Women's Basketball Faces Idaho State On Friday In Season Opener

Nov. 17, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS 2004-05 REGULAR SEASON AT IDAHO STATE; BEAVERS SEARCH FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT SEASON-OPENING VICTORY

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004
OSU at Idaho State
7 p.m. MST, Pocatello, ID
(Reed Gymnasium)

RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (19.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

IDAHO STATE BENGALS (0-0 overall)
G #14 Monika Marekova, 6-1, Sr., (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
G #20 Christa Brossman, 5-10, Sr., (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Camile Michaelson, 5-7, Sr., (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.0 apg.)
F #30 Chelsey Chambers, 6-0, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
C #21 Molly Hays, 6-1, So., (15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
*statistics from exhibition games

A GLANCE AT IDAHO STATE: Idaho State University enters Friday's season opener against Oregon State with five players returning from last year's squad that finished the season with a 20-9 overall record and made an appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. A trio of seniors dotted the ISU starting lineup as the Bengals knocked off NWBL Elite by an 80-68 margin on Nov. 12. Four players reached double figures in scoring in the contest, led by freshman Natalie Doma's 16 points. The Bengals shot just 36-percent in the game and attempted 34 3-point field goals, but scored 30 points off turnovers. Idaho State finished the 2003-04 season with a 9-2 record in games played in Pocatello.

BEAVERS AND BENGALS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State is a perfect 4-0 in the all-time series against Idaho State, including a 70-64 victory in Pocatello on Dec. 5, 1998. The Beavers and Bengals last met on Dec. 1, 2002 in Corvallis, with Oregon State recording the 67-48 victory.

SEASON OPENER: Oregon State has a 22-6 overall record in season openers, dating back to the 1976-77 campaign. The Beavers have started the season with a victory in six consecutive years and Judy Spoelstra's squads hold an all-time 8-1 record in season opening play.

MORE ON THE OPENER: All six of Oregon State's season-opening losses have come on the road.

OPENERS FOR THE PAC-10: Pacific-10 Conference teams hold a 124-60 all-time record in season openers (.674) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, conference teams hove lost home openers just 15 times (83-15, .841), but are 46-50 (.479) when beginning the season on the road.

LOOKING BACK AT NORTHWEST ALLSTARS: Junior post Karen Vickery, making her first career start, led the Beavers with 11 points, as Oregon State knocked off Baden Sports by a 46-39 margin in the Nov. 7 exhibition opener. Casey Bunn added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Beavers. The sloppy contest saw 61 turnovers committed on the afternoon. OSU held a commanding 52-35 rebounding edge and Baden Sports managed just 17 second half points. Beaver senior guard Shannon Howell missed the game while resting a sprained ankle.

LOOKING BACK AT STRAKONICE: Oregon State took a 10-2 lead out of the gates and used a 15-0 run in the middle of the first half to pull away, en route to a 74-66 victory against Strakonice in the Nov. 14 exhibition game. The Beaver trio of Shannon Howell, Kim Butler, and Mandy Close combined to score 54 points in the contest. Butler buried 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points and pulled down four rebounds, while Close finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Howell led all players with 19 points and dished out four assists. Oregon State shot 44-percent for the game.

RADIO NEWS: The 2004-05 season marks the first time that Oregon State's women's basketball program will have all 28 of its regular season games broadcast on the radio. Jon Warren returns for his sixth season of calling the play-by-play of the Beaver games on KTHH (990 AM). Every Oregon State women's basketball game can also be heard on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Eleven games are scheduled to be broadcast not only locally, but throughout the state of Oregon. Friday's game at Idaho State will be broadcast through the Bengals' website at www.isubengals.com

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Oregon State has one of the toughest schedules in the country according to the WBCA preseason rankings. The Beavers' non-conference schedule ranks 33rd, while their overall schedule is 44th.

MISSING FACES: Two players that appeared in the 2004-05 women's basketball media guide will not be on the sidelines for the Beavers during the season. Sophomore guard Tarika Campbell has been dismissed from the squad after breaking team rules, while freshman forward Claire Pallansch has decided not to attend school.

CHANGING NAMES: Senior guard Jessica Jones will compete during the 2004-05 season as Jessica Mellinger after marrying former Beaver baseball player Brad Mellinger over the summer. Sophomore forward Kerstin Mellbye will compete this season as Kerstin Brosterhous after changing her last name to that of her step-father.

PRESEASON PAC-10 POLLS: Oregon State was tabbed to finish in eighth place in the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll and was picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Coaches Poll. Stanford was picked to repeat as conference champion in both polls. OSU has finished higher than selected in the preseason polls the past five seasons.

GAMETRACKER: The Oregon State athletics homepage - www.osubeavers.com - will feature Gametracker for every home regular season women's basketball game during the year. Gametracker allows fans to view up-to-the minute statistics for each contest.

TICKET PRICES: Gates open one-hour prior to tip-off for all women's basketball games.
Reserved seats: $8
General admission: $6
GA seniors (62 or older) and children (3-18): $4

HOME-SWEET-HOME: Oregon State has won at least eight games in Gill Coliseum during each of the last six seasons. The Beavers finished the 2003-04 season with a 9-5 record on Ralph Miller Court.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 87 of their last 133 (.654) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 102-49 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 245-128 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .657 percentage.

A FOND FAREWELL: Oregon State bid farewell to seniors Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman, Leilani Estavan and Krystal Turner at the end of the 2003-04 season, leaving big shoes to fill in the forward and point guard positions. Chaney, Chapman and Estavan were fixtures over the past four years in the Beaver line-up, combining to play in 368 games. The 'Big Three' combined to rank in 20 Oregon State career record book categories.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: The Pac-10 Conference plays host to the fourth annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, 2005, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. This year marks the third year the tournament has been held at that site. A total of nine games will be played, with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona State won the inaugural tournament in 2002, while Stanford has won the last two.

ON THE BENCH: Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, was promoted from her position of operations director to assistant coach in September after the departure of Todd Corman. Heath Alexander enters his third year as assistant coach after being elevated in status with the departure of Corman, while Jualeah Woods, who holds the longest tenure on staff, returns for her fifth year at OSU and serves as the director of recruiting. Bruce Henderson joins the Beavers as director of operations, after serving the past six years as an assistant coach at Portland State University.

HEAD COACH Judy Spoelstra: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 127-135 while entering her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 225-203 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 four 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 of 2003, 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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