Women's Basketball Hosts Team Concept On Wednesday

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Nov. 11, 2002


Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002
Team Concept at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.4 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (3.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (5.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
*statistics from conclusion of 2001-02 season

G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, So., (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Jr.,(11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.0 apg.)
F #40 Michelle Smith, 5-11, Sr., (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Jr., (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.0 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Jr., (8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.0 bpg.)
*statistics from exhibition contest against Horsholm BBC

A GLANCE AT TEAM CONCEPT: Team Concept heads to Corvallis for an exhibition game against Oregon State on Wednesday night. Former OSU guard Syesha Thomas makes her return to Gill Coliseum as a member of Team Concept. The squad is composed of former collegiate players. Seven of the 12 players on the roster played for Pacific-10 Conference schools. Jamie Redd, a former University of Washington standout, enters as the team's leading scorer. Wednesday night's matchup against Oregon State marks the fifth game in seven days for the team. Team Concept has made trips to BYU, Weber State, Colorado State and Idaho in the stretch. Team Concept took a 40-39 lead into halftime against No. 19 Colorado State on Sunday before falling 102-77. Redd led all players with 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting and a 9-of-13 mark from 3-point range. Bree Burgess was the only other Team Concept member to reach double figures in scoring with 10 points.

LOOKING BACK AT HORSHOLM BBC: Oregon State rolled to a 76-42 season opening exhibition victory against Horsholm BBC of Denmark last Thursday. Both teams started slow on the offensive end but Oregon State found its rhythm in the final 10 minutes of the first half. The Beavers went on a 20-2 run during the stretch to take a 34-15 advantage into the locker room. OSU hit 53-percent of its field goals in the second half and all 12 Beaver players that suited up for action saw playing time. Junior post Hollye Chapman led Oregon State with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-3 clip from the free throw line. Junior guard Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points (all in the first half) on 4-of-8 shooting. Junior College transfer Krystal Turner dominated the boards in her OSU debut, pulling down 15 rebounds including 10 in the first half. Turner just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points. Freshman guard Anita Rivera tallied seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 11 minutes of action, while Stayton High product Casey Bunn finished with six points and three rebounds. As a team, Oregon State dominated the boards, 56-27, including a 21-4 edge on the offensive glass.

ON THE INJURY FRONT: Senior post Kristina Rukstelyte will miss Wednesday's exhibition game against Team Concept after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in her right knee. Rukstelyte is expected to be ready for action in the season opener against Western Oregon University on Nov. 24. Redshirt freshman Tarika Campbell is making progress after undergoing successful knee surgery in August of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Campbell will begin jogging conditioning drills on Tuesday. Freshman walk-on Bailey Stokes is currently sitting out of practice sessions with an injured ankle. Her return to action is questionable at this time.

SLOW START - FAST FINISH: Oregon State got off to a slow start in Thursday's exhibition game against Horsholm BBC. Junior post Hollye Chapman was the lone Beaver player to connect on a field goal during the first 12 minutes of action. Chapman was 4-for-8 from the floor during the stretch while the rest of the team combined for an 0-20 mark. Leilani Estavan's 3-pointer at the 7:25 mark broke the stretch and was the first of four consecutive field goals by the 5-7 junior. Eleven of the 12 OSU players that were dressed for the game scored in the contest and the Beavers buried 17-of-32 field goals in the second half for 53-percent.

THE TAPE ON THOMAS: Former OSU guard Syesha Thomas makes her return to Gill Coliseum on Wednesday night as a member of Team Concept. The 5-6 guard played for the Beavers from 1997-2001, seeing action in 106 games. Thomas ranks sixth in the Oregon State career record book with 60 3-point field goals made. She buried 5-of-7 shots from the field including a perfect 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range en route to a team-high 13 points against Weber State last Friday. Thomas finished with seven points and two assists against No. 19 Colorado State on Sunday.

