Women's Basketball Hosts Preseason WNIT

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Nov. 7, 2001



Friday November 9, 2001
Loyola Marymount at OSU - 7:05 p.m., Corvallis, OR
(Preseason WNIT - Gill Coliseum)

G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (19.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (3.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.7 apg.)

G #3 Raelen Self, 5-6, So., (3.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
G #24 Rosa Bernasconi, 5-6, Sr., (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #25 Bryn Britton, 5-11, Sr., (15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg.)
F #22 Kate Murray, 6-0, Jr., (13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
C #23 Adrianne Slaughter, 6-2, So., (10.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg.)

2001 PRESEASON WNIT: The Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament is an annual tournament involving 16 of the nation's top women's Division I basketball teams. A team may participate no more than once in a four-year period. Additionally, only one institution per conference may play in the tournament in the same year.

WNIT FORMAT AND FIELD: The WNIT involves 16 teams in a single elimination format. All games, including the semifinals and championship, will be hosted by participating schools at their home facility. Two-time NCAA tournament champion Connecticut and 2001 NCAA elite eight participant Vanderbilt headline the field. The tournament also includes four other 2001 NCAA Tournament teams, Colorado, Fairfield, Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts, as well as 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament runner-up New Mexico and WNIT participants, Oregon State, Florida International, George Mason and Temple.

WHEN IT ALL HAPPENS: All first round games of the WNIT will be on Friday, November 9 at the campus sites of participating schools. Round two games will be held on November 11 with the semifinals occurring November 15, or 16 and the championship Sunday or Monday, November 18 or 19. No. 3 ranked Vanderbilt will host Eastern Kentucky in the other half of Oregon State's bracket.

A GLANCE AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Loyola Marymount University opens its regular season schedule on Friday night against Oregon State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Lions return four starters and 10 players from last season's 21-9 squad. LMU reached postseason play for the first time, dropping a 59-56 contest to UNLV in the opening round of the 2001 WNIT. Head coach Julie Wilhoit was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after the Lions earned their most wins in a season (21) and in WCC action (10). Junior All-America candidate Bryn Britton returns after leading the squad with 15.0 points per game and 122 assists last season. Former Jesuit High School standout Kate Murray returns for her junior season after scoring 13.2 points and pulling down 5.6 rebounds in 2000-01. 6-2 center Adrianne Slaughter bolsters the frontcourt after averaging 10.1 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game as a freshman. LMU knocked off Delta Cosice, 81-50, in an exhibition contest on Nov. 1. Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Lions, led by Murray's 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

BEAVERS AND LIONS: Friday's opening round matchup of the 2001 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament marks the first ever meeting between Oregon State and Loyola Marymount University.

FAST FACT: Oregon State first-year assistant coach Todd Corman spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University (1985-95). Corman is the all-time winningest women's basketball coach for the Lions, compiling a 98-179 record.

QUICK LOOK AT OREGON STATE: The Beavers return seven players from last season's 16-13 squad, including Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year Felicia Ragland. Ragland led the squad with 19.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per contest in 2000-01 and earned honorable mention Kodak All-America honors (OSU's first player since 1996). Four starters return to the line-up that made Oregon State's first postseason appearance since 1996 with a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament, and six newcomers join the squad to bring added depth.

EXHIBITION ACTION: Oregon State tipped off preseason action with a 94-68 exhibItion victory against KSC Szekszard of Hungary on Sunday. The Beavers had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Felicia Ragland's 26 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Hollye Chapman poured in 19 points while nailing 7-of-7 free throws and sophomore post Brina Chaney was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the second half to finish with 12 point. Freshman guard Juleen Smith knocked down 2-of-3 3-point field goals and finished with 10 points in her OSU debut. Oregon State forced 24 turnovers in the contest and held a 45-30 rebounding edge.

SEASON OPENER: Oregon State has won three consecutive season openers and eight of the last nine. During head coach Judy Spoelstra's tenure, the Beavers' lone loss in the first game of the year was a 63-56 setback on Nov. 16, 1997 at San Diego State University. Spoelstra is a perfect 6-0 in home openers at OSU. The Beavers have won eight consecutive home openers in Gill Coliseum.

IN THE POLLS: Oregon State received four votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as was announced on Nov. 5. The Beavers rank 59th with the four votes. Potential Preseason WNIT opponents Connecticut and Vanderbilt rank No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. OSU has scheduled dates against No. 7 Texas Tech (Nov. 24) and No. 24 Utah (Nov. 29). Currently two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25, with Stanford at No. 10 and Washington at No. 17. Friday's opponent Loyola Marymount University received a single vote in the poll to rank 70th.

