THIS WEEK: Thursday, Feb. 25 - WSU vs. UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PST, Friel Court, Pullman Saturday, Feb. 27 - WSU vs. USC, 1:00 p.m. PST, Friel Court, Pullman (FSNW Delay)
NEXT WEEK: Saturday, March 6 - WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m. PST, Friel Court, Pullman
-- Upcoming Games --
UCLA - The Bruins hold an 18-5 lead in the series with WSU.
USC - WSU has won the last two games, but USC leads the series 17-9.
WSU OVERALL: 10-14 WSU IN PAC-10: 4-11 WSU AT HOME: 7-5 WSU ON THE ROAD: 3-9 WSU STREAK: -2
COUGS ROTATE 10 INTO LINEUP: The Cougars' starting lineup currently includes three sophomores, guards Katie Nyseth, Tricia Lamb and Yvonne Volkman, junior Jennifer Stinson and senior Sheri Quinton...WSU's rotation includes nine players, seven of whom average 20 minutes or more per game...they are Lamb 30.6 minutes, Nyseth 26.8, Volkman 26.5, Quinton 24.1, Stinson 20.4, and juniors Jennifer Kerns 21.9 and Cathy McNeely 22.1...Alke Dietel averaged 30.2 minutes before suffering a season-ending knee injury Jan. 20.
LAMB LEADS IN STARTS: Tricia Lamb may well be on her way to a WSU record, although it is too early to make such a bold prediction...to date, through one full season and 22 games this year, Lamb has started every game of her Cougar career...that is 51 games and 51 starts...the WSU record is 106 starts by Jonni Gray, 1986-89...three players share the record of games played, 112...not counting post-season play or exception games, Lamb can expect to play in 108 contests...Alke Dietel had started 40 of her 51 games before her injury...Katie Nyseth has started 47 of her 51 games...Jennifer Kerns leads all current players with 85 games played.
DIETEL SUMMARY: Alke Dietel was ranked in four individual categories at the time of her season-ending injury (she no longer qualifies for the Pac-10 rankings because of the number of games she has missed): she was third in scoring (17.0), fourth in free throw percentage (77.8%), fifth in rebounding (7.3) and sixth in three-point percentage (37.2%)...she suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL, left knee) Jan. 20 and had surgery Jan. 22.
COUGS IN PAC-10: WSU leads Pacific-10 Conference teams in three-point field goals per game at 7.42...the Cougs also lead the league in free throw percentage, 72.1% and in three-point percentage, 34.8%...Tricia Lamb is second in Pac-10 scoring with a 16.4 average.
REBOUNDING WOES: The Cougars are at the bottom of the rebounding barrel in Pac-10 stats, averaging 6.6 rebounds less than the opponents through 24 games...WSU has out rebounded its opponents just twice this year...the first time was in a win over Wyoming 44-36 and the second was in a loss to ASU 39-30...in WSU's other 22 games, the Cougs are being out rebounded by 7.3 boards per game.
SCORING FALLS IN 2ND HALF: The Cougars have outscored their opponents by 15 points in the first half and are -41 in the second half.
TREYS WSU LIFEBLOOD: WSU lives and dies with the three-point shot...WSU has had 87 treys in 10 wins (8.70/game), 91 in 14 losses (6.50/game)...the Cougs have had at least one trey in each of their last 101 games...WSU was 0-10 at Boise State Dec. 8, 1995, the last time the Cougars were blanked from outside the arc...the Cougs have failed to hit a trey once in the last 147 games and twice in the last 240.
STINSON IMPACT FELT: Jennifer Stinson, back on the basketball court for the first time since her senior year in high school, is averaging 20.4 minutes and has made 29-of-65 (44.6%) field goals and 18-of-26 (69.2%) at the free throw line to go with 63 rebounds in 16 games and eight starts...she missed the last month of the volleyball season and the first eight games of the hoop season while recovering from a dislocated right ankle...she has indicated she plans to play basketball again next season.
WSU CAN SCORE IN BUNCHES: At times the Cougars struggle to rack up the points, but at other times, they have put together some pretty impressive runs...against Arizona in Pullman, WSU was tied 20-20 with the Wildcats in the first half...a few minutes and 27 points later the Cougs were leading 47-20...at Oregon the Cougs trailed by 25 points 60-35 when they went on a tear, putting up 21 unanswered points...eventually WSU pulled to within two points of the Ducks before losing the game by eight points...in a Feb. 14 win over OSU, the Cougars went on a 22-2 run.
