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Cougs Open Pac-10 Play In City Of Angels
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/03/2000
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Jan. 3, 2000

Friday, January 7, WSU at USC (5-5), 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 9 WSU at #17 UCLA (6-4)*, 2 p.m.
*hosts Washington, January 7

Thursday, January 13 WSU vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 15 WSU vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m.

-- Upcoming Games --
USC Trojans lead series, 17-10. WSU has won the last three meetings.
UCLA The Bruins have won six straight meetings and lead the series, 21-5.

WSU IN PAC-10: 0-0

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The coming of the new year also brings forth a chance for the Cougars to do what many before them have, start over amidst the bright lights of southern California. That is exactly what WSU will try to do when it opens Pac-10 play in Los Angeles this weekend after posting a 3-7 record in the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Cougars will take on USC, Friday at 7 p.m. and 17th ranked UCLA, Sunday at 2 p.m. The games will mark the eighth and ninth for WSU outside of Pullman through 12 contests this season.

USC PREVIEW: Last season, WSU swept USC by posting a 65-58 win in Los Angeles, January 28 and knocking off the Trojans 63-51 in Pullman, February 27. The Cougars nailed 15 of 18 free throw attempts in the final nine minutes of their win in Los Angeles. In the victory in Pullman, five Cougars scored in double figures to help WSU snap a three-game losing streak. All five of those players are back, including junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) who recorded a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. USC leads the all-time series 17-10, but WSU has won three straight.

UCLA PREVIEW: The Cougars will look to break a six-game losing streak to the Bruins. Last season, current junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) registered a career-high 19 points in the teams? first meeting, a 100-70 UCLA win in Pauley Pavillion, January 30. In the season?s second meeting, the Bruins shot a school record .695 from the field and had six players in double figure scoring in their 104-70 victory, February 25 at Friel Court.

COUGAR UPDATE: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game. Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d?Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at a 11.1 ppg. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) leads WSU with 5.3 rebounds per contest and is averaging eight boards per game in her last three outings. Included in that stretch is a career-best 11 rebounds at Bowling Green, December 20. Kerns leads the Cougars with 3.8 assists per game.

MIXING THINGS UP: Washington State has used eight different starting lineups in its first 10 games this season?A look at the Cougars? starters and WSU?s record in those games: The Cougars are 1-2 when starting sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas), senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.), junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) and junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.), 1-0 when starting De Anda, senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d?Alene, Idaho), Lamb, Nyseth and Volkman, 1-0 when starting freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.), junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.), Kerns, Nyseth and Volkman, 0-1 when starting De Anda, junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario), Nyseth, junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Volkman, 0-1 when starting De Anda, Dietel, Kerns, Lamb and Nyseth and 0-1 when starting Berglund, Kerns, Lamb, Nyseth and Smith, 0-1 when starting Berglund, Collins, Dietel, Nyseth and Volkman and 0-1 when starting Collins, Dietel, Kerns, Nyseth and Volkman.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU JANUARY 3): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in five statistical categories, including second with a 1.02 assist/turnover ratio. The Cougs and Arizona (1.03) are the only two teams in the Pac-10 that have more assists than turnovers. Washington State also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.712) and fifth in assists (15.40 per game), three-point field goals (4.40 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (.310). WSU individuals among the conference leaders include senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) who is third in free throw percentage (.826), ninth in scoring (14.6 ppg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.495). Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d?Alene, Idaho) is seventh in assists (3.80 per game) just ahead of >junior teammate Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) who is averaging 3.60 assists per outing. In addition, Nyseth?s nine assists against Western Michigan, November 26 and Kerns? nine dishes vs. UC-Santa Barbara, December 28, tie them with five others for the best individual performance in that category by a Pac-10 player this season.

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 3-7 and her career mark is 136-106. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

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 include junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) 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?Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) 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?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) played in her first game since suffering a broken right arm in the season opener at Utah, November 20 in the Cougars loss to Saint Mary?s, December 30. Harrod had four points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 10 minutes against the Gaels.

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