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Women's Basketball Takes On Gonzaga
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/07/1999
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Dec. 7, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - When Washington State travels to Spokane to take on Gonzaga, Wednesday, the Cougs will be no strangers to three of the Bulldogs coaches. Head Coach Kellee Barney was a WSU assistant for nine seasons while Bulldogs' assistants Heather Gores and Kelli Kronberger are both former Cougar players. Gores is the WSU record holder for career three-pointers with 133 and Kronberger is second on the list with 124. A pair of current Cougars, junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) is third with 107 career treys and junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) is tied for fourth with 101.

COUGAR DOMINANCE: WSU has won 15 of 16 previous meetings with Gonzaga, including the last five. The Cougs' only loss was a 71-69 setback in Spokane, December 10, 1992...This season, the two schools have one common opponent in Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs routed the Eagles, 61-44, November 30 while WSU used a last second jumper by senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) to pull out a 61-60 victory over the Eagles last Saturday.

BATTLE OF THE PALOUSE: Idaho has won its last two meeting with WSU after the Cougars captured the previous 10 contests. WSU still leads the all-time series 22-10. The first game in the series was also the first in Cougars' history, December 30, 1970 won by WSU,. 58-12. The Vandals and Cougars have yet to play a common opponent this season although Idaho does play Eastern Washington (December 10) prior to meeting the Cougars, Sunday. In addition, the Vandals lost to Pac-10 member California, 66-63, November 26 at the Colorado State Tournament in Fort Collins.

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 2-2 and her career mark is 135-101. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

THIS WEEK:
Wednesday, December 8 WSU at Gonzaga (3-3) 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 WSU at Idaho (2-4)*, 2 p.m.
*Idaho hosts Eastern Washington December 10.

NEXT WEEK:
Sunday, December 19 WSU at Toledo, 2 p.m. EST
Monday, December 20 WSU at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. EST

WSU COUGAR WOMEN

DATE            SCORE           OPPONENT
11/11   W       73-59   Ex      Slovakia
11/20   L       49-65           at Utah
11/26   L       65-68   #       Western Michigan
11/27   W       66-44   #       Wright State
12/4    W       61-60.          E. WASHINGTON
12/8            7 p.m.          at Gonzaga
12/12           2 p.m.          at Idaho
12/19           11 a.m.         at Toledo
12/20           4 p.m.          at Bowling Green
12/28           7 p.m.          UC-SANTA BARB.
12/30           7 p.m.          ST. MARY'S
1/7             7 p.m.  *       at USC
1/9             2 p.m.  *       at UCLA
1/13            7 p.m.  *       ARIZONA
1/15            3 p.m.  *       ARIZONA STATE
1/20            7 p.m.  **      at Oregon State
1/22            7 p.m.  *       at Oregon
1/27            7 p.m.  **      CALIFORNIA
1/29            3 p.m.  *       STANFORD
2/6             1 p.m.  **      at Washington
2/10            6 p.m.  *       at Arizona State
2/12            1 p.m.  *       at Arizona
2/17            7 p.m.  **      OREGON
2/19            3 p.m.  *       OREGON STATE
2/24            7:30 pm *       at Stanford
2/26            5 p.m.  **      at California
3/4             7 p.m.  *       WASHINGTON
3/9             7 p.m.  *       UCLA
3/11            3 p.m.  *       USC

Ex = Exhibition game
# = Coors Classic, Boulder, Colorado
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game
** = Pac-10 TV Game (live or delayed)
All times are Pacific.

Upcoming Game

Gonzaga WSU leads the series 15-1 and has won the last five.
Idaho WSU leads the series 22-10 and has lost the last two.

WSU OVERALL: 2-2
WSU IN PAC-10: 0-0
WSU AT HOME: 1-0
WSU ON THE ROAD: 0-1
WSU ON NEUTRAL FLOORS: 1-1
WSU STREAK: +2
WASHINGTON STATE (2-2 / 0-0)

EASTERN WASHINGTON RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) capped a 20-point performance with an 18-foot jump shots with five seconds remaining to lift the Cougs to a 61-60 win over Eastern Washington, December 4. Dietel's shot finished a 12-2 run that rallied WSU from a 58-49 deficit in the final 3:20. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 18 points, one shy of her career high. The Cougs won despite a 0-for-5 shooting effort and zero points from junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.). It was only the fourth win for WSU in 21 career games in which Lamb has scored less than 10 points. The game also marked the first scoreless outing in Lamb's career. Her previous low was a two-point game vs. Washington, January 3, 1998.

COORS CLASSIC RECAP: WSU opened the tournament in Boulder, Colo. with a 68-65 loss vs. Western Michigan, November 26 despite sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Tex.) career high 19 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars captured the consolation championship the next night with a 66-44 win over Wright State. The 44 points were the fewest given up by WSU since an 88-37 victory over Gonzaga to open the 1991-92 season. WSU committed only five turnovers while forcing 22 Raider miscues...Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) led the Cougars with 17 points and senior Alke Dietel Halle, Germany) followed a 14-point, seven rebound performance against Western Michigan with 15 and eight to earn all-tournament honors. The win was the first at WSU for Head Coach Jenny Przkewas.

UTAH RECAP: The Cougars were held to their lowest point total in a season opener since a 62-49 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay at the outset of the 1988-89 campaign in the 65-49 loss at Utah, November 20. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) led WSU with 14 points and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Tex.) recorded career highs in minutes (36) and then career high with 11 points and six rebounds. Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) tallied four points, four rebounds, two steals and a career-high five assists before leaving the game with an injury late in the first half.

SHARING THE WEALTH: Through four games this season, WSU has had a different leader in each game in points, rebounds and assists. Junior Yvonne Volkman's (Richland, Wash.) 14 points, sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Tex.) six rebounds and junior Victoria Harrod's (Nepean, Ontario) five assists were all team highs at Utah, November 20. De Anda recorded a career high 19 points, Volkman tied a career high with eight boards and junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) equalled a career high with nine assists vs. Western Michigan, November 26. Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) led WSU with 17 points in its first win of the season, November 27 vs. Wright State while seniors Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) registered eight rebounds and eight assists respectively. In the 61-60 come-from-behind win over Eastern Washington, December 4, Dietel tallied 20 points, including the game-winning basket with five ticks on the clock, Kerns had nine boards and Lamb dished out six assists.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: The Cougars' defense has played well this season and currently has WSU ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to 36.8 and third in scoring defense, allowing 59.3 points per game. The Cougs are tops in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ration at 1.29. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) is ninth in the conference in scoring with 14 points per game and is tied for 10th with sophomore teammate Romie De Anda (El Paso, Tex.) with 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) is tied for eighth with two steals per game. Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) is tied for seventh with four assists per game. De Anda's 50-percent shooting from beyond the arc is third.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) suffered a broken right arm in the season opener at Utah, November 20 and will likely miss the remainder of the season.

Washington State Cougars Women's Basketball
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