Women's Basketball Faces California On Monday

Dec. 28, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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Monday, Dec. 29, 2003
OSU at California
7 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA
(Haas Pavilion)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-4 overall; 0-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (32.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (8-2 overall; 1-0 Pac-10)
G #1 Nihan Anaz, 5-9, Sr., (15.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Jr., (9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, Jr., (12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #33 LaTasha O'Keith, 5-7, Sr., (8.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #10 Olga Volkova, 6-4, Sr., (4.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters Monday's game against Oregon State with an 8-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are off to their best start in 11 years and enter the contest on a five-game winning streak. Cal's 61-57 victory against No. 22 Oregon on Saturday marked the first time in eight years that the Bears have won their Pac-10 opener. Senior guard Nihan Anaz led all players with 17 points against the Ducks, while Leigh Gregory pulled down 11 rebounds. Cal held a 43-33 rebounding advantage in the game. Anaz leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game, while Gregory adds 12.1 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. The high-scoring Bears are averaging 70.1 points per outing compared to their opponents' 61.0 points. Cal is a perfect 7-0 on the season in games played in Berkeley.

BEAVERS AND GOLDEN BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 26-19. The Beavers have won seven of the last 10 meetings, but Cal has won five of the last seven games played in Berkeley, including last season's 70-55 decision on Feb. 6, 2003. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 10-6 against California.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: University of California jumped out to an early lead and Oregon State could never fully recover as the Bears recorded a 70-55 victory on Feb. 6, 2003 in Haas Pavilion. Cal spurted to an 8-0 advantage and eventually a 22-9 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first half. OSU reeled off 16 straight points and Michelle Smith's 3-point field goal gave the Beavers a 25-22 lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Beaver advantage was short-lived however, as Cal closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room. OSU would get no closer for the rest of the contest and the Bears led by as many as 19 points with just over one-minute remaining. Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season against California with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Making her first career start, Casey Bunn, reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Jessica Jones led the Beavers with a career-high six assists. Four Cal players reached double figures in scoring, led by Timea Ivanyi's 15 points and seven boards.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Monday's game stacked up statistically with California:

	                 OSU	CALPoints per game	        64.2	70.1Points allowed per game	60.0	61.0Field goal percentage	44.0	46.53-pt field goal percent	39.1	33.1Free throw percentage	68.4	70.4Rebounds per game	35.3	35.5Assists per game	16.3	14.9Steals per game	         9.0	11.2

LOOKING BACK AT No. 9 STANFORD: Junior transfer Shannon Howell made her first appearance in a Beaver uniform a memorable one, leading all players with 32 points on 10-of-24 field goals, but Oregon State dropped Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference opener to No. 9 Stanford by an 88-65 margin. Both squads exchanged baskets to open the game but the Cardinal capitalized on a 20-0 run over a six-minute span to take a 28-7 advantage and never looked back. Oregon State scored six straight points to close out the half but Stanford went into the lockerroom with a 49-26 lead. Howell became the first OSU player since Felicia Ragland in 2001 to score 32 points in a game - 24 of which came in the second half. Senior guard Leilani Estavan's two assists helped her become the first player in Oregon State history to score 900 points and dish out 500 assists in her career. The balanced Stanford attack saw five players reach double figures in scoring with Sebnem Kimyacioglu's 24 points leading the way. All-American Nicole Powell missed the game while recovering from a sprained ankle. Stanford held a commanding 47-22 rebounding edge.

LOOKING BACK AT CINCINNATI: Senior guard Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Oregon State past University of Cincinnati, 61-55, on Dec. 19. Estavan buried 8-of-14 field goals and 4-of-5 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to lead OSU to its third straight victory away from Gill Coliseum. The loss marked the first time in seven years that Cincinnati had dropped back-to-back games in Fifth Third Arena. OSU continued its torrid shooting, connecting on 23-of-43 field goals for 54-percent while the Bearcats shot just 38-percent from the field. Sophomore guard Ebony Young tallied the best game of her career with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and four assists in 21 minutes before leaving the contest with an injured knee. Krystal Turner added 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who were held without an offensive board in the opening half.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Leilani Estavan garnered Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honors for Dec. 15-21. The Los Angeles, CA, native averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds as the Beavers upset No. 19 Utah and knocked off University of Cincinnati. Estavan scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and dished out a season-high seven assists against the Utes on Dec. 16. In Oregon State's road victory on Dec. 19 at Cincinnati, she scored a career-high 25 points with eight coming in the final 2:22 to seal the victory. The Player of the Week honor is the first of Estavan's career and marks the 49th all-time selection for Oregon State.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Ebony Young will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during the second half of the Dec. 19 game at Cincinnati. Sophomore guards Anita Rivera and Casey Bunn continue to rest injuries but are expected to return to the line-up next week against the Los Angeles schools. Rivera continues to recover from a sprained knee suffered against Arkansas on Nov. 28, while Bunn is resting a sprained foot that flared up against the Lady Razorbacks.

THE SECRET WEAPON: Junior transfer Shannon Howell became eligible for game action on Dec. 24 - one week earlier than expected. Howell, a 5-9 guard, buried 10-of-24 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws for a career-best 32 points in 33 minutes of action against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday. A two-year starter at University of Nebraska, Howell's previous career-high in scoring was 18 points. Howell's 32 points during her Beaver debut were the most points scored since OSU All-American guard Felicia Ragland poured in 32 points against Arizona State in 2001.

STREAKS COME TO AN END: Oregon State had its three-game road winning streak snapped against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal also held a commanding rebounding edge (47-22) in the contest, marking the second straight game that the Beavers have lost the battle of the boards. The Beavers were held under 50-percent shooting from the field for the first time in five games after hitting just 37-percent of their shots against the Cardinal.

SHE DOES IT ALL: With two assists against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday, senior guard Leilani Estavan became the first player in Oregon State history to dish out 500 assists and score 900 points in her career. Estavan enters Monday's game against California with 500 career assists - just 49 dishes shy of the school record - and 908 points scored.

DID YOU KNOW: Stanford's 88 points scored against Oregon State in Saturday's Pac-10 opener were the most points allowed by the Beavers since the Cardinal recorded an 89-67 victory against OSU on Feb. 9, 2002.

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 101 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 49 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 500 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 12 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 165 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 921 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) - 921
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 908

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 80 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 81 of their last 123 (.659) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 97-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 244-128 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 116-124 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 214-192 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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