Women's Basketball Hosts No. 21 Utah On Tuesday

Dec. 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK AFTER 10-DAY BREAK FOR FINALS; BEAVERS HOST No. 21 RANKED UTAH ON TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. IN GILL COLISEUM

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003
No. 21 Utah at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
RADIO BROADCAST ON THE INTERNET ONLY

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-3 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (11.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 bpg.)

No. 21 UTAH UTES (6-2 overall)
G #10 Shona Thorburn, 5-10, So., (13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #14 Kelsy Stireman, 5-7, Sr., (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #4 Kim Smith, 6-1, So., (17.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #30 Mandie Little, 6-0, Sr., (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
C #45 Carley Marshall, 6-2, Sr., (8.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT No. 21 UTAH: No. 21 ranked University of Utah enters Tuesday's game against Oregon State with a 6-2 overall record. The Utes are 4-0 against teams that are not ranked in the top-25. Utah won its 20th straight home game on Saturday when it topped Washington State by a score of 61-51. The Utes shot 43-percent from the field against the Cougars while WSU hit just 31-percent of its shots. Sophomore All-America candidate Kim Smith led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds. On the season, Smith leads the squad in scoring with 17.4 points per game, while adding 6.4 rebounds per contest. Fellow sophomore Shona Thorburn adds 13.3 points per game, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per outing. As a team, Utah is shooting 48-percent from the field and out-rebounding its opponents by a 34.5 to 31.3 margin.

BEAVERS AND UTES SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Utah, 5-4. The Utes have won the last two meetings between the squads by an average of eight points. The Beavers are 3-1 against Utah in games played at Gill Coliseum, but the Utes won the last meeting between the two squads in Corvallis by a 53-49 margin on Dec. 18, 2000.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UTAH: Poor field goal shooting doomed Oregon State as Utah outscored the Beavers 33-21 in the second half to pull away with a 58-46 victory at the Huntsman Center on Nov. 29, 2001. OSU went 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half and scoreless for an eight minute stretch in the second half, allowing the Utes to go on a 12-0 run and pull away for good. The Beavers managed just 32-percent (18-of-56) shooting in the game compared to Utah's 49-percent (18-for-43) clip. The Utes shot 20 more free throws than Oregon State, outscoring the Beavers 19-5 from the line. Senior Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 20 points and four steals. Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high eight assists and Hollye Chapman had nine points and four rebounds while making the second start of her career.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State entered the week stacked up statistically with No. 21 Utah:

OSU UtahPoints per game 63.6 69.1Points allowed per game 56.4 56.6Field goal percentage 42.0 47.73-pt field goal percent 37.4 41.8Free throw percentage 66.3 69.9Rebounds per game 38.4 34.5Assists per game 17.1 15.8Steals per game 9.7 8.4

SOMETHING WORTH SCHEDULING: Oregon State has reached postseason action in five of the nine years that the Beavers have scheduled a game against the University of Utah.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: Senior posts Hollye Chapman and Krystal Turner recorded their best games of the young season, but crisp passing and sharp shooting from beyond the 3-point line helped Southwest Missouri State garner a 71-69 victory on Dec. 6. With the win, the Lady Bears snapped the Beavers' nine-game home winning streak. Chapman buried 9-of-15 field goals for a season-best 23 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists to lead OSU, while Turner matched her career-high with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, grabbed nine boards and tallied a career-best five assists. Southwest Missouri State's Kari Koch led all players with 28 points, including a 6-for-9 clip from beyond the 3-point line. Oregon State shot a season-best 51-percent (30-for-59) from the floor and held a 34-26 rebounding edge, but SMS buried 11-of-22 shots from beyond the arc.

INJURY UPDATE: An MRI on sophomore guard Anita Rivera's right knee came back negative so the 6-0 guard is probable for action in Tuesday's game against Utah. Rivera missed three games after spraining her knee against University of Arkansas on Nov. 28. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Utah while resting a sprained foot. Bunn, OSU's third leading scorer, has missed two games this season while resting her foot.

SHE'S BACK: Redshirt freshman guard Tarika Campbell played in her first basketball game in two years when she entered the lineup against Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 6. Campbell, from Long Beach, CA, missed OSU's first six games of the season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The 5-8 guard redshirted the 2002-03 season while recovering from a torn ACL that occurred during a high school tournament in the summer of 2001. Campbell buried her first collegiate field goal attempt against the Lady Bears.

THE STREAK IS OVER: Oregon State had its nine-game home winning streak snapped by Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 6. The streak was OSU's longest since winning 10 straight games in Gill Coliseum at the end of the 1984-85 season and beginning of the 1985-86 season.

SWITCHING ROLES: Senior post Krystal Turner has made a major impact for the Beavers since moving into the starting lineup. The 6-2 Las Vegas native is averaging a double-double in the last three games as a starter, pulling down 10.0 rebounds per game and scoring 12.7 points per outing while shooting 68-percent (17-for-25) from the field. Fellow senior Hollye Chapman has raised her offensive numbers since coming off the bench in the last three outings. Chapman is averaging 15.7 points per game and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 55-percent from the field (18-for-33) and 75-percent from 3-point range (6-for-8).

20-POINT BARRIER: Senior post Hollye Chapman became the first Oregon State player to break the 20-point barrier in scoring on the season when she tallied 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting against Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 6. Prior to the SMS contest, the last time an OSU player totaled 20 or more points was Feb. 27, 2003 when Leilani Estavan finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting at UCLA.

DO YOU REMEMBER: Oregon State has shot 50-percent from the field or higher in back-to-back games on just three occasions during the last four seasons. The Beavers have shot 51-percent from the field in their last two games, prior to that, the most recent time Oregon State had hit the 50-percent mark in two straight contests was against California and Oregon in Jan. of 2003.

SULTAN OF SWAT: Senior post Brina Chaney has blocked at least two shots in every game this season. The 6-5 Bothell, WA, native currently ranks eighth on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time blocked shots list with 160 in her career. Just four Pac-10 players have blocked more than 200 shots in their career (Stefanie Kasperski, Lisa Leslie, Jenny Mowe, Val Whiting).

HAPPY AT HOME: Senior post Hollye Chapman is averaging nearly a double-double in Oregon State's three games at Gill Coliseum this season. Chapman leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game and rebounding with 9.3 boards per contest. She has also buried 5-of-10 3-point field goals on Ralph Miller Court.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State senior post Brina Chaney and senior guard Leilani Estavan have reached double figures in scoring a team-high four times this season.

STEALS STATISTIC: Oregon State is a perfect 4-0 on the year in games that Leilani Estavan leads the team in steals.

BE AHEAD AT THE HALF: Oregon State is a perfect 4-0 on the season when leading after the first 20 minutes of play. The Beavers are currently 0-3 in games which they trail at the break.

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 77 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 80 of their last 122 (.656) 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 242-128 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .654 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 114-123 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 212-191 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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