Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play Saturday At No. 7 Stanford

Dec. 23, 2003

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS PAC-10 PLAY IN THE BAY AREA; BEAVERS LOOK FOR FIRST EVER VICTORY IN MAPLES PAVILION WHEN THEY FACE No. 7 STANFORD ON SATURDAY

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003
OSU at Stanford
2 p.m. PST, Palo Alto, CA
(Maples Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 am)

Monday, Dec. 29, 2003
OSU at California
7 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA
(Haas Pavilion)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (6-3 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 apg.)
G #14 Jessica Jones, 5-8, So., (2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 bpg.)

No. 7 STANFORD CARDINAL (7-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Jr., (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
G #24 Susan Borchardt, 5-7, Jr., (6.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, Sr., (19.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, Jr., (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
C #00 Chelsea Trotter, 6-3, Jr., (9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg.)

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (7-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #1 Nihan Anaz, 5-9, Sr., (15.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg.)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Jr., (9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg.)
F #22 Leigh Gregory, 6-0, Jr., (12.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
F #33 LaTasha O'Keith, 5-7, Sr., (8.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #10 Olga Volkova, 6-4, Sr., (5.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg.)

A GLANCE AT No. 7 STANFORD: No. 7 ranked Stanford University enters Saturday's Pac-10 opener against Oregon State with a 7-2 overall record. The Cardinal opened the season with six straight victories but has dropped two of their last three outings, including a 55-46 contest at No. 4 Texas Tech on Dec. 20. Senior All-American Nicole Powell missed most of the game with a sprained ankle. Powell averages a double-double on the season with 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per outing. No other Stanford player averages double figures in scoring but five players are contributing seven or more points per game. The Cardinal is outscoring its opponents by 15 points per game (69.0-54.0) and holds a 5.9 rebounding edge (40.7-34.8).

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 30-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford, but the Cardinal have won five straight since the Beaver victory. Oregon State has never won in Maples Pavilion, holding an 0-18 record in Palo Alto. Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra is just 1-16 against Stanford.

PACIFIC-10 OPENER: Oregon State holds a 2-6 record in Pacific-10 Conference season openers with Judy Spoelstra at the helm. The Beavers broke a six-game slide in Pac-10 openers after topping University of Southern California by a 63-61 margin on Dec. 27, 2002 in Corvallis. The victory also marked the 200th win in Spoelstra's coaching career. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1986-87 season, OSU is just 4-14 in conference openers. The Beavers have met Stanford in five openers, dropping all five contests by an average of 19.4 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST STANFORD: Oregon State dropped a 71-46 decision to No. 6 ranked Stanford University on Feb. 8, 2003 in Maples Pavilion. The Beavers kept the game close over the opening 10 minutes of play, but went scoreless from the field over a six-minute stretch allowing the Cardinal to take a 28-16 lead with 4:25 on the clock. Stanford held a 35-22 halftime advantage and extended its lead to 28 points (61-34) behind a Kelley Suminski 3-pointer with 8:20 remaining in the game. Leilani Estavan was the lone Oregon State player to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points, while Hollye Chapman and Jessica Jones added nine points each. Nicole Powell led Stanford with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Suminiski buried 5-of-6 field goals and 7-of-7 free throws for 20 points. The Cardinal hit 20-of-23 free throws in the contest while OSU connected on 8-of-11 charity tosses. The Beavers committed a season-high 30 turnovers.

A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters Saturday's Pac-10 opener against University of Oregon with a 7-2 overall record before hosting Oregon State on Monday. The Golden Bears are off to their best start in 11 years and enter the week on a four-game winning streak. Senior guard Nihan Anaz leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while Leigh Gregory adds 12.7 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game. The high-scoring Bears are averaging 71.1 points per outing compared to their opponents' 60.0 points. Cal is a perfect 6-0 on the season in games played in Berkeley.