PRESEASON HONORS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named to the prestigious Street & Smith College Basketball 2001-02 Women's All-America team. Ragland was one of just 20 athletes selected to the squad, earning High Honorable Mention honors.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: Oregon State has been tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 39 points in the voting, while Stanford, who tied for first place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State and Washington last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 81 points and nine first place votes.

SENIOR ERICKA COOK: Ericka Cook enters her senior season as the Beavers' top returning post player. Cook was one of just two players to start all 29 games for OSU last season and was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic team in 2001. As a junior she scored 367 points and pulled down 173 rebounds, both ranking second on the squad. The North Medford High grad ranked 14th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.7 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (6 rpg), while leading the Beavers in field goal percentage (.489). Cook pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds last season against Washington and has six double-doubles in her career, including five in 2000-01.

SENIOR FELICIA RAGLAND: Guard Felicia Ragland returns for her senior season at OSU after garnering Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year honors and honorable mention Kodak All-America status as a junior. Ragland led the team with 19.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Her .466 3-point field goal percentage ranked first in the Pac-10 and third in the nation, while her 2.61 steals ranked second in the conference. Ragland is one of just eight OSU players to score 1,000 career points (1,165) and grab 500 career rebounds (527). The Tulare, CA native has started 85 consecutive games in her career and has a current streak of 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures dating back to last season. Ragland's 63 3-point field goals in the 2000-01 campaign rank first in the OSU single season record books. Ragland has made 109 3-point baskets in her career which ranks second to Anette Mollerstrom (1993-96) who holds the all-time record with 113 3-pointers.

RAGLAND IN PAC-10 GAMES: At the conclusion of the Pacific-10 Conference season in 2000-01, Felicia Ragland became the scoring champion with an average of 21.8 points per game and finished second in rebounding with 8.3 boards per game. The Pac-10 Player of the Year finished the season ranked in the Top-5 in eight of 12 statistical categories.

JUNIOR MICHELLE ESTELL: Michelle Estell is a solid outside shooter and will see valuable playing time during her junior season for the Beavers. Estell saw action in 26 games as a sophomore, making her first career start at Arizona last February. The Amanda, Ohio native had a career-high two steals, five rebounds and four points at Ohio University after missing the first three games of the 2000-01 season due to a concussion. Estell came off the bench to hit at least one 3-pointer over a span of seven consecutive games last season and has scored a career-high 10 points on three different occasions

JUNIOR KRISTINA RUKSTELYTE: Kristina Rukstelyte is expected to contribute valuable minutes for the Beavers in the post position after recovering from knee surgery in February. Rukstelyte tore the ACL in her right knee just 10 games into her sophomore season. Before being sidelined, she knocked down 9-of-20 field goal attempts and scored a total of 24 points.

SOPHOMORE LEILANI ESTAVAN: Leilani Estavan returns to lead the offensive attack for the Beavers this season. Estavan was named to the honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference Freshman team last year. The Palisades High grad played in all 29 games, making nine starts last season for OSU. Estavan led the squad in assists with 139 for an average of 4.8 assists per game, which ranked first in the Pac-10 with a 2.4 assist-turnover ratio. The 5-7 point guard tallied a career-high nine assists in two contests, first against Washington State (2/17) and then against Arizona (3/3). After entering the starting lineup for the final eight games of the 2000-01 season, she averaged 7.1 assists per game.

SOPHOMORE BRINA CHANEY: Brina Chaney returns for her sophomore season after making a major impact for the Beavers in 2000-01. Chaney played in all 29 games last season, making 28 consecutive starts. The Bothell, WA native led the team in blocked shots with 32 and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 for blocked shots per game (1.10). Chaney scored 136 points and pulled down 109 rebounds in her freshman season. The 6-5 post scored a career-high 10 points against Princeton (11/24) and matched her career-high with eight rebounds, including seven offensive against Arizona (2/3).

SOPHOMORE HOLLYE CHAPMAN: Hollye Chapman will bring added depth to the Beavers' inside game after reeling off impressive numbers in her freshman campaign. Chapman played her freshman season as Hollye Holbrook. Chapman played in all 29 games, ranking fifth on the team in scoring with 157 points (5.4 ppg) and pulling down 102 rebounds. Chapman was second the team with a .466 field goal percentage. The Oregon City grad scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and pulled down a then career-best seven rebounds against Washington State (2/17). Chapman reached double figures in scoring in eight games.

