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Jan. 2, 2002



Friday January 4, 2002
Arizona State at OSU - 7:05 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

Sunday January 6, 2002
Arizona at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-7 overall, 2-2 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.5 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (21.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Estell, 5-11, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
or F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, So., (11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-3 overall, 2-1 Pac-10)
G #4 Amanda Levens, 5-9, Jr., (20.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, Fr., (4.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #23 Betsy Boardman, 6-1, So., (7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
F #52 Cian Carvalho, 5-11, Sr., (7.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
C #35 Melody Johnson, 6-2, Sr., (11.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.4 apg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (5-6 overall, 1-2 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Fr., (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg.)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, So., (8.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.5 apg.)
F #35 Krista Warren, 6-2, Jr., (7.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #45 Elizabeth Pickney, 6-4, Sr., (17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
C #50 LaKeisha Taylor, 6-4, Sr., (10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University enters Friday's contest with Oregon State with an 11-3 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Sun Devils two-straight and nine of their last 10 games. Junior guard Amanda Levens leads the squad in scoring and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 20.4 points per game. Levens is shooting 46-percent from the floor and has hit 86-of-111 free throws (78-percent) over the first 14 games. Senior post Melody Johnson is the only other ASU player scoring in double figures with 11.2 points per outing and a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Beaverton High School grad, Betsy Boardman ranks third on the squad in scoring with 7.5 points per game and pulls down 4.2 rebounds. Corvallis native and former Crescent Valley High star, Carrie Buckner is averaging 18 minutes per game for the Sun Devils and is scoring 5.3 points per contest. The Sun Devils have played nine of their first 14 games in Tempe, AZ. As a team, Arizona State leads the Pac-10 in rebounding defense, allowing its opponents to pull down just 31.9 boards per game. On the season, the Sun Devils are 11-2 when out-rebounding their opponents. ASU is scoring 68.6 points per game while holding its opponents to just 57.1 points.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 17-15, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The two teams split last season's meetings with ASU winning 58-51 on Feb. 1, in Tempe and Oregon State earning a 72-64 win against the 23rd ranked Sun Devils in Corvallis on March 3. ASU has won seven of the last nine games in the series but OSU has won the last two in Corvallis. The Beavers hold an 11-5 advantage in games played at Gill Coliseum, with Arizona State's last victory coming during the 1998-99 campaign when the Sun Devils earned a 77-65 victory on Feb. 21, 1999.

OSU-ASU LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State jumped out to a 19-9 lead to open the game as Felicia Ragland buried the first five shots of the contest on her way to scoring a then career-high 32 points, as OSU knocked off No. 23 Arizona State, 72-64 on Mar. 3, 2001. Ragland buried 12-of-19 shots from the field and hit 6-of-7 from 3-point range. As a team, the Beavers shot 51-percent for the game while ASU hit 44-percent of its field goals. Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 15 points while Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high eight assists.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona brings a 5-6 overall record and 1-2 Pac-10 Conference mark into its game against University of Oregon on Friday, before traveling to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Sunday. The Wildcats have lost three of their last four games after starting the season 3-0, including a 72-70 victory against defending national champion No. 15 Notre Dame on Nov. 24. Senior post Elizabeth Pickney leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per outing. Arizona is 4-0 on the season when Pickney scores 20 points or more. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is averaging 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game. Senior LaKeisha Taylor also averages double figures in scoring with 10.6 points per outing and pulls down 5.2 boards. The high-scoring Wildcats are averaging 71.9 points per outing but are giving up 74.9 points per game. UA is committing 22.3 miscues per contest.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS: With last season's 67-66 victory against the Wildcats in Corvallis, Oregon State tied the all-time series with University of Arizona, 16-16. Prior to last season's Mar. 1 win, Arizona had won eight-straight contests against the Beavers, including an 83-73 victory on Feb. 3, 2001 that marked the 500th career victory for Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 3-9 against the Wildcats.

OSU-UA LAST TIME OUT: Ericka Cook's 20 points helped Oregon State knock off University of Arizona, 67-66 on Mar. 1, 2001. The victory marked the first for the Beavers against the Wildcats in a span of nine games. Arizona committed seven turnovers in the final four minutes, including three miscues in three consecutive possessions in the final minute as OSU held on for the victory. Felicia Ragland scored 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Leilani Estavan added a then career-best nine assists. Oregon State shot just 36-percent from the field while Arizona hit 59-percent of its shots.