TICKET TALK: General admission tickets for women's basketball run at a cost of $6 for adults and $4 for youths ages 2-18. Children 12 and under will receive free admission to Wednesday's game against Basketball Travelers if accompanied by a paying adult. Reserved women's basketball tickets are $8 each.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: For the second consecutive year, Oregon State was tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 40 points in the voting, while Stanford, who went undefeated in conference play last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 90 points and nine first place votes. OSU's 2001-02 fourth place finish was its highest since 1995-96, when the squad finished second.

THE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's non-conference schedule includes three games against 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifying teams. Texas Tech University, a legitimate Final Four candidate, tops the list of opponents as the Beavers visit Lubbock, TX on Dec. 17. OSU also makes a trip to fellow 2002 WNIT participant Southwest Missouri State. OSU hosts Tulane and Florida, both tournament teams. Oregon State opens Pacific-10 Conference action immediately following Christmas with a Dec. 27 game against USC. The culmination of the Pac-10 season will be decided in the conference tournament on Mar. 7-10 in San Jose, CA. The tournament's winner will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

GETTING BETTER: Oregon State has improved its overall record in four consecutive seasons. A listing follows: 1998-99 (11 wins); 1999-00 (14 wins); 2000-01 (16 wins); 2001-02 (17 wins).

GREAT LOSS: Oregon State guard Felicia Ragland finished her four-year career for the Beavers last season, ranked in the career top 10 in 14 different statistical categories. The two-time honorable mention Kodak All-American is one of just three players to rank in the Oregon State Top 5 for scoring (1,803) and rebounding (739).

COACH SPOELSTRA ON RAGLAND'S DEPARTURE: 'To say that one player is going to replace what Felicia (Ragland) has been able to do here at Oregon State is tough. We'll be hard pressed to find another Felicia Ragland in a very long time. You have to do it by committee - that's the theme with our team.'

PAC-10 PERFORMERS RETURN: Junior guard Leilani Estavan received honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference accolades last season and sophomore speedster Juleen Smith was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman squad. Junior posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman each received honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic honors in 2001-02.

PAC-10 FINISH: Oregon State's 11 Pac-10 victories and fourth place finish during the 2001-02 season was the best record for the Beavers since an 11-7 mark and second place finish during the 1995-96 campaign - head coach Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm. Since joining the Pac-10 during the 1986-87 season, OSU's best conference finish is a 12-5 mark during the 1994-95 campaign.

LEADING THE PAC: Leilani Estavan finished the 2001-02 season as the Pacific-10 Conference leader in assist-turnover ratio with a 2.19 mark. Estavan also led the conference in assist-turnover ratio as a freshman.

FILLING THE SEATS: Oregon State averaged 1,602 fans for the 14 regular season games in Gill Coliseum during the 2001-02 season. The attendance mark was the fourth highest total in OSU history and best since the 1995-96 campaign's record average of 5,264. A total of 2,182 fans watched the Beavers beat Hawai'i in the opening round of the 2002 WNIT.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Junior guard Leilani Estavan is the only Oregon State returning player to start all 32 games last season. Estavan closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 40 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 65 of their last 104 (.625) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 81-43 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished the 2001-02 regular season with a 7-7 mark in Gill Coliseum, including a 5-4 record in Pac-10 games. OSU was 1-0 in 2002 postseason action on Ralph Miller Court.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 231-121 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .656 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Assistant coach Todd Corman returns for his second year on the Beaver bench after spending 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and more recently, six years at the helm of Albertson College. Jualeah Woods enters her third year on the Oregon State staff, assuming second assistant coaching duties in July. Heath Alexander joins the coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the 2001-02 season as director of operations. Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, joins the staff for her first year as operations director.

HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 94-105 entering her eighth season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 193-173 overall record while in her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Spoelstra has led the Beavers to back-to-back postseason tournament appearance in the WNIT. At the conclusion of the 1999-00 season, Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

Guard, 5-5, SO, Inglewood, CA (Morningside)

Smith struggled in Thursday's exhibition opener against Horsholm, hitting just 2-of-8 shots from the field and finished with six points...pulled down three rebounds and had three assists against Horsholm...saw action in all 32 games in 2001-02...made 17 starts, including a streak of 14 consecutive to close out the year...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors...finished fifth on the team in scoring with 210 points (6.6 ppg.)...her 46 assists and 32 steals ranked fourth on the squad...reached double figures in scoring in seven games, including four of the last five...during the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, led the Beavers in field goal percentage, rebounds and minutes played...averaged 20 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two Pac-10 Tournament games...in six games combined against USC and Stanford, averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds...had breakout game at USC (12/20) with a then career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (.529), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot...recorded first career start against Arizona State (1/4)...buried 11-of-24 field goals for a career-high 26 points and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds, including five offensive against Stanford (3/3).

