Women's Basketball Meets Portland State Wednesday

Dec. 2, 2003


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Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003
OSU at Portland State
7 p.m. PST, Portland, OR
(Stott Center)

G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, Jr., (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 bpg.)

G #3 Heidi Stuart, 5-9, Jr., (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #11 Jane Gowans, 5-9, Sr., (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #4 Jenna Washington, 6-1, So., (4.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #14 Tiffanie Ward, 5-11, So., (5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #30 Sarah Hedgepeth, 6-0, Sr., (14.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT PORTLAND STATE: Portland State University enters Wednesday's game against Oregon State with a 1-3 record. The Vikings earned their first win of the season on Saturday when they knocked off Morgan State University (74-55) in the consolation game of the Alaska-Fairbanks Tournament. Wednesday's tilt with OSU will be the home opener for the Vikings. Senior forward Sarah Hedgepeth is one of three PSU players averaging double figures in scoring, boasting 14.8 points per game to go along with 10.0 rebounds per contest. Jane Gowans and Heidi Stuart are averaging 13.5 and 13.3 points per game, respectively. As a team, Portland State is shooting 44-percent from the field compared to its opponents' 38-percent clip. The Vikings also hold a 42.5-34.8 rebounding edge against the opposition.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: According to Beaver records that date back to the 1976-77 season, Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 22-6. The Beavers have won six straight, with PSU's last victory coming during the 1989-90 campaign (83-74). The Vikings have won two of the last four games played in Portland.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST PORTLAND STATE: A big second half propelled Oregon State to a 60-43 victory against Portland State University on Dec. 7, 2002. The Beavers outscored the Vikings, 37-17 in the final 20 minutes after going into the locker room trailing by three points (26-23). Leilani Estavan led all players with 18 points and dished out a game-high six assists. Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Casey Bunn added nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field. Oregon State hit 41-percent of its field goal attempts in the game while holding Portland State to just 33-percent shooting from the floor, including a 17-percent clip in the second half.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with Portland State:

	                OSU	PSUPoints per game	         61.6	64.5Points allowed per game	54.4	69.5Field goal percentage	38.6	44.03-pt field goal percent	36.3	26.5Free throw percentage	68.1	72.9Rebounds per game	         40.0	42.5Assists per game	         15.0	12.5Steals per game	         10.4	7.3

COINCIDENTAL: Oregon State heads into Wednesday's game against Portland State with a 3-2 overall record. The Beavers boasted a 3-2 mark before facing the Vikings on Dec. 7, 2002 and earning a 60-43 victory.

LOOKING BACK AT ARKANSAS: Sophomore guard Casey Bunn finished with 15 points and nine rebounds but Oregon State was unable to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit and dropped its Friday night game against University of Arkansas, 58-50, in the opening round of the Furama Thanksgiving Classic. The Lady Razorbacks led from start to finish in the contest and held a commanding 30-17 rebounding edge in the opening half. OSU fought back to outscore UA by a 30-26 clip in the second frame and tied the battle of the boards at 46 each. Oregon State's 'big three' - Leilani Estavan, Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman - were held to just 6-of-30 shooting from the field. Senior Shameka Christon led the Lady 'Backs with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

LOOKING BACK AT PROVIDENCE: Senior post Krystal Turner poured in a career-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Mandy Close added a career-best 16 points to lead Oregon State past Providence College, 60-50, in Saturday's consolation final of the Furama Thanksgiving Classic. The duo combined for 18 of Oregon State's 23 first half points and helped the Beavers break a 10-game road losing streak, dating back to Jan. 23, 2003. Turner recorded her second career double-double and finished the game connecting on 8-of-10 field goals, while Close added three assists and two blocked shots to her 16 points. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points to go along with four dishes. OSU hit 40-percent of field goals for the game compared to Providence's 33-percent clip from the field.

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES: Senior Krystal Turner earned All-Tournament honors at the Furama Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend. The 6-2 post buried 10-of-13 shots (77-percent) from the field for 23 points and led the Beavers with 15 rebounds in OSU's two tournament games. Turner led the Beavers past Providence College in the tourney's consolation final, scoring a career-high 17 points (8-of-10 shooting) and pulling down a career-best 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Anita Rivera missed the Providence College game on Saturday after spraining her right knee in the second half of Friday's tournament opener against University of Arkansas. Rivera, who missed 20 games last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Portland State and will undergo an MRI later this week. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn did not play in Saturday's game against Providence while resting a sprained foot and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Vikings. Redshirt freshman guard Tarika Campbell is expected to be cleared to practice this week after undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season. Campbell sat out the 2002-03 campaign while recovering from knee surgery.

NAS NUMBERS: Over the last three games, senior post Krystal Turner is averaging 9.7 points on 13-of-17 shooting (77-percent). Nas - Turner's nickname, which is short for her middle name Nastasia - has grabbed 19 rebounds (6.3 rpg.) in the stretch and ranks second on the squad with five assists. Her .667 field goal percentage (16-of-24) on the season ranks as the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while her 8-for-10 shooting against Providence on Saturday ranks as the second-best shooting performance this season in the Pac-10.

CLOSE CALL: Sophomore guard Mandy Close tallied a career-best 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while pulling down four rebounds, dishing out three assists and blocking two shots against Providence College on Saturday. The Bozeman, MT, native currently ranks third on the team in scoring with 7.8 points per game and her 4.2 rebounds per outing ranks fourth on the squad. Close's 12 offensive rebounds are the second-most on the team.

THE STREAK IS OVER: Oregon State's 60-50 victory against Providence College on Saturday at the Furama Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles, broke a 10-game road losing streak for the Beavers. OSU had not won a contest outside of Corvallis since a 65-62 victory against Washington State in Pullman on Jan. 23, 2003. The 10-game losing streak was Oregon State's longest since an 11-game road slide in 1999.

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.

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 69 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.

1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 480 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 21 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.

1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 156 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 855 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) - 855

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 75 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 241-127 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .655 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 113-122 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 211-190 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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