Women's Basketball Looks To Extend Winning Streak Against SW Missouri State

Dec. 4, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO EXTEND NINE-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK AGAINST SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE; BEAVERS AND BEARS MEET SATURDAY AT 11:30 AM

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003
SW Missouri State at OSU
11:30 a.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)
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OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-2 overall)
G #00 Ebony Young, 5-8, So., (4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (10.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (6.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 bpg.)

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE (3-1 overall)
G #15 Jenni Lingor, 5-10, Jr., (16.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #22 Kari Koch, 5-8, So., (22.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #23 Morgan Hohenberger, 5-8, Sr., (7.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
G #34 Sarah Klaassen, 5-9, So., (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #54 Meg Tierney, 6-1, Sr., (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg.)

A GLANCE AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: Southwest Missouri State enters Saturday's game against Oregon State with a 3-1 record. The Bears are coming off a 92-39 lashing of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night. SMS hit 14 3-pointers in the in the contest and held UAPB to only 13 field goals in the game. Entering the week sophomore guard Kari Koch was leading the team is scoring with 22.0 points per game, while shooting 56-percent (24-for-43) from the field. Jenni Lingor adds 16.3 points per outing and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game, while forward Meg Tierney is averaging 13.0 points per game. SMS returns 10 letterwinners and all five starters from last season's team that won the Missouri Valley Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State holds a 1-0 all-time record in games played against Southwest Missouri State. The Beavers topped the Bears by a score of 49-42 on Dec. 20, 2002 in front of 6,679 fans at the Hammons Student Center. The victory marked just one of two road wins for OSU during the 2002-03 campaign.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: Hollye Chapman recorded her fifth career double-double with 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to lead Oregon State past Southwest Missouri State, 49-42, on Dec. 20, 2002. SMS led by as many as five points in the early going but Michelle Smith's 3-pointer with 11:35 remaining in the opening half sparked a 9-0 OSU run and helped the Beavers pull in front for good. Fellow post Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 16 points, including a 10-of-11 clip from the free throw line. The 6-5 post added a career-best three assists and three steals. The Beavers shot 48-percent (11-of-23) from the floor in the first half - their second-best percentage of the season in 20 minutes of action. OSU finished the game with a 39-percent mark from the field while SMS shot just 32-percent on the night.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State entered the week stacked up statistically with Southwest Missouri State:

	                  OSU	SMSPoints per game	         62.7	78.3Points allowed per game	54.0	68.7Field goal percentage	40.6	50.73-pt field goal percent	39.4	42.9Free throw percentage	68.0	82.7Rebounds per game	        39.2	29.7Assists per game	        16.2	13.3Steals per game	         10.3	2.7

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Senior post Hollye Chapman poured in a season-high 18 points to help lead Oregon State to a 68-52 victory against Portland State University on Wednesday night. Chapman buried 7-of-9 field goals in the contest, including a 4-for-5 clip from 3-point range. The Beavers used an 18-2 run to close out the first half and take a commanding 33-15 lead into the locker room. OSU shot a season-best 51-percent (29-of-57) from the floor compared to PSU's meager 29-percent (15-for-52) shooting. Jessica Jones and Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring for the Beavers, finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sarah Hedgepeth's 17 points and five rebounds led the Vikings. Portland State buried 21-of-23 free throws in the contest while Oregon State was just 2-for-3 from the line.

BENCH PRODUCTION: Oregon State's bench outscored Portland State's bench by a 37-6 margin in Wednesday's game at the Stott Center. The Beavers have posted more points than their opponents' bench in three games this year.

HALFTIME LEAD HELPS: Oregon State is a perfect 4-0 on the season when leading after the first 20 minutes of play. The Beavers finished the 2002-03 season with an 11-1 record when leading at halftime. OSU's lone loss came in the season finale against Fresno State University in the second round of the WNIT.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Anita Rivera missed the Portland State and Providence College games after spraining her right knee in the second half of last Friday's tournament opener against University of Arkansas. Rivera, who missed 20 games last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is doubtful for Saturday's game against Southwest Missouri State, pending the results from an MRI. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn has missed the last two games while resting a sprained foot but is probable for Saturday's game against Southwest Missouri State. Redshirt freshman guard Tarika Campbell has been cleared to practice this week after undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season. Campbell sat out the 2002-03 campaign while recovering from knee surgery.

MENKEN IS QUICKEST TO 1,000: In a list compiled by Austin Peay State University, former Oregon State All-American Carol Menken (1979-81) and two other athletes were found to have reached the 1,000-point scoring plateau in the shortest amount of time of any NCAA Division I women's basketball players. Menken, Sandra Hodge of New Orleans and Maree Jackson of LSU surpassed the 1,000-point mark after just 37 games. Menken ranks second in the Oregon State record book with 2,243 points scored in her career.

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES: Senior Krystal Turner earned All-Tournament honors at the Furama Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend. The 6-2 post buried 10-of-13 shots (77-percent) from the field for 23 points and led the Beavers with 15 rebounds in OSU's two tournament games. Turner led the Beavers past Providence College in the tourney's consolation final, scoring a career-high 17 points (8-of-10 shooting) and pulling down a career-best 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards.

LEADING THE PAC: Entering the week, senior post Krystal Turner's .667 field goal percentage (16-of-24) on the season ranked as the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while her 8-for-10 shooting against Providence on Nov. 29 ranked as the second-best shooting performance this season in the Pac-10.

HOME WINNING STREAK: Oregon State currently holds a nine-game home winning streak - its longest since winning 10 straight games in Gill Coliseum at the end of the 1984-85 season and beginning of the 1985-86 season. The Beavers' last loss in Gill Coliseum came at the hands of the No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Jan. 9, 2003.

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 have seen action in 94 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 needs just 63 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 486 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 19 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 158 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 873 points scored and looks to become just the 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) - 873

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 also closed out the 2000-01 campaign with eight straight starts, giving her a current streak of 76 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 80 of their last 121 (.661) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 96-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 242-127 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .656 percentage.

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.

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 114-122 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 212-190 overall record in 15 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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