Guard, 5-7, JR, Los Angeles, CA (Palisades Charter)

Estavan buried 4-of-8 shots from the field against Horsholm BBC on Thursday...finished with 11 points and a team-best six assists...scored all 11 points in the first half...is the only returning player to have started all 32 games in 2001-02...has a current streak of 40 consecutive starts...earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors...led the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) for the second consecutive year...led the Beavers and ranked second in the conference with 174 assists (5.44 apg.)...her 174 dishes rank in third place on the OSU single season charts, while her 313 career assists are ninth best all-time...her .776 (97-for-125) free throw percentage ranks second in the OSU career record book...led the Beavers in minutes played (35.2 mpg.)...was OSU's third-leading scorer with 284 points (8.9 ppg.)...ranked second on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 with 68 steals (2.12 spg.)...ranked second on the squad with a .756 (62-for-82) free throw percentage...reached double figures in scoring during 13 games...dished out four or more assists in 24 games...averaged 6.7 assists over the first 15 contests of the season...buried 6-of-7 field goals, including 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point line for 18 points and dished out five assists at Vanderbilt (11/11) in the preseason WNIT...finished with a career-best 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and tallied seven assists as OSU won at New Mexico (12/2)...dished out a career-high 11 assists against Portland (12/6)...was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with 17 points and eight assists against Arizona State (1/4)...knocked down six free throws in the final minute as OSU beat Oregon (1/19) in Eugene for the first time in nine years...also had 15 points and three steals against the Ducks.

Center, 6-4, SR, Kaunas, Lithuania (Menaul, New Mexico)

Rukstelyte will miss the exhibition season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee...is probable for return against Western Oregon University in the season opener (Nov. 24)...saw action in all 32 games during 2001-02...showed much improvement over the course of the year...pulled down five rebounds and matched career-high with two assists at Stanford (1/10)...had a career-night with 10 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards against UC Santa Barbara (1/16)...buried 4-of-6 field goals en route to nine points and corralled five rebounds at Arizona (1/31)...scored a career-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16)...canned 25-of-36 free throws for 69-percent, fourth best on the squad...totaled 77 points and 71 rebounds.

Guard, 6-0, FR, Stayton, OR (Stayton)

Bunn played well in her exhibition debut with the Beavers...buried 3-of-7 shots from the field for six points and pulled down three rebounds...had two steals in 11 minutes of action...won 12 letters while competing in four different sports at Stayton High School...was a four-year basketball letterwinner...named a four-time All-State selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and junior...a four-time All-Region pick...named 2001 Regional Player of the Year...a four-time first team All-Capital Conference selection...named Capital Conference Player of the Year three seasons...served as team captain for three seasons...three-time team Most Valuable Player...team won Capital Conference her freshman and junior seasons...played in the Oregon 3A all-star game on the East Team...holds the Stayton High School career records for points (1831), rebounds (783), assists (342) and steals (306).

Guard, 5-8, SO, Brush Prairie, WA (Prairie)

Jones scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in Thursday's exhibition game...had two assists and four steals against Horsholm BBC...played in all 32 games in 2001-02, averaging 11.1 minutes per contest...relied upon as a defensive catalyst...first career field goal was a 3-pointer at California (1/12)...also pulled down three rebounds, including two offensive against the Bears...hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the second half as the Beavers beat Oregon (1/19) in Eugene...also knocked down a free throw against the Ducks for a career-high four points...had a career day against UCLA (1/24), recording career bests in minutes played (24), rebounds (4), assists (3) and steals (3)...buried lone field goal attempt - a 3-pointer - against Stanford (2/9) while dishing out two assists and matching career-best with four rebounds...matched career high in scoring with four points, including a 2-for-2 clip from the free throw line and two assists in the postseason WNIT against Hawaii (3/14)...five of her eight career field goals have been from beyond the 3-point arc...knocked down 8-of-12 (.667) free throw attempts...scored 29 points and pulled down 46 rebounds.

