Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA At 7:30 P.M. Saturday

Jan. 28, 2005


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Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005
7:30 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-14 overall; 1-9 Pac-10)
G #00 Ebony Young, 5-8, Jr., (3.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (19.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (4.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)

UCLA BRUINS (12-7 overall; 6-4 Pac-10)
G #20 Lauren Pedersen, 5-10, Fr., (3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
G #32 Nikki Blue, 5-8, Jr., (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.8 apg.)
G #40 Lisa Willis, 5-11, Jr., (15.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #14 Lindsey Pluimer, 6-3, Fr., (9.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
F #31 Amanda Livingston, 6-1, So., (7.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 12-7 overall record and a 6-4 record in Pac-10 games. The Bruins will be playing without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Noelle Quinn, who underwent knee surgery on Jan. 19 for a torn meniscus. Two other Bruin players are averaging double figures in scoring with Lisa Willis contributing 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Nikki Blue is averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 assists. Freshman post Lindsey Pluimer adds 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. UCLA is averaging 72.0 points per game and leads the Pac-10 with 12.21 steals per outing. The Bruins dropped a 78-71 decision to University of Oregon on Jan. 27 despite having three players reach double figures in scoring. Willis led the team with 24 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Blue finished with 15 points, nine assists, and five steals.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 26-16. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 7-12 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won six of the last 10 outings, including four of the last five in Corvallis.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST No. 23 UCLA: No. 23 ranked UCLA rolled to a 73-45 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 2. The Beavers struggled shooting from the start and the Bruins took a 27-18 lead into the locker room. OSU managed just 1-for-23 shooting from 3-point range in the game and hit only 27-percent from the floor, while UCLA shot 39-percent. Freshman Tiffany Ducker led the Beavers with eight points and eight rebounds. Ebony Young added seven points and two assists. Junior guard Mandy Close was forced to leave the game late in the second half after suffering a concussion. The Bruins had three players reach double figures in scoring led by Noelle Quinn's 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight steals.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Saturday's game stacked up statistically against UCLA:

	                OSU	UCLAPoints per game	        62.7	72.0Points allowed per game	69.1	66.1Field goal percentage	39.5	41.23-pt field goal percent	28.1	35.0Free throw percentage	71.3 	69.8Rebounds per game	        36.4	38.9Assists per game	        11.5	14.8Steals per game	        9.2	12.2

TV TIME: Oregon State's 7:30 p.m. game on Saturday against UCLA will be broadcast on Fox Sports throughout the Northwest and in the Los Angeles area. Cara Capuano and Mary Murphy will provide the commentary. The Beavers hold a 1-3 record in televised games this season.

FILL GILL: All tickets for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game against UCLA will be available for $1.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Oregon State had three players reach double figures in scoring, but University of Southern California came away with a 69-59 victory on Jan. 27 in Gill Coliseum. Beaver junior guard Ebony Young buried 5-of-7 field goals and made 3-of-4 3-pointers for a career-high 13 points. Senior Shannon Howell finished with a game-high 20 points, while Kim Butler added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. USC led from the start, taking an early 13-3 advantage as OSU failed to hit a field goal until seven minutes into the game. The Women of Troy built a 32-22 halftime lead and the Beavers were unable to pull closer than within six points (32-26) the rest of the way. OSU shot 42-percent for the game compared to USC's 39-percent, but the Beavers committed 26 turnovers.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Junior post Kim Butler buried 7-of-16 field goals en route to a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds at University of Arizona on Jan. 22, but the Wildcats used a torrid shooting attack to record the 86-65 victory against Oregon State. UA hit 52-percent of its field goals compared to OSU's 32-percent clip for the game. Arizona shot 62-percent in the opening half, taking a 47-23 lead into the locker room. Junior Anita Rivera had a season-best 11 points and pulled down five rebounds, while sophomore Melanie Casey scored a career-high seven points and grabbed three rebounds for the Beavers. All five Arizona starters reached double figures in scoring, led by freshman Jessica Arnold's 21 points. Oregon State's bench outscored the Wildcats by a 30-11 margin.

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.

MAKING PROGRESS: Oregon State had three players reach double figures in scoring for just the second time on the season after Shannon Howell (20 points), Kim Butler (14 points) and Ebony Young (13 points) all scored 10-plus against USC on Jan. 27. The Beavers had a trio of players (Howell, Butler, and Mandy Close) score in double figures at Idaho State in the season opener.

TRYING TO AVOID IT: Oregon State has not been swept in the season series by the Los Angeles schools since the 1996-97 campaign.

WHAT'S YOUR GUESS: Oregon State has had 10 different starting line-ups over the first 19 games. The Beavers have kept the same starting five for no more than three consecutive contests. Eleven different players have started on the season. Junior guard Mandy Close has started in 64 games over the course of her career - the most of any current OSU player.

THIS SHOULD BE IT: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger needs to see action in Saturday's game against UCLA to move into a tie for 9th place in the Oregon State record book for career games played. Mellinger has currently seen action in 111 games over the course of her four seasons. The all-time record for games played is 123, set by Brina Chaney (2001-04) and Hollye Chapman (2001-04).

BUTLER COMES UP BIG: Junior post Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in two straight games for the Beavers. Butler has reached double figures in scoring during 10 games on the year - second most on the team. She's led the squad in scoring during three games and has been the team leader in rebounding on seven occasions. Butler ranks second on the team with 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

CLOSE TO 500: Junior guard Mandy Close needs just 23 more points for 500 in her career. The defensive specialist ranks third on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game and is second on the squad in assists with 35 total.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .866 (97-for-112) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 193-of-232 free throw attempts for an .832 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 14 of Oregon State's 19 games this season and has scored 20-plus points on nine occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 16 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 29 of her 41 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). She currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

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 141 (.631) 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 132-149 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 230-217 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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