Women's Basketball Hosts WSU On Thursday

Jan. 10, 2005

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO BREAK LOSING STREAK ON THURSDAY; BEAVERS SEARCH FOR 12TH STRAIGHT VICTORY AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005
Washington State at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 AM)

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005
Washington at OSU
3 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 AM)
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OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-10 overall; 0-5 Pac-10)
G #21 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (17.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg)
G #31 Anita Rivera, 6-0, Jr., (3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (4-11 overall; 0-6 Pac-10)
G #4 Ariana Scales, 5-8, Jr., (4.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #23 Charmaine Jones, 5-6, Jr., (9.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #24 Adriane Ferguson, 6-0, So., (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
F #15 Emma Joneby, 6-2, Sr., (7.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #32 Kate Benz, 6-2, So., (10.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (6-10 overall; 2-4 Pac-10)
G #4 Emily Florence, 5-5, Fr., (3.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #5 Cameo Hicks, 5-10, So., (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
G #20 Kayla Burt, 5-11, Jr., (8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #23 Maggie O'Hara, 6-3, So., (3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
F #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, Jr., (9.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State University enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with a 4-11 overall record and 0-6 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Cougars are looking to break an eight-game losing streak after starting the season with a 4-3 record. Senior forward Kate Benz, of Portland, OR, leads WSU with 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Adriane Ferguson adds 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per outing. The Cougars are scoring just 56.3 points per game and shooting .346 from the field. WSU holds a .711 free throw percentage.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 31-15. The Beavers have won 11 straight against the Cougars - their longest current winning streak against any opponent. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 15-4 record against Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE: Shannon Howell scored 21 points as No. 7 seeded Oregon State cruised to a 67-43 victory against No. 10 seeded Washington State on Mar. 5 in the opening game of the 2004 State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. The Beavers tied the tournament record for most rebounds in a game, after pulling down 50 boards, including 26 on the offensive glass. Senior post Hollye Chapman finished with a season-best 12 rebounds, catapulting her into sixth place on the OSU career rebound list (613). All 13 Oregon State players that dressed for the game saw action on the court. Neither team shot well from the field with OSU holding a 32-percent clip on the night while WSU hit 33-percent of its shots. The Beavers led 33-22 at the half. The victory was the 11th straight for the Beavers against the Cougars.

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters the week with a 6-10 overall record and 2-4 record in Pac-10 games. The Huskies have lost three in a row, after falling on the road at Stanford and being swept in Seattle by the Los Angeles schools. No UW player is averaging double figures in scoring, but six players are averaging more that seven points per game. Junior Kristen O'Neill leads the team with 9.6 points and a .397 shooting percentage. Sophomore Jill Bell adds 7.9 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds. As a team, UW is shooting just 35-percent from the field. The youthful Huskies have no seniors on their roster.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 36-22. The Huskies and Beavers have split the last two season series meetings, with both squads winning on its home court. UW has won 11 of the last 16 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 7-11 record against Washington.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST WASHINGTON: Oregon State center Brina Chaney took control and led the Beavers to a 62-59 victory against University of Washington in Gill Coliseum on Feb. 12, 2004. The 6-5 senior led all players with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds and tallied a season-high six blocked shots, including a crucial game-saving block of UW All-American Giuliana Mendiola's field goal attempt in the closing seconds. UW jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Beavers battled back to eventually take a 31-30 advantage into the locker room. The evenly matched second half saw neither team lead by more than three points. OSU senior Leilani Estavan added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and dished out a season-high eight assists. The Los Angeles native became the first player in school history to record 1,000 points and 500 assists during her career. Estavan broke the 1,000-point scoring barrier with a 3-pointer to open the scoring for OSU. Four players reached double figures in scoring for Washington, led by Mendiola's 17 points. Cameo Hicks added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. UW held a 25-11 offensive rebounding advantage, which kept the Huskies in the game despite shooting only 34-percent (26-of-77).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically against Washington State and Washington:

	                OSU	WSU	UWPoints per game	        63.0	56.3	64.0Points allowed per game	69.8	63.7	67.3Field goal percentage	40.5	34.6	35.03-pt field goal percent	28.3	30.2	30.7Free throw percentage	69.8	71.1	66.4Rebounds per game	        37.1	38.7	38.0Assists per game	        12.0	13.3	13.8Steals per game	         8.8	8.5	10.3

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: University of Oregon rolled to an 82-58 Civil War victory against Oregon State on Jan. 8 in Corvallis. The Ducks opened up a 38-25 halftime advantage and never looked back. The Beavers used a 9-2 run to open the second half and pull within six (40-34), but UO senior Cathrine Kraayeveld buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key that spurred a 16-2 Oregon run and eventual 34-9 streak over a 12-minute stretch. Mandy Close's jumper with just under 10 seconds to play saved the Beavers from suffering their worst loss in Civil War history. Oregon's 24-point margin of victory was its largest since a 25-point victory (72-47) on Feb. 7, 1986. Shannon Howell led all players with 19 points and matched her career-high with seven assists. Kim Butler added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Beavers. Oregon had four players reach double figures in scoring with Andrea Bills' 17 points and seven rebounds leading the way.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Melanie Casey is doubtful for this week's games against the Washington schools after spraining her ankle in practice on Jan. 1. Junior post Brittney Brown is questionable after spraining her ankle in practice on Jan. 9.

IT'S NOW OR...: Oregon State enters Thursday's game against Washington State looking to break a five-game skid and earn their first Pacific-10 Conference victory. The Cougars enter the contest on an eight-game slide and have lost 11 straight to Oregon State. OSU has won six consecutive games in Corvallis against WSU, dating back to Feb. 14, 1998.

HOT SHOT: Junior post Kim Butler has buried 14-of-22 field goals for 64-percent shooting and an average of 17.0 points over the past two games for the Beavers. On the season, Butler leads the squad with a .509 field goal percentage and ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game.

KEY THREE: The Oregon State trio of Shannon Howell, Kim Butler, and Mandy Close has combined to account for 61-percent of Oregon State's scoring offense. The trio combines to average 38.5 of Oregon State's 63.0 points per game. The three have also dished out a combined 83 assists, while the remaining 11 players that have seen action for the Beavers combine for 85 assists. Howell, Butler and Close are all averaging double figures in scoring, yet the trio has reached double figures in the same game on just one occasion - the season-opener at Idaho State University.

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 10 of Oregon State's 14 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 25 of her 36 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).

TURN IT AROUND: Oregon State has opened the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with an 0-5 record on just one other occasion in program history. The Beavers started the 1989-90 season with a 0-11 conference record and finished the season with a 1-17 mark in Pac-10 games.

LESS THAN 70: Oregon State is 0-9 on the season when allowing its opponent to score 70 or more points. The Beavers have scored 70-plus in seven of their first 14 games on the year, but just two of those games have been victories.

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.

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 138 (.638) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 103-53 in the friendly confines of Gill.

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

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 131-145 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 229-213 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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