Women's Basketball Faces Arizona Saturday

Jan. 22, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. -

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


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-12 overall; 1-7 Pac-10)
G #00 Ebony Young, 5-8,Jr., (2.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #21 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (19.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.4 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (4.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (13-5 overall; 5-3 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Sr., (18.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #21 Katrina Lindner, 5-6, Sr., (4.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #23 Natalie Jones, 5-10, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #44 Danielle Adefeso, 6-2, Sr., (4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Jr., (13.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona enters Saturday's game with a 13-5 overall record and a 5-3 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 18.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. The 5-6 All-America candidate also pulls down 5.1 rebounds. Junior post Shawntinice Polk adds 13.3 points while shooting .603 from the field, and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per outing. As a team, Arizona holds a .448 field goal percentage, but the Wildcats are shooting just .605 from the free throw line. UA had a 34-game winning streak in the McKale Center snapped on Jan. 9 against Stanford. The Wildcats used 23 points and six assists from Wheeler to come out with a 69-60 victory against Oregon on Thursday.

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.

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

	                OSU	UAPoints per game	        62.8	71.2Points allowed per game	68.1	63.6Field goal percentage	39.8	44.83-pt field goal percent	27.9	32.5Free throw percentage	70.6 	60.5Rebounds per game	        36.5	38.2Assists per game	        11.8	15.3Steals per game	         9.6	9.2

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 ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University used a 14-2 run in the second half to pull away and knock off Oregon State by a 50-38 margin on Jan. 20. The victory marked the ninth straight for the Sun Devils against the Beavers in Tempe. Neither team shot well from the field - 30-percent - and ASU held a slim 17-14 lead at halftime. Beaver senior Shannon Howell led all players with 16 points and dished out five assists. Freshman post Tiffany Ducker blocked a career-high four shots, while pulling down five rebounds and adding six points. Betsy Boardman and Kristen Kovesdy had 13 points each for Arizona State.

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.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's 38 points scored against Arizona State on Jan. 20 were its lowest point total since a 46-32 loss at Fordham on Dec. 17, 1997. The points were also the fewest ever scored by the Beavers in a Pacific-10 Conference game.

BIG BLOCKS: Freshman post Tiffany Ducker amassed a career-high four blocked shots against Arizona State on Jan. 20. Ducker leads the Beavers with 21 swats on the year and has blocked at least one shot in 11 different games.

TURNOVER TALK: For the second straight game, Oregon State matched its season-low by committing just 14 turnovers at Arizona State on Jan. 20. The Beavers had only 14 miscues against Washington on Jan. 15 and against Creighton on Dec. 2. The Beavers are averaging just 14.5 turnovers over the last four games.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell has reached double figures in scoring during five straight games. Howell has also led the Beavers in steals in three straight outings and has a team-best 41 swipes on the year.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .850 (85-for-100) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 181-of-220 free throw attempts for an .823 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 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 13 of Oregon State's 17 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 28 of her 39 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.

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 132-147 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 230-215 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.