Women's Basketball Visits Washington State On Saturday

Feb. 11, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-17 overall; 1-12 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #31 Anita Rivera, 6-0, Jr., (4.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (17.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (5-18 overall; 1-13 Pac-10)
G #3 Jessica Perry, 5-6, Sr., (4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #23 Charmaine Jones, 5-6, Jr., (9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #24 Adriane Ferguson, 6-0, So., (10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #32 Kate Benz, 6-2, So., (10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #41 Keisha Moore, 6-2, Jr., (6.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State University enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 5-18 overall record and a 1-13 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cougars have lost 15 of their last 16 games, including four straight since picking up a 79-69 victory in Pullman against California on Jan. 27. Sophomore Kate Benz is tied for the team-lead in scoring with 10.5 points and leads the Pac-10 with 9.6 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore forward Adriane Ferguson also chips in 10.5 points per outing. Three of WSU's five victories on the season have come in Pullman. The Cougars shot just 28-percent from the field and were 0-for-14 from 3-point range in Thursday's 62-47 loss to Oregon.

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 Saturday's game stacked up statistically with Washington State:

	                OSU	WSUPoints per game	        61.3	57.3Points allowed per game	68.6	65.7Field goal percentage	39.0	34.93-pt field goal percent	27.0	29.2Free throw percentage	        71.7	68.6Rebounds per game	        35.7	38.7Assists per game	11.3	12.8Steals per game	         8.9	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 did not make the trip to Seattle or Pullman.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: Junior posts Kim Butler and Karen Vickery combined to score 32 points and pull down 13 rebounds, but Oregon State couldn't overcome the turnover bug and University of Washington ran away with the 84-53 victory on Feb. 10. The Huskies led from the opening tip and held a 25-7 advantage in points off turnovers. Butler finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and dished out a career-high five assists. Vickery finished with a career-best 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Beavers. Cameo Hicks had 13 points and nine rebounds and Breanne Watson added 13 points for the Huskies. UW shot 48-percent from the field while OSU hit just 39-percent in the game.

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.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Assistant coach Mary Kincaid will celebrate her birthday on Saturday. In her 14 years of coaching, Kincaid has never lost a game on her birthday.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger has played in 115 games during her career - 7th place in the OSU record book...Senior guard Shannon Howell's 113 made free throws ranks 7th in the OSU single season record book... Shannon Howell has reached double figures in scoring in a team-leading 17 games this season...Junior post Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 12 games, while Mandy Close has scored 10-plus on eight occasions... Shannon Howell has led the Beavers in assists during 16 games, scoring 14 times, and steals on 12 occasions...Oregon State is 5-1 when leading at the half...Sophomore Casey Bunn leads the team in rebounding with 5.0 boards per game...Shannon Howell entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring with 18.1 points per game and ranking in the top-10 in six different statistical categories...Oregon State's .717 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 seven-game Pac-10 losing streak is its longest since an eight-game slide in 1998-99... 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 .863 (113-for-131) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 209-of-251 free throw attempts for an .833 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 17 of Oregon State's 23 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 32 of her 45 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.

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 133-152 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 231-220 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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