Women's Basketball Finishes Finals And Travels To Florida

Dec. 9, 2004


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Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004
OSU at Florida
1 p.m. EST, Gainesville, FL
(O'Connell Center)

Throughout the state on the Beaver Sports Network

Television Broadcast - Sunshine Network

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-4 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (23.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (2.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg.)

FLORIDA GATORS (5-2 overall)
G #3 Tishona Gregory, 5-5, Sr., (8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg.)
G #11 Sarah Lowe, 5-7, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #21 Danielle Santos, 5-10, Jr., (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #32 Brittany Davis, 6-2, Jr., (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 bpg.)
F #33 Bernice Mosby, 6-1, Jr., (14.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg.)

A GLANCE AT FLORIDA: University of Florida heads into Sunday's game against Oregon State with a 5-2 overall record. The Gators have won five straight and have played five games in Gainesville on the young season. The balanced Florida lineup has four players averaging 8.0 or more points per game. Junior post Bernice Mosby leads the squad with 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. As a team UF averages 18.0 assists per outing and is scoring 70.1 points per game, while holding the opposition to just 54.9 points. Florida reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

BEAVERS AND GATORS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State holds a 1-0 nod in the all-time series with University of Florida. The Beavers picked up a 49-48 victory in Corvallis on Dec. 14, 2003 in the only other meeting between the squads. The victory marked win #100 for Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra.

DO YOU REMEMBER: Oregon State reeled off 19 consecutive points and to open the contest and held Florida without a field goal until the 4:48 mark of the first half when the teams last met on Dec. 14, 2003. OSU held a commanding 23-1 lead with just over six minutes to go in the half. The Gators rallied back to eventually take a 46-44 advantage, but a 3-pointer by Jessica Mellinger with just under four minutes to play gave the Beavers the lead for good. Mandy Close - a freshman - led OSU with a then-career-high 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting while Mellinger chipped in a then career-high 10 points and five rebounds. Florida was led by freshman Bernice Mosby's 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Gators shot just 15-percent from the field in the first half.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the weekend stacked up statistically with Florida:

	                  OSU	UFPoints per game	          70.2	70.1Points allowed per game	72.3	54.9Field goal percentage	44.6	41.73-pt field goal percent	33.3	36.5Free throw percentage	67.5	73.0Rebounds per game	         36.8	39.6Assists per game	         12.5	18.0Steals per game	         7.5	11.9

TIME CHANGES: Oregon State's game at Florida on Sunday has been changed to a 1 p.m. EST tip-off. The Beavers' Dec. 15 contest at University of South Alabama has been moved to 6 p.m. CST. Both games will be televised. Sunday's Beavers-Gators match-up will air on the Sunshine Network with Mick Hubert making the call and Mark Wise providing the color analysis. The OSU-USA game will be broadcast by ESPN Regional, with Sam Smith and Debbie Leonard providing the commentary.

LOOKING BACK AT UC SANTA BARBARA: Senior guard Shannon Howell scored 20 points and Kim Butler added 18, but Oregon State couldn't overcome poor first half shooting as UC Santa Barbara held on for a 76-71 victory on Dec. 5. The Beavers hit seven of their first eight field goals to open the second half of action and hit 57-percent of their shots in the frame, but the Gauchos converted just enough free throws down the stretch to get the win. Four UCSB players reached double figures in scoring with Kristen Mann's 20 points and six rebounds leading the way. Casey Bunn had nine points and six rebounds for the Beavers, while Tiffany Ducker pulled down a career-high eight boards.

LEADING THE PAC: Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell leads the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring on the season with 23.3 points per game and 140 total points. The 5-9 All-America candidate also leads the conference in minutes played with an average of 35.67 minutes on the floor in every game.

MORE ON THE PAC-10 LEADERBOARD: Senior Shannon Howell currently ranks in the Pacific-10 Conference top-10 in six different statistitical categories (scoring, assists, free throw percentage, 3-point field goals made, assist-turnover ratio, minutes played). Junior post Kim Butler also ranks in six different categories (scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, blocked shots, defensive rebounds). Butler's team leading .533 field goal percentage ranks 10th in the conference.

QUITE A COINCIDENCE: Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell ranks second in the nation for scoring with an average of 23.3 points per game. The 5-9 All-America candidate has scored 140 points over the first six games. Former Oregon State guard Juleen Smith - currently playing at Grambling University - leads the nation in scoring with 24.8 points per game.

LOOKING AT THE SCOREBOARD: Oregon State is averaging 70.2 points per game and has scored 70-plus points in four of its first six outings. Despite averaging 70 points per game, the Beavers are 0-4 on the season when the opposition scores 70 or more.

TOO CLOSE TO CALL: Four of Oregon State's first six games have been decided by five points or less. In 32 contests a year ago, the Beavers had just seven games decided by five points or less.

ADVANTAGE OSU: Oregon State holds an overall advantage against its opponents in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounding, and blocked shots after six games this season.

SECOND HALF DISPARITY: Oregon State has outscored its opponents in the first half of action by a 223 to 207 margin, but the Beavers have been outscored 227 to198 in the second half of play.

ROAD WARRIORS: Oregon State continues its road stretch this week with trips to Florida and South Alabama. 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 20 points and a team-leading four assists at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 5. Howell has reached double figures in scoring in all six of Oregon State's games this season and has scored 20-plus points on five occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 12 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 21 of her 28 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).

GOOD START: Since joining the starting line-up against No. 17 ranked Rutgers University on Nov. 26, freshman post Tiffany Ducker has hit 7-of-12 field goals and ranks second on the team with a .583 field goal percentage over the past four games. Ducker, from Stockton, CA, is averaging 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 points per game in the stretch.

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger has seen action in 100 games over the course of her four seasons at Oregon State. Mellinger, who played her first three seasons as Jessica Jones, has never missed a game in her career.

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 247-132 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .652 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 129-139 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 227-207 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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