Women's Basketball Puts Winning Streak On The Line At Arizona

Feb. 17, 2004

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SEEKS REVENGE AGAINST ARIZONA SCHOOLS; BEAVERS FACE WILDCATS ON THURSDAY NIGHT BEFORE NATIONAL TELEVISION GAME AT ASU ON SATURDAY

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004
OSU at Arizona
6 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ
(McKale Center)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KRKT (990 AM)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004
OSU at Arizona State
1 p.m. PST, Tempe, AZ
(Well Fargo Arena)
RADIO BROADCAST ON KEJO (1240 AM)
TELEVISION - LIVE ON FOX SPORTS NET

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (14-9 overall; 8-6 Pac-10)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, Sr., (9.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, So., (6.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
F #50 Krystal Turner, 6-2, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5, Sr., (11.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg.)

ARIZONA WILDCATS (18-7 overall; 10-4 Pac-10)
G #11 Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Jr., (18.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.7 apg.)
G #13 Aimee Grzyb, 5-7, Sr., (10.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
G #23 Natalie Jones, 5-10, So., (8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
F #50 Shannon Hobson, 6-2, Fr., (3.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.2 apg.)
C #00 Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, So., (15.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg.)

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (15-8 overall; 9-5 Pac-10)
G #10 Kylan Loney, 5-7, Jr., (10.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #23 Betsy Boardman, 6-1, Jr., (10.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #30 Carrie Buckner, 5-9, Jr., (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
F #4 Emily Westerberg, 6-0, Fr., (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #54 Kristen Kovesdy, 6-3, So., (9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg.)

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona enters Thursday's game against Oregon State with an 18-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats were all alone in first place in the conference before being swept at the Los Angeles schools last week. UA is a perfect 12-0 in games played in Tucson this season and holds a 25-game home winning streak at the McKale Center. Junior guard DeeDee Wheeler paces the squad with 18.0 points per game to go along with 4.7 assists. Sophomore post Shawntinice Polk contributes 15.9 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game, while senior guard Aimee Grzyb adds 10.4 points and has hit a team-high 40 3-pointers. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 with a .461 field goal percentage, but rank ninth in the conference for free throw percentage (.674). Arizona's 72.5 points per outing rank first among Pac-10 teams.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona holds a narrow 20-18 lead in the all-time series with Oregon State. The Beavers have won four of the last seven games in the series, but the Wildcats have won 11 of the last 15 meetings, including seven of the last eight games played in Tucson. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 6-12 against Arizona.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA: Oregon State was unable to overcome poor second half shooting as University of Arizona recorded a 65-54 victory in Gill Coliseum on Jan. 24. The Beavers connected on just 19-percent (5-of-26) from the field in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to erase a 35-31 halftime deficit and garner their first victory in Corvallis in four years. UA used a 23-8 run to open the second frame and OSU managed just one field goal over a 10-minute stretch. Arizona dominated the boards, holding a 50-27 advantage including a 26-10 edge on the offensive glass. Leilani Estavan led the Beavers with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and hit three of OSU's five second half field goals. Arizona had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by sophomore Shawntinice Polk's 20 points and 13 rebounds.

TELEVISION TIME: Oregon State's Saturday afternoon contest at Arizona State has been selected as the Fox Sports Net wildcard game. Doug McLeod will call the play-by-play and Tammy Blackburn will add the color analysis for the nationally televised contest.

A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters the week with a 15-8 overall record and 9-5 mark in Pac-10 play. ASU had won five straight before dropping a pair of games in Los Angeles last week. The Sun Devils are 11-1 in Wells Fargo Arena this season, including a 73-53 victory against No. 7 ranked Stanford on Feb. 7. Portland, OR product Betsy Boardman leads the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds. Kylan Loney and Kristen Kovesdy add 10.0 points and 9.9 points, respectively. ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 for scoring defense, allowing its opponents to score just 61.5 points per outing. The Sun Devils hold a 38.1-32.1 rebounding margin on the year - best in the conference.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 19-18, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The two teams split the last three seasons' meetings, with each squad earning victories on its home court. ASU has won 10 of the last 14 games in the series, including seven consecutive games in Tempe. Head coach Judy Spoelstra has an 8-9 record against the Sun Devils.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State used a 19-0 first half run and hit 10 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure a 63-56 victory against Oregon State in Gill Coliseum on Jan 22. The victory gave the Sun Devils their first win in Corvallis in five years, dating back to Feb. 21, 1999. OSU took an early 10-2 lead but went ice-cold after that, making only one field goal for a 14-minute stretch to close out the first half. ASU took a 30-22 lead into the locker room. The Beavers fought back in the second frame, taking a 38-37 lead with 11:12 remaining but ASU responded with a couple of key runs and a 3-pointer from Kylan Loney with just under six minutes to play gave the Sun Devils the lead for good. Senior post Krystal Turner was the only Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting. The balanced Sun Devils had four players reach double figures with Kristen Kovesdy's 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting leading the way. ASU hit 50-percent (21-of-42) of its field goal attempts, while the Beavers managed just 33-percent (20-for-60) shooting.

