Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season On Friday

Nov. 4, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS EXHIBITION SEASON ON FRIDAY; BEAVERS FACE STRAKONICE FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Friday, Nov. 7, 2003
Strakonice at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
No Radio Broadcast - All games can be viewed on Gametracker at osubeavers.com

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr.,(12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
G #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
or G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (3.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, Jr., (4.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

A GLANCE AT STRAKONICE: Team Strakonice from the Czech Republic will visit Corvallis on Friday for a 7 p.m. game in Gill Coliseum against the Beavers. Nine players dot the current Strakonice roster, ranging in age from 18 to 29. Strakonice opens its seven-game United States college tour at University of Oregon on Wednesday night (Nov. 5) before heading to OSU.

A GLANCE AT OREGON STATE: Oregon State opens the 2003-04 exhibition season with a group of familiar faces on the court. The Beavers return nine players and all five starters from last season's team that finished the year with a 15-15 overall record and made its third consecutive postseason WNIT appearance. Three key newcomers that redshirted the 2002-03 season - Ebony Young, Tarika Campbell and Shannon Howell - all look to bolster the Beaver lineup with speed and athleticism. Cambell will be ready for action in January after suffering a torn labrum during the summer while Howell will also be eligible to hit the court after Christmas due to transfer rules.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney will be the go-to players for Oregon State on the season. All three athletes enter the 2003-04 season having seen action in 91 games for the Beavers. The trio needs to play in 28 games (OSU will play 27 regular season games before seeing action in the State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Tournament) to break the all-time Oregon State games played mark. Here is a quick look at records that could be broken this season by the big three:

*Leilani Estavan enters the 2003-04 season needing just 93 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 456 assists

*Brina Chaney enters the 2003-04 season needing just 37 blocked shots to become OregonState's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Carol Menken (1979-81) - 143 blocks
3. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 140 blocks

*Hollye Chapman enters the 2003-04 season with 816 points scored and looks to become justthe 13th player in Oregon State program history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier.
1. Tanja Kostic (1993-96) - 2,349
2. Carol Menken (1979-81) - 2,243
3. Chelle Flamoe (1986-89) - 1,851
4. Juli Coleman (1982-85) - 1,840
5. Felicia Ragland (1999-02) - 1,803
6. Annette Mollerstrom (1993-95) - 1,582
7. Tina Lelas (1994-97) - 1,313
8. Judy Shannon (1991-92) - 1,148
9. Jan Martin (1980-83) - 1,145
10. Brenda Arbuckle (1984-87) - 1,085
11. Sonjiha Fleming (1990-93) - 1,060
12. Robyn Clark (1980-83) - 1,009
Hollye Chapman (2001-present) - 816

RADIO NEWS: The 2003-04 season marks the first time that Oregon State's women's basketball program will have 26 of its 27 regular season games broadcast on the radio. Jon Warren returns for his fifth season of calling the play-by-play of the Beaver games on either KEJO Radio (1240 AM) or KRKT Radio (990 AM). Every Oregon State women's basketball game can also be heard on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics homepage - www.osubeavers.com. Ten games are scheduled to be broadcast not only locally, but throughout the state of Oregon.

GAMETRACKER: The Oregon State athletics homepage - www.osubeavers.com - will feature Gametracker for every home women's basketball game during the season (including exhibition games). Gametracker allows fans to view up-to-the minute statistics for each contest.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State heads into the 2003-04 season on a seven-game home winning streak. The Beavers' last loss in Gill Coliseum came at the hands of the No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Jan. 9, 2003. OSU's current home winning streak is its longest since reeling off eight straight victories to close out the 1994-95 campaign and opening the 1995-96 season with five consecutive wins in Corvallis.

PROVING THEM WRONG: Oregon State was tabbed to finish in eighth place in both the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll and Media Poll. Stanford was picked to repeat as conference champion. The Beavers have finished in the Pac-10's top-5 the past two years - despite being picked to finish seventh in the preseason polls. OSU has finished higher than selected in the preseason polls the past four seasons.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Senior guard Leilani Estavan has started every game for the Beavers over the last two seasons. Estavan closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 70 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 78 of their last 119 (.655) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 94-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 238-125 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .656 percentage.

ON THE BENCH: Assistant coach Todd Corman enters his third 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 holds the longest tenure on staff, returning for her fourth year at OSU and serving as director of recruiting. Heath Alexander enters his second year as an assistant coach after spending the 2001-02 season as director of operations. Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, returns for her second year as operations director.

HEAD COACH Judy Spoelstra: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 110-120 in her eight seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 208-188 overall record after 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. She picked up career win No. 200 against USC on Dec. 27, 2002. Spoelstra has led the Beavers to three consecutive postseason tournament appearances in the WNIT. At the conclusion of the 1999-00 season, Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year. In September, Spoelstra was inducted into the Montana State University Hall of Fame as part of the 1992-93 MSU women's basketball team that won the Big Sky Championship.

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