Guard, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (Crow)

Atkins hit 1-of-2 free throws in two minutes of action against Horsholm BBC...joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on... was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Crow High School in Eugene, OR...earned first team All-Trico League honors as a junior and senior, second team honors as a sophomore...named co-MVP of league as a senior...three-time team MVP...led the Trico League in scoring as a junior and senior...league leader in rebounding as a senior...second team All-State pick as a senior...played in Oregon 2A all-star game...averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds, 4.5 steals and three assists as a senior.

Guard, 5-11, FR, Bozeman, MT (Bozeman)

Close knocked down 1-of-2 shots from the field in her Beaver debut against Horsholm BBC...had two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of action...earned a variety of awards as a three year starter and letterwinner at Bozeman High School...served as team captain as a senior...was a two-time All-State selection...was a two-time first team All-State Tournament pick...competed in the Midland Roundtable All-Star Game...was a senior all-star for the Treasure State Classic...was a three-time Academic All-State honoree...named team defensive and offensive MVP as a senior...team won the State Championship during her freshman and sophomore seasons...was a three-sport all-star.

Guard, 6-0, FR, Lake Elsinore, CA (Temescal Canyon)

Rivera led the Beaver freshmen in scoring against Horsholm BBC with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 3-pointer...had two rebounds and one steal in 11 minutes of play...earned numerous honors as a three-year letterwinner at Temescal Canyon High School...earned valley MVP honors as a senior...named The Press-Enterprise Riverside County Player of the Year...was a four-time All-CIF selection, including first team honors as a sophomore and senior...two-time All-Southwestern League pick...team won the Southwestern league her senior season with a 26-3 overall record...played in the North vs. South All-Star game...averaged 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a senior...was team captain and earned honorable mention West Coast accolades by Street and Smith Magazine while playing out of position (point guard) during her junior season...set the Temescal Canyon school record for 3-pointers and most points in a game (36) during her sophomore season...earned Sunkist League Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore...played for Murrieta Valley High School as a freshman where she set the school record for 3-pointers (43).

Guard, 5-11, SR, Amanda, OH (Amanda-Clearcreek)

Michelle (formerly Estell) Smith was the lone Beaver player that didn't score against Horsholm BBC...pulled down two rebounds but have four fouls in 12 minutes of action...played in 31 games, making 15 starts during 2001-02...started first 13 games of the season...had best game of the year in the season opener with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount (11/9) in the preseason WNIT...scored eight points and recorded two steals at Vanderbilt (11/11)...pulled down at least one rebound in the first 18 games of the year...buried 3-of-5 field goals and pulled down five rebounds against Texas Tech (11/24)...tallied a career-best three assists at New Mexico (12/2) and Wyoming (12/15)...buried 4-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line to finish with 13 points and six rebounds against Arizona (1/6)...averaged 19.1 minutes per game...scored 98 points and pulled down 81 rebounds.

Center, 6-5, JR, Bothell, WA(Inglemoor)

Chaney buried 6-of-8 free throws and finished with eight points against Horsholm BBC...pulled down seven rebounds and had a team-high three blocked shots in 23 minutes...saw action in all 32 games, making 29 starts in 2001-02...came off the bench in three contests during early December after spraining her right ankle during practice...led the team with 38 blocked shots, including a conference-best 27 during Pac-10 games...was sixth on the team in scoring with 180 points (5.6 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding with 146 boards (4.6 rpg.)...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...reached double figures in scoring on six occasions...had four double figure rebounding outings...tallied three double-doubles...pulled down a then career-best 10 rebounds in the season opener against Loyola Marymount (11/9)...had 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting against Portland (12/6)...recorded first career double-double with 10 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and five blocked shots against Washington State (12/28)...buried 4-of-5 field goals and 6-of-10 free throws against UCLA (1/24) for a career-high 14 points...tallied seven rebounds and four blocks against California (2/7)...recorded second double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including nine defensive, at Washington (2/21)...also had four blocks and a career-high 10 field goal attempts in 40 minutes of action against the Huskies...finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Hawaii in the postseason WNIT...one of just two returners (Hollye Chapman) to pull down at least one rebound in all 32 contests.

