Women's Basketball Travels To Los Angeles For Pac-10 Opener

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Dec. 18, 2001



Thursday December 20, 2001
OSU at USC - 7 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(Sports Arena)

Saturday December 22, 2001
OSU at UCLA - 12 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(Pauley Pavilion)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.7 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (22.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (4.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2 So., (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
or C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (4.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.3 apg.)

G #3 Tiffany Elmore, 5-10, Sr., (11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
G #10 Jessica Cheeks, 5-9, So., (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #23 Aisha Hollans, 5-9, So., (19.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #14 Carmen Krause, 6-1, Sr., (4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #32 Ebony Hoffman, 6-2, So., (12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

UCLA (3-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
G #1 Natalie Nakase, 5-2, Jr., (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg.)
G #21 Jalina Bradley, 5-7, Jr., (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
F #10 Whitney Jones, 5-10, So., (5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
F #35 Jamila Veasley, 6-1, So., (2.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
C #32 Malika Leatham, 6-2, Sr., (10.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.3 apg.)

A GLANCE AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: University of Southern California enters Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference opener against Oregon State with a 4-5 overall record. The Women of Troy are coming off a commanding 86-48 victory against Nevada last Saturday. Four players are averaging double figures in scoring with Aisha Hollans' 19.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game leading the way. Sophomore post Ebony Hoffman is contributing 12.8 points per outing and leads the squad with 7.6 rebounds per contest. Tiffany Elmore and freshman Rachel Woodward round out the double figure scorers with 11.7 and 11.0 points, respectively. As a team, USC has five players listed among the top 20 rebounders in the Pac-10 and four players among the top 20 scorers in the conference. Southern California has hit 42-percent (243-for-582) of its field goals on the season but is managing just a 27-percent clip (27-of-102) from 3-point range. The Women of Troy have dominated the boards on the season, outrebounding their opponents 41.8-35.9 per game, including a 163-119 advantage on the offensive glass.

BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY: USC leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 23-11. The Beavers are just 2-4 under head coach Judy Spoelstra when playing Southern California on the road, but OSU has won two-straight in Los Angeles. OSU knocked off the Women of Troy, 78-68 on Feb. 23, 2001 and topped Southern Cal, 57-53 on Jan. 29, 2000. Spoelstra has an all-time record of 6-6 against USC.

OSU-USC LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State utilized sharp shooting (29-of-58) to pull out a 78-68 victory against Southern California on Feb. 23, 2001. Despite allowing 25 USC offensive rebounds, the Beavers recorded the victory. Ericka Cook finished with 18 points and six rebounds while Felicia Ragland added 13 points. Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high seven assists.

PACIFIC-10 OPENER: Oregon State is just 1-5 in Pacific-10 Conference season openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm, having dropped five straight. The last OSU conference opening victory came in the 1995-96 season when the Beavers topped in-state rival Oregon, 58-57 in Gill Coliseum. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1986-87 season, OSU is just 3-13 in conference openers. The Beavers have met USC in three openers, most recently recording a 69-56 victory against the Women of Troy on Jan. 5 1995, in Los Angeles.

A GLANCE AT UCLA: UCLA enters Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference opener against University of Oregon with a 3-5 overall record and a four-game losing streak, before hosting Oregon State on Saturday. Senior guard Michelle Greco was averaging 23.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game over the first five contests but is sidelined for the remainder of the season for precautionary reasons after suffering a string of mild concussions over the course of her career. Senior post Malika Leatham is the only Bruin player to average double figures in scoring with 10.0 points per game and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. Since Greco left the UCLA lineup, the Bruins have been outscored 250-158 over the last three games. In their defense, the Bruins have also faced a pair of Top 25 teams in No. 14 Colorado and No. 8 Baylor. UCLA ranks last in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, hitting just 100-of-183 attempts for 55-percent. As a team, the Bruins have connected on 171-of-518 field goals (33-percent) while their opponents have hit 207-of-490 shots from the floor (42-percent).

BEAVERS AND BRUINS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 22-13. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 4-8 record against the Bruins but the Beavers have won three-straight against UCLA. Last season's sweep of the Bruins was the first for Oregon State since the 1992-93 season.

