Women's Basketball Looks To End Three-Game Slide

Feb. 6, 2001



Thursday February 8, 2001
OSU at California - 7:30 p.m., Berkeley, CA
(Haas Pavilion)

Saturday February 10, 2001
OSU at Stanford - 7:30 p.m., Stanford, CA
(Maples Pavilion)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (11-8 overall, 3-6 Pac-10)
G #23 Syesha Thomas, 5-6, Sr., (6.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Jr., (18.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
F #31 Nicole Funn, 6-0 So., (12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
or F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11 So., (3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.3 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Jr., (12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Fr., (4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
or #45 Hollye Holbrook, 6-2, Fr., (4.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.4)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (8-11 overall, 4-5 Pac-10)
G #4 Kenya Corley, 5-8, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg,1.4 apg.)
G #10 Courtney Johnson, 5-8, Sr., (12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
F #22 Brook Coulter, 5-10, Sr., (4.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
F #31 Lauren Ashbaugh, 6-2, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
C #42 Ami Forney, 6-2, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

STANFORD UNIVERSITY (12-7 overall, 6-3 Pac-10)
G #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Fr., (14.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
G #42 Lauren St. Clair, 6-0, Jr., (7.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Enjoli Izidor, 6-0, Jr., (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #33 Sarah Dimson, 6-0, Sr., (7.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
C #53 Carolyn Moos, 6-6, Sr., (5.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT THE BEARS: California enters this Thursday's game against Oregon State, winners of three of its last four and five of its last six contests. The Golden Bears are coming off their first ever sweep of USC (61-55) and UCLA (58-57) and are in search of their first three-game Pac-10 winning streak since the 1991-92 season. Senior guards, Courtney Johnson (12.8 ppg) and Kenya Corley (12.3 ppg) are leading the squad in scoring while post Ami Forney is also putting up big numbers. Forney averages 10.6 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.6 boards per contest. The 6-2 junior has recorded four double-double's on the season. As a team Cal is averaging 62.1 points per game while its opponents score 65.1 points. The Bears are 5-2 this season in games in which they have held their opponent under 60 points.

THE SERIES WITH CAL: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California 23-17. The Beavers have won four of the last six meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 7-4 against California but is just 2-3 when the Beavers play in Berkeley.

GOLDEN BEARS AND BEAVERS THIS SEASON: California's 79-72 upset victory over Oregon State in Gill Coliseum on Jan. 13 has sent the Beavers (2-5) in a downhill spiral while the Bears have gone 3-2 in Pac-10 play since the squads first meeting. Oregon State committed 20 turnovers in the contest and let a 10-0 lead to open the game slip away. Junior guard Felicia Ragland matched her career high in scoring with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 4-of-7 clip from 3-point range while teammate Nicole Funn just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Michelle Estell tied her career high in scoring with 10 points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The balanced Cal attack had five players reach double figures in scoring.

A GLANCE AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford University enters Thursday night's game against the University of Oregon looking to avenge an earlier 72-54 loss to the Ducks on Jan. 13, just two days after the Beavers knocked off the Cardinal 81-58. Stanford has won six-straight since the loss at Oregon and has a 9-1 record in Maples Pavilion this season. Freshman Nicole Powell leads the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game and rebounding with 8.6 boards per contest. One of the conference's premier players, Powell, is averaging a double-double after the first nine Pac-10 games (16.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg.). Oregon City grad Lindsey Yamasaki is the only other Cardinal player averaging double figures in scoring with 10.5 points per outing and 4.1 boards. Yamasaki led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting against USC last Sunday. As a team Stanford leads the Pac-10 in four different statistical categories: Free throw percentage (.716), 3-point field goal percentage (.366), Scoring margin (+5.4) and Blocked shots (6.11).

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State 24-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, ended an 11 game losing streak for OSU against Stanford. The victory was the first-ever for Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra (1-11) against the Cardinal.

