Women's Basketball Heads To Eugene For Saturday's Civil War

Feb. 3, 2005


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Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005
OSU at Oregon
7 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(McArthur Court)



OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-15 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, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (18.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

OREGON DUCKS (14-6 overall; 7-4 Pac-10)
G #11 Kaela Chapdelaine, 5-10, Fr., (3.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
G #13 Corrie Mizusawa, 5-8, Sr., (4.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 7.3 apg.)
F #33 Cathrine Kraayeveld, 6-4, Sr., (15.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #54 Eleanor Haring, 6-1, So., (7.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #44 Andrea Bills, 6-3, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War as presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers with a 14-6 overall record and a 7-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Ducks are 9-1 on the season in games played on McArthur Court and a perfect 6-0 in conference tilts. Senior forward Catherine Kraayeveld leads the squad with 15.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds. Fellow post Andrea Bills adds 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per outing. UO has six players contributing more than six points per game. As a team, Oregon is shooting 45-percent from the field while holding the opposition to just a 38-percent clip. The Ducks are out-rebounding their opponent 37.2 to 34.7.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 50-16, dating back to the 1976-77 season. The Ducks have won 18 of the last 23 meetings, but the Beavers have won three of the last eight. OSU has won just six games at McArthur Court during the series. The Beavers' most recent victory in Eugene was a 61-53 thriller on Jan. 19, 2002. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 4-16 against Oregon.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST 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.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Saturday's Civil War stacked up statistically with Oregon:

	                OSU	UOPoints per game	        62.0	69.7Points allowed per game	68.0	61.2Field goal percentage	39.0	44.73-pt field goal percent	27.0	36.6Free throw percentage	72.4	66.6Rebounds per game	        35.7	37.2Assists per game	        11.3	16.5Steals per game	         9.1	7.5

GREAT ATMOSPHERE: The past seven regular season Civil War clashes in Eugene have seen attendance figures of over 5,000 fans in each of the games played at Mac Court.

THIS IS IT: Oregon State senior guard Jessica Mellinger has participated in three Civil War victories for the Beavers. Oregon State and Oregon have split the regular season series the last three years. Mellinger is looking to join a group of just four players (Tanja Kostic, Anette Mollerstrom, AJ Dionne, and Kim McGrew) to earn a Civil War victory in every year of their career. The last time Oregon State defeated Oregon in four straight seasons was 1993, `94, `95, `96.

TV TIME: Saturday's Civil War will be televised live on the Oregon Sports Network with Joe Giansante and Cathy Nelson making the call. The game will air in the Eugene/Corvallis area on KEZI as well as in the Portland/Salem area on Comcast Cable's channel 14.

LOOKING BACK AT UTAH VALLEY STATE: Oregon State broke a five-game losing streak and matched the school record for fewest turnovers in a game as the Beavers rolled past Utah Valley State College, 57-43, on Feb. 1. OSU committed just one turnover in the first half and finished with seven on the night - it's fewest since Feb. 28, 2004 against Stanford. The balanced Beaver attack saw five players score nine points or more, with junior post Kim Butler's 13 points and nine rebounds leading the way. Senior guard Shannon Howell matched the Oregon State record for consecutive free throws made - connecting on 21 in a row over a span of four games before the streak came to a halt in the second half. OSU closed out the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 33-25 advantage into the locker room. The Beavers buried 23-of-27 free throws for the game while UVSC was 4-of-6 from the line. Mandy Close, Casey Bunn, and Anita Rivera all had nine points.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Ebony Young will miss Saturday's game against Oregon after spraining her right knee against UCLA on Jan. 29. Results from Young's MRI are expected to be back on Friday. Sophomore guard Melanie Casey continues to recover from a sprained ankle and is questionable for action in Saturday's Civil War,

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.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger has played in 113 games during her career - tied for 8th place in the OSU record book...Senior guard Shannon Howell's 106 made free throws is tied for 10th in the OSU single season record book...Shannon Howell has reached double figures in a team-leading 15 games this season...Junior post Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 11 games, while Mandy Close has scored 10-plus on seven occasions...Junior guard Anita Rivera is averaging 8.2 points per game over the last four contests...Junior forward Karen Vickery has five blocked shots in the last two games...Mandy Close needs just 12 more points for 500 in her career...Shannon Howell has led the Beavers in assists during 15 games, scoring 13 times, and steals on 10 occasions...Oregon State is 5-1 when leading at the half...Sophomore Casey Bunn leads the team in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game...Shannon Howell leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 18.1 points per game and ranks in the top-10 in seven different statistical categories...Oregon State's .724 free throw percentage is the second highest in school history...OSU matched the school record for fewest turnovers in a game with seven against Utah Valley State on Feb. 1.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .869 (106-for-122) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 202-of-242 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 15 of Oregon State's 21 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 30 of her 43 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 18.1 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 90 of their last 143 (.629) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 105-55 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 250-133 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .653 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 133-150 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 231-218 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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