Women's Basketball Seeks Civil War Win On Saturday

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Jan. 18, 2002



Saturday January 19, 2002
OSU at Oregon - 1 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(McArthur Court)(Fox Sports Net)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-9 overall, 5-3 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (3.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.2 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (8.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)

OREGON DUCKS (10-7 overall, 5-3 Pac-10)
G #00 Edniesha Curry, 5-6, Sr., (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg.)
G #3 Shaquala Williams, 5-6, Jr., (16.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg.)
G #10 Jamie Craighead, 5-9, Sr., (7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #31 Alyssa Fredrick, 6-3, Sr., (7.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.4 apg.)
F #33 Cathrine Kraayeveld, 6-3, So., (8.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War game against Oregon State with a 10-7 overall record and 5-3 mark in the Pac-10. Oregon has won four of its last six games and has a 3-1 mark in conference games played in Eugene this year. Junior guard Shaquala Williams, the 1999-00 Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the squad with 16.8 points per game and a team-best 4.5 assists. Senior transfer Edniesha Curry also averages double figures in scoring with 12.1 points per outing. Converted post Catherine Kraayeveld leads the squad in rebounding with 6.2 boards while adding 8.1 points per game. As a team, the Ducks are averaging 70.3 points per outing and rank second in the Pac-10 with a .438 field goal percentage.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 45-13. The Ducks have won 11 straight and 13 of the last 15 meetings. The most recent Beaver victory was a 58-57 win at Gill Coliseum during the 1995-96 season. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of just 1-11 against Oregon.

OSU-UO LAST TIME OUT: Felicia Ragland's career-high 15 rebounds and game-high 22 points weren't enough as Oregon State lost its 11th consecutive meeting with the University of Oregon, 72-60, on Mar. 10, 2001, closing out the regular season. The Ducks started the game hot from the field, burying a trio of 3-point baskets and hitting five of their first seven shot attempts. OSU narrowed the gap to one-point on two occasions but could never pull in front after taking a 2-0 lead on the opening basket of the game. Foul problems hampered Ragland as well as starting posts Ericka Cook and Brina Chaney - all three players finished with four fouls. Hollye Chapman was the only other Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Oregon hit 55-percent of its field goals and had five players in double figures while OSU managed to connect on just 36-percent from the field.

MORE WAR: The Jan. 5, 2001 Civil War game was the closest Beaver-Duck battle in exactly five years. The four-point decision (71-67) was the narrowest margin of defeat for Oregon State in the previous 10 meetings. OSU's last victory over in-state rival Oregon was a 58-57 win on Jan. 5, 1996. The Beavers are looking for their first win in Eugene since a 67-63 victory during the 1992-93 season, having dropped eight consecutive games in the Pit. In 12 years as a head coach, Judy Spoelstra has never won on McArthur Court (0-7).

FAST FACT: Oregon State's 11 consecutive losses against University of Oregon is currently the schools longest losing streak against a Pacific-10 Conference team.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra has faced University of Oregon head coach Bev Smith three times in the Civil War - when the two were players during the 1982 season. Spoelstra's Beavers lost all three meetings against Smith's Ducks.

LOOKING BACK AT UC SANTA BARBARA: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 36 points and matched her Oregon State single-game record with seven 3-point field goals, but it wasn't enough as UC Santa Barbara held on for a 79-73 victory on Wednesday night. The Gauchos jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest. Ragland had 14 first half points and helped the Beavers reel off a 22-12 run to close out the half and pull OSU within seven points (38-31) at the break. Oregon State narrowed the margin to two points at three times in the second half but could never take the lead. Kristina Rukstelyte had a career night for the Beavers with a career-best 10 points and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Ericka Cook just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

LOOKING BACK AT STANFORD: In its worst loss of the season, Oregon State was hammered by No. 4 Stanford University, 91-54 on Jan. 10. The Cardinal hit 10 of its first 11 shots from the floor while the Beavers were a miserable 1-of-9 shooting in the opening minutes. Stanford ran to a 19-2 advantage in the first four minutes and Oregon State could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Senior guard Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 20 points, including four 3-point field goals. No other OSU player reached double figures in scoring. Freshman Juleen Smith led the squad in rebounding with a career-best six boards. Five Stanford players scored in double figures with Nicole Powell leading the way with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in just 25 minutes of action. Stanford dominated the boards, 46-28.

