Women's Basketball Hits The Court For Five-Game Homestand

Dec. 27, 2000



Thursday December 28, 2000
New Mexico at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

Sunday December 31, 2000
Boise State at OSU - 1:05 PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)


G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (16.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (15.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr. (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr. (12.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg,2.3 apg.)

G #12 Molly McKinnon, 5-8, Jr. (11.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg,3.8 apg.)
G #44 Nikki Heckroth, 5-8, Sr., (2.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg,5.7 apg.)
F #30 Chelsea Grear, 5-10, So., (4.5 ppg,5.2 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #42 Jennifer Williams, 6-0, Sr., (5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
C #40 Jordan Adams, 6-3, So., (15.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg.)

G #4 Tawnya Gray, 5-9, Sr. (9.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg,1.4 apg.)
G #11 Abby Vaughan, 5-6, So., (12.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg,3.1 apg.)
G #22 Camille Woodfield, 5-11, Fr., (4.8 ppg,3.9 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
F #40 Crista Peterson, 6-2, Jr., (9.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
C #34 Andrea Swindall, 6-3, Jr., (12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.6 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE LOBOS: University of New Mexico brings an 8-4 record into itsThursday night game against the Beavers in Corvallis. The Lobos have won three straightincluding a pair of games in their own Clubhouse Inn-vitational. Sophomore JordanAdams leads the squad with 15.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The 6-3post has been a force on the defensive end, swatting 38 shots in the Lobos first 12 games.Molly McKinnon and Miranda Sanchez each average over 11 points per game and justover four rebounds. As a team UNM is connecting on 42.6 percent of its shots from thefloor while its opponents hit just 34 percent from the field. The Lobos are shooting 70percent from the free throw line, burying 189-of-270 attempts from the charity stripe.New Mexico has played nine of its first 12 games in the friendly confines of The Pit andhas faced just two teams on the road (1-1).

THE SERIES WITH UNM: Oregon State leads the all-time series with the University ofNew Mexico 2-0, with the teams last meeting in the 1986-87 season in Albuquerque. TheBeavers topped the Lobos 75-60 during the 1986-87 campaign and 77-53 in the OSUTournament during the 1982-83 season.

A GLANCE AT THE BRONCOS: Boise State University hopes to end a two-game skidwhen they travel to Corvallis to face the Beavers on Sunday. The Broncos went 0-2 at theClubhouse Inn-vitational on the campus of University of New Mexico before headinghome for Christmas vacation. A pair of Broncos average just over 12 points per game,junior Andrea Swindall leads the squad with 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per contestwhile sophomore Abby Vaughan adds 12.1 points. Oregon State and Boise State have hadtwo common opponents on the season. BSU knocked off Portland State 69-57 on Dec. 9,while OSU opened the season with a 64-54 victory over the Pilots on Nov. 17. TheBroncos were topped by the University of Utah 73-54 in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2 whilethe Beavers fell to the Utes 53-49 on Dec. 18 in Corvallis. As a team Boise State isaveraging 61.4 points per game while its opponents are scoring 69.4 points per contest.

THE SERIES WITH BSU: Oregon State leads the series with Boise State 8-3 dating backto the 1977-78 season. The Beavers have won three straight against the Broncos, lastmeeting during the 1996-97 season. OSU topped BSU 79-57 in Gill Coliseum during the1996-97 campaign. The 11 meetings between Oregon State and Boise State mark thelongest running non-conference series outside the state of Oregon for the Beavers.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND: The University of Portland utilized 21 second halffree throws to upset Oregon State 65-55 last Thursday in the Chiles Center. The loss wasthe second straight for the Beavers and OSU's first against Portland in 11 meetings.Oregon State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and struggled shooting fromthe field. The Beavers shot just 31-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and hita meager 34-percent from the floor for the game. Junior Ericka Cook recorded her thirdconsecutive double-double and fourth of the season with a team-high 15 points and acareer-high 12 rebounds. Guard Felicia Ragland was the only other Beaver to reachdouble figures in scoring with 12 points but managed to hit just 4-of-19 field goals fromthe floor. Oregon State committed a season-high 21 turnovers on the evening while the Pilots recorded16 miscues.

BEAVERS MOVE UP IN POLL: Despite dropping two consecutive games, OregonState received one more vote than last week to tally 25 votes in the Associated PressTop-25 women's basketball poll released Monday morning. OSU suffered a 53-49 loss atthe hands of No. 23 Utah Dec. 18 and then in its worse loss of the season, the Beavers fell65-55 at the University of Portland. Prior to last week's two losses, the Beavers were offto their best start since the 1994-95 campaign. Oregon State has not received votes in anational poll since the 1995-96 season, when OSU was ranked No. 22 in the final AP poll.

