Women's Basketball Hosts Utah Valley State Tuesday

Jan. 31, 2005


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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005
Utah Valley State at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-15 overall; 1-10 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (18.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

G #11 Courtney Lynn, 5-8, Sr., (4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Scabby, 5-6, So., (4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #24 Miriam Palkki, 6-1, Jr., (11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
F #43 Kaydee Allred, 6-0, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #40 Katie Wilson, 6-0, Sr., (9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT UTAH VALLEY STATE: Utah Valley State College heads into Tuesday's game against Oregon State with a 2-16 overall record. The Wolverines' last victory was a 37-28 win against Montana State on Jan. 6. Junior posts Miriam Palkki and Kaydee Allred lead the squad in scoring with 11.9 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Senior center Katie Wilson pulls down a team-best 7.3 rebounds per outing. UVSC is 0-12 in road games on the season. The Wolverines dropped a 75-66 decision at Portland State on Dec. 28 and a 74-58 game at Portland on Dec. 30. UVSC averages just 56.1 points per game.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series against Utah Valley State College, 1-0. The Beavers topped the Wolverines by a 72-38 margin in last year's season opener on Nov. 21, 2003.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Tuesday's game stacked up statistically against Utah Valley State:

OSU UVSCPoints per game 62.2 56.1Points allowed per game 69.3 71.3Field goal percentage 39.4 37.43-pt field goal percent 26.9 30.2Free throw percentage 71.4 66.5Rebounds per game 35.9 37.1Assists per game 11.6 13.1Steals per game 9.0 5.7

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST UTAH VALLEY STATE: Oregon State picked up its 400th victory in program history and earned its sixth consecutive season opening win when the Beavers rolled past Utah Valley State College by a 72-38 margin on Nov. 21, 2003. Brina Chaney finished with 12 points and five blocked shots, while Leilani Estavan added 12 points and six assists for the Beavers. Chaney's five swats moved her into second place on the OSU all-time blocked shots list with a career total of 145. OSU buried 11-of-20 3-point field goal attempts and held a 41-29 rebounding edge for the game. UVSC's Miriam Palkki had a game-high15 points. Oregon State improved to 9-0 in home openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Ebony Young will miss Tuesday's game against Utah Valley State after spraining her right knee against UCLA on Jan. 29. Young will undergo a MRI later this week. A game-time decision will be made on whether sophomore guard Melanie Casey will see action against UVSC. Casey re-aggravated a previously sprained ankle in practice on Jan. 30.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: UCLA used a 33-10 run to close out the first half and roll to a 74-54 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 29 in Corvallis. OSU opened strong, taking an early 10-2 lead helped in part by a pair of Karen Vickery buckets, but the Bruins rallied back and put the game out of reach. UCLA scored 19 straight over the end of the first half and beginning of the second. Sophomore Casey Bunn finished with a season-best 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting and a 7-of-8 free throw clip to lead the Beavers. Anita Rivera chipped in 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, while Vickery amassed a career-best three blocked shots, scored six points and pulled down four rebounds. Bunn and Rivera combined to score 21 of Oregon State's 34 second half points and the Beavers closed the game on a 17-6 run. UCLA held a commanding 46-27 rebounding edge.

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.

FAST FACT: Senior guard Shannon Howell has made 16 consecutive free throws heading into Tuesday's non-conference game against Utah Valley State. Howell has hit a team-leading 101-of-116 (.871) free throws on the year, including 51-of-57 attempts in Pacific-10 Conference outings. The Oregon State record for consecutive free throws made is 21, set by All-American Felicia Ragland over a six-game stretch during the 2001-02 season.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .871 (101-for-116) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 197-of-236 free throw attempts for an .835 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 20 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 42 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.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 89 of their last 142 (.627) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 104-55 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 132-150 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 230-218 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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