Women's Basketball Heads To Washington State

Jan. 12, 2004


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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004
OSU at Washington State
7 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
(Friel Court)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004
OSU at Washington
5 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)
Television - Fox Sports NW

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-5 overall; 3-2 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (22.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (4-11 overall; 0-6 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, Jr., (8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #21 Lindsey Egeland, 5-9, Sr., (6.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #24 Adriane Ferguson, 6-0, Fr., (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #35 Bianca McCall, 6-1, Sr., (10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #32 Kate Benz, 6-2, Fr., (7.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (8-7 overall; 1-5 Pac-10)
G #3 Breanne Watson, 5-8, Jr., (5.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 6-0, Jr., (19.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.9 apg.)
G #31 Gioconda Mendiola, 5-8, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apg.)
F #55 Cameo Hicks, 5-10, Fr., (6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
C #5 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, Sr., (17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State brings a 4-11 overall record and 0-6 Pac-10 mark into Thursday's game against Oregon State. The Cougars are looking to break a nine-game losing streak and pick up their first win since Dec. 6. WSU opened the season with three straight victories and its four wins on the year match the number of victories the squad had the last two seasons combined. Senior post Bianca McCall leads the team with 10.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per outing. The Cougars have five players averaging six points or more on the season. WSU holds a 2-4 record in games played in Pullman.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 28-15. The Beavers have won eight straight against the Cougars. OSU has won four consecutive games in Pullman, but WSU leads the all-time series in the Palouse by a 13-12 mark. The Beavers escaped with a 65-62 victory in Pullman on Jan. 23, 2003 after Jessica Jones hit four free throws in the final 13-seconds. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 12-4 record against Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE: Seniors Michelle Smith and Kristina Rukstelyte closed out their four-year careers in Gill Coliseum on Feb. 22, 2003 with a 62-46 victory against Washington State. Smith led all players with 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Rukstelyte had a season-best eight points and five rebounds in her final game in Corvallis. The win marked the sixth consecutive victory for OSU in Corvallis, and 12th win of the season in Gill Coliseum - just one game short of the school record (13-2) set in 1994-95. WSU opened with a 4-3 lead but it was all Oregon State after that as the Beavers scored 13 consecutive points and never looked back. Leilani Estavan added 12 points and a game-high five assists, while Karen Vickery had a career-best five points and four rebounds. All 10 OSU athletes that saw action in the contest scored.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How OSU enters the week stacked up statistically with WSU and UW:

	                  OSU	WSU	UWPoints per game	         65.7	57.6	73.0Points allowed per game	61.3	68.3	67.6Field goal percentage	44.4	36.9	43.63-pt field goal percent	38.4	30.5	37.1Free throw percentage	70.3	72.7	66.5Rebounds per game	         35.6	36.5	38.2Assists per game	         15.4	11.1	17.9Steals per game	         8.2	9.1	8.2

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters the week with an 8-7 overall record and 1-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies have dropped three-straight but boast a 5-2 record in games played at Bank of America Arena. 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year Giuliana Mendiola leads the squad with 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Fellow senior Andrea Lalum is chipping in 17.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The injury-plagued Huskies have had just nine players see action in all 15 games this season. UW leads the Pac-10 in assists per game with 17.87. The Huskies are averaging 73.0 points per game, but haven't scored more than 69 points in their last four outings.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 35-21. The Huskies and Beavers split last season's meetings with both squads winning on its home court. UW has won 10 of the last 14 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 6-10 record against Washington.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON: It was all Oregon State as the Beavers put up their highest scoring total since 1998 en route to a 100-86 upset victory against No. 23 Washington on Feb. 20, 2003. The Beavers were on fire from the start, scoring 10 of their first 13 times down the court and shooting a season-high 20-of-30 (67-percent) in the first half. OSU took a commanding 52-30 lead into the locker room at the break. The 52 points were more than the Beavers had scored in seven games during the season. Four different OSU players reached double figures in scoring with Hollye Chapman connecting on 8-of-11 shots to match her season-best with 22 points. Jessica Jones had a career night, finishing with a career-best 20 points and career-high seven assists. Brina Chaney finished with 16 points. OSU finished the game shooting a season-best 59-percent while the Huskies shot 48-percent from the field. OSU reached the century mark for the ninth time in school history and for the first time since a 100-54 victory against Eastern Washington on Nov. 27, 1998.

TV TIME: Saturday's 5 p.m. game at University of Washington will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest with Jim Watson and Elise Woodward making the call.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Brandi Davis buried a 19-footer with 4.9 seconds remaining to give Oregon a come-from-behind, 56-54, Civil War victory against Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers led for most of the contest, including a 26-23 edge at halftime, but the Ducks used a 19-9 rally over the final 10 minutes to break OSU's three-game winning streak. Davis had 12 of her 16 points in the final 8:52. Shannon Howell led the Beavers with 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting, while Brina Chaney recorded her 11th career double-double with 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. OSU hit just 1-of-11 3-point field goals in the game, while shooting only 35-percent from the floor. UO hit 39-percent of its field goals but shot 57-percent in the second half. The loss marked the first time on the season (6-1) that the Beavers dropped a game after leading at the half.

IT'S ONLY FITTING: Senior post Brina Chaney enters Thursday's game at Washington State needing just two blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time blocked shots leader and surpass Sissell Pierce's (1997-00) mark of 176. The 6-5 Bothell, WA, native currently ranks sixth on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time blocked shots list with 175 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).

MORE ON CHANEY'S SWATS: Brina Chaney has recorded 15 blocked shots in six career games against Washington State for an average of 2.5 swats per game. The 6-5 senior needs just two blocks to become Oregon State's all-time leader.

HARD TO REMEMBER - THANKFULLY: Senior guard Leilani Estavan was held scoreless in 40 minutes of action against Oregon in Saturday's Civil War. Estavan had a streak of 83 consecutive games of scoring broken against the Ducks. The 5-7 Los Angeles native, was held scoreless against Washington on Feb. 15, 2001 - her freshman season.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Ebony Young will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during the second half of the Dec. 19 game at Cincinnati. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn continues to be sidelined while resting a sprained foot, her return to the OSU line-up is doubtful for Thursday's game at Washington State. The 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, has missed nine games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

THE MORE THE MERRIER: Oregon State boasts an 8-1 record on the season in games that at least three Beaver players reach double figures in scoring. OSU's 82-68 victory against UCLA on Jan. 2 marked the first time this season that six players reached double figures in scoring.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has had at least one player break the 20-point barrier in scoring during six of its last seven games.

QUICK HITS: Oregon State leads the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage with a .384 clip from beyond the arc...Senior post Krystal Turner leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .662 mark...Shannon Howell's 22.8 points per game leads all players in scoring during Pac-10 contests...After just five games, Shannon Howell has scored more points than 10 different OSU players this season...Brina Chaney needs two blocked shots to become OSU's all-time leader...Brina Chaney has recorded back-to-back double-double games...Four different Oregon State players have scored 20-plus points on the year.

TOP NOTCH: With two assists against No. 9 Stanford on Dec. 27, 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 Thursday's game at Washington State with 510 career assists - just 39 dishes shy of the school record - and 937 points scored.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Junior transfer Shannon Howell 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 Dec. 27. 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. Since joining the Beavers during Pac-10 action, Howell has scored 20-plus points in four of five games, including three straight.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 105 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 39 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 510 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 2 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 175 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 959 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) - 959
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 937

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 84 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

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 119-125 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 217-193 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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