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WSU Prepares For Toledo And Bowling Green
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Release: 12/13/1999
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Dec. 13, 1999

PERFECT STRANGERS:
After suffering two of the worst of the worst non-conference losses in recent school history at Gonzaga (82-66, Dec. 8) and at Idaho (68-45, Dec. 12), WSU takes on a pair of unfamiliar foes when it travels to Ohio for games against Toledo and Bowling Green. The Cougars only meeting with Toledo resulted in a WSU win, 76-67, Nov. 25, 1989 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i The Cougars are making their first trip to Bowling Green after splitting the first two meetings in the series, both played in Pullman. The Falcons defeated the Cougars, 83-73, Dec. 12, 1987 and WSU posted a 71-63 victory Dec. 4 last year. In the Cougs' win last season, five players scored in double figures, led by Katie Nyseth's (Cheshire, Ore.) career-high 14. Current Cougars, Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) all recorded double figure scoring in the contest.

THIS WEEK:
Sunday, December 19 WSU at Toledo (1-6) 2 p.m. EST
Monday, December 20 WSU at Bowling Green (2-5) 7 p.m. EST

NEXT WEEK:
No Games Scheduled

WSU COUGAR WOMEN

  DATE       SCORE             OPPONENT
 11/11   W   73-59             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    L   66-82             at Gonzaga
 12/12   L   45-68             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 p.m.   *   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 Games

Toledo WSU leads the series 1-0.

Bowling Green The series is tied 1-1.

WSU won 71-63 in Pullman last season.

WSU OVERALL:
2-4

WSU IN PAC-10:
0-0

WSU AT HOME:
1-0

WSU ON THE ROAD:
0-3

WSU ON NEUTRAL FLOORS:
1-1

WSU STREAK:
-2

WASHINGTON STATE (2-4 / 0-0)

WHO'S HOT:
Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is averaging 15.7 points per game in her last three outings. Kerns came up just shy of her career high 19 points when she scored 18 at home versus Eastern Washington, Dec. 4 at 17 at Gonzaga, Dec. 8.

WHO'S NOT:
Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.), an All-Pac-10 performer a year ago after averaging 16.4 points per game, has been held under 10 points in five of WSU's first six games and is averaging 7.3 points per game. Included in that streak is the first scoreless game of Lamb's career when she failed to net a point in the Cougars' win over Eastern Washington, Dec. 4

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS:
The Cougars' have done a good job taking care of the basketball this season and, as a results, find themselves in the top half of the conference standings in three statistical categories. WSU leads the Pac-10 in Assist/Turnover Ratio at 1.18. The Cougars are fourth in the conference in assists at 15.5 per game and fourth in turnover margin at +3.0 per contest. WSU individuals among the conference leaders include senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), ninth in scoring (13.2) and seventh in free throw percentage (.813) and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), tied for sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.400).

COACH:
Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 2-4 and her career mark is 135-103. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

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, Dec. 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, Dec. 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, 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. 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, 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...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, 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.

INJURY REPORT:
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.

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