BEAVERS AND GOLDEN BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 26-19. The Beavers have won seven of the last 10 meetings, but Cal has won five of the last seven games played in Berkeley, including last season's 70-55 decision on Feb. 6, 2003. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 10-6 against California.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA: University of California jumped out to an early lead and Oregon State could never fully recover as the Bears recorded a 70-55 victory on Feb. 6, 2003 in Haas Pavilion. Cal spurted to an 8-0 advantage and eventually a 22-9 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first half. OSU reeled off 16 straight points and Michelle Smith's 3-point field goal gave the Beavers a 25-22 lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Beaver advantage was short-lived however, as Cal closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room. OSU would get no closer for the rest of the contest and the Bears led by as many as 19 points with just over one-minute remaining. Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season against California with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Making her first career start, Casey Bunn, reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Jessica Jones led the Beavers with a career-high six assists. Four Cal players reached double figures in scoring, led by Timea Ivanyi's 15 points and seven boards.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the week stacked up statistically with Stanford and California:


OSU STAN CALPoints per game 64.1 69.0 71.1Points allowed per game 56.9 54.0 60.0Field goal percentage 44.8 43.3 47.53-pt field goal percent 39.6 29.9 33.6Free throw percentage 66.1 79.0 70.6Rebounds per game 36.8 40.7 34.7Assists per game 16.8 14.6 15.4Steals per game 8.3 8.1 11.9

LOOKING BACK AT CINCINNATI: Senior guard Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Oregon State past University of Cincinnati, 61-55, on Dec. 19. Estavan buried 8-of-14 field goals and 4-of-5 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to lead OSU to its third straight victory away from Gill Coliseum. The loss marked the first time in seven years that Cincinnati had dropped back-to-back games in Fifth Third Arena. OSU continued its torrid shooting, connecting on 23-of-43 field goals for 54-percent while the Bearcats shot just 38-percent from the field. Sophomore guard Ebony Young tallied the best game of her career with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and four assists in 21 minutes before leaving the contest with an injured knee. Krystal Turner added 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who were held without an offensive board in the opening half.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Leilani Estavan garnered Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honors for Dec. 15-21. The Los Angeles, CA, native averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds as the Beavers upset No. 19 Utah and knocked off University of Cincinnati. Estavan scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and dished out a season-high seven assists against the Utes on Dec. 16. In Oregon State's road victory on Dec. 19 at Cincinnati, she scored a career-high 25 points with eight coming in the final 2:22 to seal the victory. The Player of the Week honor is the first of Estavan's career and marks the 49th all-time selection for Oregon State.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Ebony Young injured her knee in the Dec. 19 game at Cincinnati and will be evaluated by OSU physicians later this week. Her status for Saturday's Pac-10 opener against Stanford is doubtful. Sophomore guards Anita Rivera and Casey Bunn did not make the trip to Cincinnati to rest injuries - their return for the Pac-10 opener is questionable. 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.

ROAD WARRIORS: Oregon State has won three consecutive games away from Gill Coliseum. The last time the Beavers won four straight road games was in Dec. of 1998. OSU has never beaten Stanford in Maples Pavilion (0-18).

IT COULD BE THREE: Oregon State enters Saturday's Pac-10 opener against No. 7 Stanford in search of its third straight victory. The Beavers have not won three consecutive games since sneaking away with a 65-62 victory at Washington State on Jan. 23, 2003. OSU has won three straight games on just two occasions since March of 2001.

ONE OF THE BEST: Senior guard Leilani Estavan needs just two assists to become the first player in Oregon State history to dish out 500 assists and score 900 points in her career. Estavan enters Saturday's game against No. 7 Stanford with 498 career assists and 901 points scored.

GOOD SHOOTING: Oregon State has shot a scorching 50-percent or higher in four consecutive games. The Beavers recorded their best shooting performance in four years when they hit 63-percent (27-of-43) from the field against No. 19 Utah on Dec. 16. On the year, Oregon State is shooting 45-percent (224-for-500) from the field.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's 71-62 upset victory against No. 19 University of Utah on Dec. 16 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.

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 100 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 51 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 498 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 12 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 165 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 916 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) - 916

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 79 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

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 116-123 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 214-191 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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