WSU VICTORS STEP UP SHOOTING: The 10 opponents WSU has defeated collectively have shot 40.6% from the field, but the 14 teams to beat the Cougars have shot 47.0%...the Cougars' shooting dips from 41.6% in wins to 37.2% in losses...WSU's rebounding average drops from 38.1 in wins to 35.2 in losses...in Coug wins opponents have 247 turnovers and WSU 168...in 14 losses WSU has 290 turnovers and the opponents 278.
KERNS NINTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Junior Jennifer Kerns, with 225 career assists, has cracked WSU's career top 10 list...with five assists at California Thursday, she moved past Charnez Brown (1988-91), who was ninth with 222...she needs one assist to move past Kelli Kronberger, 226.
CLIMBING THE LISTS: The following is a summary of Cougars moving up season and career lists:
Tricia Lamb's 88 career treys ranks fifth; Tricia Lamb's 35.8% career 3-pt FG% ranks fifth; Jennifer Kerns' 72.0% career FT% ranks tied for fourth; Jennifer Kerns' 225 career assists ranks ninth; Tricia Lamb's 393 points ranks 20th for one season; Tricia Lamb's 58 treys ranks third for one season; Alke Dietel's 37.2% 3-pt FG% ranks eighth for one season.SERVING UP TREYS: WSU's long distance sophomore shooter Tricia Lamb is quickly climbing up WSU's career and single season list of top three-point shooters...Lamb already ranks tied for sixth on the career list with 88 (of 247) treys...24 games into the season Lamb, with 58 treys, is third on the list and needs just three to move into second...she is 10 short of Joanna Smith's record 68 treys.
RECORD FALLS: (1) WSU hit 14 of 33 treys against Gonzaga Dec. 18 to set school records for three-pointers made and attempted...the Cougs came back with a 13-for-22 performance at St. Mary's College Dec. 21, giving WSU 27-for-55 (.491) in those two games...against Arizona Jan. 7 WSU tied the trey record with a 14-for-27 outing...(2) Tricia Lamb broke WSU's record for three-point baskets in a game (7) when she downed eight against Arizona Jan. 7, including seven in the first half...her effort ranks second nationally...(3) against Oregon Feb. 11 in Pullman, WSU knocked down a school record 14-of-14 free throws.
LAMB BREAKS SLUMP: Tricia Lamb has broken out of a mini slump (8 games) by scoring 52 points in her last three outings while going 18-of-41 from the field (43.9%) and (7-of-14 outside the arc)...in the eight games between OSU contests, her scoring average dipped from 18.8 per game to 16.2...in those eight games she averaged 12.1 points, hit just 31 of 114 field goal attempts (27.2%), 13 of 48 three point shots (27.1%) and 22 of 33 free throws (66.7%).
TURNOVERS ON THE PLUS SIDE: The Cougars have done a much better job of protecting the basketball this year...WSU has come out on top in turnover comparisons 14 times in 23 games...only nine times this year has WSU turned the ball over more than the opponents...the Cougs are averaging 19.0 turnovers this year and the opponents 21.9...a year ago WSU averaged 22.7 turnover and the opponents 15.7, so in a year the Cougars have gone from minus 7.00 to plus 2.9...WSU, however, has had more turnovers than the opponents in six of the last seven games.
COACH: Chris Gobrecht (USC '77); School record: 19-31 (2nd year); Career record: 351-234 (20th year).
TROJAN NOTES: USC is coming off an 82-64 loss to UCLA in a game they led 36-34 at halftime...Adrain Williams had her eighth double-double of the season to lead USC, scoring 15 points with 10 rebound.....the Trojans have been hit by injuries at the guard position, losing Kiyoko Miller four games into the season and starter Kristin Clark after 11 games...they also have played the season without Clark's twin sister Kim, who suffered a broken leg during soccer season...with the loss of Kristin Clark, Adrian Williams (15.2) and Tiffany Elmore (12.2) are the only Trojans averaging more than 10 points...Clark had led the team in scoring five times...volleyball standout Antoinette Polk has been added to the USC roster...her last basketball stint was as a freshman at USC, 1996-97...USC has started three freshmen in the last six games, Elmore, Carmen Krause and Camille Norwood....Williams, who missed four games last month, including the first USC-WSU game, is ranked third among Pac-10 rebounders and fourth in scoring.
