Women's Basketball Heads To Eugene For Saturday's Civil War Showdown

Jan. 5, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SEARCHES FOR FIRST-EVER 4-1 START TO PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE PLAY; BEAVERS TRAVEL TO EUGENE FOR CIVIL WAR SHOWDOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004
OSU at Oregon
7 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(McArthur Court)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (9-4 overall; 3-1 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.1 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (22.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
F #45 Hollye Chapman, 6-2, Sr., (10.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

OREGON DUCKS (8-6 overall; 0-4 Pac-10)
G #13 Corrie Mizusawa, 5-8, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.8 apg.)
G #23 Kedzie Gunderson, 6-0, Jr., (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #43 Jessica Shetters, 6-6, Fr., (3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg.)
F #54 Eleanor Haring, 6-1, Fr., (6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
C #44 Andrea Bills, 6-3, Jr., (12.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.4 apg.)

A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War sponsored by the Northwest Dodge Dealers with an 8-6 overall record and 0-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Ducks have dropped five straight games, including two in a row at McArthur Court. UO opened the season with a 5-0 record behind the play of senior post Catherine Kraayeveld. Kraayeveld tore her ACL in practice and has missed Oregon's last nine games with the season-ending injury. Junior post Andrea Bills is the lone Oregon player averaging double figures in scoring with 12.2 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds. Oregon has scored 57 points or fewer in its five straight losses.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 48-15. The Ducks have won 16 of the last 20 meetings, but the Beavers have won two of the last five, including a 67-51 victory in Corvallis on Jan. 18, 2003. Oregon State broke a 12-game losing streak when the Beavers registered a 61-53 win in Eugene on Jan. 19, 2002. The victory in Eugene also broke a nine-year draught on McArthur Court for Oregon State. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 3-14 against Oregon. Oregon State has won just five games on McArthur Court, dating back to the 1976-77 season.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST OREGON: Oregon State had three players reach double figures in scoring, but it wasn't enough as University of Oregon recorded the 68-58 Civil War victory on Feb. 15, 2003. The Beavers led 2-0 to open the contest but the Ducks corralled the advantage moments later and would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. OSU pulled within three points (61-58) behind Brina Chaney's baseline jumper with 1:55 remaining but failed to score again as UO hit seven free throws in the final 35 seconds to secure the victory. Junior guard Leilani Estavan led all players with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and dished out five assists. Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with 15 points and a team-leading nine rebounds, while Chaney added 10 points. Kedzie Gunderson led Oregon with 12 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in her return to the UO lineup. The Ducks held a 36-24 halftime lead.

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

	                OSU	UOPoints per game	        66.6	61.4Points allowed per game	61.7	62.6Field goal percentage	45.2	40.83-pt field goal percent	40.2	33.7Free throw percentage	69.1	66.4Rebounds per game	35.4	36.0Assists per game	15.9	14.7Steals per game	         8.6	6.4

IT'S ALL ABOUT OREGON: Oregon State senior post Hollye Chapman has reached double figures in scoring in five of the seven games she has played against University of Oregon, including three straight. The Cottage Grove, OR, native has scored 82 points (11.7 ppg.) and pulled down 39 rebounds (5.6 rpg.) over the course of her career against the Ducks.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Oregon State overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to rally for a 72-67 victory against USC on Sunday. The Beavers used a 14-0 run in the middle of the second half to take a 53-46 advantage with 12:16 to play and the Women of Troy got no closer than within four points the rest of the way. OSU had all five starters reach double figures in scoring, led by Shannon Howell's 24 points. Senior post Brina Chaney tallied her 10th career double-double with 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots. Ebony Hoffman's 14 points and 16 rebounds led USC. The Beavers scored 11 more points than the Women of Troy from the free throw line in the contest. USC closed out the first half with a 13-0 run to take a 37-28 lead into the lockerroom.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Oregon State had six players reach double figures in scoring as the Beavers used torrid field goal shooting to roll past UCLA, 82-68, on Jan. 2. OSU buried 62-percent of its field goals (29-for-47) in the game and knocked down 8-of-12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. UCLA started the game hot, taking a 27-16 lead 11 minutes into the contest, but the Beavers used a 24-8 run to close out the half and take a 40-36 advantage into the lockerroom. An 11-0 OSU run to open the second frame put the game out of reach. Shannon Howell reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with a team-high 22 points and four assists, while Leilani Estavan finished with 13 points including a 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range. Mandy Close and Krystal Turner both buried 5-of-6 field goals in the game for 12 and 11 points, respectively. Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman added 10 points each. Sophomore guard Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Oregon State's 82 points scored were its most of the season.

