Women's Basketball Visits Arizona Schools

Jan. 17, 2005


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Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005
OSU at Arizona State
5:30 p.m. PST, Tempe, AZ
(Wells Fargo Arena)


Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005
OSU at Arizona
1 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ
(McKale Center)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-11 overall; 1-6 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #21 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (19.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (12-5 overall; 4-3 Pac-10)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, Sr., (10.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
G #30 Carrie Buckner, 5-9, Sr., (5.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #4 Emily Westerberg, 6-0, So., (11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #33 Amy Denson, 6-1, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #54 Kristen Kovesdy, 6-3, Jr., (10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (12-5 overall; 4-3 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Sr., (18.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #21 Katrina Lindner, 5-6, Sr., (4.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #23 Natalie Jones, 5-10, Jr., (8.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #44 Danielle Adefeso, 6-2, Sr., (3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.2 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Jr., (13.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters the week with a 12-5 overall record and 4-3 mark in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Sun Devils are coming off a 66-45 loss at USC on Jan. 15. Three ASU players average double figures in scoring. Sophomore forward Emily Westerberg leads the squad with 11.1 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds per outing. Kristen Kovesdy adds 10.9 points, while senior point guard Kylan Loney chips in 10.0 points and 2.5 assists per game. The defensive minded Sun Devils are allowing the opposition to score just 51.9 points per outing. ASU is averaging 63.7 points on the season, but just 57.6 points during Pac-10 games.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS SERIES NUMBERS: The all-time series between Oregon State and Arizona State is tied at 19, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The Sun Devils swept last year's series. ASU has won 11 of the last 15 games in the series, including eight consecutive games in Tempe. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an 8-10 record against the Sun Devils.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University won its eighth consecutive game against Oregon State in Tempe, AZ, after a 73-60 victory on Feb. 21, 2004. Senior guard Leilani Estavan returned to the line-up for the Beavers with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting including four 3-pointers. Seniors Krystal Turner and Hollye Chapman added 13 points each and Turner recorded her team-leading third double-double of the season with 12 rebounds. ASU went into the locker room with a slim 33-29 lead at the break, but the Sun Devils scored seven straight points to open the second half and put the game out of reach. Corvallis native Carrie Bucker led Arizona State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristen Kovesdy added 15 points.

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

	                 OSU	ASU	UAPoints per game	        64.3	63.7	71.4Points allowed per game	68.8	51.9	63.8Field goal percentage	40.8	43.3	45.03-pt field goal percent	28.8	32.1	32.5Free throw percentage	71.1 	65.5	59.7Rebounds per game	        37.5	35.5	38.4Assists per game	        12.3	16.6	15.4Steals per game	         9.1	11.3	9.0

