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Cougars Return Home For Final Non-Conference Games
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/27/1999
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Dec. 27, 1999

WELCOME BACK COUGARS: WSU hosts a pair of games this week, its first at Friel Court since December 4 when the Cougars rallied to defeat Eastern Washington, 61-60 ... The two opponents, UC-Santa Barbara, December 28 and Saint Mary's, December 30, will provide tough competition for the Cougars, who will play their final non-conference games before opening the Pac-10 portion of their schedule next week in Los Angeles.

UCSB PREVIEW: The Gauchos (7-3) are ranked 21st in the USA Today/ESPN poll (December 19) and 22nd in the Associated Press poll (December 20) and have four players averaging double figure scoring ... Among the quartet is senior guard Stacy Clinesmith (11.7 ppg) who is a former standout at Mead High School in Spokane ... UCSB has won three straight, including a 74-61 victory over Oregon, December 13 and a 77-53 win over USC, December 21 in its most recent outing ... WSU is the fourth Pac-10 team the Gauchos play this season having lost at Arizona, 86-76, November 30 ... This will be the first meeting between the Gauchos and Cougars.

SMC PREVIEW: The Gaels (6-3) are among other receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll (December 19) and play at Stanford, December 27 before traveling to Pullman ... Saint Mary's had a five-game winning streak snapped by Alabama, 61-59, December 21 ... The Gaels are led by senior forward Tracy Morris who leads the team with 17.1 points per game and is second on the squad with 7.2 rebounds per contest ... This is the second meeting between WSU and Saint Mary's with the Gaels prevailing in the first meeting, 78-73, December 21, 1990 in Pullman.

COUGAR UPDATE: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) scored a season-high 23 points, including 19 in the second half, at Bowling Green, December 20, and leads WSU in scoring with 14.6 ppg ... Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.), coming off a career-high 11 rebounds at Bowling Green, leads the Cougars with 5.0 boards per contest ... Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) has a 3 to 1 assist/turnover ratio (27/9) and is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in assists per game with 3.38.

MIXING THINGS UP: Washington State has used six different starting lineups in its first eight games ... 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.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU DECEMBER 21): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in five statistical categories, including a Pac-10 best 1.03 assist/turnover ratio. Washington State also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.721) and fifth in assists (15.25 per game), turnover margin (+1.38) and three-point field goals (4.0 per game). WSU individuals among the conference leaders include senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), sixth in free throw percentage (.818) and seventh in scoring (14.6 ppg), senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), tied for seventh in assists (3.38 per game), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.375) and ninth in steals (1.88 per game), junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.), tied for seventh with Kerns in assists at 3.38 per game and freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.), tied for 10th in blocks (0.88 per game). In addition, Nyseth's nine assists against Western Michigan, November 26 tie her with three 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 3-5 and her career mark is 136-104. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

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 on 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) suffered a broken right arm in the season opener at Utah, November 20 and may return for the Pac-10 home opener, January 13 vs. Arizona.

THIS WEEK: Tuesday, December 28 WSU vs. #21/#22% UC-Santa Barbara (7-3) 7 p.m.
-Thursday, December 30 WSU vs. Saint Mary's (6-3)* 7 p.m.
-%UCSB is ranked 21st (USA Today/ESPN-12/19) and 22nd (AP-12/20)
-*Saint Mary's plays at Stanford, Monday, December 27

NEXT WEEK: Friday, January 7 WSU at USC 7 p.m.
-Sunday, January 9 WSU at UCLA 2 p.m.


11/11    W  73-59       Ex 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  45-66       at Idaho
12/19    L  59-79       at Toledo
12/20    W  79-71       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 --

UCSB          First Meeting
St. Mary's    SMC leads series 1-0.
WSU OVERALL:           3-5
WSU IN PAC-10:         0-0
WSU AT HOME:           1-0
WSU ON THE ROAD:       1-4
WSU STREAK:             +1
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