ANOTHER PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior guard Shannon Howell was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 29-Jan. 4. Howell, from Los Angeles, averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a trio of victories as Oregon State defeated California (Dec. 29), UCLA (Jan. 2), and USC (Jan. 4). Howell scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds against the Golden Bears to help OSU break a seven-game Pac-10 road losing streak. The 5-9 guard led the Beavers in scoring during back-to-back games over the weekend with 22 points and four assists against UCLA on Friday and 24 points, including a school record 15 free throws, against USC on Sunday. Howell, a transfer from University of Nebraska, became eligible due to NCAA Division I transfer rules on Dec. 27, 2003, and is averaging 22.5 points and four boards per game since. The Player of the Week honor is the first of Howell's career and marks OSU's 50th all-time selection. Oregon State has garnered back-to-back Player of the Week honorees as senior guard Leilani Estavan was recognized for her efforts from Dec. 15-21.

RECORD BREAKER: Junior guard Shannon Howell set a new Oregon State record for free throws made (15) and free throw attempts (19) in a single game on Sunday against USC. The previous school record of free throws made was 13 - held by All-American Carol Menken on Dec. 8, 1979. Menken also held the record for free throw attempts with 18.

TEAM EFFORT: Oregon State boasts an 8-1 record on the season in games that at least three Beaver players reach double figures in scoring. OSU's 82-68 victory against UCLA on Jan. 2 marked the first time this season that six players reached double figures in scoring. The Beavers have had at least four players score in double figures in three straight games.

THIS COULD BE THE YEAR: Oregon State's 3-1 start to Pacific-10 Conference play ties the best conference start in school history. The Beavers have now started with a 3-1 record on four separate occasions, prior to this season, most recently in 1995-96 - Judy Spoelstra's first year at the helm.

REMEMBER WHEN: The last time that Oregon State won four straight Pacific-10 Conference games was closing out the 2000-01 season with a streak of five consecutive wins - halted only by a regular season-ending loss at University of Oregon. The Beavers' winning streak helped propel the squad to its first postseason appearance since 1995-96 with a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has had at least one player break the 20-point barrier in scoring during five of its last six games.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Ebony Young will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during the second half of the Dec. 19 game at Cincinnati. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn continues to be sidelined while resting a sprained foot, her return to the OSU line-up is doubtful for Saturday's game against Oregon. The 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, has missed eight games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

QUICK HITS: Oregon State is 8-0 on the season when leading or tied at halftime...senior post Krystal Turner leads the Pacific-10 Conference with a .672 field goal percentage...as a team, Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage with a .402 clip from beyond the arc...OSU's five 3-point field goal attempts against USC on Sunday were its fewest of the season...Oregon State boasts a 4-1 record in its last five games - the Beavers have been out-rebounded in four of their last five games...four different Oregon State players have scored 20-plus points on the year.

TOP NOTCH: With two assists against No. 9 Stanford on Dec. 27, senior guard Leilani Estavan became 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 Oregon with 509 career assists - just 40 dishes shy of the school record - and 937 points scored.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Junior transfer Shannon Howell became eligible for game action on Dec. 24 - one week earlier than expected. Howell, a 5-9 guard, buried 10-of-24 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws for a career-best 32 points in 33 minutes of action against No. 9 Stanford last Saturday. A two-year starter at University of Nebraska, Howell's previous career-high in scoring was 18 points. Howell's 32 points during her Beaver debut were the most points scored since OSU All-American guard Felicia Ragland poured in 32 points against Arizona State in 2001. Howell finished with 12 points and seven rebounds against California on Dec. 29 before pouring in 22 points and dishing out four assists against UCLA on Jan. 2. The 5-9 guard reached double figures in scoring for a fourth straight game with 24 points - including a school record 15 free throws - against USC on Sunday.

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 104 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 40 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 509 assists

*Brina Chaney needs just 5 blocked shots to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks
2. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 172 blocks

*Hollye Chapman currently has 955 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) - 955
Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 937

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 83 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 119-124 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 217-192 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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