Women's Basketball Heads To Los Angeles

Jan. 27, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY ON THE ROAD IN LOS ANGELES; BEAVERS LOOK TO BREAK 3-GAME SLIDE AGAINST USC ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004
OSU at USC
7 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(LA Sports Arena)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 AM)

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004
OSU at UCLA
2 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(Pauley Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 AM) THROUGHOUT THE STATE

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-8 overall; 4-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (19.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (9.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

USC WOMEN OF TROY (10-7 overall; 7-2 Pac-10)
G #3 Rometra Craig, 5-10, Sr., (11.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
G #24 Tiffany Hicks, 5-4, Sr., (2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #5 Megan Gnekow, 5-11, So., (6.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, Sr., (15.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #41 Jamie Funn, 6-2, Fr., (3.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

UCLA BRUINS (9-9 overall; 4-5 Pac-10)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, So., (14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.3 apg.)
G #45 Noelle Quinn, 6-0, Fr., (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, Sr., (5.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #40 Lisa Willis, 5-11, So., (12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
C #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, Sr., (1.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT USC: University of Southern California enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with a 10-7 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy have won three straight, including a 59-56 victory against No. 6 Stanford on Jan. 25. USC boasts its best start to the first half of Pac-10 play since opening with a 7-2 record during the 1996-97 campaign. The Women of Troy are 5-0 in conference games played in Los Angeles on the season. Senior forward Ebony Hoffman leads the squad with 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Hoffman has also tallied 41 steals and buried 13 3-pointers on the year. Senior guard Rometra Craig is the only other player to average double figures in scoring, with 11.1 points per game. USC is outrebounding its opponents by a 39.4-35.8 clip.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY SERIES NUMBERS: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 26-14, but the Beavers have won seven of the last 11 games. The Women of Troy have won two straight games in Los Angeles. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an all-time record of 9-9 against USC.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST USC: Oregon State overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to rally for a 72-67 victory against USC on Jan. 4. The Beavers used a 14-0 run in the middle of the second half to take a 53-46 advantage with 12:16 to play and the Women of Troy got no closer than within four points the rest of the way. OSU had all five starters reach double figures in scoring, led by Shannon Howell's 24 points. Senior post Brina Chaney tallied her 10th career double-double with 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots. Ebony Hoffman's 14 points and 16 rebounds led USC. The Beavers scored 11 more points than the Women of Troy from the free throw line in the contest. USC closed out the first half with a 13-0 run to take a 37-28 lead into the lockerroom.

LAST TIME IN THE SPORTS ARENA: In its ugliest game of the season, Oregon State dropped an 87-44 contest to wrap up 2003 regular season action at USC on Mar. 1, 2003. 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. The 43-point loss was the 15th worst in program history and the largest of the season for the Beavers.

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters the week with a 9-9 overall record and 4-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins have dropped three of their last four games but took No. 6 Stanford to overtime on Jan. 23 and squeaked out a 67-66 victory against California on Jan. 25. Three players average double figures in scoring with sophomore sensation Nikki Blue leading the team with 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds. Freshman Noelle Quinn adds 12.9 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds, while Lisa Willis contributes 12.8 points and 5.3 boards per game. UCLA holds a Pac-10 leading +4.11 turnover margin on the season.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 24-16. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 7-10 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won six of the last eight outings. UCLA has won seven of the last nine games played in Pauley Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UCLA: Oregon State had six players reach double figures in scoring as the Beavers used torrid field goal shooting to roll past UCLA, 82-68, on Jan. 2. OSU buried 62-percent of its field goals (29-for-47) in the game and knocked down 8-of-12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. UCLA started the game hot, taking a 27-16 lead 11 minutes into the contest, but the Beavers used a 24-8 run to close out the half and take a 40-36 advantage into the lockerroom. An 11-0 OSU run to open the second frame put the game out of reach. Shannon Howell reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with a team-high 22 points and four assists, while Leilani Estavan finished with 13 points including a 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range. Mandy Close and Krystal Turner both buried 5-of-6 field goals in the game for 12 and 11 points, respectively. Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman added 10 points each. Sophomore guard Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Oregon State's 82 points scored were its most of the season.

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

	                  OSU	USC	UCLAPoints per game	         64.8	68.2	62.7Points allowed per game	62.4	62.9	63.3Field goal percentage	42.5	39.7	39.23-pt field goal percent	39.8	29.6	30.3Free throw percentage	72.7	68.8	64.3Rebounds per game	         34.9	39.4	36.8Assists per game	         14.6	14.1	12.9Steals per game	         8.2	12.2	12.2

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Oregon State was unable to overcome poor second half shooting as University of Arizona recorded a 65-54 victory in Gill Coliseum on Jan. 24. The Beavers connected on just 19-percent (5-of-26) from the field in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to erase a 35-31 halftime deficit and garner their first victory in Corvallis in four years. UA used a 23-8 run to open the second frame and OSU managed just one field goal over a 10-minute stretch. Arizona dominated the boards, holding a 50-27 advantage including a 26-10 edge on the offensive glass. Leilani Estavan led the Beavers with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and hit three of OSU's five second half field goals. Arizona had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by sophomore Shawntinice Polk's 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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.

THE TURNING POINT: For the second straight season Oregon State enters the halfway point of Pacific-10 Conference play with a 4-5 record. The Beavers have won four of their last five games, including two straight when opening the second half of conference action.

A LOOK AT THE LAST HALF: Oregon State has posted a 5-4 Pac-10 record over the second half of conference action in three of the last four seasons. The Beavers finished the 2002-03 conference campaign with a 4-5 mark - playing four games in Corvallis and five on the road. OSU has five home games and four road contests remaining on this year's schedule.

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 13 games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

SUPER SENIORS: Senior posts Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have both moved into the Oregon State Top-10 for career rebounds. Chapman currently ranks in 9th place with 557 rebounds, while Chaney is in the 10th spot with 543 boards. Just 13 players have pulled down 500 or more rebounds in their career at OSU.

QUICK HITS: Shannon Howell is the fifth player in OSU history and just the 13th player in Pac-10 history to score 40 points in a single game...Krystal Turner leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .633 clip...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 9-1 when at least three Beaver players reach 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 Thursday's game at USC with 519 career assists - just 30 dishes shy of the school record - and 967 points scored.

SULTAN OF SWAT: 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. 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 181 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).

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 109 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) - 181 blocks
2. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks

*Leilani Estavan needs just 30 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 519 assists

*Hollye Chapman currently has 989 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) - 989
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 967

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 88 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 120-128 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 218-196 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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