Women's Hoops: Oregon State Preview

When Oregon State visits Memorial Gym Sunday afternoon, it will mark the third meeting between the two schools. Vanderbilt holds a 2-0 record against the Beavers, with the most recent match being a 78-57 victory in Corvallis in 1994.

Oregon State finished last season in 6th place in the Pac-10 with a 16-13 overall record and an 8-10 record in the conference. Highlights of their season were defeating perennial women's asketball powerhouse Stanford and St. Mary's, both NCAA touranment teams. The Beavers were invited to the postseason WNIT, but lost in the first round to BYU.

Any analysis of Oregon State begins with 5'9 senior guard Felicia ("Fee") Ragland, the 2000-2001 Pac-10 Player of the year. Ragland averaged 19.7 ppt last year and shot a blistering 46.3% from 3-point range. She was named an Honorable Mention All-American. Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney will both be familiar with her, as she was one of the invitees to the 2001 World University Games tryouts. In Friday night's 65-58 victory over Loyola Marymount, Ragland had a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 5 assists.

In addition to Ragland, OSU returns two other starters from last year's team. 6'3 senior Erica Cook averaged 12.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg last year, and 6'5 sophomore center Brina Chaney averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg. In Friday night's 65-58 victory over Loyola Marymount, leading scorer was 6'2 sophomore forward Hollye Chapman with 16 points, followed by 5'11 junior guard Michelle Estell with 15 points including three 3-pointers. Chaney and Ragland shared rebounding honors with 10 each.

After the Beavers' win Friday night, Coach Judy Spoelstra commented on today's game. "It's a big challenge, but we have an opportunity to play on a prestigious court against a well-coached team that has been in the NCAA tournament. They're tall; we're short and fast and they just beat a short fast team tonight.

"We're going to have to be smart on offense, use the clock as our friend, and try to find the best possible shot we can because we might not get multiple shots like we did tonight."

Gametime is 2 p.m. in Memorial Gym. Tickets are still available and cost $9.00 at the door.

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