FRESHMAN JESSICA JONES: Jessica Jones will give the Beavers added depth at the point guard and off-guard positions. Jones earned numerous awards while competing at Prairie High School. Following her junior season she was named first team All-Greater Saint Helens league and first team All-County (Columbia Super Five). Jones earned Player of the Year honors for both Saint Helens League and Columbia Super Five County and garnered first team All-State recognition.

FRESHMAN LISA PARDON: Lisa Pardon will redshirt for the Beavers during the 2001-02 season after graduating from Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand. Pardon tore her achilles tendon while playing summer basketball with the New Zealand National Team. A five-year starter, Pardon helped lead her team to a third place finish at the New Zealand High School Championships as a senior and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Pardon was a three-year member of the New Zealand National Team and was a member of the New Zealand National Women's Olympic Games Squad, serving as one of four reserves for the Sydney Olympics.

FRESHMAN JULEEN SMITH: Juleen Smith brings quickness off the dribble and a great outside shot to the Beavers for the 2001-02 season. Smith is one of the quickest point guards in the country and earned numerous awards while playing at Morningside High School. The 5-5 guard was team captain her senior season and earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors. Smith was named Morningside's co-Most Valuable Player and earned first team All-CIF accolades. As a senior, Smith averaged 22 points, four steals and five assists per outing.

FRESHMAN JASMINE WILSON: Jasmine Wilson brings depth to the forward position for the Beavers. Wilson is a great small forward who rebounds well. Wilson graduated from Etiwanda High School where she was a four-year starter and letterwinner. The 6-0 forward was a two-time Mt. Baldy League all-star, a four-time All-Tournament player, and earned League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. As a senior, Smith averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists per game and was named one of the top 50 high school players in California.

WALK-ON JENNI JODOIN: Jenni Jodoin joins the women's basketball squad as a senior walk-on and will bring added depth to the forward position. A four-year letterwinner at North Eugene High School, Jodoin earned All-Midwestern League honors and All-Defensive team status. Jodoin was the Highlanders' leading rebounder and earned team best defensive player honors. Very familiar with Oregon State athletics, Jodoin is a three-year letterwinner for the OSU softball team. Jodoin was an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference first baseman and named to the 1999 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. She currently ranks in the Top-10 in five OSU career batting categories. Jodoin's younger sister Dani, is a freshman on the Beaver softball team.

WALK-ON HEATHER FOSSEN: Heather Fossen joins the women's basketball squad as a walk-on and will bring added depth to the off-guard and shooting guard positions. Fossen graduated from South Medford High School where she was a three-sport letterwinner. The 5-7 guard earned four letters in basketball for the Panthers and received All-Southern Oregon Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Fossen tore her ACL during her senior season. She earned All-SOC honors as a junior goalkeeper on the soccer squad and placed 12th at State Championships for the javelin as a senior.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,000 point club. Ragland's 572 points as a junior catapulted her into sole possession of 7th place in Oregon State's Top-10 list for career scoring with a total of 1,165 points. Tina Lelas' (1994-97) 1,313 points are the next step on the ladder, ranking in 6th place.

500 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 10th player in Oregon State history to pull down 500 rebounds in her career. The 5-9 guard has a total of 527 career rebounds, which ranks in 10th place in the OSU record books. Ragland needs 40 more boards to surpass Sissel Pierce's (1997-00) total of 567 and climb the ladder to 9th place.

ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just eight Oregon State players to score 1,000 points (1,165) and grab 500 rebounds (527) in her career.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in a tie for eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 62 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post had 25 swats last season. Debbie Dalluge (1985-89) ranks 7th in the record book with 89 blocks.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 57 of their last 89 (.640) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 73-37 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 10-6 record at home including a 5-4 mark in Pac-10 Conference games.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 227-114 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .666 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Oregon State has two new faces on its staff with the addition of Director of Operations Heath Alexander and new assistant coach Todd Corman. Corman joins the Beavers after serving 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and most recently six years at the helm of Alberston College. Stephanie Norman and Jualeah Woods each return for their second season as assistant coaches for the Beavers. Norman and Woods helped lead OSU to its first postseason appearance since 1996 with a trip to the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 78-90 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 176-158 overall record while in her 13th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Last season, Spoelstra led the Beavers to their first postseason tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1999-2000.

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 2001-02 games. Every OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Select games will be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area as well as on the Beaver Sports Radio Network through satellite affiliates.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play four Live televised games this season on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest both be broadcast. A pair of road tilts will also see air-time with the Jan 19 Civil War game at University Oregon and the Feb. 2 Arizona State contest both being televised.

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