FAST FACT: Oregon State completed its first sweep of the Arizona schools last season since the 1996-97 campaign. The Beavers topped Arizona, 67-66 on Mar. 1, 2001 and beat No. 23 ranked Arizona State, 72-64 on Mar. 3, 2001.

OPENING THE NEW YEAR: Oregon State has dropped five consecutive games to start the month of January, dating back to a 58-57 victory against University of Oregon on Jan. 5, 1996.

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 last Friday. 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 WASHINGTON: Oregon State was hampered by turnovers and poor field goal shooting as the Beavers lost, 74-58, against University of Washington on Sunday. Senior guard Felicia Ragland and sophomore post Hollye Chapman kept the Beavers close early in the game but the Huskies pulled away in the second half. Ragland finished with 26 points on 9-of-23 field goals and a 4-of-9 mark from 3-point range, while Chapman knocked down 7-of-11 field goals and 2-of-3 from long range for 17 points. Leilani Estavan matched her career-high with a team-best six rebounds and dished out eight assists. As a team, the Beavers shot a paltry 34-percent from the floor while Washington hit 41-percent of its shots. In a bright spot, Oregon State, who had been struggling from the free throw line all season, knocked down 10-of-11 charity tosses. The Beavers also held a 43-33 rebounding advantage.

UGH: Senior guard Felicia Ragland and sophomore post Hollye Chapman combined to hit 16-of-34 field goals for 47-percent, against University of Washington on Sunday. The rest of the Oregon State team combined to knock down just 4-of-25 field goals for a miserable 16-percent.

STREAK CONTINUES: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has made 98 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.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State has dominated the boards in its last three games. OSU has combined to pull down 157 rebounds in the three contests, for an average of 52 boards per game. The Beavers' season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State last 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, and pulled down 43 boards against Washington on Sunday. Last season the Beavers tallied 50-plus rebounds 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 to open Pacific-10 Conference action. Oregon State had its best free throw shooting game of the season against University of Washington on Sunday, hitting 10-of-11 charity tosses. On the year, the Beavers are shooting just 62-percent (130-of-210) from the line while their opponents have connected on 160-of-233 free throws for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line. Sunday's opponent, University of Arizona, leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting with a 76-percent clip.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-2. The Beavers 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 62.7 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 6.1 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points last Friday, OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 63.2 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 last 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, 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 on Dec. 22. Ragland's seven treys broke the OSU single-game record for shots from long range. Against Washington State last 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. She followed that performance with 26 points and three steals against Washington on Sunday. Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring in 22 of the last 24 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 (21.2 ppg), steals (43), 3-point field goals (36) and free throw percentage (.881).

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 seven assists against Washington State last Friday. Estavan added eight assists and matched her season-high with six rebounds against Washington on Sunday. 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 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Entering last week, she led the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.30). Her 2.64 steals per game ranked second in the conference behind teammate Felicia Ragland and her .444 3-point field goal percentage ranked fifth.

CHAPMAN CHAT: 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. The 6-2 post added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and pulled down five rebounds against Washington on Sunday. On the season, Chapman ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.0 points per game and third in rebounding with 5.5 boards per contest.

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 last 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 last Friday. The 6-0 guard scored a career-best four points against Washington on Sunday. 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 on Dec. 22 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 last Friday. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with a 6.6 boards per game average and entered last week ranked in seventh place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.2 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 275 points this season, upping her career total to 1,440 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 608 boards, which ranks in a tie with Debbie Dalluge (1985-89) for 6th place in the Oregon State record books. Ragland needs just five more boards to surpass Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 5th place.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,400 points (1,440) and grab 600 rebounds (608) 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 145 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 43 steals on the season. At the beginning of last week, Ragland led the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.18 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranked second in the loop with 2.64 steals per contest. With five steals against Washington State last Friday and three picks against Washington on Sunday, Ragland moved into 8th place in the OSU record books with 221 swipes in her career. She needs 18 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 37-of-42 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with a .881 percentage. The All-America candidate has moved into sole possession of 8th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 309 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 6th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 233. She needs just 14 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 76 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has tallied at least one stuff in the last three games. The North Medford High grad's team-high 14 blocks on the season and 1.1 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 95 (.632) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 76-40 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 83-97 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 182-165 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. Friday's game against Arizona State and Sunday's game against Arizona will be broadcast solely on the Internet.

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 were both 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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