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1999 Season Review

Tricia Lamb sets records for '99 Cougars.

March 8, 1999

LAMB HONORED: Tricia Lamb, WSU's talented sophomore guard, was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team by the league's 10 coaches. Lamb, who set three WSU records while averaging 16.4 points per outing, scored 442 points, knocked down 69 three-point shots and in one game made eight treys. She became just the third WSU player to score over 700 points (707) in her first two seasons, joining Jeanne Eggart Helfer () and Angie Weir Miller ().


11/11 Ex 75-70 Estonia
11/20 W 96-77 # Appalachian State
11/21 W 88-70 # at Vermont
11/24 W 94-49 WYOMING
12/4 W 71-63 % BOWLING GREEN
12/5 W 81-76 % COLORADO
12/8 L 79-86 IDAHO
12/10 L 70-81ot UTAH
12/18 W 75-70 GONZAGA
12/21 L 73-78 at St.Mary's
12/27 Ex 79-71 Portland Saints
1/4 L 69-91 ** at Washington
1/7 W 87-77 * ARIZONA
1/9 L 54-63 * ARIZONA STATE
1/15 L 54-57 ** at Oregon State
1/17 L 64-72 ** at Oregon
1/21 L 65-77 * STANFORD
1/23 W 73-54 ** CALIFORNIA
1/28 W 65-58 * at USC
1/30 L 70-100 * at UCLA
2/4 L 66-80 * at Arizona State
2/6 L 64-85 * at Arizona
2/11 L 54-65 * OREGON
2/13 W 70-52 * OREGON STATE
2/18 L 68-83 * at California
2/20 L 54-77 * at Stanford
2/25 L 70-104 * UCLA
2/27 W 63-51 ** USC
3/6 L 70-72 * WASHINGTON
Ex = Exhibition game
# = Howard Bank Classic, Burlington, Vermont
% = Cougar Shootout, Pullman, Wash.
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game
** = Pac-10 TV Game (live or delayed)

WSU IN PAC-10: 5-13

WASHINGTON STATE (11-16 / 5-13)
5 Victoria Harrod F 6-0 So. (6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg) Nepean, Ontario
31 Yvonne Volkman F 5-11 So. (8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg) Richland, Wash.
50 Sheri Quinton C 6-0 Sr. (5.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) Mesa, Wash.
20 Katie Nyseth G 5-3 So. (3.9 ppg, 3.8 asst. pg) Cheshire, Ore.
22 Tricia Lamb G 5-10 So. (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) Endicott, Wash.
11 Jessica Collins G 5-4 So. (0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg) Reno, Nev.
24 Cathy McNeely F/G 5-9 Jr. (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg) Philomath, Ore.
30 Jennifer Kerns G 5-7 Jr. (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
40 Romie DeAnda F 6-1 Fr. (2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg) El Paso, Texas
Injured – Non-Active:
12 Alke Dietel F 6-4 So. (17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg) Halle/Saale, Germany
15 Joanna Smith G 5-9 Jr. (red-shirt) N. Vancouver, BC
21 Niki Castle G 5-7 So. (0.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg) San Diego, Calif.
23 Garisha Ross G 5-10 Jr. (0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg) Tacoma, Wash.
42 Jennifer Stinson F 6-0 Jr. (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg) Davenport, Wash.

1999 REVIEW: Led by All-Pacific-10 Conference first team guard Tricia Lamb, the Washington State women's basketball team re-wrote the team's single-season three-point shooting records during the 1998-99 season, but it wasn't enough for the 11-16 club to climb above .500 in the win column.

Lamb, the fifth Cougar to be named to the conference first team, set school marks for three-point baskets made (69) and attempted (184) during the 27-game schedule. She also hit eight treys in one game, a school record, hit six in two other contests, and scored 33 points twice. Lamb (37.5%), Jennifer Kerns (37.3%) and Alke Dietel (37.2%) combined to hit 142 of WSU's 200 three-point baskets.

RHODES' WSU TENURE ENDS: Harold Rhodes' 24-year association with WSU, including two years as a player, five years as an assistant women's coach and the last 17 years as the women's head coach, came to an end March 9 when Cougar Athletic Director Rick Dickson and Rhodes jointly announced the 1977 WSU graduate's contract would not be renewed after it expires in June. Rhodes compiled a 194-271 record at WSU, including an 18-11 mark in 1991 when WSU earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Kerns and Lamb each moved into career lists. Kerns, a junior, is tied for fourth in free throw shooting (72.0%), sixth in three-point percentage (36.6%) and eighth in assists (240). Meanwhile, Lamb is ranked fifth in three-point baskets (99), fifth in three-point shooting (36.8%) and 20th with 707 points.