Forward, 6-2, FR, Vale, OR (Vale)

Vickery scored four points and pulled down two rebounds in Thursday's season opening exhibition game...blocked one shot in 12 minutes of action...was a three-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball at Vale High School in Vale, OR...was a two-year starter at post...was a third team All-State selection as a senior...earned Greater Oregon League honors three times in her career, including first team accolades as a junior and senior...three-time Argus Observer All-Star...was team co-captain as a senior...member of the Idaho Elite All-Star summer team...selected to play in the Oregon 3A All-Star game...was a two-time Greater Oregon League pick as a middle blocker in volleyball...earned second team All-State Tournament honors and was Vale's co-MVP as the volleyball team placed fifth at state during her senior year.

Forward, 6-2, JR, Cottage Grove, OR (Oregon City)

Chapman performed especially well in Thursday's exhibition opener...led the Beavers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting...pulled down seve rebounds including four offensive in 19 minutes of action...was the lone OSU player to connect on a field goal over the first 12 minutes of the game against Horsholm BBC...played in all 32 games, making eight starts during 2001-02...enters the 2002-03 season as the leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.)...totaled 304 points and pulled down 171 rebounds as a sophomore...reached double figures in scoring on 12 occasions...tallied three double-doubles...earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...her .485 (131-for-270) field goal percentage led the team and ranked 7th in the conference...buried 17-of-46 (.370) shots from beyond the 3-point arc...led the Beavers with 71 offensive rebounds...led the Beavers to victory at New Mexico (12/2) with a career-best 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and a 4-for-6 clip from beyond the 3-point line...also pulled down nine rebounds, including six offensive against the Lobos...had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and corralled seven rebounds vs. Wyoming (12/15)...recorded first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at UCLA (12/22)...hit 7-of-11 (.636) field goals for 17 points and pulled down five rebounds against Washington (12/30)...followed that performance by knocking down 8-of-11 (.727) shots and 6-of-6 free throws for her second double-double with 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against Arizona State (1/4)...also tallied a career-high four blocked shots against the Sun Devils...scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 40 minutes of action against Oregon (2/16)...buried 6-of-10 field goals for 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds at Oregon (3/17) in the postseason WNIT.

Forward, 6-2, JR, Las Vegas, NV (Chaparral - Arizona Western Community College)

Turner's scoring and rebounding strengths emerged in Thursday's exhibition opener...corralled a game-high 15 rebounds including five offensive and 10 in the first half...buried 3-of-7 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws for nine points...had two assists and two blocks...earned numerous honors as a two-year starter at Arizona Western Community College...was a two-time Kodak All-American...a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-American...a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Team selection...was a two-time Player of the Year for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC)...as a freshman Arizona Western posted a 23-8 record...as a sophomore Arizona Western won the ACCAC Conference and won the Region I Championship with a 30-1 record...averaged 21.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and shot 61-percent from the floor as a freshman...averaged 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and hit 59-percent of field goals as a sophomore.

Forward, 6-0, FR, Eugene, OR (South Eugene)

Stokes joins the Beaver squad as a walk-on...has sat out early season practices with an ankle injury... was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter while playing at South Eugene High School in Eugene, OR...was a second team All-Midwestern League selection as a senior and an honorable mention pick as a junior...served as team captain during her senior season...was a second team All-Far West Shootout selection...team won the Oregon 4A State Championship her freshman season...won two letters in track while competing in triple jump, high jump, long jump and discus...ranks in the top-10 in four events on the South Eugene all-time track list.

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