Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season On Friday Against Utah Valley State

Nov. 18, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS REGULAR SEASON ON FRIDAY AGAINST UTAH VALLEY STATE COLLEGE; BEAVERS FACE TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI ON SUNDAY MORNING

Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
Utah Valley State at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
KEJO Radio - 1240 AM

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003
Texas A&M CC at OSU
10 a.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
KEJO Radio - 1240 AM
THROUGHOUT THE STATE (Corvallis Internet Only)

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 #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.)

UTAH VALLEY STATE WOLVERINES (3-0 overall)
G #11 Courtney Lynn, 5-8, Jr.,(2.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.7 apg.)
G #15 Molly Hillyard, 5-9, So., (6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #24 Miriam Palkki, 6-1, So., (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
F #43 Kaydee Allred, 6-0, So., (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #40 Katie Wilson, 6-0, Jr., (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI ISLANDERS (0-0 overall)
G #11 Kirbria Lewis, 5-6, Fr.,(10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #14 Nicole Duncan, 5-8, Fr., (2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.5 apg.)
F #22 Lindsey Van Dorn, 6-2, So., (6.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #42 Terra Andrews, 6-0, So., (11.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)
C #21 Roberta Plaza, 6-4, Sr., (5.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg.)
*statistics from two exhibition games

A GLANCE AT UTAH VALLEY STATE: Utah Valley State College brings a 3-0 record into Friday's game at Oregon State. The Wolverines are making the transition from junior college athletics to NCAA Division I affiliation. UVSC recorded a trio of victories over the weekend at the Westminster Fall Classic in Salt Lake City. Junior forward Beverly Visentin has come off the bench to lead the squad in scoring and rebounding with 15.3 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per outing. Fellow posts Miriam Palkki and Katie Wilson are both chipping in 10.3 points per game, while junior guard Courtney Lynn is dishing out 5.7 assists per outing. The Wolverines have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 19 rebounds (44.3-25.3) per contest. UVSC has had success in the first half of its games, outscoring its opponents by a 111-67 margin and holding a 69.3-55.3 scoring edge overall. The youthful Wolverines have no seniors on their squad.

BEAVERS AND WOLVERINES SERIES NUMBERS: Friday's meeting between Oregon State and Utah Valley State is the first in program history for both squads.

A GLANCE AT TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI: Texas A&M Corpus Christi will open its regular season on Friday night when the Islanders host Texas-San Antonio before travelling to Corvallis for a 10 a.m. game on Sunday against Oregon State. TAMCC started a pair of freshmen and two sophomores en route to a 2-0 exhibition record. Sophomore Terra Andrews' 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds led the team, while Kirbria Lewis and Anna Hartzell added 10.5 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. The Islanders started their women's basketball program in 1999-2000 and posted a 15-12 overall record last season, including an 11-2 mark in Corpus Christi. TAMCC outscored its opponents 81.0-52.5 over the exhibition campaign.

BEAVERS AND ISLANDERS SERIES NUMBERS: Sunday's meeting between Oregon State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi is the first in program history for both squads.

LOOKING BACK AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL TEAM: Senior post Hollye Chapman led all players with 21 points but the Chinese National Team - ranked in the top 10 in the world - overcame a 10-point second half deficit to record a 74-73 victory against Oregon State in last Wednesday's exhibition game. Wang Ling buried an off-balance jumper with just six-seconds remaining on the clock to secure the victory for the Chinese National Team. Brina Chaney finished with 16 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Leilani Estavan added 14 points, making 10-of-10 free throw attempts, while Jessica Jones chipped in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. OSU canned 31-of-38 free throw attempts on the night while the Chinese National Team hit 15-of-22 shots from the line.

LOOKING BACK AT STRAKONICE: Oregon State cruised to an 86-60 victory on Nov. 7 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.

SEASON OPENER: Oregon State has a 21-6 overall record in season openers, dating back to the 1976-77 campaign. The Beavers have started the season with a victory in five consecutive years and Judy Spoelstra's squads hold an all-time 7-1 record in season opening play.

HOME OPENER: Oregon State boasts a 22-5 overall record in home openers since the 1976-77 season. The Beavers have won 11 consecutive home openers and are a perfect 8-0 starting the season in Gill Coliseum with Judy Spoelstra at the helm.

OPENERS FOR THE PAC-10: Pacific-10 Conference teams hold a 112-60 all-time record in season openers (.651) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, conference teams hove lost home openers just 14 times (74-14, .841), but are 39-46 (.459) when beginning the season on the road.

HOME WINNING STREAK: Oregon State heads into Friday's season opener against Utah Valley State College 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.

MILESTONE VICTORY IN SIGHT: Oregon State enters Friday's season opener against Utah Valley State College needing just one victory to record the 400th win in program history. The Beavers currently hold a 399-356 all-time record, dating back to the 1976-77 season.

EXHIBITION NUMBERS: Senior post Hollye Chapman led the Beavers in scoring for the exhibition campaign with 18.0 points per game, while fellow senior Brina Chaney added 13.5 points per game and 8-of-13 shooting from the field in the two contests. Leilani Estavan dished out 12 assists and buried 13-of-14 free throws, despite shooting just 3-for-18 from the floor. Oregon State's starting five averaged 25-plus minutes during the exhibition contests.

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.

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

PRESEASON PAC-10 POLLS: 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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