Women's Basketball Faces No. 2 Seeded Arizona In Pac-10 Tournament

March 6, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. -

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No. 7 SEEDED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO FACE No. 2 SEEDED UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA IN SATURDAY'S STATE FARM PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

Saturday, Mar. 6, 2004
No. 2 Arizona vs No. 7 Oregon State
1:15 p.m. PST, San Jose, CA
(HP Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 am)

No. 7 OREGON STATE BEAVERS (14-13 overall; 8-10 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (9.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

No. 2 ARIZONA WILDCATS (22-7 overall; 14-4 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Jr., (17.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg.)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, Sr., (10.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #23 Natalie Jones, 5-10, So., (8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
F #50 Shannon Hobson, 6-2, Fr., (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.3 spg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, So., (16.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.6 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: No. 2 seeded University of Arizona enters Saturday's State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament game with a 22-7 overall record. The Wildcats claimed a share of the Pac-10's regular season title after winning four straight games to close out the year and posting a 14-4 conference record - matching the best mark in school history. A trio of Arizona average double figures in scoring with Dee-Dee Wheeler's 17.7 points and 4.7 assists leading the way. All-American center Shawntinice Polk is averaging a double-double with 16.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per outing, while senior Aimee Grzyb adds 10.6 points per game. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in scoring with 73.2 points per game and hold a conference-best .462 field goal percentage.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona holds a narrow 21-18 lead in the all-time series with Oregon State. The teams have split the last eight meetings with each squad earning four victories in the series, but the Wildcats have won 12 of the last 16 meetings overall. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-13 against Arizona.

SO WE MEET AGAIN: Oregon State dropped a 70-56 decision to No. 3 seeded University of Arizona on Mar. 8, 2003 in the State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. Three Beavers reached double figures in scoring led by Leilani Estavan and Jessica Jones' 12 points each. Shawntinice Polk finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Arizona, who held a 36-26 lead at the half.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State holds a 2-2 all-time record in Pacific-10 Conference Tournament action. The breakdown of games played follows:
No. 5 Oregon State 69, No. 4 USC 68 (Mar. 2, 2002)
No. 1 Stanford 71, No. 5 Oregon State 55 (Mar. 3, 2002)
No. 3 Arizona 70, No. 6 Oregon State 56 (Mar. 8, 2003)
No. 7 Oregon State 67, No. 10 Washington State 43 (Mar. 5, 2004)

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