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: For the first time all season, all eleven Oregon State players saw action and scored during OSU's 80-52 rout of California last Saturday. Three different Beavers reached double figures in scoring with Felicia Ragland and Leilani Estavan contributing 14 points each and Hollye Chapman adding 10. Senior post Ericka Cook tallied a career-best eight assists and matched her career-high with four steals, while scoring nine points. Freshman Juleen Smith dished out a career-high six assists and pulled down five rebounds while fellow freshman Jessica Jones hit her first field goal of the season when she connected on a 3-pointer. Junior post Kristina Rukstelyte scored a season-high six points and pulled down a season-high six rebounds while softball standout Jenni Jodoin added two rebound and two assists in 10 minutes of action. Cal had 28 turnover on the evening while Oregon State totaled 13 steals. OSU went into the locker room with a commanding 42-23 halftime lead and the Bears did not threaten in the second half.

TWO EXTREMES: Oregon State's 80-52 victory against California last Saturday was the largest Pacific-10 Conference road victory for the Beavers since a 77-42 win at Arizona State during the 1993-94 season. OSU's 91-54 loss against No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 10, was the Beavers' worst Pac-10 loss (37 points) since dropping a 105-50 contest at UCLA in 1999.

STARTING ACTION: The versatile Oregon State squad has seen seven different players in the starting line-up this season. Senior guard Felicia Ragland continues her streak, having started 103 consecutive games for the Beavers. Ragland has started every game in her four seasons at OSU after coming off the bench in the first game of her career. The Tulare, CA, native has never missed a game for the Beavers. Sophomore Leilani Estavan is the only other Oregon State player to start all 17 games this season. The 5-5 guard closed out the 2000-01 season with eight straight starts to give her a current streak of 26 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-3. 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. No. 4 Stanford, dominated the Beavers, 91-54, on Jan. 10, handing OSU its worst loss of the season. Oregon State 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.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 39.6 rebounds per game. The Beavers tallied a season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28, which 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 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 connecting on just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State has improved dramatically from the line in the last several games. The Beavers had their best free throw shooting game of the season against University of Washington on Dec. 30, hitting 10-of-11 charity tosses. OSU has knocked down 57-of-75 (67-percent) in the last five Pac-10 outings. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 65-percent (196-of-301) from the line while their opponents have connected on 233-of-339 free throws for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.

RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 65 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 6 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have a 71 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking seventh 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: Wednesday's 79-73 loss to UC Santa Barbara marked just the first time this season that Oregon State has lost a game when it scored at least 70 points (6-1). Despite a recent high-scoring trend, OSU's overall scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 65.0 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 3.8 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points on Dec. 28, OSU is allowing its opponents to score 65.0 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.

LEADING THE PAC: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan is leading the Pac-10 in assists with 6.17 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.36 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranks in the Top 10 in seven different statistical categories, leading all players with 20.8 points per game, 3.00 steals per outing and 2.83 3-point field goals made per contest.

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. She had her second best scoring outing on Wednesday with 36 points, including seven 3-point field goals, against UC Santa Barbara. 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 on Dec. 28, 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 led the Beavers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, against No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 10, and finished with 14 points and four assists at California last Saturday. The All-America candidate has now reached double figures in scoring in 26 of the last 29 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 four occasions. Ragland leads the Beavers in scoring (20.8 ppg), steals (54), 3-point field goals (51) and free throw percentage (.846).

GOOD POINT: 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. She buried a trio of 3-pointers on her way to 14 points against California last Saturday, to reach double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season. 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 8.8 points, 6.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. She currently leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.17) and assist-turnover ratio (2.36). Her 2.06 steals per game rank fourth in the conference.

CHAPMAN CHAT: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded the first double-double of her career on Dec. 22 against UCLA when she came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down a then career-best 10 rebounds, including six offensive. The 6-2 post recorded her second double-double on Jan. 4 against Arizona State University with 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Chapman knocked down 8-of-11 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the contest and blocked a career-high four shots. After making her seventh start of the season against California last Saturday, Chapman scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. She has reached double figures in scoring in five of the last eight games. On the season, Chapman ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.7 points per game and is second in rebounding with 5.7 boards per contest. She is averaging 10.9 points and team-high 7.1 rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference games.