OSU-UCLA LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State guard Felicia Ragland scored a then career-high 31 points, including 24 points in the first half as the Beavers knocked off UCLA, 65-57 on Feb. 25, 2001 in Los Angeles. Ragland buried 11-of-21 shots from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Ericka Cook was the only other Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points. OSU led by 10 points (36-26) at halftime but UCLA rallied to take the lead with just over six minutes remaining until the Beavers pulled away over the final three minutes. Michelle Greco led the Bruins with 22 points and Kristee Porter added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

FAST FACT: During the 2000-01 season, Oregon State completed its first road sweep of the Los Angeles schools since joining the Pacific-10 Conference during the 1986-87 season. The Beavers topped University of Southern California 78-68 on Feb. 23 and knocked off UCLA, 65-57, in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 25 in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

LOOKING BACK AT WYOMING: Oregon State dominated University of Wyoming in the second half of action, outscoring the Cowgirls 41-24 over the last 20 minutes of action, on its way to a 70-55 victory last Saturday. With the lead alternating for much of the game, it wasn't until eight minutes left in the contest that OSU took control and pulled away, utilizing a 27-10 run over the remainder of the contest. Senior Felicia Ragland was named Wyoming Shootout Most Valuable Player with a game-high 29 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals, including a 12-of-13 clip from the free throw line. Sophomore post Hollye Chapman finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Seven different Beavers scored on the night and seven players recorded at least one assist. As a team, the Beavers had another strong performance from the free throw line, knocking down 17-of-22 attempts.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State has not won back-to-back games this season. The Beavers have lost two consecutive games twice this year.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE: After making just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State has improved drastically from the line over the past two games. The Beavers have knocked down 33-of-41 charity tosses for 80-percent in the last two outings and have upped their season average to 61-percent (81-for-132). Oregon State opponents have connected on 120-of-174 free throws this season for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

TAKIN' IT AWAY: As a team, Oregon State has amassed 90 steals on the season for an average of 10 picks per game. OSU's opponents have recorded 54 steals on the year for six steals per outing.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-2. The Beavers have faced two Top-10 teams over the first five games of the year, dropping their second round WNIT game at No. 3 Vanderbilt (81-55) on Nov. 11 and falling to No. 8/9 Texas Tech (64-60) on Nov. 24. OSU finished the 2000-01 season with a 2-2 record against Top-25 teams. Last season the Beavers dropped contests with No. 25 Utah (53-49) on Dec. 18 and No. 24 Oregon (71-67) on Jan. 5, before knocking off No. 24 Stanford (81-65) on Jan. 11, and No. 22 Arizona State (72-64) on Mar. 3.

RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 51 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 2 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have an 89 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking sixth in the Pac-10. According to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Oregon State started the season with the eighth toughest schedule in the nation.

POINTS TO PONDER: Despite a season-high 77 points against New Mexico on Dec. 2, Oregon State's scoring has dropped dramatically this season. The Beavers are averaging 61.8 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 7.0 points per game. Currently OSU is allowing its opponents to score 64.6 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State is leads the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Beavers are allowing their opponents to hit just 32.9-percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Individually, Leilani Estavan is leading the conference in assists with 6.67 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.86 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 22.0 points per game and 3.44steals per outing.

RAGLAND NUMBERS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored a career-high 37 points, including 26 in the second half, on 14-of-25 shooting and a 4-of-9 mark from 3-point range against Portland on Dec. 6. Ragland kept the Beavers in the game, scoring 12 straight in one stretch including back-to-back 3-pointers. She is just the fifth Oregon State player to score at least 37 points in a game. Ragland reached the 30-point barrier for the second consecutive game after knocking down 10-of-27 field goals, including six 3-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to 32 points at Kansas State on Dec. 9. The 5-9 guard finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and a 12-of-13 clip from the free throw line against Wyoming last Saturday. Ragland has scored 98 points over the last three games for an average of nearly 33 points per contest. She has now reached double figures in scoring in 19 of the last 20 games with a current streak of seven consecutive. Her 37 points are the most scored by a Pac-10 player this season and she is the only conference player to score 30-plus points on two occasions. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (22.0 ppg), steals (31) and 3-point field goals (24).

ESTAVAN EXCELS: Sophomore point guard Leilani Estavan has done a little bit of everything for the Beavers this season. Estavan dished out a career-high 11 assists against Portland on Dec. 6 and tallied seven points, four steals and six dishes at Wyoming last Saturday. Only six Oregon State players have tallied more assists in a single game than Estavan's total of 11. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 8.6 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. She leads the Beavers in two statistical categories: field goal percentage (.484) and assists (60). Estavan also leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.7) and assist-turnover ratio (2.86). Her .450 3-point field goal percentage ranks fourth in the conference.