CARDINAL AND BEAVERS THIS SEASON: Oregon State's 81-65 victory against No. 24 Stanford on Jan. 11, ended a five-year drought for the Beavers against the Cardinal. OSU utilized defensive pressure and team speed to spurt to a quick 11-0 lead. Oregon State led by as many as 28 points in the first half before taking a 46-26 lead into the locker room at intermission. The Beavers hit a scorching 18-of-29 shots from the floor for a season-high 62-percent in the first half while Stanford committed 17 turnovers in the opening frame. In the second half the Cardinal got as close as seven points (65-58) but OSU held on for the victory. Felicia Ragland finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc while sophomore Nicole Funn scored 17 points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and matched her career-high with four steals. All eight OSU athletes that saw playing time, scored. Stanford tied its school record with 30 turnovers.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Felicia Ragland's 29 points weren't enough as the Beavers failed to pull out the victory against Arizona last Saturday. The Wildcats' 83-73 win was No. 500 for head coach Joan Bonvicini. OSU was hampered by early foul trouble which sent Ragland and senior Syesha Thomas to the bench but a trio of guards, Michelle Estell, Nicole Funn and Leilani Estavan picked up the slack, helping Oregon State take the lead 18-14. The Beavers were out-scored 14-2 over the last five minutes of the first half to go into the locker room trailing 34-31. Arizona led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Ragland buried a 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining to cut the lead to 74-72. UA recovered to score nine of the game's final 10 points to seal the victory. Ragland was the lone OSU player to score in double figures, hitting 11-of-23 field goals and scoring 26 of her game-high 29 points in the second half. Four Wildcats scored in double digits with LaKeisha Taylor's 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting leading the way.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Poor shooting hampered all hopes of a comeback victory as Oregon State fell to Arizona State 58-51 on Thursday night. The Sun Devils led by as many as 12 points in the second half and OSU could never get any closer than four points (50-46) for the rest of the game. The Beavers hit just 9-of-33 field goal attempts for 27-percent in the first half and finished the game shooting 32-percent from the floor. Senior guard Syesha Thomas led all players with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The only other Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring was freshman post Hollye Holbrook who scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Arizona State was paced by Melody Johnson's 14 points and nine rebounds. OSU junior guard Felicia Ragland was held to just nine points, half her season average, on 3-of-13 shooting. Ragland led the squad with nine rebounds and matched her season high with six assists.

BEAVERS REMAIN OUT OF POLL: Oregon State has not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25 women's basketball poll for the past three weeks after garnering one vote in the Jan. 15 poll. The Beavers received a season-high 25 votes in the Dec. 25 AP poll. Prior to this season Oregon State had not received votes in a national poll since the 1995-96 season, when OSU was ranked No. 22 in the final AP poll.

THE SKID: Oregon State is looking to recover from a three-game losing streak, it's longest of the season. The Beavers' last three-game skid came at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 campaign, when OSU was in position to finish first in the Pac-10 Conference.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Thursday's game against California opens the second half of Pac-10 Conference play. Last season the Beavers bounced the Bears, 52-33, to start the final nine games. OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra has a 4-1 record in the first game of the second half of Pac-10 action.

ROAD TRIP: Oregon State will hit the road for four of its next six Pac-10 Conference games. The Beavers are 4-4 away from Gill Coliseum this season and 1-3 when visiting conference foes.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has never beaten the Cardinal in Maples Pavilion. The Beavers are 0-15 when playing on Stanford's home floor.

RECORD BOOK: Junior Ericka Cook has moved into 10th place in the Oregon State record book for career blocked shots. The 6-3 post's 57 swats surpassed head coach Judy Spoelstra's total of 47 to move into the Top-10. Cook needs just four more stuffs to move past Tina Lelas' (1994-97) total of 60 and climb into ninth place. Kristina Walsh (1995-98) is next on the ladder with a career total 62 blocks.

UNLUCKY NUMBER: Oregon State has scored 67 points in three of its six Pac-10 Conference losses this season. The Beavers dropped their Jan. 5 league opener against Oregon 71-67 and then fell to both Washington (Jan. 20) and USC (Jan. 27) by the same score, 69-67.

REBOUNDING WATCH: Oregon State struggled on the boards against Arizona State on Thursday. The Sun Devils won the rebounding battle, 45-37 including grabbing a pair of crucial offensive rebounds in the waning minutes. The Beavers responded with a 36-32 rebounding edge against Arizona last Saturday, including an 18-13 edge on the offensive glass. Oregon State's +4.1 rebounding margin ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference. The Beavers continue to maintain an edge against their opponents on the offensive glass, earning a 291-248 advantage.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore post Kristina Rukstelyte has missed the last seven games after re-injuring her right knee in practice following the Pac-10 season opener against Oregon. Results of an MRI show that the Kaunas, Lithuania native, tore a piece of the meniscus as well as the anterior cruciate ligament that was repaired over the summer. Rukstelyte will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time and her return to the Beaver lineup this season is questionable.

RAGLAND READ: Junior guard Felicia Ragland struggled shooting from the field against Arizona State last Thursday and was held under double figures in scoring for only the second time this season. Ragland connected on just 3-of-13 shots from the field to finish with nine points. The Tulare, CA native continued her dominance on the boards against ASU however, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds while matching her season high with six assists. Ragland recovered from a disappointing shooting effort against the Sun Devils to match her career high with 29 points last Saturday against Arizona. Ragland buried 11-of-23 field goals and scored 26 points in the second half to keep Oregon State in the game. The 5-9 guard, who celebrated her 21st birthday last Saturday at Arizona, continues to prove that she is one of the best players in the nation. Ragland has recorded six double-doubles this season and 11 in her career. In OSU's nine conference games, Ragland has recorded four double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on six occasions. Ragland ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 18.6 points per game. Ragland ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.442) and in steals (2.79) and fourth in rebounding (7.1).

