Women's Basketball Hosts Los Angeles Schools

Dec. 31, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS; BEAVERS FACE UCLA ON FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE PLAYING NATIONAL TELEVISED GAME AGAINST USC ON SUNDAY

Friday Jan. 2, 2003
UCLA at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 am)

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2003
USC at OSU
12 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 am)
Television - Fox Net

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-4 overall; 1-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (22.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (11.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

UCLA BRUINS (5-5 overall; 0-1 Pac-10)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, So., (14.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.2 apg.)
G #45 Noelle Quinn, 6-0, Fr., (9.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, Sr., (7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #40 Lisa Willis, 5-11, So., (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
C #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, Sr., (1.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.9 apg.)

USC WOMEN OF TROY (4-5 overall; 1-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Rometra Craig, 5-10, Sr., (10.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #10 Jessica Cheeks, 5-9, Sr., (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Tiffany Hicks, 5-4, Sr., (2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #5 Megan Gnekow, 5-11, So., (8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, Sr., (15.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 5-5 overall record and 0-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins are coming off a 71-56 victory against No. 18 ranked Ohio State on Tuesday. UCLA shot a season-best 52-percent from the field against the Buckeyes as three players reached double figures in scoring with Lisa Willis' 17 points and six rebounds leading the way. Sophomore sensation Nikki Blue leads the team on the season with 14.9 points and 5.2 assists per game. Willis adds 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing, while freshman Noelle Quinn contributes 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.6 boards. UCLA is just 1-3 in games played away from Pauley Pavilion.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 24-15. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 6-10 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won five of the last seven outings. UCLA has won two straight games in the series.

DID YOU KNOW: UCLA was one of just two teams (Stanford) to beat Oregon State at Gill Coliseum during the 2002-03 season.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UCLA: Leilani Estavan's game-high 21 points weren't enough, as Oregon State dropped an 82-71 decision to UCLA on Feb. 27, 2003. Estavan buried nine of her first 10 shots from the field, but the Bruins had everyone contributing as six different players reached double figures in scoring. OSU kept the contest close in the early going but UCLA used a 10-0 run to take a 20-10 advantage with 11:51 left in the half. The Bruins went into the locker room with a 42-29 lead. The Beavers sliced into the lead in the second frame, helped in part by eight straight points from Estavan. Michelle Smith's lay-up with 13:43 remaining pulled the Beavers within four (50-46) but UCLA responded with six straight points to put the game out of reach. Casey Bunn recorded her third career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Hollye Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and added seven boards. UCLA tallied 17 steals in the contest and the Beavers committed 23 turnovers. Nikki Blue's 17 points, six assists, and four steals led the Bruins.

A GLANCE AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California enters the week with a 4-5 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Pac-10. Three of USC's losses on the season have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top-15, including a 72-69 loss against top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 7. Senior forward Ebony Hoffman leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points and 8.8 boards per game. Senior guards Jessica Cheeks and Rometra Craig are adding 11.7 and 10.8 points, respectively. USC is averaging 68.2 points per game, compared to its opponents' 66.4 clip. The Women of Troy have managed to hit just 62-percent of their free throws on the season, ranking last in the Pac-10.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY SERIES NUMBERS: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 26-13, but the Beavers have won six of the last 10 games. Until last season's dominating 87-44 victory by the Women of Troy, the previous four meetings between the squads had been decided by a combined nine points. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an all-time record of 8-9 against USC.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST USC: In its ugliest game of the season, Oregon State dropped an 87-44 contest to wrap up regular season action at USC on Mar. 1, 2003. The Beavers were unable to get things going offensively and USC spurted to a 44-19 halftime advantage. The Women of Troy scored 20 points off 15 Beaver turnovers before intermission. USC led by as many as 48 points in the contest and finished the game with a 46-15 edge in points scored off turnovers. Hollye Chapman led the Beavers with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting while Leilani Estavan added 11 points. Four Women of Troy reached double figures in scoring led by Aisha Hollans' 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The 43-point loss was the 15th worst in program history and the largest of the season for the Beavers.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with UCLA and USC:

	                 OSU	UCLA	USCPoints per game	        64.7	60.4	68.2Points allowed per game	60.6	59.6	66.4Field goal percentage	44.4	39.3	39.23-pt field goal percent	38.2	29.9	32.0Free throw percentage	68.4	63.8	62.1Rebounds per game	35.6	37.9	39.3Assists per game	16.3	13.1	14.3Steals per game	         8.8	11.9	11.8

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: Four players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State broke a seven-game Pacific-10 Conference road losing streak with a 70-67 victory against California on Monday. Hollye Chapman recorded her ninth career double-double with 18 points and a season-best 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jessica Jones sparked the Beaver offense, scoring eight straight points to help the OSU garner the lead for good with just over eight minutes remaining in the closely contested game. Jones finished with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while Shannon Howell added 12 points and Krystal Turner pitched in 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. California's Nihan Anaz led all players with 20 points. Oregon State held a commanding 39-28 rebounding edge.

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.

BALANCE IS BEAUTIFUL: Oregon State boasts a 6-1 record on the season in games that at least three Beaver players reach double figures in scoring. OSU's 70-67 victory against California on Tuesday marked the first time this season that four players reached double figures in scoring.

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 are expected to dress down for Oregon State's game against UCLA on Friday. Rivera has missed the last seven games while recovering from a sprained knee suffered against Arkansas on Nov. 28, while Bunn has missed six games while resting a sprained foot that flared up against the Lady Razorbacks.

QUICK HITS: Oregon State is 7-0 on the season when leading or tied at halftime...senior post Krystal Turner leads the Pacific-10 Conference with a .667 field goal percentage...senior post Brina Chaney leads the Pac-10 with 2.36 blocked shots per game...Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra earned career victory No. 200 when OSU topped USC in last season's Pac-10 opener...Shannon Howell buried her first 13 free throws after joining the Beaver line-up against No. 9 Stanford last Saturday...four different Oregon State players have scored 20-plus points on the season.

DON'T GET NO LOVE: With two assists against No. 9 Stanford last 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 Friday's game against UCLA with 503 career assists - just 46 dishes shy of the school record - and 914 points scored.

STILL 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 last 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. Howell reached double figures in scoring for a second straight game with 12 points and seven rebounds against California on Monday.

FINALLY: Oregon State's 70-67 victory on Monday at California broke a seven-game Pacific-10 Conference road losing streak for the Beavers. Prior to the victory against the Bears, OSU's last conference road win was at Washington State (65-62) on Jan. 23, 2003.

FAST FACT: 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 102 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 46 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 503 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 11 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 166 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 939 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) - 939
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 914

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 81 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.

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 117-124 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 215-192 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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