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Cougars Begin Pacific-10 Conference Season At Washington
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Release: 12/18/2001
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Dec. 18, 2001

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Washington State Cougars (2-8, 0-0)

What's Happening This Week:
Friday, Dec. 21
at Washington (5-4)
7 p.m., Pacific
Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.
Televised live by Fox Sports Northwest.

What's Happening Next Week:
Friday, Dec. 28
at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30
at Oregon, 1 p.m.

Radio: The Cougars' Pac-10 season-opening game versus Washington, Dec. 21 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.. Troy Hirsch will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 6:45 p.m. The Washington contest marks the beginning of a broadcast schedule that features all Cougar Pac-10 road games that will be aired live on KRPL.

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 17-49 with the Cougars and 150-148 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.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team opens up its Pacific-10 Conference season against the University of Washington, Friday, Dec. 21 at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The game with Washington begins a stretch of three consecutive road contests for the Cougars. WSU's post-Christmas travel itinerary includes a trip to Oregon to face Oregon State and Oregon, Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, respectively. The Cougars' next home game is Friday, Jan. 4 against the USC Women of Troy at 7 p.m.

About Washington: The Huskies have not played since a 71-70 loss to No. 16 Michigan at the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge, Dec. 9. Loree Payne leads a contingent of four Washington players averaging double figures in points with a 14.2 average. Andrea Lalum (13.2 points/game), Emily Autrey (11.3 points/game) and Giuliana Mendiola (10.1 points/game) complete the quartet.

The Series Versus Washington: This week's game marks the 61st meeting between the in-state rivals. Washington leads the all-time series 43-17 and have won the last 12 meetings. The Cougars' last victory was Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 triumph at Pullman.

Last Week's Wrap:
Montana State (Dec. 16) - Brittney Hawks recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Cougars' 75-68 loss to the Montana State Bobcats, at Friel Court.

Hawks' game-high effort in points and rebounds marked the fourth consecutive double-double for the senior center from Rexburg, Idaho.

In addition to Hawks' performance, the freshmen guard tandem of Francine McCurtain and Jessica Perry combined for 29 points for WSU. McCurtain tied a season-high with 18 points, while Perry added a season-high 11 points.

Montana State broke out of the gates quickly with a 22-5 run in the opening 8:42 of the game. The Cougars responded by outscoring the Bobcats 18-10 over the remainder of the first half to cut the Bobcats' lead to 32-23 at the halftime intermission.

The Cougars sliced Montana State's lead to six points at 35-29 after a lay-in by Hawks at the 15:28 mark of the second half. The Bobcats answered with a 9-2 run over the next 3:14 to extend their advantage to 44-31 at the 12:21 mark.

WSU would slice Montana State's lead to six on two more occasions but on each instance the Bobcats turned away the Cougars' threat. Down 54-42 with 7:43 remaining, WSU outscored MSU 6-1 over a 1:36 span to pull within 55-49 at the 6:07 mark. However, the Bobcats would score 10 of the game's next 14 points to push their lead back to double-digits at 61-51 with 3:45 remaining.

Down by the same 10-point margin at 69-59 at the 1:09 mark of the half, McCurtain scored four consecutive points to pull WSU to within 69-63 with 45 seconds left. Once again, Montana State would withstand the Cougars' rally, as WSU would get no closer for the rest of the game.

In the first half, Montana State made 15-of-27 field goals (55.6 percent), while the Cougars shot 10-of-35 (28.6) from the field. Conversely, WSU shot 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) while the Bobcats were 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) in the second half.

Four And Counting: Brittney Hawks posted her fourth consecutive double-double (and Pacific-10 Conference best sixth of the season) with 21 points and 11 rebounds versus Montana State. The 21-point effort was just two shy of Hawks' career-high point performance set earlier this season against Gonzaga. Hawks leads the team averaging 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.

Hawks ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding and leads the conference in defensive rebounding averaging 6.7 a game.

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 27-of-68 from outside the arc, which leads the team. McCurtain is second on the team in scoring averaging 12.3 points a game. McCurtain has recorded six games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

Led by McCurtain, the Cougars rank third in the conference in team three-point field goal percentage at .342 (51-of-149). McCurtain is averaging a 2.70 treys/game, which leads the Pac-10 and she is eighth in three-point percentage shooting at a .397 clip from outside the arc.

In just the third game of her collegiate career, McCurtain came off the bench against BYU, Nov. 24 and made an impression on the school's record books. McCurtain's six treys at Provo were just two 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.

Dugan Leaves Team: Sophomore guard Kim Dugan (Baker City, Ore.) has decided to end her basketball career at WSU, Jenny Przekwas announced. Dugan played in eight of nine games this season, averaging 2.1 points a contest.

Access Denied!: Through 10 games WSU has recorded 48 blocks. Conversely, through 10 games last year WSU had a total of 16 blocks. The Cougars are second in the Pac-10 with a 4.80 blocks per game average. Brittney Hawks leads the team with 12 blocks and is fourth in the conference in that category with a 1.20 average.

Cougar Notes: 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... ...the Cougars hold the top two three-point shooting performances in the conference. WSU's 6-of-11 (.545) performance from outside the arc against Texas A&M, Nov. 18 and .533 (8-of-15) three-point percentage, Dec. 1 versus Montana are ranked one and two respectively in the conference... with her 11-point effort against Montana State, Jessica Perry became the eighth Cougar to record a double figure scoring performance in at least one game this season...Hawks' career-high 11 field goals versus Montana is tied for second in the conference in that category.

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

When Leading At The Half: 2-2
When Trailing At The Half: 0-6

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-8
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-0

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-6
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-4
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-2
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-2

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-5
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-5
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-3
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-0
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-8

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-1
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-3

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