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Cougars Host The Oregon Schools
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Release: 02/14/2000
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Feb. 14, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougars' losses at Arizona State (73-53), February 10 and Arizona (81-52), February 12 were only part of the reason it was a rough trip to the desert. Following the game in Tucson, WSU was scheduled to fly out at 5:45 p.m. MST. However, the Cougars flight was delayed five hours. The team subsequently missed its connecting flight to Spokane and had to spend the night in Salt Lake City. WSU took the first flight out of Salt Lake City, Sunday morning and, after a bus ride to Pullman, arrived on campus at approximately 2:30 p.m. PST, about 13 and a half hours behind schedule.

Thursday, February 17 WSU vs. Oregon (17-6, 8-3), 7 p.m. (FSN-NW delayed)
Saturday, February 19 WSU vs. Oregon State (10-13, 6-5)*, 3 p.m.

*plays at Washington, Thursday

Thursday, February 24 WSU at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (KPRL 1400-AM)
Saturday, February 26 WSU at California, 5 p.m. (FSN-LIVE, KRPL 1400-AM)

The Ducks lead the series 38-7 and have won nine straight over WSU.

The Beavers lead the series 25-20 and won in Corvallis, January 20.

WSU IN PAC-10: 1-10

OREGON PREVIEW: The Ducks come into the week tied for second in the Pac-10 with Stanford at 8-3, one game back of Arizona. Shaquala Williams is currently leading Oregon with 17 points per game and ranks second in the Pac-10. In the season's first meeting, January 22, Oregon defeated the Cougars, 77-65. WSU led 33-28 at the half, but the Ducks hit on eight of the first ten field goals attempts in the second half to fuel a 19-3 run. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led the Cougars with 20 points and senior Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) added 13 off the bench.

OSU PREVIEW: The Beavers enter this week's action tied for fifth with Arizona State at 6-5 in the Pac-10. Felicia Ragland and Sissel Pierce are both averaging over a dozen points per game for the Beavers. OSU dominated the first meeting this season with a 72-52 victory in Corvallis, January 20. Five Beavers scored in double figures in the win while senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led WSU with 13 points.

COUGAR UPDATE: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) became the 18th player in WSU history to score 800 points in her career with 22 at Washington, February 6 and continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game...Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at 11.6 ppg. Dietel leads WSU with 5.3 rebounds per game. Kerns leads the Cougars with 3.85 assists per game.

CAREER RANKINGS: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) became the 18th player in WSU history to score 800 career points with a 22-point effort at Washington, February 6. She currently has 823 points and ranks 16th on the Cougars' career list. Dietel is also ninth in WSU history with 79 career three-pointers. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is fifth in career assists (317), tied for fifth in career three-pointers (101), ninth in career free throws (224) and 19th in scoring (795). Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) is ninth in career assists with 228. Junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) ranks third at WSU with 117 career three-pointers.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU FEBRUARY 13): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in five statistical categories including a Pac-10 best .749 free throw percentage, which is well above the Cougars' school record .723 set during the 1988-89 season. WSU is fourth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ration (.078) and three-point field goal percentage (.327), and fifth in both three-point field goals per game (4.10) and defensive rebounds (23.29 per game). In addition, the Cougars are shooting a league-leading .787 from the foul line in Pac-10 games. The .938 (15-for-16) free throw percentage at Washington, February 6 by WSU is a single-game high for a team in the Pac-10 this season (minimum 10 attempts) and established a school record. The Cougars also went 7-for-7 at the line at Arizona, February 12, marking the only time this season a Pac-10 school has been perfect from the charity stripe this season. Five Cougar players are among the Pac-10 leaders in at least one category. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) is seventh in overall scoring at 13.1 points per game and is averaging 13.2 ppg in conference games, sixth best in the Pac-10. Dietel ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.769) and her 6.1 rebounds per contest in Pac-10 games is tenth in the conference. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is 13th in scoring in conference games, averaging 12.1 ppg. In Pac-10 games, Kerns is third in three-point field goal percentage (.450) and free throw percentage (.852). Overall, Kerns ranks fifth in assists per game (3.85), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.384) and seventh in free throw percentage (.783). In addition, Kerns ranks seventh in Pac-10 games with 3.90 per outing. Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) is sixth in the Pac-10 with 3.76 assists per game and her 3.91 dishes in conference games is tied for fifth in the Pac-10. Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) and junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) are two of seven players in the Pac-10 to shoot 1.000 from the foul line (minimum eight attempts) in a game this season. Harrod was 8-for-8 at UCLA, January 9 and Berglund was 8-for-8 at Washington, February 6. Berglund is shooting .840 from the line in Pac-10 games, which would be fourth in the conference, but she is one free throw made of meeting the minimum of two per game played.

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 4-17 and her career mark is 137-116. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

ARIZONA RECAP: The 16th-ranked Wildcats used a 25-11 run at the end of the first half and cruised to an 81-52 win over Washington State, February 12. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) each had eight points for the Cougars. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) each added seven rebounds for WSU.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP: The Sun Devils completed a season sweep with a 73-53 victory, February 10. ASU broke open a two-point game with a 9-2 run to start the second half and held Washington State to 27 percent shooting from the floor in the second half. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led the Cougars with 14 points and moved into 20th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 787.