REBOUNDING RUK: Junior Kristina Rukstelyte has come on strong for Oregon State in the last three games. The Kaunas, Lithuania native grabbed five rebounds against No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 10, and matched her career-high with two assists against the Cardinal. Last Saturday against California, Rukstelyte had season highs in scoring and rebounding with six points and six boards. She responded with a career-best 10 points and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Ruk is currently averaging 2.6 rebounds per game.

'B' IS FOR BRINA AND BLOCK: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 22 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 18 swats in the last seven games, for an average of 2.3 blocks per outing. Chaney had a career-high five blocked shots and a career-best 11 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28. The Inglemoor High grad added eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, five rebounds and three stuffs against California last Saturday. She currently ranks in fifth place in the Pac-10 with 1.22 swats per game.

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 dished out a career-best six assists, tallied three steals and matched her career-high with five rebounds against California last Saturday. Smith has started three of the last five games for the Beavers after entering the starting-five against Arizona State last on Jan. 4. 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 matched that amount with four rebounds against California last Saturday. The 6-0 guard blocked a career-high three shots against Washington State on Dec. 28 and scored a career-best four points against Washington on Dec. 30. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, buried her first field goal of her career with a 3-pointer against California last Saturday and matched her career-best with three rebounds against the Bears. She matched her career-high with two dishes against No. 4 Stanford last Thursday and tallied a career-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 20.

COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook recorded her best scoring game of the season when she led all players with 17 points against Arizona on Jan. 6. Cook dished out a career-high eight assists and matched her career-high in steals with four, against California last Saturday. She just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Earlier this season, she matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland (Dec. 6). The 6-3 post leads the team in rebounding with a 5.9 boards per game average and currently ranks 12th in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 8.1 points per game. She has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.

TWO-SPORT STAR: Senior Jenni Jodoin has brought enthusiasm and leadership in her first season on the basketball court for Oregon State. Jodoin, a standout softball player for the Beavers, earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 1999 while playing first base. She will return to the nationally ranked softball squad at the conclusion of the basketball season. So far on the court, the 5-11 forward has hit 3-of-5 field goals, pulled down four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in 20 minutes of action.

INJURY UPDATE: Walk-on freshman Heather Fossen has yet to see action in a Pacific-10 Conference game after suffering a pair of concussions in the last month.

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.

1,500 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,500 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 374 points this season, upping her career total to 1,539 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 four times this season after knocking down 36 points against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the all-time scoring list with 1,582 points in her career. Ragland needs just 43 more points to rank in the OSU top 5 in both scoring and rebounding.

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 629 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs 53 more boards to surpass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87) total of 681 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 4th place.

EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,500 points (1,539) and grab 600 rebounds (629) 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 1,500 points in their career.

COOK CLOSES IN: Senior Ericka Cook has pulled down 511 rebounds in her career, becoming just the 11th OSU player to record 500 boards. The 6-3 post needs just 20 rebounds to move past Judy Shannon (1991-92) into the Beavers' all-time top 10 list.

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 matched her OSU record with seven treys against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. She reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 160 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.

STEALING THE SHOW: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 54 steals on the season. Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.00 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranks fourth in the loop with 2.06 steals per contest. On the season, Ragland has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. She ranks in 8th place in the OSU record books with 232 swipes in her career. She needs seven 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 55-of-65 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with a .846 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 332 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 5th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 251. She needs just 26 charity tosses to move past Chelle Flamoe (1986-89) into sole possession of 4th place.

MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 79 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and blocked a pair of shots against California last Saturday. 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 62 of their last 98 (.633) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 78-41 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. So far this season the Beavers are 5-4 overall and 3-1 during Pac-10 games in Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 231-120 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .658 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 86-99 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 185-167 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. Saturday's Civil War contest against Oregon can be heard on KLOO (1340 AM).

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 Saturday's Civil War game at University Oregon and the Feb. 2 Arizona State contest both being televised.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: A new era starts as the Pacific-10 Conference begins its first annual Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus. The league's Directors of Athletics and the Pac-10 Council approved the postseason tournament last fall. The Pac-10 postseason tournament will be a 10-team event which, will be hosted by one of the Pac-10 members on its campus each year. A total of nine games will be played with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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