Women's Basketball Battles Fresno State Monday In WNIT Second Round

March 23, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO FRESNO STATE FOR WNIT SECOND ROUND; BEAVERS AND BULLDOGS SQUARE-OFF ON MONDAY AT 7 P.M.

Monday, Mar. 24, 2003
OSU at Fresno State
7 p.m. PST, Fresno, CA
(Selland Arena)
(Second Round - WNIT)
Radio broadcast on KEJO 1240

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (15-14 overall; 8-10 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr., (11.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.7 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (4.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #40 MichelleSmith , 5-11, Sr., (4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (20-12 overall; 11-7 WAC)
G #10 Lindsay Logan, 5-6, Sr., (11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg)
G #5 Chanie Sutherland, 5-8, Jr., (1.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
G #24 Tiffany Simon, 5-9, Sr., (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #00 Java Johnson, 5-11, Jr., (6.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
C #45 Mindy Clark, 6-4, Jr., (2.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

BEAVERS IN THE WNIT: Oregon State is making its third consecutive appearance in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, and its fifth appearance overall. The Beavers picked up their first postseason win since the 1995 campaign with a 62-50 victory against University of Hawaii on Mar. 14, 2002. Oregon State won the tournament championship in both the 1980 and 1982 seasons. Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra was a member of the 1982 squad that finished with a 20-8 record.

A GLANCE AT FRESNO STATE: Fresno State enters Saturday's second round WNIT game with a 20-12 overall record and an 11-7 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs, who are making their first postseason appearance since the 1990 WNIT, knocked off Santa Clara University 87-72 on Friday in the tourney's opening round. Six FSU players scored in double figures and the Bulldogs hit a season-high 13 3-pointers in the contest. Omelogo Udeze leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.9 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Lindsay Logan is the only other player that averages double figures in scoring for the Bulldogs, with 11.6 points per outing. Fresno State averages 65.5 points per game while holding its opponents to 64.3 points. The Bulldogs hold a 44.0-38.1 rebounding advantage against the opposition.

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

                        OSU     FSUPoints per game         60.1    65.5Points allowed per game 61.4    64.3Field goal percentage   41.2    38.03-pt field goal percent 27.3    30.0Free throw percentage   67.1    68.8Rebounds per game       36.6    44.0Assists per game        14.5    13.2Steals per game          7.1     9.0

BEAVERS AND BULLDOGS SERIES NUMBERS: The all-time series between Oregon State and Fresno State is tied at 3-3. The Beavers and Bulldogs last played each other on Nov. 29, 1991 with OSU recording an 80-61 victory at the Reno Wolfpack Invite.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State has an 8-2 all-time record in WNIT and a 2-2 mark under the direction of head coach Judy Spoelstra. OSU went undefeated and won the tournament championship in 1980 and 1982. Teams from the Pacific-10 Conference hold a 33-18 (.647) overall record in WNIT games and Pac-10 teams have won five WNIT titles. Fellow Pac-10 squad Arizona State defeated University of Hawaii in its first round game and will travel to Baylor University for a second round contest.

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 UNLV: Oregon State cruised to a 77-58 victory against UNLV in Friday's opening round game of the WNIT. The Beavers jumped out to an early 9-0 advantage and rolled to a 17-2 lead with 11:49 on the clock. UNLV missed its first 11 field goal attempts and failed to score from the field over an eight-minute stretch. Beaver posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman recorded their ninth and seventh double-doubles, respectively, with 15 minutes left in the game. Chaney matched her career-high with 18 points and finished with 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards in the first half. Chapman added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Leilani Estavan had 17 points and five dishes. Freshman Casey Bunn chipped in 10 points. OSU shot 51-percent (31-for-61) from the field while UNLV connected on just 36-percent (20-for-55) of its field goals. The victory improved Oregon State's record in Gill Coliseum to 13-2 on the season - tying the school record for victories in a single year.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 22 ARIZONA: No. 6 seeded Oregon State dropped its first round game in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to No. 3 seed University of Arizona by a score of 70-56 on Mar. 8. OSU used hot shooting to open up a 10-5 lead but the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run over a five-minute stretch to pull in front 15-12 and never trailed for the remainder of the contest. Both teams shot 52-percent from the field in the first half with Arizona taking a 36-26 lead into the locker room. The Beavers would get no closer than within seven points (40-33) when Jessica Jones hit a 3-pointer with 16:17 remaining. Jones finished with 12 points in the contest on 5-of-9 shooting while senior Michelle Smith added 12 points and five rebounds, including four offensive boards. Fellow senior Kristina Rukstelyte hit 4-of-6 shots for a season-high 10 points, to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes. The Beaver seniors accounted for nearly half of the team's points and one-third of the rebounds. OSU shot 39-percent for the game while UA hit 44-percent from the field and held a 21-10 advantage at the free throw line.

ALL-PAC-10 HONORS: Three Oregon State players received 2002-03 All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition for their efforts on the season. Junior guard Leilani Estavan earned first team All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in her career after garnering honorable mention accolades last season. Estavan currently leads the Beavers in assists (4.7 apg.), steals (1.9 spg.) and minutes played (34.3 mpg.). Junior post Hollye Chapman garnered honorable mention recognition for the first time in her career after leading the Beavers in scoring (12.0 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.502). Guard Casey Bunn earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and currently ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.1 rpg.) and fourth in scoring (6.5 ppg.).

MARCH MADNESS: Oregon State holds a 40-51 all-time record in games played during the month of March, dating back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers hold a 6-17 record in March under the direction of Judy Spoelstra.

HOME SWEET HOME: Oregon State's first round WNIT victory against UNLV on Friday improved the Beavers' record to 13-2 in Gill Coliseum on the year - matching the school record for home wins (13) that was originally set in 1994-95. The win also marked the seventh straight for the Beavers in Corvallis.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Oregon State has lost seven consecutive games outside of the friendly confines on Gill Coliseum. The Beavers picked up their last road victory two months ago, when they knocked off Washington State University, 65-62, in Pullman, WA. OSU has been outscored, 75.7-55.1 in its last seven losses away from Corvallis.

EXACT OPPOSITES: Oregon State boasts a 13-2 record in games played at Gill Coliseum on the season but the Beavers are just 2-12 in games played outside of Corvallis. The following list shows how Oregon State fares statistically in games played in Gill Coliseum versus games played on the road:

                   HOME    ROADPoints per game         64.9    55.0Points allowed per game 53.1    70.4Field goal percentage   44.2    37.8Opp. field goal percent 33.8    45.8Free throw percentage   68.2    65.7Rebounds per game       39.1    34.0Assists per game        16.7    12.1Steals per game          7.7     6.4

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 138 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 six 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 five different contests this season. Her 68 stuffs on the year rank third on the OSU single-season chart. Junior guard Leilani Estavan ranks in 3rd place for assists in the OSU record book. The 5-7 guard has 450 career assists. Estavan needs just five dishes to climb up the ladder to 2nd place on the all-time list and pass Margy Becker's (1979-82) total of 454. The Los Angeles, CA native 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 69 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 78 of their last 119 (.655) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last nine seasons OSU is 94-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 238-124 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 110-119 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 208-187 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 three consecutive 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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