Women's Basketball Hits The Road For Washington

Feb. 8, 2005


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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005
OSU at Washington
7 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Bank of America Arena)


Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005
OSU at Washington State
2 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
(Friel Court)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-16 overall; 1-11 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (1.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (18.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (9-14 overall; 5-8 Pac-10)
G #4 Emily Florence, 5-5, Fr., (3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #5 Cameo Hicks, 5-10, So., (8.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #10 Dominique Banks, 5-8, Fr., (7.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #1 Jill Bell, 6-0, So., (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
F #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, Jr., (9.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (5-17 overall; 1-12 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, Sr., (4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
G #23 Charmaine Jones, 5-6, Jr., (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #24 Adriane Ferguson, 6-0, So., (10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #32 Kate Benz, 6-2, So., (10.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #41 Keisha Moore, 6-2, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters the week with a 9-14 overall record and a 5-8 mark in Pacific-10 Conference action. The Huskies have lost three of their last four games, and hold a 5-7 record in games played at Bank of America Arena on the season. The balanced UW squad has no player averaging double figures in scoring, but six different people score seven or more points per game. Kayla Burt leads the squad with 9.7 points and 2.8 assists per game. Kristen O'Neill adds 9.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Jill Bell contributes 9.2 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per outing. The Huskies are shooting just 37-percent from the field but are hitting 32-percent of their 3-point field goal attempts. All 15 players on the roster at the start of the season have attempted at least one 3-pointer on the year.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 37-22. The Huskies and Beavers have split the last three season series meetings, with the Beavers winning the second game of the year on each occasion. UW has won 12 of the last 17 meetings overall and three of the last four in Seattle. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 7-12 record against Washington.

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.

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State University enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 5-17 overall record and a 1-12 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cougars have lost 14 of their last 15 games, inlcuding three straight since picking up a 79-69 victory in Pullman against California on Jan. 27. Sophomore forward Adriane Ferguson leads the team with 10.9 points per game. Sophomore Kate Benz adds 10.6 points and a conference leading 9.6 rebounds per outing. Three of WSU's five victories on the season have come in Pullman. Three of the Cougars' last four losses have been by seven points or less.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Washington State, 36-18. The Beavers have won 12 straight against the Cougars - their longest current winning streak against any opponent. WSU's most recent victory in the series was a 70-52 win on Feb. 13, 1999 in Pullman. Thirteen of WSU's 18 victories in the series have come in Pullman. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 16-4 record against Washington 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.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with Washington and Washington State:

	                OSU	UW	WSUPoints per game	        61.7	66.7	57.8Points allowed per game	67.9	69.8	65.9Field goal percentage	39.1	37.2	35.23-pt field goal percent	26.8	32.4	30.4Free throw percentage	72.4	69.1	69.0Rebounds per game	        35.7	37.6	39.0Assists per game	        11.2	14.1	12.9Steals per game	         8.9	10.0	8.3

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Ebony Young will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee against UCLA on Jan. 29. Sophomore guard Melanie Casey re-sprained her ankle in Monday's practice and is doubtful for Thursday's game at Washington.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Three Oregon State players reached double figures in scoring, but University of Oregon came away with a 64-55 victory against the Beavers on Feb. 5 in Eugene. The Beavers put together one of their better halves of the season, battling the Ducks basket-for-basket over opening 15 minutes. A key 8-0 run near the end of the half helped UO take a 35-27 lead into the locker room. The Beavers failed to score until six minutes into the second frame as Oregon pushed its advantage to 44-27. OSU closed the game on a 17-3 run and held a 37-34 rebounding edge in the game. Beaver senior guard Shannon Howell finished with a game-high 18 points and matched her season-best with five rebounds. Mandy Close added 12 points and matched her career-high with seven rebounds, while Casey Bunn had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Catherine Kraayeveld was the lone Oregon player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 17.

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.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State out-rebounded University of Oregon in both Civil War games this season.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger has played in 114 games during her career - tied for 7th place in the OSU record book...Senior guard Shannon Howell's 110 made free throws is tied for 9th in the OSU single season record book... Shannon Howell has reached double figures in scoring in a team-leading 16 games this season...Junior post Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 11 games, while Mandy Close has scored 10-plus on eight occasions...Junior forward Karen Vickery has six blocked shots in the last three games... Mandy Close has scored 500 career points at OSU... Shannon Howell has led the Beavers in assists during 16 games, scoring 14 times, and steals on 11 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 six 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...Oregon State's current six-game Pac-10 losing streak is its longest since a six-game slide in 2000-01... The Beavers have lost more than six consecutive Pac-10 games on only four occasions since joining the conference in 1986-87.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .866 (110-for-127) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 206-of-247 free throw attempts for an .834 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 16 of Oregon State's 22 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 31 of her 44 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 continues to lead 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.

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 133-151 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 231-219 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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