WASHINGTON RECAP: The Huskies overcame an 18-point first half deficit to post their ninth straight win over the Cougars, 56-55 in Seattle, February 6. The winning point came on a Julia Gray's free throw with 1:44 left. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the first half and added ten rebounds for her second double-double in her last three games. She also became the 18th player in WSU history to score 800 points in her career and finished the game with 812. The Cougars led 52-48 with 6:49 to play, but could only manage three free throws by Dietel the rest of the way and lost for the seventh consecutive time to Washington in Seattle. WSU connected on 15-of-16 free throws in the game to establish a single-game school record .938 day at the line.

STANFORD RECAP: Stanford ran its record to 29-0 all-time versus the WSU with an 83-67 win in Pullman, January 29. Lauren St. Clair led the 24th-ranked Cardinal with a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the first half. WSU was led by junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.), who tallied 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

CALIFORNIA RECAP: The Cougars snapped a pair of streaks with their 72-65 win over California, January 27 in Pullman. Prior to the win, the Cougars had lost eight straight games overall and seven consecutive Pac-10 games dating back to last season. Four players scored in double figures in the win over the Golden Bears led by senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), who tallied a game-high 19 points. Kerns connected on 5-of-6 three-pointers to give her 98 in her career, sixth all-time at WSU. Her .833 shooting percentage from beyond the arc tied a school record for a single game (minimum five attempts). Kerns also dished out six assists to tie for fifth on the WSU career list with 307 and is just 13 points shy of moving into the top 20 in school history. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) recorded the first double-double of the season for the Cougars with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She moved into 19th on WSU's career scoring list with 786 points.

OREGON RECAP: The Ducks used a 19-3 run to begin the second half and erase a five-point deficit to post a 77-65 win at Eugene, January 22. The win was the 19th straight home victory for Oregon, the sixth longest active streak in the nation. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led WSU with 20 points and senior Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) tallied 13 off the bench including a three-point play with one second left in the first half to extend the Cougars' advantage to 33-28 at intermission.

OREGON STATE RECAP: The Beavers defeated the Cougars, 72-52 on the strength of a 21-4 to begin the game and a 19-3 spurt to start the second half in Corvallis, January 20. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led WSU with 13 points.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP: For the second straight game, WSU got off to a good start as it led 10-2 behind senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) who scored the first 10 Cougar points and had 17 of her game-high 20 in the first half. However, poor shooting (29 percent in the second half) helped the Sun Devils come from behind for a 64-54 win in Pullman, January 15.

ARIZONA RECAP: WSU opened the game with a 17-4 run, but could not hold off the nationally ranked Wildcats, who clawed back for an 83-68 win in Pullman, January 13. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led all scorers with 23 points and junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) added 17 points in the losing effort.

UCLA RECAP: The Bruins scored the first 16 points of the game and held the Cougars scoreless for the opening 8:19 on their way to an 87-60 win, January 9 in Los Angeles. Juniors Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) and Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) each recorded season high point totals for WSU with 14 and 11, respectively. The Cougars were held to their lowest first half point total of the season and trailed 40-18 at intermission before equaling a season high for points in a half with 42 in the final 20 minutes.

USC RECAP: The Jenny Przekwas era in Pac-10 play began on a down note when the Cougars lost 71-61 at USC, January 7. WSU was held to 19 points in the first half and trailed by 15 at intermission before mounting a second half rally. The Cougars closed to within seven on two occasions, the latter at 61-54 with 2:43 to play. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) recorded 19 of her career-high 25 points in the second half.

SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) registered a season-high 14 points in an 83-59 loss to the Gaels, December 30 in the final non-conference game of the season for the Cougars. Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) added a season-high 11 points for WSU which suffered its worst home loss to a non-conference opponent since a 93-66 setback to Portland State, January, 19, 1980.

UC-SANTA BARBARA RECAP: Five Cougars scored in double figures, but it was not enough, as WSU fell to the 22nd ranked Gauchos, December 28. Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led the Cougs with 14 points while junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) recorded a career-high 13 in only her second career start. Other WSU players in double figure scoring included Tricia Lamb with 12 and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) with 10 each. The Cougars trailed by as many as 18 in the second half before a 21-9 run closed WSU to within 67-61 with 6:46 remaining in the game before the Gauchos pulled away.

BOWLING GREEN RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) scored 19 of her season-high 23 points in the second half to lead WSU to a 79-71 victory in Bowling Green, December 20. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) each tallied career highs in points with 20 and 12, respectively. Collins added a career high four steals in her first career start. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) contributed a career-high 11 rebounds. WSU led 59-58 with 6:20 to play before converting 13-of-15 free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.TOLEDO RECAP: WSU dropped its third straight with a 79-59 setback at Toledo, December 19. Tricia Lamb led the Cougars with 14 points while junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) made her first collegiate start and contributed eight points, tying her season high and a season-high 11 rebounds.

IDAHO RECAP: Idaho blew open a close game with an 18-1 run over the final 8:57 to post its third straight win in the series, 68-45, December 12. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led the Cougars with 12 points and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) added 11 points. The margin of defeat was the largest for WSU in a non-conference road game since a 76-51 setback at Texas, Jan. 2, 1993. The 45 points were the fewest scored by the Cougs in a non-conference game since a 47-41 loss to Boise State in Pullman, December 14, 1984.

GONZAGA RECAP: The Bulldogs used an 18-2 run over a span of 5:47 late in the second half to pull away from the Cougars and captue an 82-66 victory December 8, Gonzaga's second win in the series in 17 all-time meetings. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) registered a team-high 17 points for the Cougars and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) each added a dozen points for WSU.

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.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, Texas) 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...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, Texas) 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.

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