Women's Basketball Hosts Northwest Allstars In Exhibition On Sunday Afternoon

Nov. 4, 2004


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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004
Northwest Allstars at OSU
2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (0-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (6.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (transfer - redshirted 2003-04 season)
F #44 Karen Vickery, 6-2, Jr., (1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.5 bpg.)

A LOOK AT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State returns 10 players from last season's team that reached the Women's National Invitation Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and finished with a 17-15 overall record and 8-10 mark in Pacific-10 Conference. Seniors Shannon Howell (15.1 ppg; 3.3 rpg) and Jessica Mellinger (formerly Jones), as well as junior guard Mandy Close (6.4 ppg; 3.3 rpg) head the list of returners. A healthy Casey Bunn returns to the court as a sophomore, after redshirting and gaining a medical hardship for the 2003-04 season. Bunn saw action in just five games last year, averaging 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. A corps of five newcomers is headed by junior transfer Kim Butler, a 6-1 post from Tacoma, WA, who saw action in 45 games for Santa Clara University.

A FOND FAREWELL: Oregon State bid farewell to seniors Brina Chaney, Hollye Chapman, Leilani Estavan and Krystal Turner at the end of the 2003-04 season, leaving big shoes to fill in the forward and point guard positions. Chaney, Chapman and Estavan were fixtures over the past four years in the Beaver line-up, combining to play in 368 games. The 'Big Three' combined to rank in 20 Oregon State career record book categories.

NORTHWEST ALLSTARS: Northwest Allstars, also known as Baden Sports, makes Oregon State its sixth stop in a 12-game tour of Division I universities. The squad is comprised of former college players. Former Oregon State forward Carolle (Lei) Salea is a member of the team. Salea played two years at OSU (1997-99) after transferring from Utah Valley Community College. Northwest Allstars will travel to Weber State University for a game on Saturday before visiting the Beavers on Sunday.

GAME FACE: Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra will conduct a free clinic associated with the GAME FACE program prior to the exhibition opener on Sunday, Nov. 7. GAME FACE is a program designed to teach young women to value themselves and make good choices not only in sports, but in life. The educational outreach helps youths to find a balance between elite achievement in sports and playing for the simple joy of participation. In association with MassMutual Financial Group, Spoelstra and other members of the OSU women's basketball coaching staff as well as current athletes will be on hand to teach the GAME FACE system. Young women ages 10-17 can attend the free clinic which runs from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the third floor of the OSU Valley Football Center. Lunch will be provided for all of the clinic participants. For more information or registration details, contact 1-888-WBB-GAME (1-888-922-4263). GAME FACE participants can purchase tickets to the exhibition contest for $2.

RADIO NEWS: The 2004-05 season marks the first time that Oregon State's women's basketball program will have all 28 of its regular season games broadcast on the radio. Jon Warren returns for his sixth season of calling the play-by-play of the Beaver games on KTHH (990 AM). Every Oregon State women's basketball game can also be heard on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Eleven games are scheduled to be broadcast not only locally, but throughout the state of Oregon.

TICKET PRICES: Gates open one-hour prior to tip-off for all women's basketball games.
Reserved seats: $8
General admission: $6
GA seniors (62 or older) and children (3-18): $4

HOME-SWEET-HOME: Oregon State has won at least eight games in Gill Coliseum during each of the last six seasons. The Beavers finished the 2003-04 season with a 9-5 record on Ralph Miller Court.

MISSING FACES: Two players that appeared in the 2004-05 women's basketball media guide will not be on the sidelines for the Beavers during the season. Sophomore guard Tarika Campbell has been dismissed from the squad after breaking team rules, while freshman forward Claire Pallansch has decided not to attend school.

CHANGING NAMES: Senior guard Jessica Jones will compete during the 2004-05 season as Jessica Mellinger after marrying former Beaver baseball player Brad Mellinger over the summer. Sophomore forward Kerstin Mellbye will compete this season as Kerstin Brosterhous after changing her last name to that of her step-father.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior guard Shannon Howell is questionable for Sunday's exhibition opener after re-aggravating a sprained ankle earlier this week in practice. Howell is Oregon State's leading returning scorer from last season, averaging 15.1 points per game and earning honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference accolades.

PRESEASON PAC-10 POLLS: Oregon State was tabbed to finish in eighth place in the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll and was picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Coaches Poll. Stanford was picked to repeat as conference champion in both polls. OSU has finished higher than selected in the preseason polls the past five seasons.

GAMETRACKER: The Oregon State athletics homepage - www.osubeavers.com - will feature Gametracker for every home regular season women's basketball game during the year. Gametracker allows fans to view up-to-the minute statistics for each contest.

IN GILL: The Beavers have won 87 of their last 133 (.654) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 102-49 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 245-128 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .657 percentage.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: The Pac-10 Conference plays host to the fourth annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, 2005, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. This year marks the third year the tournament has been held at that site. A total of nine games will be played, with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona State won the inaugural tournament in 2002, while Stanford has won the last two.

ON THE BENCH: Mary Kincaid, a 14-year coaching veteran, was promoted from her position of operations director to assistant coach in September after the departure of Todd Corman. Heath Alexander enters his third year as assistant coach after being elevated in status with the departure of Corman, while Jualeah Woods, who holds the longest tenure on staff, returns for her fifth year at OSU and serves as the director of recruiting. Bruce Henderson joins the Beavers as director of operations, after serving the past six years as an assistant coach at Portland State University.

HEAD COACH Judy Spoelstra: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 127-135 while entering her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 225-203 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 four 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 of 2003, 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.