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona enters the week with a 12-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats started the season with a 10-2 record. Six different UA players are averaging 6.2 points or more. Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler leads the squad with 18.5 points and 4.8 assists per game. The 5-6 All-America candidate also pulls down 5.1 rebounds. Junior post Shawntinice Polk adds 13.7 points while shooting .611 from the field, and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per outing. As a team, Arizona holds a .450 field goal percentage, but the Wildcats are shooting just .597 from the free throw line. UA had a 34-game winning streak in the McKale Center snapped on Jan. 9 against Stanford.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona holds a narrow 21-18 lead in the all-time series with Oregon State. The Beavers have won four of the last eight games in the series, but the Wildcats have won 12 of the last 16 meetings, including eight of the last nine games played in Tucson. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-13 against Arizona.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA: Senior post Hollye Chapman led Oregon State with 11 points and Mandy Close added 10, but it wasn't enough as University of Arizona cruised to a 77-54 victory on Feb. 19, 2004. The win marked the 26th in a row for the Wildcats in games played at the McKale Center. Senior guard Leilani Estavan missed the first game of her career and had a string of 93 consecutive starts broken after sitting out with an injured knee. Shannon Howell suffered a concussion in the second half of action, forcing her to miss the remainder of the game. UA led by as many as 35 points (66-31) in the middle of the second half and took a 45-20 lead into the locker room. Shawntinice Polk led the Wildcats with 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Kerstin Brosterhous had a career-high six rebounds and Bailey Stokes added four boards. The Beavers committed a season-high 26 turnovers in the contest.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: Senior guard Shannon Howell poured in 34 points, but it wasn't enough as University of Washington recorded the 75-64 victory on Jan. 15 in Gill Coliseum. Howell broke the 30-point scoring barrier for the second straight game, burying 12-of-23 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws. The senior All-America candidate also tallied five steals and scored 23 of Oregon State's final 27 points. The Beavers forced 29 UW turnovers in the contest, but shot a frigid 34-percent compared to the Huskies' 50-percent clip. Washington held a 32-22 lead at the half. The Beavers narrowed the gap to four points (43-39) with 11:01 left, but UW answered with a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. Three Huskies reached double figures in scoring with Kristen O'Neill's 23 points leading the way. UW hit 8-of-12 3-point field goals.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Senior guard Shannon Howell led all players with 33 points, helping Oregon State roll to an 83-55 victory against Washington State on Jan. 13. The Beavers led from start to finish en route to their first Pacific-10 Conference victory of the season. WSU managed just two field goals over the final eight minutes of action as OSU extended its lead to 30 (80-50) with just 2:42 left. Cougar head coach Sherri Murrell was ejected from the game with 6:18 remaining. Howell hit 9-of-20 field goals and 12-of-13 free throws for her fourth career 30-plus scoring outing. The 5-9 All-America candidate also dished out five assists and amassed five steals. Junior guard Mandy Close added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Kate Benz led a pair of Washington State players in double figures for scoring with 16 points and 14 rebounds. OSU shot 46-percent for the game, while holding WSU to just a 33-percent clip. The victory was the 12th straight for the Beavers against the Cougars.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Melanie Casey has missed five straight games and is doubtful for Thursday's contest at Arizona State after spraining her ankle in practice on Jan. 1.

FAST FACT: Senior guard Shannon Howell became just the second player in Oregon State history, and first since 1989, to score 30-plus points in back-to-back Pacific-10 Conference games. Howell poured in 33 points against Washington State (Jan. 13) and 34 points against Washington (Jan. 15). Chelle Flamoe had 32 points at Arizona (Feb. 10, 1989) and followed that performance with 30 points against Washington (Feb. 17, 1989).

GOOD WEEKEND: Senior guard Shannon Howell buried 21-of-43 (.488) field goals and 20-of-23 (.870) free throws for 67 points in Oregon State's games against the Washington schools last week. The All-America candidate also recorded 10 steals and dished out six assists.

LOW 'TO': Oregon State matched its season-low by committing just 14 turnovers against Washington on Jan. 15. The Beavers also had just 14 miscues earlier this season against Creighton (Dec. 2). OSU forced a season-high 29 turnovers against the Huskies. The Beavers are averaging just 14.7 turnovers over the last three games.

KEEP IT UP: Oregon State has had 10 or more players reach the scoring column in four games on the season (Idaho State, Rutgers, Pacific, Washington State). Against WSU on Jan. 13, the Beavers had 10 players score, nine players pull down at least one rebound, and eight players dish out an assist.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .854 (82-for-96) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 178-of-216 free throw attempts for an .824 clip - the highest career free throw percentage in school history.

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. The Los Angeles native has scored 30-plus in two straight games, hitting 12-of-23 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 34 points against Washington on Jan. 15. She buried 9-of-20 shots and 12-of-13 free throws for 33 points against Washington State on Jan. 13. Howell also amassed five steals against both UW and WSU. Howell has reached double figures in scoring in 12 of Oregon State's 16 games this season and has scored 20-plus points on eight occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 15 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 27 of her 38 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.

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 89 of their last 140 (.636) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 104-54 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 132-146 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 230-214 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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