Women's Basketball Meets UCLA

Jan. 30, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SWEEP IN LOS ANGELES AGAINST UCLA; BEAVERS AND BRUINS BATTLE IN PAULEY PAVILION AT 2 P.M. ON SATURDAY

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 (11-8 overall; 5-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (18.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

UCLA BRUINS (9-10 overall; 4-6 Pac-10)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, So., (14.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.3 apg.)
G #45 Noelle Quinn, 6-0, Fr., (12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, Sr., (5.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #40 Lisa Willis, 5-11, So., (13.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
C #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, Sr., (1.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 9-10 overall record and 4-6 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins have dropped four of their last five games, including a 61-55 loss against Oregon on Jan. 29. The Bruins shot just 31-percent in the game and were led by Lisa Willis' 20 points. Freshman Noelle Quinn added 11 points 15 rebounds against the Ducks. On the season, three players average double figures in scoring with sophomore sensation Nikki Blue leading the team with 14.4 points and 4.3 assists per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds. Quinn adds 12.8 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds, while Willis contributes 13.2 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 Saturday's game stacked up statistically with UCLA:


OSU UCLAPoints per game 65.2 62.3Points allowed per game 62.6 63.0Field goal percentage 43.1 38.73-pt field goal percent 36.8 30.2Free throw percentage 72.0 63.7Rebounds per game 34.8 37.3Assists per game 14.8 12.6Steals per game 7.9 12.1

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Four players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State used a big second half to knock off USC by a 73-66 margin on Thursday night. Leilani Estavan had 14 second half points and the Beavers shot 58-percent from the floor to take control of the game. OSU seniors Estavan, Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman combined to score 43 points. Estavan led the squad with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and dished out four assists, while Chaney finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Chapman broke the 1,000 point scoring barrier with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Mandy Close also reached double figures with 10 points. Ebony Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 19 points and seven rebounds. OSU held a 38-33 advantage at halftime and led by as many as 13 points with just under eight minutes remaining.

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.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: If two of the 'Big Three' - seniors Leilani Estavan, Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman - reach double figures in scoring in the same game, Oregon State boasts a 9-1 record on the season.

HOT SHOTS: Oregon State is 11-1 on the season when it shoots better than its opponent.

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

THAT'S WHY THEY'RE THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney combined to score 43 of Oregon State's 73 points against USC on Jan. 29.

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 563 rebounds, while Chaney is in the 10th spot with 550 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...Hollye Chapman is the 13th player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,000 point scoring plateau...Krystal Turner leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .633 clip...Oregon State is 11-1 when shooting better than its opponent...Four different Beaver players have scored 20-plus points on the year...OSU is 5-0 when Mandy Close reaches double figures in scoring...Oregon State is 10-1 when at least three Beaver players reach double figures in scoring.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Senior post Hollye Chapman became the 13th player in Oregon State history to score 1,000 points in her career when she poured in 12 points against USC on Jan. 29. Chapman enters Saturday's contest against UCLA with 1,001 career points. Fellow senior Leilani Estavan needs just 14 points to join Chapman in the 1,000 point club.

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 UCLA with 523 career assists - just 26 dishes shy of the school record - and 986 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 183 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 110 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) - 183 blocks
2. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks

*Leilani Estavan needs just 26 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 523 assists

*Hollye Chapman's 12 points against USC on Jan. 29 helped her 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
13. Hollye Chapman (2001-present) - 1,001
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 986

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 89 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 121-128 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 219-196 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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