Women's Basketball Meets University of Washington Sunday

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Dec. 29, 2001



Sunday December 30, 2001
Washington at OSU - 1:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports Net - Gill Coliseum)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-6 overall, 2-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.3 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (4.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (6-5 overall, 1-1 Pac-10)
G #13 Giuliana Mendiola, 5-11, So., (10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.3 apg.)
G #22 Loree Payne, 6-0, Jr., (14.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #33 Kristen O'Neill, 6-1, Fr., (5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #21 Andrea Lalum, 6-4, So., (14.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #23 Emily Autrey, 6-0, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg.)

A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington enters Sunday's contest at Oregon State with a 6-5 overall record and 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play after dropping its Friday night game at University of Oregon, 69-56. The Ducks held the Huskies to just 36-percent shooting (21-for-59) from the floor in the contest. Oregon jumped out to a 33-25 lead into the locker room at halftime and won the battle of the boards, 48-28, including a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass. Freshman Kristen O'Neill led UW with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and a 3-for-3 clip from beyond the arc. On the season, the balanced Huskies have four players averaging double figures in scoring with Loree Payne's 14.5 points per game leading the way. Post Andrea Lalum is averaging 14.1 points per outing and pulling down a team-leading 7.7 rebounds. Emily Autrey adds 11.5 points while shooting 52-percent from the floor. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola rounds out the double figure scorers with 10.2 points per outing, 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 53 assists. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 75.9 points per game while their opponents are scoring only 65.0 points per contest. Nine different players have made at least one 3-point field goal on the season and the team has combined to drain 70-of-220 attempts from long range.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 33-19. The Huskies swept the series with the Beavers last season and have won eight of the last 10 meetings. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a 4-8 record against Washington, with Oregon State's last victories coming as the season sweep of UW during 2000.

OSU-UW LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State took a 44-39 lead into the locker room at the half behind 59-percent shooting, but University of Washington rallied back for a 77-70 victory on Feb. 15, in Gill Coliseum. OSU managed just 7-of-23 shooting (23-percent) in the second half of action while the Huskies hit 48-percent of their shots. Three Beavers reached double figures in scoring, led by Felicia Ragland's 23 points. Ericka Cook added a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The balanced Huskies had four players in double figures.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has won three consecutive games to close out the month of December, over the past three years.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State matched the Pacific-10 Conference record for fewest points allowed in a game, as the Beavers thumped Washington State, 57-33 on Friday night. OSU jumped out to a commanding 31-16 lead at halftime, turning 15 Cougar turnovers into 18 points. Neither team shot well from the field with Oregon State hitting 32-percent of its field goal attempts and Washington State managing a miserable 17-percent, including 12-percent in the second half. The Beavers held WSU without a basket for the final seven minutes of action. Senior guard Felicia Ragland recorded her second double-double of the season and 14th of her career, with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Brina Chaney tallied her first ever double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 boards. The 6-5 post also added four blocked shots. Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Ericka Cook added nine points and eight boards. Sophomore Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high seven assists and had three steals while freshman Jasmine Wilson had a career-high three swats. As a team, the Beavers matched the Oregon State school record for rebounds in a single game with 61 - a record that has stood since the 1981 season.

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Oregon State dropped its sixth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference opener as Southern California held on for a 69-65 victory on Dec. 20. The closely contested game saw 12 lead changes and nine ties on the night with neither team taking more than a six-point lead throughout the contest. Freshman guard Juleen Smith had a career night for the Beavers, knocking down a game-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws. Smith also added career highs in rebounds (3), assists (3), steals (2) and blocks (1). Sophomore Leilani Estavan was the only other OSU player to reach double figures in scoring with 13 points and a team-high five assists. Senior guard Felicia Ragland was limited to just six points in 13 minutes of action, after injuring her knee in the opening minutes of the second half. Sophomore posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Holbrook combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds. USC had trouble holding on to the ball, committing 26 turnovers in the game but the Beavers had 24 miscues.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Felicia Ragland's 32 points and school record seven 3-point field goals helped lead Oregon State to a 79-65 victory against UCLA on Dec. 22. All of the OSU players got in on the action as the Beavers led by as many as 15 points in the opening half and went into the locker room with a 40-29 advantage. UCLA made things interesting in the second half, out-scoring the Beavers 18-6 over the first six minutes of the frame to eventually knot the score 46-46. Ericka Cook answered with a pair of free throws and Ragland added three consecutive 3-point field goals to help the Beavers pull away for good. Ragland finished the game hitting 10-of-23 shots from the field including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range to break the OSU single-game record for treys. Sophomore post Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for her first ever double-double and just OSU's second on the season. Sophomore Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Cook added seven points and nine rebounds as the Beavers dominated the boards. OSU held a commanding 53-36 edge on the boards including a 22-11 advantage on the offensive glass.

STREAK CONTINUES: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has made 97 consecutive starts for Oregon State after coming off the bench in the first game of her career. The Tulare, CA, native has never missed a game for the Beavers in her four seasons at OSU.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State has dominated the boards in its last two games. OSU has combined to pull down 114 rebounds in the two contests. The Beavers' season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State on Friday matched the OSU single game record for rebounds - previously set at San Jose State on Dec. 30, 1981. Oregon State grabbed 53 rebounds against UCLA on Dec. 22. Last season the Beavers tallied 50-plus boards on two different occasions, grabbing 51 against University of Wyoming (11/25/00) and 50 against Boise State (12/31/00).

