Women's Basketball Faces Arizona Saturday

Jan. 23, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA; BEAVERS ATTEMPT TO 'FILL GILL' WITH ALL TICKETS COSTING $1

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004
Arizona at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-7 overall; 4-4 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (20.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (15-4 overall; 7-1 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Jr., (17.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, Sr., (10.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
G #23 Natalie Jones, 5-10, So., (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
F #50 Shannon Hobson, 6-2, Fr., (3.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, So., (15.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

FILL GILL: Oregon State's match-up with University of Arizona on Saturday marks the annual Fill Gill promotion. All general admission tickets cost $1.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 15-4 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Wildcats have never opened the first half of Pac-10 play with an 8-1 record. Arizona is 10-0 on the season in the McKale Center and boasts a 23-game home winning streak. UA is 5-4 in games played outside of Tucson. Three Wildcat players average double figures in scoring with Dee-Dee Wheeler's 17.7 points and 4.9 assists per game leading the way. Sophomore sensation post Shawntinice (Polkey) Polk averages 15.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per outing, while senior Aimee Grzyb adds 10.5 points per game. The Wildcats rallied for a 70-66 victory against University of Oregon on Thursday night. Wheeler finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds against the Ducks, while Polk was held to her third lowest scoring total of the year, managing just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Arizona is outscoring its opponents by a 73.1-63.5 clip per game. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 with a .467 field goal percentage.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona holds a narrow 19-18 lead in the all-time series with Oregon State. The Beavers have won four of the last six games in the series, including three straight games in Corvallis, but the Wildcats have won 10 of the last 14 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-11 against Arizona.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA: No. 6 seeded Oregon State dropped its first round game in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to No. 3 seed University of Arizona by a score of 70-56 on Mar. 8, 2003. OSU used hot shooting to open up a 10-5 lead but the No. 22 ranked Wildcats went on a 10-2 run over a five-minute stretch to pull in front 15-12 and never trailed for the remainder of the contest. Both teams shot 52-percent from the field in the first half with Arizona taking a 36-26 lead into the locker room. The Beavers would get no closer than within seven points (40-33) when Jessica Jones hit a 3-pointer with 16:17 remaining. Jones finished with 12 points in the contest on 5-of-9 shooting while senior Michelle Smith added 12 points and five rebounds. Fellow senior Kristina Rukstelyte hit 4-of-6 shots for a season-high 10 points, to go along with six rebounds. The Beaver seniors accounted for nearly half of the team's points and one-third of the rebounds. OSU shot 39-percent for the game while UA hit 44-percent from the field and held a 21-10 advantage at the free throw line.

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


OSU ARIZPoints per game 65.4 73.1Points allowed per game 62.3 63.5Field goal percentage 43.0 46.73-pt field goal percent 35.6 31.2Free throw percentage 72.0 67.5Rebounds per game 35.4 38.3Assists per game 14.8 15.3Steals per game 8.2 8.4

OT IS GOOD AGAINST AZ: Oregon State's last two victories against University of Arizona have come in overtime games.

REMEMBER WHEN: The last time the Arizona schools swept Oregon State in Corvallis was during the 1998-99 season. Prior to Thursday's loss against Arizona State, the Beavers had topped the Sun Devils in Gill Coliseum four straight years. OSU's last loss to the Wildcats on Ralph Miller Court came on Feb. 6, 2000. No current Oregon State player has lost to Arizona while playing in Gill.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State used a 19-0 first half run and hit 10 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure a 63-56 victory against Oregon State in Gill Coliseum on Thursday. The victory gave the Sun Devils their first win in Corvallis in five years, dating back to Feb. 21, 1999. OSU took an early 10-2 lead but went ice-cold after that, making only one field goal for a 14-minute stretch to close out the first half. ASU took a 30-22 lead into the locker room. The Beavers fought back in the second frame, taking a 38-37 lead with 11:12 remaining but ASU responded with a couple of key runs and a 3-pointer from Kylan Loney with just under six minutes to play gave the Sun Devils the lead for good. Senior post Krystal Turner was the only Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting. The balanced Sun Devils had four players reach double figures with Kristen Kovesdy's 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting leading the way. ASU hit 50-percent (21-of-42) of its field goal attempts, while the Beavers managed just 33-percent (20-for-60) shooting.

HERE'S A BRIGHT SPOT: Oregon State forced Arizona State to commit 26 turnovers in Thursday night's game. The 26 ASU miscues were the most forced by the Beavers in a Pac-10 game this season. Oregon State has a 3-2 record on the year when its opponent commits 20 or more turnovers.

CHANEY IS NUMBER 1: Senior post Brina Chaney's two blocked shots at Washington State on Jan. 15 helped her 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 the game against the Cougars. The 6-5 center moved past Sissel 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 179 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).

NEW MEMBER ON A SHORT LIST: Junior guard Shannon Howell scored a career-high 40 points against University of Washington on Jan. 17. Howell became the fifth player in OSU history to score 40 points in a single game and the first since All-American Tanja Kostic poured in 43 points against Boise State in 1995. Of Oregon State's eight games in which a player has 40+ points, just two games have come against a Pacific-10 Conference opponent - Howell's 40 points at Washington on Jan. 17 and Judy Shannon's 42 points against Washington in 1991.

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. Oregon State is in the process of petitioning for a medical redshirt. The 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, has missed 12 games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

NAS NUMBERS: Senior post Krystal Turner currently leads the Pacific-10 Conference in field goal percentage with a .647 clip on 55-of-85 shooting. Turner is shooting an amazing .703 (26-of-37) from the field in Oregon State's seven home games. The Las Vegas native has reached double figures in scoring during seven games on the year and in five of OSU's eight conference outings. Turner ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 7.9 points per game and her 6.1 rebounds lead the squad.

IT'S STILL GOOD TO BE HOME: Oregon State boasts a 5-2 record on the season in games played in Gill Coliseum. Five Beaver players are averaging double figures in scoring during contests in Corvallis and OSU is outscoring its opponents by nearly 10 points per game (70.0-60.3).

QUICK HITS: Shannon Howell is the only Pac-10 Player to score 30+ points on two occasions...OSU has had one player break the 20-point barrier in scoring during seven of its last 10 games...Oregon State is 10-1 when shooting better than its opponent...Four different Beaver players have scored 20-plus points on the year...OSU is 4-0 when Mandy Close reaches double figures in scoring...Oregon State is 2-0 in Pac-10 games when Leilani Estavan scores in double figures.

IT'S GOOD FOR ANOTHER WEEK: 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.

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 against Arizona with 517 career assists - just 32 dishes shy of the school record - and 953 points scored.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 108 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.
1. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 179 blocks
2. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks

*Leilani Estavan needs just 32 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 517 assists

*Hollye Chapman currently has 983 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) - 983
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 953

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 87 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 83 of their last 126 (.659) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 98-46 in the friendly confines of Gill.

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.

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 120-127 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 218-195 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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