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Cougars Begin Second Half Of Pac-10 Season Against Huskies
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/22/2002
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Jan. 22, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-17, 0-9)

What's Happening This Week:
Friday, Jan. 25
Washington
(10-8, 5-4)
7:07 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court
Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.
Televised live by FOX Sports Northwest

What's Happening Next Week:
at UCLA
Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
at USC
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-17, 0-9) will attempt to break a school record 14-game losing skid as it begins the second half of the Pac-10 season against the Washington Huskies (10-8, 5-4), Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:07 p.m. FOX Sports Northwest will televise the game live with Tod Pickett and Elise Woodward calling the action.

Radio: The Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 games at UCLA and USC, respectively will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, in addition to being carried live on the net at broadcast.yahoo.com, which can be linked from wsucougars.com. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road contests will be aired live on KRPL during the 2001-02 season.

The Coach: Jenny Przekwas is in her third season at the helm of the Cougars and her 11th as a head coach overall. Przekwas is 17-58 with the Cougars and 150-157 overall. Prior to coming to the Palouse, Przekwas spent eight years at Saint Francis (Pa.) where she left as the winningest coach in school history compiling a 133-99 overall record. During her tenure, Przekwas guided Saint Francis to four Northeast Conference titles and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

About Washington: After beginning the conference season with a 4-1 record, the Huskies have dropped three of their last four contests. Loree Payne heads a contingent of four Huskies that is scoring in double figures with a 13.8 points a game average. Andrea Lalum (11.9 points/game), Giuliana Mendiola (10.2 points/game) and Emily Autrey (10.1 points/game) complete the quartet.

The Season's First Meeting: Brittney Hawks recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Washington State women's basketball team's 98-64 loss to the Washington Huskies at Bank of America Arena, Dec. 21.

Freshman Francine McCurtain scored a season-high 20 points while junior Jessica Ottmar added eight points for WSU.

The Cougars stayed within four points of the Huskies throughout the first part of the first half and trailed by a 24-20 margin at the 9:23 mark. At that point, the Huskies proceeded to go on an 11-2 run over the next 3:29 to open up a 35-22 advantage with 5:54 remaining in the half.

WSU reduced the Huskies' lead back to single digits at 35-27 at the 5:07 mark courtesy of a Hawks' bucket and a McCurtain trey. Washington extended its lead back to double figures as the team closed the half with a 10-5 run to take a 45-32 lead into the break.

The Cougars managed to pull to within 49-39 on a Lindsey Egeland three-pointer at the 17:53 mark of the second half. However, the Huskies erased any doubt of the game's outcome by going on an 18-2 run over a 4:38 span to take a 67-41 lead with 13:45 remaining.

Last Week's Wrap-Up:
Stanford (Jan. 17): Cori Enghusen scored 24 points as No. 4 Stanford defeated the Washington State Cougars, 104-57 at Friel Court.

Freshman Azella Perryman scored 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds for the Cardinal, who led 53-21 at halftime.

The Cougars were led by Brittney Hawks, who scored 21 points.

The Cardinal shot 21-of-31 in the first half, including 7-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc. The Cougars shot 10-of-37 and made 1-of-5 trey attempts.

Stanford outrebounded the Cougars 42-30 and forced Washington State into 24 turnovers.

California (Jan. 19): Washington State's Brittney Hawks scored a game-high 19 points in the Cougars' 62-50 loss to the California Bears at Friel Court.

Trailing 30-20 at the halftime break, California outscored the Cougars 27-2 in the opening 12:01 of the second half to take a 47-32 lead with 7:59 remaining. The Cougars missed 14 of 15 shots during the stretch while California made 10 of its 16 attempts including four three-pointers.

After an Olga Volkova bucket put California ahead 49-34 at the 7:20 mark, the Bears would go nearly five minutes without a field goal. The Cougars would take advantage scoring 10 consecutive points over the next 3:39 to pull within 49-44 with 3:41 remaining.

A lay-up by LaTasha O'Keith would begin a string of six consecutive California points that gave the Bears a 55-44 lead with 1:35 left. The Cougars would not threaten again.

In the second half, the Cougars shot 7-of-25 (28 percent) while Cal was 13-of-25 (52 percent) from the floor.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10: With nine double-doubles, senior Brittney Hawks heads the Pac-10 list with USC's Ebony Hoffman in that category. Hawks is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 13.5 points and 9.6 rebounds a contest.

At one point during the season, Hawks recorded six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28. Hawks has hit double-digits in points in 15 games this season including 12 of the last 13 contests.

Hawks ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.6/game) and defensive rebounds (6.58/game), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.05/game), eighth in blocks (1.00/game) and is 10th in scoring (13.5 points/game).

Hawks' seven steals at Idaho, Dec. 5 is tied for a conference best for all games while her 11 field goals versus Gonzaga, Nov. 29 stands as a second best effort in the Pac-10 for all games. In addition, her 19 rebounds at Oregon State, Dec. 28 is the second best effort in the Pac-10 bested only by Stanford's Nicole Powell (21 rebounds versus Oregon, Jan. 13).

Hawks began the season on a high note earning all-tournament team honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 17-18. In two games at the tournament, Hawks averaged 11.5 points and 12 rebounds a contest.

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: Freshman Francine McCurtain is shooting 41-of-114 (36 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 10 games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

McCurtain ranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.16/game) and 18th in scoring (11.4 points/game).

McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort versus USC, (Jan. 4) marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., has reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21). McCurtain is just two treys shy of reaching the school's top 10 list in three-point field goals in a single season.

McCurtain has already 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 against the Cougars. 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.

Oregon To Host Inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Tournament: The 2001-02 season will conclude with the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, March 1-4. All the Pac-10 schools will participate in the tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Cougar Notes: WSU is third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (25.05/game)... Through 19 games WSU has recorded 69 blocks. Conversely, through 19 games last year WSU had a total of 37 blocks...the 33 points recorded by WSU against Oregon State, Dec. 28 tied the record for lowest points scored by a Pac-10 team in a conference game. California scored 33 points against, coincidentally, Oregon State, Feb. 10, 2000...the 50-point loss at Arizona, Jan. 10 (107-57) established a school record for margin of defeat...by scoring a combined 473 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 44.1 percent of the Cougars' total point output (1,073 points)...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...Hawks is the only Cougar to start every game this season...the 80-72 win over Gonzaga, Nov. 29 marked the 150th career victory for Jenny Przekwas...the overtime contest against Idaho, Dec. 5 was the first overtime game for WSU since Dec. 10, 1998 against Utah ...eight players have recorded a double-figure scoring performance in at least one game this season.

--wsucougars.com--
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