Feb. 7, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State begins the second half of the Pac-10 season at Arizona State and #14/16 Arizona...The Cougars will be looking to avenge losses to both schools after losing in Pullman to the Sun Devils (64-54, January 15) and the Wildcats (83-68, January 13).
ASU PREVIEW: The Sun Devils (11-8, 4-5 Pac-10) have lost four straight after opening conference play 4-1...Three of those four losses have been on the road...ASU is 8-1 at home this season with the only loss coming at the hands of UCLA (76-55, January 22) to start the current four-game skid...Three players average double figure scoring led by Theresa Jantzen's 13.2. points per game.
ARIZONA PREVIEW: The Wildcats (18-3, 7-2 Pac-10) enter the week in a three-way tie with Stanford and UCLA for first place in the conference...Arizona has won four straight and is 9-2 at home this season with the setbacks being to Stanford (98-95, January 8) and UCLA (79-68, January 20)...Tatum Brown leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounds (8.4 per outing).
|ASU||The Sun Devils lead the series 16-11 and have won five straight.|
|Arizona||WSU leads the series 16-11 and is 8-5 in Tucson.|
|WSU IN PAC-10:||1-8|
|WSU AT HOME:||2-5|
|WSU ON THE ROAD:||1-9|
|WSU ON NEUTRAL FLOORS:||1-1|
LAST WEEK: The Cougars fell to 1-8 in the Pac-10 after a 56-55 loss at Washington, February 6 after WSU led by as many as 18 points in the first half...The Cougars lost despite 22 points and 10 rebounds from senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), her second double-double in the last three games...The setback assured the Cougars of their fourth consecutive losing season.
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 to raise her total to 812...Dietel continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game...Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at 11.7 ppg...Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) leads WSU with 5.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.7 boards in her last four games...Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) leads the Cougars with 3.84 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 812 points and is 20 points shy of the Cougars' top 15 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 (309), sixth in career three-pointers (98) and ninth in career free throws (219)...Kerns is also six points shy of WSU's top 20 all-time scoring list...Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) is tied for tenth in career assists with 222...Junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) ranks third at WSU with 116 career three-pointers.
WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU FEBRUARY 6): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in four statistical categories including a Pac-10 best .743 free throw percentage...WSU is fourth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ration (.080), and fifth in both three-point field goal percentage (.324) and three-point field goals per game (4.21)...In addition, the Cougars are shooting a league-leading .780 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 and established a school record...A half dozen Cougar players are among the Pac-10 leaders in at least one category...Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) is sixth in overall scoring at 14.0 points per game and is averaging 14.9 ppg in conference games, fifth best in the Pac-10...Dietel ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.771) and her 6.2 rebounds per contest in Pac-10 games is also ninth in the conference...Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.7 ppg and her 12.4 ppg in Pac-10 play is 11th best in the conference...In Pac-10 games, Kerns is third in three-point field goal percentage (.441) and is tied with freshman teammate Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) with an .857 free throw percentage...Overall, Kerns ranks sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.375) and assists per game (3.83)...In addition, Kerns ranks eighth in free throw percentage (.778) and her 3.88 assists per game in Pac-10 action is seventh in the conference...Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) is fifth in the Pac-10 with 3.84 assists per game and her 4.11 dishes in conference games is sixth in the Pac-10...Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) is tied for 14th overall in rebounds with 5.4 per game an 11th in Pac-10 games with 5.6 boards per game...Berglund 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.
COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 4-15 and her career mark is 137-114. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.
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.