A LOOK AT THE LINE: After making just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State improved dramatically from the line against Kansas State and Wyoming to close out non-conference action. The Beavers knocked down 33-of-41 charity tosses for 80-percent against the Wildcats and Cowgirls but struggled once again from the stripe against Southern California on Dec. 20. OSU hit just 13-of-21 free throws against the Women of Troy for a paltry 62-percent. The Beavers didn't fare much better against UCLA on Dec. 22, hitting just 15-of-27 freebies. Oregon State finished Friday's game with an 11-for-19 clip from the line against Washington State. On the season, the Beavers are shooting just 60-percent (120-of-199) from the line while their opponents have connected on 151-of-224 free throws for 67-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line. Sunday's opponent, University of Washington is hitting 72-percent (147-of-243) of its shots from the line.

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 57 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 3 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have an 79 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking fifth 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 this season. The Beavers are averaging 63.1 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 5.7 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points, OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 62.3 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points. The Beavers are 3-0 when this season when they score at least 70 points.

LEADING THE PAC: As a team, Oregon State entered the week leading the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Beavers are allowing their opponents to hit just 32.4-percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan was leading the conference in assists with 6.27 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.30 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 21.5 points per game and 3.18 steals 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, becoming just the fifth Oregon State player to score at least 37 points in a game. Ragland reached the 30-point barrier for a 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 buried 32 points, including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range against UCLA last Saturday. Ragland's seven treys broke the OSU single-game record for shots from long range. Against Washington State on Friday, the 5-9 guard recorded her second double-double of the season, and 14th of her career, with 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring in 21 of the last 23 games. 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 three occasions. Ragland, an All-America candidate, leads the Beavers in scoring (20.8 ppg), steals (40), 3-point field goals (32) and free throw percentage (.868).

FLOOR LEADER: 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 13 points and a team-high five assists against USC on Dec. 20. She followed that effort with 12 points, four rebounds and four dishes against UCLA on Dec. 22 and added seven assists against Washington State on Friday. 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 9.1 points, 6.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. She leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.30). Her 2.64 steals per game rank second in the conference behind teammate Felicia Ragland and her .444 3-point field goal percentage ranks fifth.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DOUBLE TROUBLE: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded the first double-double of her career on Dec. 22 against UCLA. The 6-2 post came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor for 13 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds, including six offensive. Chapman also dished out an assist, blocked a shot and recorded a steal in 23 minutes of action. Fellow sophomore post Brina Chaney tallied the first double-double of her career against Washington State on Friday, with a 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Chaney also blocked a career-best five shots against the Cougars.

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 freshman from Inglewood, CA, had a career night against USC on Dec. 20, leading all players with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The 5-5 guard also pulled down three rebounds, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked her first shot against the Women of Troy. Smith pulled down a career-high five rebounds, including three offensive, against Washington State on Friday. Wilson, an athletic forward, started the season pulling down at least one rebound in the first eight contests she saw action in. Wilson pulled down a career-high four boards against Kansas State on Dec. 9, and blocked a career-high three shots against Washington State on Friday. 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 and played a career-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 20.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland on Dec. 6. After coming off the bench in three straight contests, Cook returned to the starting lineup for the Beavers last Saturday against UCLA, scoring seven points and pulling down nine rebounds. Cook just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds against Washington State on Friday. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with a 6.9 boards per game average and entered the week ranked in seventh place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.8 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.

1,400 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,400 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 249 points this season, upping her career total to 1,414 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. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier three times this season after hitting for 32 against UCLA on Dec. 22. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the list with 1,582 points in her career.

600 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 7th player in Oregon State history to pull down 600 rebounds in her career. The 5-9 guard has a total of 604 boards, which ranks in 7th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland need just four more boards to surpass Debbie Dalluge's (1985-89) total of 607 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 6th place.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,400 points (1,414) and grab 600 rebounds (604) in her career. Only OSU Hall of Famer Carol Menken and Tanya Kostic have reached that plateau. Including Ragland, just six Oregon State players have scored over 1,400 points in their career.

RAGLAND RANKS NUMBER ONE: 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 then broke the Oregon State single-game record for 3-pointers with seven treys against UCLA on Dec. 22. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 141 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

ONE-TWO PUNCH: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 35 steals on the season. Entering the week, Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.18 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranks second in the loop with 2.64 steals per contest. With five steals against Washington State on Friday, Ragland moves into 8th place in the OSU record books with 218 swipes in her career. She needs 21 steals to surpass Robyn Clark's (1980-83) mark of 238 and move into 7th place.

ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 33-of-38 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with a .868 percentage. The All-America candidate has moved into a tie for 8th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 305 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 6th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 229. She needs just 18 charity tosses to move past Juli Coleman (1991-92) into sole possession of 5th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 74 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has tallied a stuff in the last two games. The North Medford High grad's team-high 12 blocks on the season and 1.0 blocks per game rank in a tie for fifth 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 60 of their last 94 (.638) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 76-39 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 83-96 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 182-164 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. Sunday's game against Washington will be broadcast on the Beaver Sports Radio Network throughout the state of Oregon.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play four Live televised games this season on Fox Sports. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest will 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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