Women's Basketball Meets Washington On Saturday In Seattle

Jan. 16, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR BEST PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE START OF ALL-TIME ON SATURDAY AGAINST WASHINGTON; BEAVERS AND HUSKIES MEET A 5 P.M. ON FOX SPORTS NW

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004
OSU at Washington
5 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 am) - NETWORK
Television - Fox Sports NW

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-5 overall; 4-2 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (19.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (10.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (9-7 overall; 2-5 Pac-10)
G #3 Breanne Watson, 5-8, Jr., (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 6-0, Jr., (19.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.9 apg.)
G #31 Gioconda Mendiola, 5-8, Sr., (8.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg.)
G #21 Angie Jones, 5-9, Fr., (3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
C #5 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, Sr., (17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 9-7 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies broke a three-game losing streak with a commanding 95-50 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday night. UW had five players reach double figures in scoring against the Ducks, led by Breanne Watson's 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Senior All-American Giuliana Mendiola finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year leads the squad with 19.6 points, 6.8 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 16 games this season. UW leads the Pac-10 in assists per game with 17.87. The Huskies are 6-2 in games played at Bank of America Arena.

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.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Saturday's game stacked up statistically with Washington:

	                OSU	UWPoints per game	        65.5	74.4Points allowed per game	60.6	66.5Field goal percentage	44.1	44.03-pt field goal percent	36.5	37.6Free throw percentage	70.4	66.3Rebounds per game	35.9	39.3Assists per game	15.1	18.3Steals per game	         8.3	8.2

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Senior post Brina Chaney broke the Oregon State all-time blocked shots record, recording her 177th career swat, as the Beavers upended Washington State by a 62-51 margin on Thursday in Pullman. Chaney had a pair of blocks in the game to secure her place in Beaver history. The Bothell, WA native, also reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. Krystal Turner recorded her third career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Hollye Chapman connected on 7-of-11 field goals for a game-high 14 points and dished out four assists. WSU streaked to an early 8-0 lead and held a 29-28 advantage at halftime, but the Beavers held the Cougars to just two field goals over the opening 10 minutes of the second half. OSU led by as many as 13 points (60-47) with 1:29 remaining. Ten different Cougars scored in the game, led by Adriane Ferguson's 10 points and five rebounds.

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 Jan. 10. 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.

CHANEY IS NUMBER 1: Senior post Brina Chaney tallied two blocked shots against Washington State on Thursday to become Oregon State's all-time blocked shots leader. Chaney swatted her record breaking 177th shot out of bounds after a jumper attempt from Jessica Perry with 1:46 remaining in Thursday's game against the Cougars. The 6-5 center moved past Sissell Pierce (1997-00) who finished her four-year OSU career with 176 stuffs. Chaney, a native of Bothell, WA, currently ranks fifth on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time blocked shots list with 177 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).

COULD BE THE BEST: Oregon State heads into Saturday's game against University of Washington searching for its best ever start to Pacific-10 Conference play. The Beavers currently boast a 4-2 mark in Pac-10 action - OSU has never started the conference skein with a 5-2 record.

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 the season. The 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, has missed 10 games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State entered the week leading the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage with a .384 clip from beyond the arc. The Beavers are just 2-for-23 from 3-point range in their last two games. After a meager 1-for-12 (8-percent) shooting from long range against Washington State on Thursday, OSU's overall 3-point percentage has dropped to .365 - University of Washington hit 11-of-25 shots from beyond the 3-point arc against University of Oregon on Thursday, raising its 3-point percentage to .376 on the year.

SPREAD IT AROUND: Oregon State boasts a 9-1 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 eight games.

HOT SHOTS: Oregon State holds a 10-1 record on the season when the Beavers shoot better than their opponents.

QUICK HITS: Senior post Krystal Turner leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .633 mark...Shannon Howell was held under double digits in scoring for the first time in her career with just four points on 2-of-10 shooting against Washington State on Thursday...Brina Chaney has reached double figures in scoring in three straight 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 Saturday's game at Washington with 512 career assists - just 37 dishes shy of the school record - and 941 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 the six games she has played.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 106 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 have been and could be broken this season by the big three:

*Brina Chaney recorded two blocked shots at Washington State on Jan. 15 to become Oregon State's all-time leader with 177 swats in her career.
1. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 177 blocks
2. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks

*Leilani Estavan needs just 37 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 512 assists

*Hollye Chapman currently has 973 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) - 973
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 942

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.

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.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 83 of their last 125 (.664) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 98-45 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 120-125 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 218-193 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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