Women's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season In The Bay Area

Feb. 21, 2005

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ENDS REGULAR SEASON IN THE BAY AREA; BEAVERS BATTLE CALIFORNIA ON THURSDAY BEFORE A SATURDAY CLASH AGAINST No. 3 RANKED STANFORD

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005
OSU at California
7 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA
(Haas Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 AM)

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005
OSU at #3 Stanford
2 p.m. PST, Palo Alto, CA
(Maples Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KTHH (990 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-20 overall; 1-15 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (2.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (17.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.1 apg)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #44 Karen Vickery, 6-2, Jr., (3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.5 bpg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (9-16 overall; 3-13 Pac-10)
G #3 Sarah Pool, 5-7, So., (4.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Sr., (10.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, Sr., (11.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #30 Kiki Williams, 6-1, Sr., (8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
C #23 Jessica Lawson, 6-3, Fr., (10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)

No. 3 STANFORD CARDINAL (24-2 overall; 15-1 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Sr., (11.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #24 Susan King-Borchardt, 5-7, Sr., (8.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 5-11, Sr., (4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, Sr., (5.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #44 Azella Perryman, 6-1, Sr., (4.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters the week with a 9-16 overall record and 3-13 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Golden Bears are 8-5 on the season in games played in Haas Pavilion. Cal has three players averaging double figures in scoring with senior Leigh Gregory's 11.9 points leading the way. Freshman post Jessica Lawson adds 10.4 points and team-best 5.2 rebounds per outing, while Kristin Iwanaga adds 10.3 points and a conference-best .937 free throw percentage. The Bears lead the Pac-10 with a .382 (113-for-296) 3-point field goal percentage. Cal has lost 11 of its last 12 games.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 27-21. The Beavers have won eight of the last 14 meetings. The squads have split the season series during the past two years. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 11-8 against Cal.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: Junior guard Mandy Close scored 21 points, but Oregon State was unable to overcome a fast start by University of California, and the Golden Bears recorded a 77-71 victory on Dec. 29 in Gill Coliseum. OSU shot just 29-percent in the opening half, allowing Cal to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room. Close buried 8-of-16 field goals, pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists for the Beavers. Senior guard Shannon Howell shot just 2-of-13 from the field and managed only four points. Casey Bunn finished with 11 points and senior guard Jessica Mellinger matched her career-high with seven assists. Freshman Tiffany Ducker just missed a double-double with a career-best nine rebounds and nine points. Senior Leigh Gregory led Cal with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while fellow senior Kiki Williams tallied her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with California and No. 3 ranked Stanford:

	                OSU	CAL	STANPoints per game	        61.1	66.8	78.0Points allowed per game	68.8	72.7	56.5Field goal percentage	39.0	43.1	47.73-pt field goal percent	26.6	38.2	37.3Free throw percentage	72.6	73.2	73.5Rebounds per game	        35.3	34.7	40.2Assists per game	        10.8	14.1	16.7Steals per game	         8.5	7.7	10.2

A GLANCE AT No. 2 STANFORD: No. 3 ranked Stanford University enters the week with a 24-2 overall record and a 15-1 record in Pac-10 games. The Cardinal is a perfect 11-0 in Maples Pavilion on the season and have won 35 consecutive conference games at home. Stanford is riding a 15-game winning streak and is outscoring its opponents by 21.5 points per game (78.0-56.5). Three players are averaging double figures in scoring with Candice Wiggins' 17.4 points and 74 assists leading the way. Brooke Smith adds 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while senior guard Kelley Suminski chips in 11.6 points and is shooting 46-percent (52-for-114) from 3-point range. The Cardinal is the best free throw shooting team in the Pac-10 with a .735 clip. Stanford has outscored its opponents nearly 2 to 1 in the opening half of action (1002-651).

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 33-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford, but the Cardinal have won nine straight since the Beaver victory. Oregon State has never won in Maples Pavilion, holding an 0-19 record in Palo Alto. OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra is just 1-19 against the Cardinal.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST No. 5 STANFORD: Oregon State was hampered by poor shooting as No. 5 ranked Stanford University rolled to an 83-45 victory in the Dec. 27 Pacific-10 Conference opener for both squads. The Beavers managed just 30-percent shooting in the contest compared to the Cardinal's 52-percent clip. OSU senior guard Shannon Howell, who entered the game leading the nation in scoring with 22.9 points per game, was held to a career-low two points on just 1-of-14 shooting. Junior guard Mandy Close led the Beavers in scoring with 13 points and matched her career-best with four steals, while junior post Kim Butler chipped in 10 points. Stanford had three players reach double figures in scoring with Brooke Smith's 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting leading everyone. Stanford held a 50-31 rebounding edge.

