March 1, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Washington State senior center Brittney Hawks was named as an All-Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball honorable mention selection it was announced Thursday night.
The announcement came at the conference's awards banquet tipping off the inaugural Pac-10 women's basketball tournament. The 10th seeded Cougars will open the tournament against No. 7 seed Oregon, tonight at 6:30.
In addition to Hawks' selection, freshman Francine McCurtain garnered an honorable mention nod on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
With 12 double-doubles this season, Hawks leads the Pac-10 in that category. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 12.9 points and 9.3 rebounds a contest. Hawks needs one more double-double to tie the single-season school record of 13 held by Jenni Ruff in the 1995-96 season.
By virtue of finishing one hundredth of a rebound ahead of Stanford's Nicole Powell for the conference lead in that category, Hawks became the first WSU player to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding at the conclusion of the regular season. In addition to her No. 1 ranking in rebounding, Hawks leads the conference in offensive rebounds (3.21/game), is second in defensive rebounds (6.11/game), ninth in blocks (.93/game), and 10th in scoring.
In addition, with 261 rebounds this season, Hawks is tied for second on the school's single-season top-10 rebounding list with Janet Kusler (261, 1976). Hawks is 33 rebounds shy of the school record total of 294 set by Jennifer Gray in 1975.
At one point during the season, Hawks recorded six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28. Hawks has posted double-digits in points in 20 games and has produced double-digit rebounding efforts in 14 contests this season.
McCurtain is shooting 48-of-135 (35.6 percent) from three-point territory, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain is in seventh position on the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. The freshman from Chinle, Ariz., is one trey away from sixth position on the list (49 by Julie Wight, 1996). McCurtain ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (1.71/game).
McCurtain made an impression in the school's record books in just the third game of her collegiate career. Against BYU, Nov. 24 McCurtain came off the bench and drained six treys. That was just two treys shy of the WSU mark for three-pointers in a game (eight by Tricia Lamb in 1999). McCurtain's effort was good enough to tie her for sixth on the all-time list in that category.
Tonight's game versus Oregon will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400. In addition, the game will be carried live on the net at broadcast.yahoo.com, which can be linked from wsucougars.com. Troy Hirsch will call the action with the pre-game show beginning at 6:15 p.m.