Women's Basketball Meets #7 Seeded Washington In Pac-10 Tournament on Friday

March 1, 2005

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Friday, Mar. 4, 2005
#10 OSU vs. #7 Washington
6 p.m. PST, San Jose, CA
(HP Pavilion)

#10 OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-22 overall; 1-17 Pac-10)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (17.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (3.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

#7 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (13-15 overall; 9-9 Pac-10)
G #4 Emily Florence, 5-5, Fr., (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
G #5 Cameo Hicks, 5-10, So., (9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #10 Dominique Banks, 5-8, Fr., (7.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #1 Jill Bell, 6-0, So., (8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
F #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, Jr., (9.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: The No. 7 seeded University of Washington Huskies enters the opening round of the State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament with a 13-15 overall record. UW finished the conference skein as winners of four of its last five games to finish with a 9-9 Pac-10 mark. 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. Cameo Hicks adds 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Kristen O'Neill contributes 9.1 points per game. The Huskies are shooting just 38-percent from the field but are hitting 33-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, 38-22. Up until this year, the Huskies and Beavers had split three straight season series meetings, with the Beavers winning the second game of the year on each occasion. UW swept the regular season meetings and has won 13 of the last 18 meetings overall. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 7-13 record against Washington.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Friday's game stacked up statistically with Washington:

	                OSU	UWPoints per game	        60.3	67.4Points allowed per game	69.5	68.4Field goal percentage	38.7	37.83-pt field goal percent	26.4	33.0Free throw percentage	72.4	69.0Rebounds per game	        35.2	37.7Assists per game	        11.0	14.4Steals per game	         8.4	10.3

FIRST TIME AROUND AGAINST WASHINGTON (JANUARY 15 - CORVALLIS): 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.

SECOND TIME AROUND AGAINST WASHINGTON (FEBRUARY 10 - SEATTLE): 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.

BIG NUMBERS: Senior guard Shannon Howell has scored 30-plus points in two of her four career games against University of Washington. Howell is averaging 22.0 points per game, while shooting .433 (29-for-67) from the field, and .348 (8-for-23) from 3-point range against the Huskies. The Beavers are 1-3 against UW during Howell's career.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State holds a 2-3 all-time record in Pacific-10 Conference Tournament action. The breakdown of games played follows:
No. 5 Oregon State 69, No. 4 USC 68 (Mar. 2, 2002)
No. 1 Stanford 71, No. 5 Oregon State 55 (Mar. 3, 2002)
No. 3 Arizona 70, No. 6 Oregon State 56 (Mar. 8, 2003)
No. 7 Oregon State 67, No. 10 Washington State 43 (Mar. 5, 2004)
No. 2 Arizona 81, No. 7 Oregon State 58 (Mar. 6, 2004)

THE 10 SEED: The 10th seeded team has never won a game in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament (0-3).

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.

WHAT THE WINNER GETS: The winner of the Oregon State-Washington game will face #2 seeded University of Oregon on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. The Beavers dropped both regular season Civil War meetings, with the Ducks holding a 73.0-56.5 scoring margin. OSU held a 35.5-32.0 rebounding edge.

TOP-NOTCH TRIO: The trio of Shannon Howell, Kim Butler, and Mandy Close has combined to lead the Beavers in scoring during 26 of Oregon State's 28 games on the season, including eight straight. UCLA is the only team that one of the trio did not lead OSU in scoring. Tiffany Ducker took game-high scoring honors at UCLA, while Casey Bunn led the Beavers against the Bruins in Corvallis.

FAST FACT: Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell ranks 21st in the nation for free throw percentage with an 85.8-percent clip.

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

SPREADING THE WEALTH: Oregon State's 17 assists at California on Feb. 24 matched the season-best for assists in a single game. OSU also had 17 dishes in the season opener at Idaho State on Nov. 19, 2004.

NOT SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT: Oregon State's current .387 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 11.0 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 120 games during her career - the 4th place in the OSU record book...Senior guard Shannon Howell's 133 made free throws ranks 3rd in the OSU single season record book... Shannon Howell has reached double figures in scoring in a team-leading 20 games this season... Kim Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 14 games, while Mandy Close has scored 10-plus on 11 occasions... Shannon Howell has led the Beavers in assists during 18 games, scoring 17 times, and steals on 12 occasions... Shannon Howell finished the regular season ranked 3rd in the Pac-10 for scoring with 17.1 points per game and ranked 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 11-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...OSU has lost 17 of its last 19 games...The Beavers' 22 losses are second only to 26 losses during the 1989-90 campaign.

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Shannon Howell is shooting a team-best .858 (133-for-155) from the free throw line on the season. In her two years at OSU, Howell has buried 229-of-275 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 20 of Oregon State's 28 games this season and has scored 20-plus points on 11 occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 18 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 35 of her 50 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 133-157 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 231-225 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.