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

	                 OSU	UA	ASUPoints per game	         65.2	72.5	66.8Points allowed per game	63.3	65.0	61.5Field goal percentage	42.5	46.1	42.03-pt field goal percent	34.7	31.1	34.8Free throw percentage	73.0	67.4	71.4Rebounds per game	         35.6	38.3	38.1Assists per game	         14.7	14.7	16.6Steals per game	         7.4	8.8	10.0

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Senior post Brina Chaney's 13 points and seven rebounds helped Oregon State to its third straight victory with a 65-55 win against Washington State University on Feb. 14. WSU used a 10-0 run to open the second half of action and take a 34-31 lead with 16:29 remaining, but the Beavers responded with seven points from Chaney and a 3-pointer from Jessica Jones to regain the lead for the remainder of the game. Neither team shot well from the floor (just over 30-percent), but the Beavers held a 44-36 rebounding edge and broke the school record with a perfect 17-for-17 mark from the free throw line. Shannon Howell finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while a trio of OSU players added nine points - Leilani Estavan, Krystal Turner and Anita Rivera. Sophomore Karen Vickery matched her career-high with five rebounds. Bianca McCall led the Cougars with 19 points. The win was Oregon State's 10th straight against WSU.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: For the second straight game, Oregon State center Brina Chaney took control and led the Beavers to victory, helping knock off Washington, 62-59, on Feb. 12 in Gill Coliseum. The 6-5 senior led all players with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds and tallied a season-high six blocked shots, including a crucial game-saving block of UW All-American Giuliana Mendiola's field goal attempt in the closing seconds. UW jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Beavers battled back to eventually take a 31-30 advantage into the locker room. The evenly matched second half saw neither team lead by more than three points. OSU senior Leilani Estavan added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and dished out a season-high eight assists. Four players reached double figures in scoring for Washington, led by Mendiola's 17 points. Freshman Cameo Hicks added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. UW held a 25-11 offensive rebounding advantage, which kept the Huskies in the game despite shooting only 34-percent (26-of-77) in the game.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Oregon State's 14-9 overall record marks the Beavers' best record with four games remaining in Pacific-10 Conference action since the 1995-96 campaign - the last time OSU played in the NCAA Tournament.

RECORD BREAKER: Senior post Brina Chaney's perfect 15-for-15 performance from the free throw line on Feb. 7 against University of Oregon tied the Pacific-10 Conference record set by All-American Maylana Martin in 1999. Chaney's 15 free throws also matched the OSU record for free throws made in a single game, set earlier this season by Shannon Howell (15-for-19) against USC. As a team, Oregon State was a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line against Washington State on Feb. 14, setting a new school record for free throw percentage in a single game. The Beavers were a perfect 13-for-13 from the line against University of Washington on Jan. 17.

THAT'S THREE IN A ROW: Senior post Brina Chaney has led Oregon State in scoring and rebounding during three consecutive games.

DO YOU REMEMBER - JAN. 31, 2002: Despite trailing for most of the contest, Oregon State rallied from six points behind (77-71) with 46 seconds remaining, knotted the score in the last second on a Hollye Chapman put-back to send the game to overtime before recording an 88-85 victory at University of Arizona on Jan. 31, 2002. UA, the best free throw shooting team in the Pac-10, had a chance to ice the game but missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 30 seconds. OSU trailed by two with 10 seconds remaining before Felicia Ragland missed a pair of jumpers, but Chapman secured the board on scored on OSU's third attempt. Ragland buried back-to-back 3-pointers in the overtime period, putting the game out of reach. Ragland recorded her 16th career double-double with 27 points and matched her season-high with 12 rebounds while Ericka Cook had a season-high 20 points and matched her career-high with13 boards for her seventh career double-double. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points and tallied a game-high seven assists. OSU committed a season-low 10 turnovers in the contest, and the victory marked the first win in Tucson for the Beavers since the 1994-95 season.

Felicia Ragland UPDATE: Former Oregon State honorable mention All-American Felicia Ragland (1999-02) recently competed in the NWBL (National Women's Basketball League) all-star game. Ragland is a member of the Dallas Fury and is averaging 11.1 points per game and 3.1 rebounds. WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes is also a member of the Fury's squad, which is coached by Nancy Lieberman.