IN THE PAINT: Oregon State received good contributions from its post players in last Saturday's game against Wyoming. Sophomore post Hollye Chapman buried 8-of-13 field goals and knocked down her seventh 3-pointer of the year on her way to scoring 19 points. Chapman also added seven rebounds in the contest and is scoring 10.8 points on the year and grabbing 4.6 boards. Fellow sophomore Brina Chaney totaled seven points, eight rebounds, and a blocked shot against the Cowgirls. Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has scored in the last three contests for OSU and matched her career-high with two steals against Wyoming.

THE 'J' CREW: A trio of freshmen, Juleen Smith, Jasmine Wilson and Jessica Jones, continue to contribute valuable minutes for Oregon State in their inaugural season. Smith, a speedy point guard, recorded the best game of her career against Kansas State on Dec. 9, knocking down 4-of-4 free throws and hitting a pair of field goals for a career-high eight points. Smith also grabbed a rebound, dished out an assist and made a steal in 18 minutes of action. Wilson, an athletic forward, has grabbed at least one rebound in the eight contests she has seen action in. Wilson pulled down a career-high four boards against Kansas State on Dec. 9, and blocked her second shot of the season against the Wildcats. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, pulled down a career-high two rebounds and dished out an assist against Kansas State on Dec. 9. She tallied a career-high two dishes against University of Portland on Dec. 6.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland on Dec. 6. Cook has come off the bench the last two contests for the Beavers. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with an impressive 7.1 boards per game average and ranks in eighth place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.7 points per game. She has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.

IN THE POLLS: Oregon State received four votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as was announced on Nov. 5. The Beavers ranked 59th with the four votes. OSU dropped out of the polls after falling to No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.

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.

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. The 5-9 guard has tallied 198 points this season, upping her career total to 1,363 points. With 32 points at Kansas State on Dec. 9, the All-America candidate passed Tina Lelas' (1994-97) total of 1,313 points and moved into sole possession of 6th place in the OSU record books. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the list with 1,582 points in her career.

500 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 10th player in Oregon State history to pull down 500 rebounds in her career. After pulling down a game-high nine rebounds against Wyoming last Saturday, the 5-9 guard has a total of 584 boards, which ranks in 7th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland need just 24 more boards to surpass Debbie Dalluge's (1985-89) total of 607 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 6th place.

ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just eight Oregon State players to score 1,000 points (1,363) and grab 500 rebounds (584) in her career. Only six other Oregon State players have scored over 1,300 points in their career.

SHE'S THE BEST: Senior Felicia Ragland's five 3-point field goals against No. 8/9 Texas Tech University on Nov. 24, moved her into first place in the OSU record books for career 3-point field goals. The 5-9 guard matched her single-game record with six treys, including five in the first half, at Kansas State on Dec. 9 and buried another trey against Wyoming on Saturday to raise her season total to 24. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 133 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

PICK POCKET: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 31 steals on the season. Entering the week, Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.44 per game. With three steals last Saturday at Wyoming, Ragland moves into 10th place in the OSU record books with 209 swipes in her career. She needs just seven steals to surpass Hall of Famer Carol Menken's (1979-81) mark of 215 and move into 9th place.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland buried 23-of-25 free throws in the last three games for the Beavers, including a streak of 18 consecutive that was broken on her last trip to the line at Wyoming last Saturday. After making just 3-of-5 free throws over the opening six games of the season, the Tulare, CA, native has found herself at the line recently and leads the Beavers with a 87-percent clip. Ragland has moved into 10th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 297 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 7th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 222. She needs just four charity tosses to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) into sole possession of 6th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook has moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Oregon State record book with 72 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and tallied two crucial blocks against Wyoming last Saturday. The North Medford High grad's team-high 10 blocks on the season and 1.11 blocks per game rank in a tie for sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Cook continues to inch closer to Debbie Dalluge (1985-89), who ranks 7th in the record book with 89 stuffs.

HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 59 of their last 93 (.634) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 75-39 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 231-119 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .660 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 Albertson 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 82-95 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 180-163 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. Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference opener at USC and Saturday's game at UCLA will be broadcast on the Internet only. Thursday's game can also be followed on GameTracker over the Internet.

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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