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Bay Area Trip to California, No. 2 Stanford Ahead For Cougars
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Release: 02/12/2002
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Feb. 12, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-22, 0-14)

What's Happening This Week:
Thursday, Feb. 14
at California
(6-17, 1-13)
7 p.m., Pacific
Haas Pavilion
Berkeley, Calif.

Saturday, Feb. 16
at No. 2 Stanford
(24-1, 14-0)
3 p.m., Pacific
Maples Pavilion
Stanford, Calif.
Televised live by KRON-TV (Bay Area)

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team embarks on its final road trip of the Pacific-10 Conference regular season this week with a trip to the Bay Area. The Cougars begin the week at California, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Two days later, the Cougars face No. 2 Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

Radio: The Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 games at California and No. 2 Stanford, 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.

Scouting California: Three players - Ami Forney (11.9), LaTasha O'Keith (9.4) and Leigh Gregory, (8.6) - are averaging over eight points for the Bears. The Bears have lost six consecutive games with their last victory coming against WSU, 62-50 at Pullman, Jan. 19. The Bears did put a scare into Oregon State at Corvallis, Feb. 7, losing to the Beavers in overtime 74-69.

The Season's First Meeting: Brittney Hawks recorded her 15th game scoring in double figures this season - and her 12th in the last 13 contests - in the Cougars' 62-50 loss to California, Jan. 19 at Friel Court.

Hawks scored a game-high 19 points, which followed up a 21-point performance versus Stanford, Jan. 17. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho also led the Cougars with seven rebounds.

Five players scored in double figures for California led by 12 points from Kristen Iwanaga. Leigh Gregory (11 points), LaTasha O'Keith (11 points), Amber White (11 points), and Audrey Watler (10 points) completed the quintet.

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 3-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 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.

The Series Versus California: California leads the all-time series against WSU 20-16. The teams split their two meetings last year with each program defending its home court. Cal captured a 69-56 win, Jan. 25 while the Cougars responded with a 74-59 triumph, Feb. 24. WSU is 4-14 all-time at Berkeley.

About No. 2 Stanford: The Cardinal ranking is well earned as Stanford's sole defeat has come at the hands of No. 3 Tennessee, 68-62 at Stanford, Dec. 16.

Since then, the Cardinal has rattled off 16 consecutive wins by an average margin of victory of just over 20 points.

Lindsey Yamasaki heads Stanford's conference leading offensive attack with a 16.6 points per game average. Nicole Powell is not far behind averaging 15.4 points a game. Stanford is averaging a Pac-10 best 81.4 points per game, which is one of 12 categories that the Cardinal leads the conference in.

The Season's First Meeting: Cori Enghusen scored 24 points as No. 4 Stanford won its ninth straight game, a 104-57 win of Washington State, Jan. 17.

Freshman Azella Perryman scored 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds for the Cardinal (17-1, 7-0 Pac-10), who led 53-21 at halftime.

Brittney Hawks scored 21 points to lead the Cougars.

The Cardinal, who led 53-21 at halftime, shot 21-of-31 in the first half, including 7-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. The Cougars shot 10-of-37 and made 1-of-5 three-pointers. Stanford out-rebounded the Cougars 42-30 and forced Washington State into 24 turnovers.

The Series Versus Stanford: Stanford holds an all-time 33-0 record over the Cougars including an 84-67 win at Stanford and 87-78 victory at Pullman last year.

Last Week's Wrap-Up:
Arizona State (Feb. 7): Melody Johnson posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Washington State Cougars 75-56 at Friel Court.

Three Arizona State players joined Johnson in double figures: Betsy Boardman (14 points), Amanda Levens (13 points) and Kylan Loney (career-high 10 points).

The Cougars' Whitney Martindale led all scorers with 16 points, all coming in the second-half. Martindale's effort marked the eighth time this season she has reached double-digits in points.

Brittney Hawks just missed her 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes of action for the Cougars.

For the game, Arizona State shot 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the floor while the Cougars were 18-of-48 (37.5 percent) from the field. In addition, Arizona State out-rebounded the Cougars 42-27.

Arizona (Feb. 9): Julie Brase led a contingent of six Arizona players who scored in double figures with a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats' 106-60 victory over the Washington State Cougars at Friel Court.

Elizabeth Pickney (21 points), Dee-Dee Wheeler (19 points), Robin Roberson (19 points), Danielle Adefeso (12 points) and Aimee Grzyb (10 points) joined Brase in double-digits for Arizona.

Brittney Hawks led the Cougars with 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds. It was Hawks' 18th game reaching double-figures in points and her fourth 20-point effort of the season. The Wildcats found the bucket to be an inviting place as they converted 40-of-68 field goal attempts (58.8 percent) for the game. Conversely, the Cougars shot 24-of-69 (34.8 percent) from the field.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10:With 10 double-doubles, Brittney Hawks is tied with USC's Ebony Hoffman and Stanford's Nicole Powell for the Pac-10 lead in that category. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 13.3 points and 9.4 rebounds a contest.

In 18 games, Hawks has posted double-digits in points and has produced double-digit rebounding efforts in 12 games.

Hawks trails only Powell (9.8 rebounds/game) for the conference lead in rebounding. No WSU player has ever led the Pac-10 Conference in rebounding. In addition, with 226 rebounds this season, Hawks is tied for sixth on the school's single-season top-10 rebounding list with Cassandra Overby (1981). Hawks is 68 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.

In addition to her No. 2 ranking in rebounding, Hawks ranks second in defensive rebounds (6.25/game), second in offensive rebounds (3.17/game), ninth in blocks (.92/game), and 10th in scoring.

Hawks' seven steals at Idaho, Dec. 5 is tied for a Pac-10 game high 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 46-of-129 (35.7 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 12 games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

With 46 three-pointers, McCurtain is in seventh position on the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. McCurtain is three treys away from sixth position on the list.

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 third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (1.92/game) and 18th in scoring (10.5 points/game).

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. 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 24 games, the Cougars have recorded 83 blocks, an average of 3.46/game, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10. Through 24 games last year WSU had 48 blocks. The Cougars are on pace to break the single-season school record for blocks, which is 100, set in 1982.

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.

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 17-63 with the Cougars and 150-162 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.

Cougar Notes: With a 3.58 assists/game average, freshman Jessica Perry ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in that category...if the season ended today, Whitney Martindale's free throw percentage of .800 (48-of-60) would tie the senior for fifth place on the school's single-season record list in that category...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.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-9
Away: 0-10
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-5
When Trailing At The Half: 0-17

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-21
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-18
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-3
When Committing Same Number of Turnovers: 0-1
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-8
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-8
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-6

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-19
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-15
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-5
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-1
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-21

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-2
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-4
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-3
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-13

--wsucougars.com--
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