Women's Basketball Spends Thanksgiving In Virgin Islands At Paradise Jam

Nov. 24, 2004

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -

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Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004
OSU vs. Kentucky
3 p.m. PST, St. Thomas
(U.S. Virgin Islands)

Friday, Nov. 26, 2004
OSU vs. No. 17 Rutgers
10 a.m. PST, St. Thomas
(U.S. Virgin Islands)

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004
OSU vs. South Dakota State
10 a.m. PST, St. Thomas
(U.S. Virgin Islands)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-0 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (29.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.0 apg)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (6.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (12.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 bpg.)
F #44 Karen Vickery, 6-2, Jr., (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.0 bpg.)

G #10 Nastassia Alcius, 5-8, Jr., (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #14 Angela Phillips, 5-5, So., (1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 6.0 apg.)
F #3 Sara Potts, 6-0, Sr., (21.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #32 Jennifer Humphrey, 6-3, Jr., (11.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.0 apg.)
F #40 Keiko Tate, 6-2, Sr., (6.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

THE PARADISE JAM: Basketball Travelers, Inc. hosts the fifth annual Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands this week. Oregon State will face Kentucky, No. 17 Rutgers, and South Dakota State in the 'St. John' division. Four other schools (Nebraska, North Carolina State, Louisville, Hampton) are competing in the 'St. Thomas' division. All three of Oregon State's opponents enter the tournament with unblemished records. Kentucky, led by Sara Potts' 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, holds a 2-0 mark on the year. No. 17 ranked Rutgers University, an NCAA Tournament team in 2004, is 1-0 after beating Rider in its season opener. South Dakota State, a provisional NCAA Division I member, won the NCAA Division II title in 2003 and has opened the 2004-05 season with a 3-0 record.

THE TRIP: Oregon State departed Gill Coliseum at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and three flights later, arrived in St. Thomas on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (4 hours ahead of the Pacific time zone). After a Wednesday afternoon practice, the Beavers will begin the three-day competition on Thanksgiving Day.

SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State will meet all three opponents - Kentucky, Rutgers, South Dakota State - for the first time in the Paradise Jam.

FACTOID: Oregon State has never played against a university thats name starts with the letter 'R'. The Beavers will face No. 17 ranked Rutgers on Friday in the Paradise Jam.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters the Paradise Jam stacked up statistically with Kentucky, Rutgers, and South Dakota State:

	                 OSU	UK	RU	SDSUPoints per game	        84.0	83.0	90.0	84.0Points allowed per game	67.0	49.5	42.0	51.7Field goal percentage	54.8	45.1	52.0	48.73-pt field goal percentage	50.0	41.4	27.3	35.5Free throw percentage	81.8	73.9	90.0	68.6Rebounds per game	        34.0	56.0	49.0	46.3Assists per game	        17.0	15.5	26.0	15.3Steals per game	         4.0	8.0	13.0	10.7

LOOKING BACK AT IDAHO STATE: Shannon Howell led all players with 29 points and dished out six assists, as Oregon State won its seventh consecutive season opener with an 84-67 victory at Idaho State last Friday. ISU had pulled within three points (63-60) with just under four minutes left, but the Beavers used a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. Howell buried 12-of-22 field goals and scored the first six points of the contest. Junior guard Mandy Close finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior post Kim Butler hit 5-of-9 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, to finish with 12 points. Butler and Casey Bunn pulled down nine rebounds each, as OSU held a 34-29 edge on the glass. The Beavers shot 55-percent from the field, compared to Idaho State's 37-percent clip.

THAT'S SEVEN STRAIGHT: Oregon State has a 23-6 overall record in season openers, dating back to the 1976-77 campaign. The Beavers have started the season with a victory in seven consecutive years and Judy Spoelstra's squads hold an all-time 9-1 record in season opening play.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Senior guard Shannon Howell led the Beavers with 29 points at Idaho State in Friday's season opener. Howell has now scored 20-plus points on eight occasions and has reached double figures in scoring in 16 of her 23 career games at Oregon State. The 5-9 All-America candidate scored a career-high 40 points at Washington (Jan. 17, 2004) and scored 32 points in her Oregon State debut at No. 9 ranked Stanford (Dec. 27, 2004).

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Oregon State has one of the toughest schedules in the country according to the WBCA preseason rankings. The Beavers' non-conference schedule ranks 33rd, while their overall schedule is 44th.

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.

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.

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.

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 246-128 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .658 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 128-135 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 226-203 overall record during her 16 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.