Women's Basketball Hosts No. 2 Stanford In Monday's Pac-10 Opener

Dec. 24, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE PLAY ON MONDAY AGAINST No. 2 RANKED STANFORD UNIVERSITY; CARDINAL HAS WON 8 STRAIGHT IN THE SERIES

Monday, Dec. 27, 2004
No. 2 Stanford at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004
California at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

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OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-5 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (22.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #31 Anita Rivera, 6-0, Jr., (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)

No. 2 STANFORD CARDINAL (8-1 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Sr., (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
G #11 Candice Wiggins, 5-11, Fr., (16.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 5-11, Sr., (4.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, Sr., (4.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
C #30 Brooke Smith, 6-3, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (6-3 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Sarah Pool, 5-7, So., (4.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.4 apg.)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Sr., (12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg)
F #15 Krista Foster, 6-1, Fr., (5.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, Sr., (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
C #23 Jessica Lawson, 6-3, Fr., (10.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT No. 2 STANFORD: No. 2 ranked Stanford University enters Monday's Pacific-10 Conference opener at Oregon State with an 8-1 overall record. The Cardinal started the season with eight straight victories before dropping a 70-67 contest at Tennessee on Dec. 21. Three Stanford players are averaging double figures in scoring with freshman guard Candice Wiggins' 16.3 points leading the way. Senior guard Kelley Suminski adds 12.6 points per game, while junior transfer Brooke Smith contributes 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Stanford is averaging 74.1 points per game while holding the opposition to just a 51.4 clip. The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 with a +8.8 rebounding margin.

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 32-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford, but the Cardinal have won eight straight since the Beaver victory. All six of Oregon State's victories against the Cardinal have come in Gill Coliseum. OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra is just 1-18 against the Cardinal.

PACIFIC-10 OPENER: Oregon State holds a 2-7 record in Pacific-10 Conference season openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm. The Beavers broke a six-game slide in Pac-10 openers after topping University of Southern California by a 63-61 margin on Dec. 27, 2002 in Corvallis. The victory also marked the 200th win in Spoelstra's coaching career. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1986-87 season, OSU is just 4-15 in conference openers. The Beavers have met Stanford in six openers, dropping all six contests by an average of 20.0 points per game. The Cardinal won last year's conference opener by an 88-65 margin in Maples Pavilion.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Pacific-10 Conference action stacked up against No. 2 Stanford and California:

	                OSU	STAN	CALPoints per game	        68.0	74.1	72.6Points allowed per game	66.7	51.4	65.2Field goal percentage	44.1	45.0	46.33-pt field goal percent	30.7	37.9	52.0Free throw percentage	69.2	70.9	75.7Rebounds per game	        36.8	41.2	33.3Assists per game	        12.1	15.0	17.0Steals per game	        10.0	12.3	9.2

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST STANFORD: No. 10 ranked Stanford University overcame a 15-point second half deficit as All-American Nicole Powell hit an off-balance jumper with 5.4 seconds on the clock to give the Cardinal a 67-66 victory against Oregon State on Feb. 28, 2004, spoiling senior day for the Beavers. OSU went into the locker room trailing by a slim 38-35 margin but the Beavers scored the first 10 points of the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Shannon Howell to build a seven point advantage with 16:31 on the clock. The Beavers extended their lead after capitalizing on a 21-3 run to open the frame and Stanford did not record a second half field goal until Powell buried a trey with 11:11 remaining. OSU failed to convert on the front end of a pair of 1-and-1 attempts from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds allowing the Cardinal to stay in the game. Howell finished with 20 points, while Brina Chaney recorded her 12th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Leilani Estavan became Oregon State's all-time assists leader after feeding Jessica Mellinger for a fastbreak lay-up early in the first half. Powell finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cardinal.

HOT-HAND HARRIET: Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell is averaging 26.0 points and shooting 42-percent (16-for-38) in two career games against Stanford University. The 5-9 All-America candidate has buried 6-of-15 (.400) 3-point field goals and 14-of-17 (.824) free throws against the Cardinal. In her first career game at Oregon State, Howell scored 32 points in the Pac-10 opener at Stanford on Dec. 27, 2003.

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters the opening week of Pac-10 play with a 6-3 overall record. The Golden Bears have won six straight - all in Berkeley. Four different players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior Leigh Gregory's 13.3 points per game. Fellow senior Kristin Iwanaga is averaging 12.9 points per game, while Jessica Lawson and Kiki Williams add 10.1 and 10.0 points, respectively. Cal leads the conference with a .520 (53-for-102) 3-point field goal percentage. Every player on the team has dished out at least one assist on the season and the squad is averaging 17.0 dishes per game.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 27-20. The Beavers have won eight of the last 13 meetings. The squads have split the season series during the past two years. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 11-7 against Cal.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: University of California used an 18-2 run over the end of the first half and start of the second half to hustle past Oregon State, 66-57, on Feb. 26, 2003. OSU senior post Hollye Chapman finished with 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Shannon Howell added 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Jessica Mellinger had a season-best six rebounds and Karen Vickery posted a career-high six points on 3-of-4 shooting. Brina Chaney became just the fifth player in Pac-10 history to record 200 career blocked shots after tallying five rejections in the game. Leigh Gregory's 18 points led the Cal attack that saw nine different players reach the scoring column. The Bears held a 50-42 advantage on the boards and both teams shot 36-percent from the floor.

LOOKING BACK AT PACIFIC: Eleven different Oregon State players reached the scoring column as the Beavers dominated the University of the Pacific, 72-43, on Dec. 21 in Gill Coliseum. OSU led from start to finish as UOP failed to get things going offensively. The Tigers were shooting a miserable 6-percent (1-for-15) with six minutes to play in the half and Oregon State built a 41-11 advantage at the break. The Beavers pulled in front by as many as 43 points (59-16) with 14:20 left. Senior guard Shannon Howell led all players with 19 points. Junior Mandy Close added 12 points, and Casey Bunn chipped in a season-best 11 points and tallied a career-high four steals. OSU shot 48-percent for the game, while Pacific hit only 28-percent from the field.

AT THE TURN: Oregon State holds a 4-5 overall record heading into Pacific-10 Conference action. The Beavers opened the 2001-02 campaign with a 4-5 record and finished the year with a 17-15 overall mark, including an 11-7 record in conference play.

STILL AT THE TOP: For the third consecutive week, senior guard Shannon Howell was leading the nation in scoring with 22.9 points per game when the last statistical report was administered on Dec. 20. Currently the 5-9 All-America candidate has scored 202 points on the season and is shooting 85-percent (50-for-59) from the free throw line.

IT'S ALL ABOUT 70: Oregon State has scored 70 or more points in six of its first nine games, but the Beavers are 0-5 on the season when the opposition scores 70 or more.

THREE IS KEY: Oregon State is a perfect 2-0 on the season when the Beavers have three players reach double figures in scoring.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State has scored first in eight of the nine games the Beavers have played this season.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Senior guard Shannon Howell finished 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 eight of Oregon State's nine 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 23 of her 31 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).

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 88 of their last 135 (.652) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 103-50 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 249-133 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 131-140 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 229-208 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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