REGULAR SEASON FINALE: Oregon State is just 1-8 all-time in its regular season finale during Judy Spoelstra's coaching tenure. The Beavers have closed out the year against Stanford University three times during the stretch - falling short on all three occasions.

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 will not play against the Bay Area schools.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University used a decisive run at the end of the first half to come away with a 66-56 victory against Oregon State on Feb. 19. The Sun Devils took a 36-27 lead into the locker room after closing out the first half on a 6-0 run and the Beavers were unable to get any closer than within seven points the rest of the way. OSU junior Kim Butler led the team with 15 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 clip from the free throw line. Anita Rivera added a season-best 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while Shannon Howell chipped in 10 points. Amy Denson led ASU with a career-best 18 points. The Beavers held a 31-29 rebounding edge, but the Sun Devils shot 45-percent from the field compared to OSU's 37-percent clip.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Oregon State had one of its most balanced scoring outputs of the season with five players contributing nine or more points, but the Beavers dropped a 78-59 decision against University of Arizona on Feb. 17. The Wildcats used a 20-4 run in the middle of the first half to take a commanding lead. OSU closed out the frame on an 11-0 run to pull within 32-25 at intermission. The Beavers trailed by just four points (59-55) after senior Jessica Mellinger converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 5:27 left, but UA All-American guard Dee Dee Wheeler single handedly went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. Junior guard Mandy Close hit 5-of-8 field goals for a team-high 11 points, while Kim Butler also reached double figures in scoring with 10. Mellinger added a season-best nine points on 3-of-4 shooting. Four Wildcat players reached double figures, led by Wheeler's 22 points. The victory was Arizona's sixth straight in the series.

ANOTHER STREAK TO WATCH: Junior post Kim Butler has buried 14 consecutive free throws. Butler's last miss from the charity stripe came in the second half against Washington on Feb. 10. Earlier this season senior guard Shannon Howell matched the Oregon State record with 21 consecutive free throws made.

IT COULD HAPPEN: If Oregon State sweeps the weekend series in the Bay Area, the Beavers will finish the season with a better road record than record in Gill Coliseum for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Oregon State has not picked up a victory outside of Corvallis in 2005. The Beavers have dropped seven-straight road games, with their last victory coming on Dec. 15, 2004 at University of South Alabama.

DID YOU KNOW: Stanford, California, and Oregon State rank 1-2-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference for free throw percentage. The Cardinal hold a .735 clip from the line, while Cal is hitting .732, and the Beavers are maintaining a .726 mark.

NOT SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT: Oregon State's current .390 field goal percentage ranks as the lowest in program history, dating back to the 1980-81 season - the Beavers have never shot below 40-percent in a single season. OSU's 10.8 assists per game are also the fewest in program history - the Beavers have averaged at least 12.7 assists per game since 1980-81.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger has played in 118 games during her career - tied for 4th place in the OSU record book...Senior guard Shannon Howell's 127 made free throws ranks 4th in the OSU single season record book... Junior post Kim Butler has made 14 consecutive free throws... Shannon Howell has reached double figures in scoring in a team-leading 19 games this season... Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 14 games, while Mandy Close has scored 10-plus on 10 occasions... Shannon Howell has led the Beavers in assists during 16 games, scoring 15 times, and steals on 12 occasions... Shannon Howell entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring with 17.6 points per game and ranking in the top-10 in seven different statistical categories...Oregon State's .726 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 10-game Pac-10 losing streak is its longest since a 12-game slide in 1997-98... The Beavers have lost more than eight consecutive Pac-10 games on only two other occasions since joining the conference in 1986-87.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .864 (127-for-147) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 223-of-267 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 19 of Oregon State's 26 games this season and has scored 20-plus points on 10 occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 17 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 34 of her 48 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 145 (.621) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 105-57 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 133-155 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 231-223 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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