Women's Hoops Take On Ducks

Jan. 6, 2005

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Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005
Oregon at OSU
2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Gill Coliseum)

KTHH (990 am)

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-9 overall; 0-4 Pac-10)
G #14 Jessica Mellinger, 5-8, Sr., (2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg.)
G #21 Mandy Close, 5-11, Jr., (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg.)
G #33 Shannon Howell, 5-9, Sr., (17.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 apg)
F #3 Tiffany Ducker, 6-1, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg.)
F #42 Kim Butler, 6-1, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg.)

OREGON DUCKS (9-4 overall; 2-2 Pac-10)
G #2 Chelsea Wagner, 5-10, Jr., (7.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
G #13 Corrie Mizusawa, 5-8, Sr., (4.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 7.2 apg.)
F #20 Kristen Forristall, 6-2, Fr., (4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apg.)
F #33 Cathrine Kraayeveld, 6-4, Sr., (16.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.2 apg.)
C #44 Andrea Bills, 6-3, Sr., (10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.2 apg.)

A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War sponsored by the Northwest Dodge Dealers with a 9-4 overall record and 2-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Ducks won their first seven games of the season and upset #5 ranked Stanford on Dec. 29, before being swept by USC and UCLA in Los Angeles earlier this week. Senior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 16.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Fellow post Andrea Bills adds 10.8 points and 6.8 boards per game. As a team, UO is shooting 43-percent from the field while holding its opponents to a 38-percent clip. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 873 to 767 in the second half of action.

THE CIVIL WAR: University of Oregon leads the all-time series with Oregon State 49-16. The Ducks have won 17 of the last 22 meetings, but the Beavers have won three of the last six, including back-to-back games in Corvallis. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 4-15 against Oregon.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST OREGON: Senior post Brina Chaney scored a career-high 31 points and was a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line as Oregon State topped rival University of Oregon by a 75-61 margin in front of 4,763 fans on Feb. 7, 2004. OSU built a 10-0 lead from the start and never looked back as UO missed its first five field goal attempts. The Beavers went into the locker room with a 33-21 advantage and led by as many as 25 points (73-48) with 3:45 left in the game. Chaney buried 8-of-13 field goal attempts and her perfect mark (15-for-15) from the free throw line tied the Pacific-10 Conference record. The 6-5 senior also matched her career-high with four assists and pulled down eight rebounds in her final Civil War. Oregon scored the final 11 points of the game and had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Brandi Davis' 13 points.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR: Over the 13 different seasons that Oregon State has won a Civil War match-up with Oregon, the Beavers have finished the year with 15 or more victories.

SENIOR SUCCESS: Oregon State senior guard Jessica Mellinger has participated in three Civil War victories for the Beavers. Oregon State and Oregon have split the season series the last three years. Mellinger is looking to join a group of just four players (Tanja Kostic, Anette Mollerstrom, AJ Dionne, and Kim McGrew) to earn a Civil War victory in every year of their career. The last time Oregon State defeated Oregon in four straight seasons was 1993, `94, `95, `96.

NORTHWEST DODGE CIVIL WAR CUP: Oregon State University enters the week needing just one more Civil War victory to garner the Northwest Dodge Dealers Civil War Cup Series title. OSU has defeated Oregon in every match-up this season (football, volleyball (twice), women's golf, men's golf, women's soccer, wrestling). The Beavers have won the Civil War Cup Series just once (2001-02) since its inception during the 1999-00 campaign. The 2000-01 series finished in a tie.

TV TIME: Saturday's Civil War match-up will be televised throughout the state on the Beaver Sports Network (KPDX 49, Portland; KVAL 13 Eugene; KCBY 11, Coos Bay; KPIC 4, Roseburg and KOBI 5, Medford). Todd McKim and Scott Lynn will be handling play-by-play duties.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Kim Butler and Shannon Howell combined to score 38 points, but University of Southern California came away with the 62-51 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 4 in the Lyon Center. USC built a 30-20 lead at the break and extended it lead to as many as 19 points (60-41) before Butler and Howell combined to score 10 straight in the final two minutes. Butler finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Howell broke out of her recent scoring funk with 19 points on a 5-for-13 clip. The Women of Troy had 10 different players reach the scoring column, led by senior Kim Gipson's 11 points. Eshaya Murphy added eight points and 13 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive glass. OSU shot 38-percent from the field while holding USC to just a 35-percent clip, but the Women of Troy held a 45-28 rebounding advantage.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 23 UCLA: No. 23 ranked UCLA rolled to a 73-45 victory against Oregon State on Jan. 2. The Beavers struggled shooting from the start and the Bruins took a 27-18 lead into the locker room. OSU managed just 1-for-23 shooting from 3-point range in the game and hit only 27-percent from the floor, while UCLA shot 39-percent. Freshman Tiffany Ducker led the Beavers with eight points and eight rebounds. Ebony Young added seven points and two assists. Junior guard Mandy Close was forced to leave the game late in the second half after suffering a concussion. The Bruins had three players reach double figures in scoring led by Noelle Quinn's 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight steals.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Mandy Close has been cleared to practice in non-contact drills and is expected to go full speed on Friday and will participate in Saturday's Civil War. Sophomore guard Melanie Casey will not play Saturday because of a sprained ankle suffered on Jan. 1.

ONLY ONCE: Oregon State has opened the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with an 0-4 record on just one other occasion in program history. The Beavers started the 1989-90 season with a 0-11 conference record and finished the season with a 1-17 mark in Pac-10 games.

DEFENSE WINS GAMES: Oregon State is 0-8 on the season when allowing its opponent to score 70 or more points. The Beavers have scored 70-plus in seven of their first 13 games on the year, but just two of those games have been victories.

BE UP AT THE BREAK: Oregon State is 0-8 on the year when trailing at the half. The Beavers are out-scoring their opponent 409-408 in the opening half of action, but have been outscored 487-415 in the second 20 minutes.

MUCH NEEDED: Junior guard Mandy Close was forced to miss the Jan. 4 game at USC after suffering a concussion against No. 23 ranked UCLA on Jan. 2. Prior to the UCLA contest, Close had reached double figures in scoring in four straight games. Close leads the Beavers with 12.7 points and 2.0 steals per game during conference action. The 5-11 Bozeman, MT, native has reached double figures in scoring during six games on the season. She has also pulled down four or more rebounds 10 times on the year. After 11 games, Close ranks second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.2 rpg). Prior to Tuesday, Close had appeared in 74 consecutive games for the Beavers.

BIG MINUTES: Senior guard Jessica Mellinger is leading the Beavers in minutes played during Pacific-10 Conference games with an average of 27.8 per outing. Mellinger is shooting 7-for-17 (.412) from the field and a team-leading 3-for-7 (.429) from 3-point range. The 5-8 guard is also leading the squad in assists with 13.

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 nine of Oregon State's 13 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 24 of her 35 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).

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.

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 88 of their last 137 (.642) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last 11 seasons OSU is 103-52 in the friendly confines of Gill.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 249-133 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .652 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 131-144 while in her 10th season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 229-212 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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