-pt field goal percent 27.2    34.3Free throw percentage   66.8    62.6Rebounds per game       36.6    39.9Assists per game        14.3    17.4Steals per game          7.1     8.4

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: With the regular season split between the two squads, Oregon State and Arizona are tied 18-18 in the all-time series. Oregon State has won four of the last five games in the series but the Wildcats have won nine of the last 13 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-10 against Arizona.

OSU AND No. 20 ARIZONA FIRST TIME OUT (JAN. 4): No. 20 ranked University of Arizona rolled to a 72-44 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 4. The Wildcats outscored the Beavers, 24-6, over the first 12 minutes of the game. A 7-0 run by Oregon State cut the Arizona halftime lead to 31-15. Fourteen of Arizona's first 16 points were layups as OSU turned the ball over 16 times before the break and finished the contest with a then season-high 27 miscues. The Beavers trailed by as many as 38 points with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, but went on a 16-6 run over to close out the contest. Freshman guard Mandy Close led OSU with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. All 12 Beaver players saw action in the game. Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte tallied a season-high eight rebounds and a career-best three steals in a career-high 24 minutes of action while freshman post Karen Vickery had a then career-high two points and five rebounds. Shawntinice (Polkey) Polk led four Wildcat players in double figures with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Arizona shot 55-percent from the field while Oregon State managed to hit just 32-percent of its shots. The Beavers held a 38-33 rebounding advantage, including a 21-11 edge on the offensive glass.

OSU AND No. 24 ARIZONA SECOND TIME OUT (JAN. 30): Leilani Estavan had 20 points, nine assists and six steals as Oregon State knocked off No. 24 Arizona 71-65 in overtime on 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.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State has a 1-1 all-time record in Pac-10 Tournament games. The No. 4 seeded Beavers knocked off No. 5 seed USC, 69-68, on Mar. 2, 2002 in the opening round of the inaugural women's tournament. OSU dropped its semi-final contest on Mar. 3, 2002, 71-55, to No. 1 seed Stanford University.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State boasts a 2-4 record against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. The Beavers recorded a 71-65 overtime victory of No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30 and then earned a 100-86 victory against No. 23 Washington on Feb. 20.

REMEMBER WHEN: Oregon State has knocked off two teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. The last time the Beavers topped a pair of ranked opponents in a single year was in 2000-01 when OSU beat Stanford and Arizona State. A victory against No. 22 Arizona on Saturday would mark the first time since 1994-95 that the Beavers had recorded three victories against Top 25 teams - Oregon State had four wins against the nation's elite during the 1994-95 campaign.

TOP 5: Oregon State finished the regular season in a tie for fifth place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. The Beavers' fifth place finish is their third best mark in Judy Spoelstra's eight years at the helm. OSU finished the 2001-02 campaign in a tie for fourth place. The Beavers had not finished in the conference's top 5 in back-to-back seasons since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 campaigns.

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 will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: In its ugliest game of the season, Oregon State dropped an 87-44 contest to wrap up regular season action at USC on Mar. 1. The Beavers were unable to get things going offensively and USC spurted to a 44-19 halftime advantage. The Women of Troy scored 20 points off 15 Beaver turnovers before intermission. USC led by as many as 48 points in the contest and finished the game with a 46-15 edge in points scored off turnovers. Hollye Chapman led the Beavers with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting while Leilani Estavan added 11 points. Four Women of Troy reached double figures in scoring led by Aisha Hollans' 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Hollans also dished out seven assists and tallied four steals. The 43-point loss was the 15th worst in program history and the largest this season for the Beavers.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Leilani Estavan's game-high 21 points weren't enough, as Oregon State dropped an 82-71 decision to UCLA on Feb. 27. Estavan buried nine of her first 10 shots from the field, but the Bruins had everyone contributing as six different players reached double figures in scoring. OSU kept the contest close in the early going but UCLA used a 10-0 run to take a 20-10 advantage with 11:51 left in the half. The Bruins went into the locker room with a 42-29 lead. The Beavers sliced into the lead in the second frame, helped in part by eight straight points from Estavan. Michelle Smith's lay-up with 13:43 remaining pulled the Beavers within four (50-46) but UCLA responded with six straight points to put the game out of reach. Freshman Casey Bunn recorded her third career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Hollye Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and added seven boards. UCLA tallied 17 steals in the contest and the Beavers committed 23 turnovers. Nikki Blue's 17 points, six assists, and four steals led the Bruins.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State attempts to break a six-game road losing streak on Saturday against No. 22 Arizona. Oregon State has been outscored by an average of 15.5 points per game in 13 road contests. The Beavers are also shooting just 38-percent from the field on the road compared to their opponents' 46-percent clip.

NEW ON NEUTRAL: Oregon State finished the 2002-03 regular season with a 12-2 record in games played in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers boasted just a 2-11 mark in games played outside of Corvallis and have yet to play on a neutral court.

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 132 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 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 62 stuffs on the year rank third on the OSU single-season chart. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in a tie for 4th place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 442 career assists. Estavan needs just eight dishes to climb up the ladder to 3rd place on the all-time list and pass Carol Sturzenegger's (1981-84) total of 449. The Los Angeles, CA native is only 13 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 67 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 109-118 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 207-186 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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