Women's Basketball Plays At South Alabama Wednesday

Dec. 14, 2004

MOBILE, Ala. -

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Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004
OSU at South Alabama
6 p.m. CST, Mobile, AL
(Mitchell Center)

Throughout the state on Beaver Sports Network

Television Broadcast - ESPN Plus

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-5 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (25.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (2.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg.)

G #11 Kendra Goodley, 6-0, Sr., (3.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
G #23 Qiana Mitchell, 5-10, Sr., (9.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #30 Katrina Martello, 5-11, Sr., (2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #21 Whitney Woodard, 5-10, So., (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #00 Genevieve Delk, 6-0, Sr., (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT SOUTH ALABAMA: University of South Alabama enters Wednesday's game against Oregon State with a 2-4 overall record. The game marks the home-opener for the Jaguars, who last played on Dec. 5 at Mississippi State - MSU won the 71-50 contest. USA is averaging just 56.8 points per game, while its opponents are scoring 59.2 points. The balanced South Alabama attack has five players scoring 7.8 points or more. JoAnna Williams leads the team with 9.3 points per game. The Jaguars reached the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 2004.

BEAVERS AND JAGUARS SERIES NUMBERS: Wednesday's game between Oregon State and South Alabama is the first meeting between the Beavers and Jaguars in the series.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Wednesday's game stacked up statistically with South Alabama:

	                 OSU	USAPoints per game	         70.1	56.8Points allowed per game	73.7	59.2Field goal percentage	44.6	36.93-pt field goal percent	        33.7	28.4Free throw percentage	69.6	65.5Rebounds per game	        36.0	37.7Assists per game	        12.4	10.3Steals per game	         8.1	7.8

TV TIME: Wednesday's game between Oregon State and the University of South Alabama will be broadcast by ESPN Regional, with Sam Smith and Debbie Leonard providing the commentary. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST. The game will also be aired with a live video feed on the OSU website - www.osubeavers.com - in conjunction with Yahoo! Sports. A sign-up fee of $5 will be required.

LOOKING BACK AT FLORIDA: Senior guard Shannon Howell scored a season-high 36 points and recorded a career-best seven steals, but Oregon State could not overcome the University of Florida's pressuring defense, as the Gators recorded an 82-70 victory on Dec. 12 in Gainesville. Howell had 22 points in the first half, including a 4-for-4 mark from 3-point range. The Gators used a 5-0 run to close out the first half and pulled in front by as many as 20 in the second frame. Kim Butler had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Beaver freshman guard Alcha Strane buried a pair of 3-point field goals to finish with six points. Oregon State committed a season-high 27 turnovers in the game.

FAST FACT: Oregon State is 1-0 on the season when three players reach double figures in scoring. The only players to score in double figures for the Beavers this season have been Shannon Howell, Mandy Close, and Kim Butler.

LOOKING AT THE SCOREBOARD: Oregon State is averaging 70.1 points per game and has scored 70-plus points in five of its first seven outings. Despite averaging 70.1 points per game, the Beavers are 0-5 on the season when the opposition scores 70 or more.

TOO CLOSE TO CALL: Four of Oregon State's first seven 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.

SHE'S #1: Senior guard Shannon Howell leads the nation in scoring with 25.1 points per game. The 5-9 All-America candidate has scored 176 points on the season and is shooting 41-percent (59-of-143) from the field.

ONE AND DONE: Oregon State has just a 1-5 all-time record when senior guard Shannon Howell scores 25 points or more in a single game. The Beavers are 1-3 this year when Howell has hit for 25 or more.

SECOND HALF DISPARITY: Oregon State has outscored its opponents in the first half of action by a 255 to 244 margin, but the Beavers have been outscored 272 to 236 in the second half of play.

THE END OF THE ROAD: Oregon State wraps up its road stretch on Wednesday at University of South Alabama. After the contest against USA, the Beavers will have played 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 a season-high 36 points and career-high seven steals at University of Florida on Dec. 12. Howell has reached double figures in scoring in all seven of Oregon State's games this season and has scored 20-plus points on six occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 13 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 22 of her 29 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).

ROUGH START: Oregon State has not started the season with a 2-5 record since the 1985-86 campaign.

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 247-133 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .650 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 129-140 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 227-208 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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