FAST FACT: Oregon State is 6-0 this season when leading at halftime and 0-2 whentrailing after the opening 20 minutes. The Beavers are out-scoring their opponents262-179 in the first half.

WATCHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State continues to lead its opponents on the battleof the boards but the Beavers' rebounding margin has gradually shrunk in the last twogames. OSU is out-rebounding its opponents 41.6-36.0 boards per game for a +5.6rebounding margin. The Beavers have a 135-105 edge on the offensive boards.

FAMILY NIGHT: Oregon State's game against New Mexico on Thursday is 'FamilyNight' in Gill Coliseum. Fans can purchase four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogsfor just $25. As part of the 'Family Night' promotion, the first 150 fans inside the gymwill also receive Pac-10 Conference women's basketball hats. As always, Beaver playersand the coaching staff will be available after the game to sign autographs. Pac-10 hats willalso be given away prior to Sunday's game against Boise State. The first 250 supportersthrough the door will receive a hat.

LEADING THE LOOP: As of Dec. 21, Oregon State led the Pac-10 Conference in fourstatistical categories: Scoring Defense (52.7), Field Goal Percentage Defense (35.6),3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense (22.6) and Steals (11.0).

SHOOTING STARS-SHOOTING WOES: Backcourt duo, Felicia Ragland and NicoleFunn have struggled shooting from the field in Oregon State's last two games. Raglandhas connected on just 5-of-26 field goal attempts in the last two outings while Funn hasmanaged just 2-of-13 shooting from the floor. The duo remain the leading scorers for theBeavers despite their recent shooting woes. Ragland leads the squad with 16.3 points pergame while Funn is averaging 15.0 points per contest.

HOLBROOK HITS: Freshman post Hollye Holbrook connected on the first 3-pointbasket of her career last Thursday against Portland. Holbrook was 1-for-1 from beyondthe arc against the Pilots in her only field goal attempt of the game. The 6-2 Oregon Citygraduate, has made 1-of-8 attempts from long range this season.

REBOUNDING RUK: Sophomore Kristina Rukstelyte had her most productive game ofthe season last Thursday against Portland. Rukstelyte, a native of Kaunas, Lithuania,pulled down a career-high eight rebounds, blocked one shot and recorded a steal in 12minutes of action. The 6-4 post also tied her season high in scoring with four points.Rukstelyte's previous rebounding high was five boards against Portland State (11/22/99)in the first game of her career.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRIPLE TROUBLE: Junior Ericka Cook recorded her thirdconsecutive double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Portlandlast Thursday. Cook's double figure rebounding and scoring effort is her fourth of theseason and fifth in her career. Prior to last Thursday's game against Portland, the 6-3 postranked first in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.86 offensive rebounds pergame. Cook also ranked second in the conference with 7.6 rebounds per contest.

HOME STREAK: Oregon State opens a five-game homestand on Thursday against theUniversity of New Mexico. The Beavers have won 50 of their last 77 (.649) games playedat Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 68-32 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of225-113 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .666 percentage.

COACHING ADDITIONS: Oregon State has three new coaches on the sideline thisseason. Tony Newnan joins the Beavers after guiding the high-powered offense at theUniversity of California-Santa Barbara and Stephanie Norman brings a wealth ofexperience to the staff after working as an assistant at Oregon from 1992-99. JualeahWoods rounds out the staff, joining the Beavers after two seasons as an assistant atCalifornia, under her former coach, Marianne Stanley.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 67-79 while in hersixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 165-146 overallrecord while in her 12th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at MontanaState. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion ofthe 1999-2000 season.

BEAVERS ON THE RADIO: Join the voice of Beaver women's basketball, Jon Warren,as he calls the play-by-play for all of Oregon State's 2000-01 games. Every OSUwomen's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page- www.osubeavers.com. This Thursday's game against the University of New Mexico canalso be heard on KLOO (1340 AM) in Corvallis. Future games will be broadcast on theBeaver Sports Radio Network, through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play six televised games this season on FoxSports Northwest. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference season opener against Oregon onJan. 5 will be broadcast on tape-delay, as well as the Jan. 18 game at Washington State,Feb. 17 vs. Washington State and Mar. 1 vs. Arizona. The Beavers can be seen Live onJan. 13 against California and Jan. 21 at Washington.

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