Women's Basketball Hosts Chinese National Team Wednesday

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Nov. 11, 2003



Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003
Chinese National Team at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
No Radio Broadcast
All games can be viewed on Gametracker at osubeavers.com

G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr.,(12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg.)
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 THE CHINESE NATIONAL TEAM: The Chinese National Team will visit Oregon State on Wednesday as part of its tour in preparation for final competition to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. According to the United States Basketball Academy, the Chinese Women's National Team has become one of the top 10 women's teams in the world. The team features a combination of veterans and young players that are the best of the nations rapidly expanding basketball power. China currently has over 200 million active participants in the sport of basketball, making it the number one participatory sport in the country. The squad features just three athletes under 6-0 in height, with ages ranging from 17-26. Eight members of the traveling team saw action earlier this year against the United States in the World University Games. The Chinese National Team recorded an overwhelming 97-54 victory on Aug. 26 against the USA squad which was composed of current university student-athletes or recent graduates.

LOOKING BACK AT STRAKONICE: Oregon State cruised to an 86-60 victory last Friday against Strakonice, a club team from the Czech Republic. Five different Beaver players reached double figures in scoring during the contest, led by senior Hollye Chapman's 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Fellow senior Krystal Turner added 12 points including a perfect 6-for-6 mark from the free throw line. Brina Chaney pitched in 11 points and eight rebounds, while Anita Rivera and Ebony Young tallied 11 points each. Young, a redshirt sophomore, buried 5-of-6 field goals in 14 minutes of play. OSU shot 48-percent (31-for-65) for the night while holding Strakonice to a meager 29-percent (19-for-65) clip. The Beavers dominated the boards, finishing with a 55-34 rebounding edge. Strakonice's Vendula Mackova led all players with 22 points.

SCRIMMAGE SATURDAY: Oregon State will hold a scrimmage on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Gill Coliseum prior to OSU's football game against Stanford. The public is invited to attend and Beaver players will be available to sign autographs after the scrimmage.

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

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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