Women's Basketball Meets Arkansas On Friday At LMU Tournament

Nov. 27, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SPENDS THANKSGIVING IN LOS ANGELES; BEAVERS FACE ARKANSAS ON FRIDAY IN OPENING ROUND OF LOYOLA MARYMOUNT TOURNAMENT

Friday, Nov. 28, 2003
OSU vs Arkansas
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Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003
OSU vs LMU or Providence
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OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-1 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (13.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, Jr., (2.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (9.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 bpg.)

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS (2-0 overall)
G #21 Rochelle Vaughn, 5-9, So., (6.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #22 April Seggebruch, 5-10, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #20 Shameka Christon, 6-1, Sr., (25.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #33 Sarah Pfeifer, 6-0, So., (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
C #45 Katrina Nesby, 6-4, Sr., (5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARKANSAS: University of Arkansas enters Friday's opening round game at the Loyola Marymount Tournament with a perfect 2-0 record. The Lady Razorbacks have picked up victories against Wichita State and Rice on the season. Senior forward Shameka Christon is averaging 25.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. Christon has taken 40 shots from the field in two games - nearly half of Arkansas' field goal attempts. The Lady 'Backs have used just nine players on the year and are averaging 73 points per game.

BEAVERS AND LADY RAZORBACKS SERIES NUMBERS: Friday's meeting between Oregon State and Arkansas is the first in program history for both squads.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the weekend stacked up statistically with Arkansas:

	                OSU	ARKPoints per game	        66.0	73.0Points allowed per game	54.7	59.0Field goal percentage	41.0	42.53-pt field goal percent	39.6	34.8Free throw percentage	67.4	67.9Rebounds per game	39.0	45.0Assists per game	15.0	13.0Steals per game	        11.0	10.5

THE REST OF THE TOURNEY FIELD: Loyola Marymount University will host Providence College in the second game of Friday's tournament action. Both teams bring a 1-1 record into the match-up. Kristen Quinn leads the Friars in scoring, averaging 15 points per game, while Gayle Nwafili leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards per outing. Kate Murray, from Portland, OR, leads Loyola Marymount in scoring with 14.5 points per game. Oregon State has never faced Providence College and the Beavers hold a 1-0 all-time record against LMU after topping the Lions (65-58) on Nov. 9, 2001 in the opening round of the WNIT.

TOURNEY TIES: Oregon State assistant coach Todd Corman served as head coach at Loyola Marymount University for 10 seasons from 1985-95. During his time at LMU, Corman became the schools all-time winningest coach with a 98-179 record. Current Lion head coach Judy Wilhoit has surpassed Corman to become the winningest coach in program history.

LOOKING BACK AT TULANE: Sophomore guard Anita Rivera scored a career-high 15 points, but Oregon State could not overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and dropped a 73-58 game at Tulane University on Tuesday. Rivera buried four 3-pointers in the contest, including a half-court shot to end the first half, but Tulane forced 13 first half turnovers en route to an insurmountable lead. Leilani Estavan added 11 points and three assists, but didn't hit a shot from the field until seven minutes remaining in the game. Tulane had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Lakethia Hampton's 23 points and eight rebounds. The Green Wave hit 21-of-24 free throw attempts on the night, while Oregon State managed just a 6-for-9 clip from the line.

HOT SHOT: Sophomore guard Anita Rivera led the Beavers with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Tulane University on Tuesday. Rivera buried 4-of-6 3-point field goal attempts including a shot from half-court at the halftime buzzer. The 6-0 guard also recorded a career-high 17 minutes played against the Green Wave and appeared in the starting line-up to open the second half.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Oregon State has won the battle of the boards in all three contests this season. The Beavers are averaging 39.0 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 33.3 boards. OSU finished the 2002-03 season with a 12-5 record when out-rebounding the opposition, but the Beavers were just 2-9 in games where they lost the battle of the boards.

ROUGH ROAD: Oregon State enters Friday's game against Arkansas looking to break a nine-game road losing streak. The Beavers dropped eight games in a row away from Gill Coliseum to close out the 2002-03 season. OSU's last victory away from Corvallis was a 65-62 win against Washington State in Pullman on Jan. 23, 2003.

BIG WIN: Oregon State's 72-38 season opening victory against Utah Valley State College marked the 400th win in OSU program history. The 34-point margin of victory for the Beavers was their largest since knocking off UCLA by a score of 77-36 on Jan. 24, 2002.

HOME WINNING STREAK: Oregon State currently holds a nine-game home winning streak - its longest since winning 10 straight games in Gill Coliseum at the end of the 1984-85 season and beginning of the 1985-86 season. The Beavers' last loss in Gill Coliseum came at the hands of the No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Jan. 9, 2003.

FIVE IN EIGHT: Oregon State is playing a total of five games over an eight-day span to open the year.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney will be the go-to players for Oregon State on the season. All three athletes have seen action in 94 games for the Beavers. The trio needs to play in 28 games (OSU will play 27 regular season games before seeing action in the State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament) to break the all-time Oregon State games played mark. Here is a quick look at records that could be broken this season by the big three:

*Leilani Estavan needs just 78 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 471 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 26 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 151 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 844 points scored and looks to become just the 13th player in Oregon State program history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier.
1. Tanja Kostic (1993-96) - 2,349
2. Carol Menken (1979-81) - 2,243
3. Chelle Flamoe (1986-89) - 1,851
4. Juli Coleman (1982-85) - 1,840
5. Felicia Ragland (1999-02) - 1,803
6. Annette Mollerstrom (1993-95) - 1,582
7. Tina Lelas (1994-97) - 1,313
8. Judy Shannon (1991-92) - 1,148
9. Jan Martin (1980-83) - 1,145
10. Brenda Arbuckle (1984-87) - 1,085
11. Sonjiha Fleming (1990-93) - 1,060
12. Robyn Clark (1980-83) - 1,009
Hollye Chapman (2001-present) - 844

PRESEASON PAC-10 POLLS: Oregon State was tabbed to finish in eighth place in both the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll and Media Poll. Stanford was picked to repeat as conference champion. The Beavers have finished in the Pac-10's top-5 the past two years - despite being picked to finish seventh in the preseason polls. OSU has finished higher than selected in the preseason polls the past four seasons.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Senior guard Leilani Estavan has started every game for the Beavers over the last two seasons. Estavan also closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 73 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 80 of their last 121 (.661) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 96-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 240-126 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .656 percentage.

GAMETRACKER: The Oregon State athletics homepage - www.osubeavers.com - will feature Gametracker for every home women's basketball game during the season (including exhibition games). Gametracker allows fans to view up-to-the minute statistics for each contest.

ON THE BENCH: Assistant coach Todd Corman enters his third 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 holds the longest tenure on staff, returning for her fourth year at OSU and serving as director of recruiting. Heath Alexander enters his second year as an assistant coach after spending the 2001-02 season as director of operations. Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, returns for her second year as operations director.

HEAD COACH Judy Spoelstra: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 112-121 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 210-189 overall record in 15 seasons 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. In September, Spoelstra was inducted into the Montana State University Hall of Fame as part of the 1992-93 MSU women's basketball team that won the Big Sky Championship.

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