Women's Basketball Travels To Cincinnati

Dec. 18, 2003

CINCINNATI, Ohio -

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CLOSES OUT NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE ON THE ROAD; BEAVERS TRAVEL TO UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI FOR FRIDAY NIGHT GAME AGAINST BEARCATS

Friday, Dec. 19, 2003
OSU at Cincinnati
7 p.m. EST, Cincinnati, OH
(Fifth Third Arena)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 AM)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (5-3 overall)
G #00 Ebony Young, 5-8, So., (3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 bpg.)

CINCINNATI BEARCATS (6-3 overall)
G #34 Valerie King, 5-10, Sr., (19.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
G #44 Treasure Humphries, 5-7, Fr., (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #31 Debbie Merrill, 6-3, Jr., (16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
F #33 Brittani Young, 5-11, Sr., (3.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
C #45 Anne Stephens, 6-4, So., (10.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT CINCINNATI: University of Cincinnati enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 6-3 overall record and 4-1 mark in Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats are coming off a 71-70 overtime loss to No. 20 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday. Valerie King led UC with 15 points and averages a team-best 19.0 points on the year. All-America candidate Debbie Merrill adds 16.3 points per game and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per contest. The bulk of the scoring load rests on four Bearcat players that average double figures as Treasure Humphries and Anne Stephens contribute 11.3 and 10.2 points, respectively. As a team, the Bearcats average 71.1 points per game compared to their opponents' 54.9 points. UC shoots 74-percent from the charity stripe.

BEAVERS AND BEARCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Friday's game between Oregon State and Cincinnati marks the first meeting between the two schools.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Friday's game stacked up statistically with Cincinnati:

	                 OSU	UCPoints per game	64.5	71.1Points allowed per game	57.1	54.9Field goal percentage	44.0	44.93-pt field goal percent	38.3	39.8Free throw percentage	66.0	73.5Rebounds per game	37.6	36.9Assists per game	17.6	13.6Steals per game	8.9	7.7

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State's two road losses have come against Tulane University and University of Arkansas - the only two teams to defeat University of Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena last season.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 19 UTAH: Sophomore guard Mandy Close tallied a career-high 21 points and Oregon State shot a season-best 63-percent from the field en route to a 71-62 upset victory against No. 19 Utah on Tuesday. Close buried 8-of-11 field goals on the night, including her first six shots which helped the Beavers take a 39-30 lead at the half. The Beavers shot 70-percent in the opening 20 minutes of action and finished the game hitting 27-of-43 field goals (.628) and 6-of-13 3-point attempts - their best shooting performance for a game in four seasons. Senior posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Shona Thorburn led Utah with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. OSU held a 32-26 rebounding advantage.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guards Anita Rivera and Casey Bunn did not make the trip to Cincinnati to rest injuries. Rivera continues to recover from a sprained knee suffered against Arkansas on Nov. 28, while Bunn is resting a sprained foot that flared up against the Lady Razorbacks.

COMING ON STRONG: Sophomore guard Mandy Close is averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last two games. The Bozeman, MT, native has buried 12-of-20 field goals for 60-percent shooting in the two outings, while playing a team-high 76 minutes. Close knocked down 8-of-11 field goals for a career-high 21 points against No. 19 Utah on Tuesday. On the season, Close ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.0 points per game and is one of just two players (Leilani Estavan) averaging over 30 minutes per game.

A LONG TIME COMING: Oregon State enters Friday's game at University of Cincinnati riding a two-game road winning streak. The Beavers have not won three-straight on the road since knocking off University of Arizona in overtime (88-85) on Jan. 31 2002. Before recording the victory in Tucson, the Beavers had topped California in Berkeley and Oregon in Eugene.

POST POWER: Senior posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman have both reached double figures in scoring in three consecutive games.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State has outrebounded its opponents in every game of the season, with the exception of the Arkansas contest (Nov. 28) in which the Beavers and Lady Razorbacks pulled down 46 rebounds each. On the season OSU holds a 37.6 to 33.1 rebounding margin.

LEAD AT THE BREAK: Oregon State is a perfect 5-0 on the season when leading at halftime. The Beavers are 0-3 when trailing at intermission.

GOOD SHOOTING: After shooting a scorching 63-percent (27-of-43) from the field against No. 19 Utah on Tuesday - the best shooting performance in the past four years - the Beavers have tallied 50-percent shooting or higher in three consecutive games. On the year, Oregon State is shooting 44-percent (201-for-457) from the field.

SULTAN OF SWAT: Senior post Brina Chaney has blocked at least two shots in every game this season. The 6-5 Bothell, WA, native currently ranks seventh on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time blocked shots list with 163 in her career. Just four Pac-10 players have blocked more than 200 shots in their career (Stefanie Kasperski, Lisa Leslie, Jenny Mowe, Val Whiting).

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's 71-62 upset victory against No. 19 University of Utah on Tuesday night gave the Beavers a 1-0 record against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. The victory was Oregon State's first against a ranked opponent since the Beavers rolled past No. 23 University of Washington by a 100-86 margin on Feb. 20, 2003.

HAPPY AT HOME: Senior post Hollye Chapman is averaging nearly a double-double in Oregon State's three games at Gill Coliseum this season. Chapman leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game and rebounding with 9.3 boards per contest. She has also buried 5-of-10 3-point field goals on Ralph Miller Court.

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 78 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 81 of their last 123 (.659) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 10 seasons OSU is 97-45 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 243-128 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .655 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 115-123 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 213-191 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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