CHANEY CHAT: Senior post Brina Chaney has reached double figures in scoring in nine of Oregon State's last 12 games and her 14 double figure scoring outings on the season are the most of any Beaver player. The Bothell, WA native ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. After registering a career-high 31 points against Oregon on Feb. 7, Chaney became just the 14th player in Oregon State history to break the 30-point barrier in scoring. Chaney followed her Civil War performance with a game-high 19 points and recorded a season-best six blocked shots against University of Washington on Feb. 12 and then led the Beavers with 13 points and seven rebounds on Feb. 14 against Washington State. The 6-5 post has made 78 consecutive appearances in OSU's starting line-up.

LEI IS THE LEADER: 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 Washington State with 540 career assists - just 9 dishes shy of the school record - and 995 points scored. The Los Angeles native has played 3,631 minutes over the course of her career - an average of 32 minutes per game. Estavan has never played fewer than 17 minutes (vs. Oregon; 1/5/01) in a single game.

DON'T FORGET: Senior Krystal Turner continues to lead the Pacific-10 Conference in field goal percentage. The 6-2 post is shooting nearly 61-percent (.608) from the floor on the year while averaging 7.9 points per game. Turner also leads Oregon State in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game. The Las Vegas native finished the 2002-03 campaign with a team-best .494 clip from the floor.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State is the only team in the Pacific-10 Conference to have two players score 30 or more points in a single game this season (Shannon Howell, Brina Chaney).

QUIET SUCCESS: Senior post Hollye Chapman is one of just seven players in Oregon State history to score 1,000 points and pull down 500 rebounds in her career. Chapman enters Saturday's game with 1,025 points and 578 boards. The 6-2 forward ranks fifth on the OSU all-time 3-point chart with 74 makes from long range.

YOU CAN COUNT ON IT: If two of the 'Big Three' - seniors Leilani Estavan, Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman - reach double figures in scoring in the same game, Oregon State boasts a 10-1 record on the season.

THAT'S A GOOD SIGN: Oregon State is 13-1 on the season when it shoots better than its opponent.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman walk-on Melanie Casey has missed six straight games with a back injury, her status for this weekend against the Arizona schools is probable. 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, she will not return to the OSU line-up this season. Oregon State is in the process of petitioning for a medical redshirt. The 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, has missed 18 games on the year with a stress reaction that flared up against Arkansas on Nov. 28.

SUPER SENIORS: Senior posts Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have both moved into the Oregon State Top-10 for career rebounds. Chapman currently ranks in 8th place with 578 rebounds, while Chaney is in the 10th spot with 575 boards. Just 13 players have pulled down 500 or more rebounds in their career at OSU.

QUICK HITS: Shannon Howell is the fifth player in OSU history and just the 13th player in Pac-10 history to score 40 points in a single game...Hollye Chapman is the 13th player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,000 point scoring plateau...Krystal Turner leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage with a .608 clip...Five different Beaver players have scored 20-plus points on the year...OSU is 5-0 when Mandy Close reaches double figures in scoring...OSU is 4-0 when Brina Chaney leads the team in scoring...Oregon State is 12-1 when at least three Beaver players reach double figures in scoring.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Senior post Hollye Chapman became the 13th player in Oregon State history to score 1,000 points in her career when she poured in 12 points against USC on Jan. 29. Chapman enters Thursday's contest at University of Arizona with 1,025 career points. Due to a mathematical error, fellow senior Leilani Estavan still needs five points to join Chapman on the 1,000 point list.

SULTAN OF SWAT: Senior post Brina Chaney's two blocked shots at Washington State on Jan. 15 helped her become Oregon State's all-time blocked shots leader. The 6-5 center moved past Sissel Pierce (1997-00) who finished her four-year OSU career with 176 stuffs. Chaney, a native of Bothell, WA, currently ranks fifth on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time blocked shots list with 194 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).

THE BIG THREE: Seniors Leilani Estavan, Hollye Chapman and Brina Chaney have seen action in 114 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 have been and could be broken this season by the big three:
*Brina Chaney recorded two blocked shots at Washington State on Jan. 15 to become Oregon State's all-time leader.
1. Brina Chaney (2001-present) - 194 blocks
2. Sissel Pierce (1997-00) - 176 blocks

*Leilani Estavan needs just 9 assists to break the Oregon State all-time career record.
1. Boky Vidic (1994-96) - 548 assists
2. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 540 assists

*Hollye Chapman's 12 points against USC on Jan. 29 helped her 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. Hollye Chapman (2001-present) - 1,025
13. Robyn Clark (1980-83) - 1,009
14. Leilani Estavan (2001-present) - 995

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 93 consecutive appearances in the starting five.

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.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: The Pacific-10 Conference plays the third annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament March 5-8, 2004, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Arizona State University won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament in 2002, upsetting second-ranked Stanford University in the event, which was held at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., while the Cardinal won the tournament last year in San Jose. A total of nine games will played in the Pac-10 Tournament with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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 124-129 in her nine seasons at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 222-197 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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