Women's Basketball Meets UC Santa Barbara

Dec. 3, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HITS THE ROAD AGAIN; BEAVERS TRAVEL TO UC SANTA BARBARA FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONTEST WITH THE GAUCHOS

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004
OSU at UC Santa Barbara
1 p.m. PST, Santa Barbara, CA
(The Thunderdome)

RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 AM)
Throughout the state on Beaver Sports Network

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-3 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (11.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (24.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (4.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg.)

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS (1-1 overall)
G #21 Mia Fisher, 5-9, Sr., (6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #32 Karena Bonds, 5-6, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #15 Brandy Richardson, 6-0, Sr., (8.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #33 Jenna Green, 6-4, So., (14.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
F #44 Kristen Mann, 6-2, Sr., (16.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
*statistics are prior to UCSB's game on Friday against Purdue

A GLANCE AT UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Santa Barbara entered the week with a 1-1 record. The Gauchos face No. 13 ranked Purdue on Friday at 7 p.m. in The Thunderdome. UCSB is coming off a 57-51 loss against Michigan on Nov. 26. The Gauchos have not lost back-to-back home games in four years. Senior Kristen Mann leads the squad with 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Jenna Green, a 6-4 forward, is adding 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing. The Gauchos have six players on their roster listed as 6-2 or taller. As a team, UCSB holds a 40.0 to 33.5 rebounding margin (+6.5). UCSB has won 39 of its last 41 games played in The Thunderdome.

BEAVERS AND GAUCHOS SERIES NUMBERS: UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 2-1. The Gauchos won the most recent meeting between the squads - 79-73 on January 16, 2002 in Corvallis. Beaver All-American Felicia Ragland finished with 36 points and made a school record seven 3-point field goals in the contest. UCSB's Kristen Mann was one of five Gauchos to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Beavers have never played in The Thunderdome.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the weekend stacked up statistically with UC Santa Barbara:

	                OSU	UCSBPoints per game	        70.0	62.5Points allowed per game	71.6	57.0Field goal percentage	44.6	43.53-pt field goal percent	38.9	32.4Free throw percentage	67.0	58.3Rebounds per game	        37.2	40.0Assists per game	        12.0	14.5Steals per game	        8.0	6.5

LOOKING BACK AT CREIGHTON: Oregon State had its opportunities down the stretch, but the Beavers were unable to take advantage and Creighton University held on for a 76-75 victory in OSU's home opener on Dec. 2. Prior to the contest - a rematch of the 2004 WNIT quarterfinals - the Beavers had won 12 straight home openers. Oregon State missed three field goals and a pair of free throws in the final nine seconds allowing the Bluejays to escape with the victory. Senior guard Shannon Howell surpassed the 20-point barrier for the fourth time this season, finishing with 26 points and a team-high four assists. Junior forward Kim Butler chipped in a career-best 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. Creighton guard Laura Spanheimer led all players with 31 points on 10-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 clip from 3-point range.

PUTTING POINTS ON THE BOARD: Oregon State is averaging 70.0 points per game and has scored 70-plus points in three of its first five outings. The Beavers have not scored 70 or more points in three of their first five games since the 1995-96 season, when OSU was averaging 76.6 points per game in the span.

CUTTING IT CLOSE: Three of Oregon State's first five games have been decided by three points or less. In 32 contests a year ago, the Beavers had just five games decided by three points or less.

THE NEW TRIO: The Beaver trio of Shannon Howell, Mandy Close, and Kim Butler are averaging 45.4 points per game over the first five contests. The trio is contributing more than half of Oregon State's scoring offense (70.0 points per game). Howell and Close rank 1-2 in scoring and assists, while Butler and Close rank 1-2 in rebounding.

SECOND HALF DISPARITY: Oregon State has outscored its opponents in the first half of action by a 195 to 174 margin, but the Beavers have been outscored 184 to155 in the second half of play.

ROAD WARRIORS: Oregon State hits the road for three straight games, making trips to Santa Barbara, CA, Gainesville, FL, and Mobile AL, in the stretch. The Beavers play seven of their first eight games of the season away from Corvallis. The schedule marks the toughest road trek since Oregon State opened the 1992-93 season by playing eight of its first nine games on the road.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Senior guard Shannon Howell continued her torrid scoring attack, with 26 points and a team-leading four assists against Creighton on Dec. 2. Howell has reached double figures in scoring in all five of Oregon State's games this season and has scored 20-plus points on four occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 11 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 20 of her 27 career games at Oregon State. The 5-9 All-America candidate scored a career-high 40 points at Washington (Jan. 17, 2004) and scored 32 points in her Oregon State debut at No. 9 ranked Stanford (Dec. 27, 2003).

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.

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 134 (.649) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 102-50 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 247-131 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .653 percentage.

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 129-138 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 227-206 overall record during her 16 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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