Women's Basketball Returns Home To Face Pacific

Dec. 20, 2004


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Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004
Pacific at OSU
7 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)


OREGON STATE BEAVERS (3-5 overall; 0-0 Pac-10)
G #24 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (9.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (22.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (3.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 bpg.)
F #12 Casey Bunn, 6-0, So., (5.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg.)

PACIFIC TIGERS (2-4 overall)
G #4 Charity Czerwinski, 5-5, Fr., (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg.)
G #10 Kelsey Lavender, 5-7, Fr., (8.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.2 apg.)
F #22 Jessica Brantley, 6-1, Fr., (6.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
F #42 Carolina Ruiz, 6-2, Jr., (5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
C #55 Tina Sanerivi, 6-5, Jr., (4.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.5 apg.)

A GLANCE AT PACIFIC: University of the Pacific enters Tuesday's contest against Oregon State with a 2-4 overall record. The Tigers have lost three straight and are averaging just 41.7 points per game. UOP is ranked as having the toughest non-conference schedule in the country according to CollegeRPI.com. Freshman guard Kelsey Lavender, of Lake Oswego, OR, leads the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game, while Carolina Ruiz adds 5.5 points and a team-leading 5.5 rebounds per game. The Tigers are 0-2 in games played on the road this season, with losses to No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 ranked Duke. Pacific has just one player on its roster that has two years of playing experience with the Tigers.

BEAVERS AND TIGERS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of the Pacific, 2-0. The teams last met on Jan. 28, 1984 in Stockton, CA, with the Beavers earning a 90-81 victory in the NorPac Conference tilt.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: How Oregon State enters Tuesday's game stacked up statistically with Pacific:

	                 OSU	UOPPoints per game	        67.5	41.7Points allowed per game	69.6	65.5Field goal percentage	43.6	31.73-pt field goal percent	31.3	24.2Free throw percentage	69.5	59.7Rebounds per game	        36.2	31.8Assists per game	        11.9	9.2Steals per game	         9.0	8.2

LOOKING BACK AT SOUTH ALABAMA: After a sluggish first half of action, Oregon State picked up the defensive intensity and broke a three-game losing streak by recording a 49-41 victory at South Alabama on Dec. 15. Junior guard Mandy Close sparked the Beavers with a team-leading 11 points - all in the second half - and freshman post Tiffany Ducker finished with a career-best 10 points and six rebounds. The score was knotted 21-21 at the half and OSU eventually took the lead for good with just under seven minutes to play in the game. Beaver forward Casey Bunn pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and senior guard Jessica Mellinger was sidelined for the contest after taking an elbow to the head during practice and experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

FAST FACT: Oregon State boasts a 3-1 record when shooting better than its opponents. The Beavers are 0-4 when the opposition holds a higher field goal percentage.

MAGIC NUMBER 70: Oregon State has scored 70 or more points in five of its first eight games, but the Beavers are 0-5 on the season when the opposition scores 70 or more.

SECOND HALF SURGE: In the past three games, Oregon State has scored more points in the second half of action than in the first half. Overall on the season, OSU has outscored its opponents in the first half of action by a 276 to 265 margin, but the Beavers have been outscored 264 to 292 in the second half of play.

IN CASE YOU FORGOT: Oregon State opened the 2004-05 home campaign 19 days ago against Creighton University. The Beavers are in the midst of a three-game home stand - matching their longest of the season - OSU will open Pacific-10 Conference action against No. 2 ranked Stanford University on Dec. 27 and host California on Dec. 29.

SHE'S #1: Senior guard Shannon Howell was leading the nation in scoring with 25.1 points per game when the last statistical report was administered on Dec. 13. Currently the 5-9 All-America candidate has scored 183 points on the season and is shooting 40-percent (61-of-154) from the field.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger will miss Tuesday's game against Pacific while continuing to recover from concussion-like symptoms. Mellinger was elbowed in the nose during practice on Dec. 14 and was forced to miss the South Alabama game, breaking a streak of 101 consecutive games played.

BUNN ON THE BOARDS: Sophomore forward Casey Bunn is leading the Beavers in rebounding with 6.1 boards per game. Her 19 boards on the offensive glass lead the team and her 30 defensive rebounds rank 7th in the Pac-10. The Stayton, OR, product is averaging a team-leading 7.5 rebounds over the last four games.

HOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Senior guard Shannon Howell finished with a season-high 36 points and career-high seven steals at University of Florida on Dec. 12. Howell has reached double figures in scoring in seven of Oregon State's eight games this season and has scored 20-plus points on six occasions. She has now scored 20-plus points 13 times and has reached double figures in scoring in 22 of her 30 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, 2003).

BIG 'D': Junior Anita Rivera led Oregon State with a career-high four steals at University of South Alabama on Dec. 15. The 6-0 guard has led the Beavers in steals on two occasions during the season, while tying for the team-lead in blocked shots during three games.

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.

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 134 (.649) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 102-50 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 248-133 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .651 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 130-140 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 228-208 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.


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