MORE USC NOTES: While Williams in back on the court for USC, she has not returned to the starting lineup...in the last three games she has come off the bench to score 10 or more...Williams has led or shared scoring honors nine times and 10 times has been the top rebounder...in four games she led the club in both scoring and rebounding...Carter has topped USC in rebounding six times and Washington five times...Elmore has led the team in scoring five times.
SERIES RECORD: The USC Trojans have a 17-8 lead in the series since the first game in 1982...last year WSU snapped a four-game USC win streak with a 68-65 win in Los Angeles...WSU's last two wins, 1996 and 1998, have both come at USC...the Cougs have just four wins in the last 16 games between the two teams...the following is a series summary:
WSU's Last Win: 65-58, 1/28/99, Los Angeles USC's Last Win: 57-48, 1/29/98, Pullman WSU's Last Win at Los Angeles: 65-58, 1/28/99 USC's Last Win at Pullman: 57-48, 1/29/98 WSU's Last Win at Pullman: 62-61, 1/14/95 USC's Last Win at Los Angeles: 101-59, 3/6/97 WSU vs. USC at Pullman: 5-7 WSU vs. USC at Los Angeles: 4-10 WSU vs. USC Neutral: None
UCLA OVERALL: 20-6 UCLA IN LEAGUE: 12-2 UCLA AT HOME: 9-3 UCLA ON THE ROAD: 11-3 UCLA STREAK: +2
COACH: Kathy Olivier (UNLV '82); School record: 91-72 (6th year); Career record: 91-72 (6th year).
BRUIN NOTES: The UCLA Bruins, coming off an 82-64 win over cross-town rival USC, is ranked 12th nationally by Associated Press...Maylana Martin led UCLA past the Trojans with a career-high 38 points and 18 rebounds...Martin, who is having an MVP season...she leads all Pac-10 players in scoring and is second in rebounding...she has paced the Bruins in scoring 16 times...LeCresha Flannigan has led the team seven times and Hubbard has been the top scorer four times...Martin also has been the team's top rebounder 14 times, while Hubbard has led the team 10 times...the Bruins are averaging over 2,900 fans per home game...the Bruin losses came in the first two games of the year on the road at Notre Dame and at home against Connecticut, then late in December at Tennessee and at home against Duke...in Pac-10 play they lost at Oregon and at home against Stanford...in fact Stanford is the only unranked team (at the time of the game) to beat UCLA ...the Bruins have won 22 of their last 26 Pac-10 games and have put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the late 1970's...Flannigan, averaging 16.6 points per outing in league play, has scored 10 or more points in 15 of UCLA's last 16 games.
MORE UCLA NOTES: Four of UCLA's starters average 11 or more points...the fifth starter, point guard Erica Gomez, averages 7.6 points and a league-leading 7.3 assists per outing...the Bruins high-powered offense has broken the century mark four times this year and has beaten teams by as much as 55 and 48 pointsa Pauley Pavilion record 9,530 fans watched the UCLA-USC game last month...only two UCLA teams (1978, 1981) have shot better from the field than the current squad at 48.3%...Martin is eighth on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,459 points...she also is second in both career free throws made, 390, and attempted, 536, and ninth in career shots blocked, 54...Erica Gomez's 7.3 assist average is well ahead of the school record 6.7 set by Marty Hegarty in 1981...her 16 assists against ASU was a school record...she is second on the Bruin career list with 536 assists, trailing only Ann Meyers, 544.
SERIES RECORD: The Bruins lead the series with WSU 17-5 and have won the last four games against WSU, six of the last seven and 13 of the last 15...WSU's only win at Pauley Pavilion came in 1988 when the Cougars prevailed 53-52...here's a summary of the series history since the first game in 1987:
WSU's Last Win: 88-81 OT, 3/9/96, Pullman UCLA's Last Win: 100-70, 1/30/99 WSU's Last Win at Los Angeles: 53-52, 1/28/88 UCLA's Last Win at Pullman: 70-68, 1/31/98 WSU's Last Win at Pullman: 88-81 OT, 3/9/96 UCLA's Last Win at Los Angeles: 100-70, 1/30/99 WSU vs. UCLA at Pullman: 4-8 WSU vs. UCLA at Los Angeles: 1-12 WSU vs. UCLA Neutral: None