MORE ON RAGLAND: A legitimate All-America candidate, Felicia Ragland, had her consecutive games scoring in double figures streak snapped with a nine-point performance against Arizona State last Thursday. Ragland started a new streak with 29 points against Arizona on Saturday. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of 19 games this season. The 5-9 guard has started 75 consecutive games for the Beavers and has led the squad in either scoring or rebounding in 13 contests this season. Ragland ranks third in Oregon State's record book for 3-point baskets made. The Tulare, CA native, has made 34-of-77 (.442) long balls this season and has a career total of 80 treys.

TOUGH CUSTOMER: Freshman point guard Leilani Estavan saw just 18 minutes of playing time last Thursday against Arizona State before leaving the game on a stretcher after suffering a blow to the face. Estavan managed to dish out three assists and grab two rebounds before leaving the contest with what was determined to be a deep face bruise. The 5-7 guard returned to the court last Saturday against Arizona with a black eye and scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists. Estavan leads the Beavers in assists with 72, for an average of 3.79 per game and the Palisades High School grad ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference with a 1.85 assist-turnover ratio. Estavan is hitting 87.5-percent of her free throws (28-of-32) to lead the Beavers.

GETTING THE START: Sophomore Michelle Estell got the first start of her career last Saturday against Arizona. Estell replaced Nicole Funn in the starting line-up and produced four points on 2-of-4 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes of action. The Amanda, OH native has hit 22-of-55 field goals on the season and 10-of-26 from beyond the 3-point line.

JUST AIN'T FUNN: Sophomore Nicole Funn has been struggling lately after putting up big numbers early in the season. After reaching double figures in scoring during 12 of OSU's first 15 games, the 6-0 guard has failed to break the 10-point barrier in the last four contests. Funn was held scoreless for the first time this season last Thursday at Arizona State while shooting 0-for-6 from the field. Funn was replaced in the starting line-up by fellow sophomore, Michelle Estell, for last Saturday's game against Arizona and bounced back with a nine-point effort and matched her career high with four assists. The Palisades High grad ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with an average of 12.5 points per game and sixth in the league with 6.4 rebounds per game.

COOK'S STREAK STOPPED: Junior Ericka Cook's streak of scoring in double figures ended at 12 games after an eight-point effort against Arizona State last Thursday night. Cook hit just 4-of-14 field goals against the Sun Devils. The 6-3 post failed to reach double figures for a second consecutive game after managing a season-low two points on 1-of-5 shooting against Arizona last Saturday. Prior to last week's contests, Cook was one of the Beavers most consistent performers. The former North Medford High star, currently ranks 15th in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 12.1 points per game while her 6.3 rebounds per game rank ninth.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 54 of their last 84 (.643) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 71-35 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State is just 2-3 in Pac-10 Conference games played at home this season.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 227-113 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .668 percentage.

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

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 72-85 while in her sixth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 170-152 overall record while in her 12th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 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 OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Thursday's game at California and Saturday's game at Stanford will only be broadcast on the Internet. Future games can also be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network, through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play six televised games this season on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference season opener against Oregon on Jan. 5 will be broadcast on tape-delay, as well as the Jan. 18 game at Washington State, Jan. 20 at Washington and Feb. 17 vs. Washington State and Mar. 1 vs. Arizona. The Beavers can be seen Live on Jan. 13 against California.

TOP OREGON - FILL GILL: Mark your calendar for Feb. 15, to show your support of Oregon State women's basketball by participating in the 'Fill Gill' excitement. Fans are urged to come out and support the Beavers when OSU hosts Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 15. This is Oregon State's attempt to regain the Pacific-10 Conference all-time attendance record. The Beavers held the record during two months in 1996, after 9.418 fans witnessed OSU face Stanford (1/20/96). The attendance figure was broken by in-state rival University of Oregon in March of 1996 when 9,738 fans watched the Ducks battle the Beavers (3/8/00). The Mac Court attendance figure has stood for nearly five years, but a capacity crowd at Gill Coliseum (10,400) would put the Beavers back on top and keep the record out of reach for the Ducks.

TIME CHANGE: Oregon State's game against Washington State on Saturday Feb. 17 has been changed to 7:05 p.m. The game will still be broadcast on Fox Sports Northwest on tape-delay with an air time of 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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