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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/25/2002
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Feb. 25, 2002

Washington State Cougars (2-26, 0-18)

This Week:
Friday, March 1
vs. Oregon
(15-12, 10-8)
6:30 p.m., Pacific
McArthur Court
Eugene, Ore.

This Season Versus Oregon:
Dec. 30 at Eugene, Ore.
Loss - 76-47
Feb. 21 at Pullman, Wash.
Loss - 88-47

Cougars Tip-off Inaugural Pac-10 Tournament: The Washington State women's basketball team will become an answer to a trivia question when it takes part in the opening game of the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at Eugene, Ore. The 10th seeded Cougars will face tournament host and No. 7 seed Oregon Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the WSU-Oregon game will advance to face No. 2 seed Washington, Saturday, March 2 at noon.

Radio: The WSU-Oregon Pacific-10 Conference Tournament game at 6:30 p.m., March 1, 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.

About Oregon: Junior Shaquala Williams is tied for second in the Pac-10 in scoring with Stanford's Nicole Powell averaging 17.4 points a game. Williams ranks first in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, making 91-of-101 from the charity stripe (.901). Before an 88-80 loss to Washington in the season's final regular season game, Feb. 23, the Ducks had won three in a row.

This Season Versus Oregon:
Dec. 30 (Eugene, Ore.) - Washington State's Whitney Martindale scored 14 points and Jessica Perry recorded a season-high 12 points in the Cougars' 76-47 loss to the Oregon Ducks at McArthur Court.

Brittney Hawks saw her consecutive game streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds end at six as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho recorded eight points and eight rebounds for WSU.

Andrea Bills led Oregon with 13 points and Alyssa Fredrick added 12 points for the Ducks.

Shaquala Williams, who entered the game as the Ducks' leading scorer, was held to eight points.

With the game tied at five just over four minutes into the contest, Oregon went on a 17-4 run over a 6:42 span to open up a 22-9 advantage at the 9:15 mark of the first half. The Ducks would extend their lead to 43-23 at the halftime break.

WSU bolted out of the gates in the second half, however, blitzing the Ducks with a 9-0 run to cut Oregon's lead to 43-32 at the 17:25 mark. In the run, the Cougars shot 4-of-5 from the field as a quartet of players (Jessica Ottmar, Martindale, Perry and Hawks) accounted for points.

Oregon would rebound to stretch its lead back to 19 at 56-37 with 12:21 remaining. The Cougars would manage to slice their deficit to 15 on three occasions during the next six minutes before Oregon pulled away with a 16-2 run over the game's final 6:16.

Feb. 21 (Pullman, Wash.) - Shaquala Williams scored 24 points and collected seven rebounds as the Oregon Ducks defeated the Washington State Cougars 88-47 at Friel Court.

Williams shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the field leading Oregon to a season-high 55.9 percent (33-of-59) shooting performance. Two Oregon players joined Williams in double figures. Jamie Craighead scored 13 points and Kedzie Gunderson added a career-high 12 points for the Ducks.

Whitney Martindale led the Cougars with 13 points as she connected on three three-point baskets. It was Martindale's 10th game this year that she reached double-digits in points. After taking an early 12-6 lead with 13:58 left in the first half, the Ducks went on a 22-8 run to take a 34-14 lead at the 7:58 mark.

Oregon extended its lead to 49-23 at the halftime intermission.

Williams opened the second half by scoring nine straight points in the first 2:21 as the Ducks took a 58-23 lead with 17:39 remaining.

The Ducks shot 62 percent (18-of-29) in the first half, while the Cougars connected on 8-of-31 (26 percent) field goals. Oregon connected on seven three-point baskets in the first half, compared to one for Washington State.

Fond Oregon Memories: When the Cougars step onto the McArthur Court floor, Friday, they will be returning to the site of one of the program's landmark wins, which took place last year.

Thanks to a Joanna Smith put back with five-tenths of a second left, the Cougars pulled out a 77-76 win over the Ducks, Feb. 15, marking the first win for the Cougars at Oregon since the 1992-93 season.

Smith's bucket capped a WSU comeback in which the team rallied from a 16-point first half deficit, establishing the second largest comeback in the history of the program.

Not only did the comeback secure a season sweep over the Ducks, it marked the second time Oregon was a victim to a double-digit rally by the Cougars during the 2001 season. At Pullman, Jan. 20, the Cougars were down by 10 to the Ducks in the second half before coming back for a 67-64 win.

The Series Versus Oregon: The Ducks hold a 41-9 advantage in the all-time series versus WSU. Prior to last year's sweep by the Cougars, the Ducks had won the last 10 meetings between the two programs.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10: With 12 double-doubles, Brittney 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.

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, 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.

Hawks' career 7.3 rebounding per game average is fourth best all-time in school history.

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.

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.

Hawks' seven steals at Idaho, Dec. 5 is tied for a Pac-10 game high 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 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.

Making Good From The Line: Senior Whitney Martindale is shooting 55-of-69 (79.7 percent) from the charity stripe, ranking the senior seventh in the conference in free throw percentage. Martindale's career 76.6 percentage from the free throw line ranks this senior fifth on the school's all-time list in that category. She has reached double-digits in points in 14 games including 11 this season. The double-digit efforts were highlighted by a career-high 23 points on a career-best eight field goals against UCLA, Jan. 6, tying her for the team's top scoring performance this season (Hawks, McCurtain).

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: Freshman Francine McCurtain is shooting 48-of-135 (35.6 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 12 games scoring in double-digits and has had three other games where she scored nine points.

With 48 three-pointers, McCurtain is in seventh position on the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. McCurtain is one trey away from sixth position on the list (49 by Julie Wight, 1996).

McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort versus USC, (Jan. 4) marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21). 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.

Access Denied!: Through 28 games, the Cougars have recorded 100 blocks, which ties the single-season school record in that category previously set in 1982. Brittney Hawks leads a group of 10 Cougars who have recorded a block this season with 26.

Fields Suspended: Sophomore Candace Fields has been suspended for disciplinary reasons, Jenny Przekwas announced. In 26 games this season, Fields averaged 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.

Cougar Notes: With a 3.25 assists/game average, freshman Jessica Perry is 10th in the Pac-10 in that category...Washington State has converted at least one three-point field goal in 39 consecutive games dating back to last year...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...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--
Washington State Cougars Women's Basketball
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