Lamb, just the third Cougar to score more than 700 points in her first two seasons, ranks 12th with 442 points this year, in addition to her record 69 treys.

The 1999 season started off with a rush for the Cougars, who posted five straight wins and won two tournaments before tasting defeat. Included were championships at the Bank One Classic hosted by Vermont and WSU's own Cougar Classic. Alke Dietel was the MVP winner in Vermont and Lamb was also named to the all-tournament team. Included in WSU's wins was a 19-point win over Appalachian State, who was picked this week to play in the NCAA tourney. Two weeks later at WSU's tourney, Lamb was the MVP winner and Dietel was also picked to the all-star squad.

Injuries again plagued a very young Cougar team that included seven sophomores, four of whom started much of the year. The roster included just one senior, Sheri Quinton, five juniors and one freshman. For much of the season WSU was without four players, including two who have been starters.

Alke Dietel, the league's MVP freshman the previous season, missed the last 14 games of the season following knee surgery. Starter Cathy McNeely missed a month of Pac-10 action with a sore knee, Garisha Ross was out for the season with a shoulder injury and Niki Castle was hampered over the last half of the season with a gall bladder problem that eventually required its removal. Jennifer Stinson never was healthy because of an ankle injury suffered during the volleyball season and didn't play in the final two games. In addition WSU never had former starter Joanna Smith, who elected to redshirt in 1999 following a year of battling leg injuries.

In mid-December, Idaho, Utah and St. Mary's finally solved the WSU offense and picked up wins over the Cougars. Once Pac-10 play started, the Cougars began to suffer injuries, including McNeely, who went down in the closing seconds of the first league game at Washington. A couple of weeks later Dietel was injured in a non-contact situation during practice the day before the home game with Stanford. Her loss, as evidenced by her Pac-10 rankings, was impossible for WSU to make up.

Dietel, at 6-4, was the only Cougar standing above 6-1. At the time of her injury, she was ranked third in Pac-10 scoring (17.0), fourth in free throw percentage (77.8%), fifth in rebounding (7.3) and sixth in three-point shooting (37.2%). It was a loss for which the Cougars had no answer.

One of the Cougars' biggest deficiencies, especially in Pac-10 play, was rebounding. In league play the Cougars averaged 9.0 rebounds per game less than the opponents. With Dietel out of the lineup, the Cougars' tallest starter was Quinton, the squad's 6-0 center. An average rebounding team with Dietel in the lineup, WSU quickly dropped to the bottom of the Pac-10 rebounding standings and it was more than a strong long-range shooting team could overcome.

One huge improvement for the youthful Cougar club was in turnovers. A year ago, with a team dominated by freshmen, WSU averaged 22.7 turnovers. In one year, that improved to 19.0. At the same time, the Cougar defense forced more opponent turnovers. In one year, WSU went from -7.00 in turnovers to +2.8, an increase in nearly 10 possessions per game.

Probably the hottest Cougar players at the end of the year were Kerns and Lamb. Kerns, who returns next season as a senior, averaged 12.3 points over the final 10 games, shot 45.1% from outside the arc and 49.4% overall. In the last four games she averaged 14.3 points and had 17 assists.

Lamb, after suffering a mid-season slump about the time Dietel was hurt, finished strong, scoring 101 points in the final six games. Her strong finish boosted her scoring average to 16.4 points, good for second in Pac-10 play.

WSU also was strong at the free throw line, where it led all Pac-10 teams, hitting 71.3% at the charity line. It was a marked improvement from the previous season where WSU hit 67.9% of its foul shots.

TRIO RECORD DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Three members of the WSU team have recorded double-doubles in their careers, sophomores Alke Dietel, Tricia Lamb and Victoria Harrod:

Dietel 1-8-98 at Arizona 17 11
Lamb 2-14-98 at OSU 17 10
Dietel 11-21-98 at Vermont 27 10
Dietel 12-5-98 Colorado 26 11
Dietel 1-7-99 Arizona 15 10
Dietel 1-9-99 Arizona State 10 10
Harrod 1-23-99 California 13 10
Harrod 2-27-99 USC 15 11

PACIFIC-10 STANDINGS (Pac-10/Overall): 1) Oregon 15-3/24-5 (NCAA) and UCLA 15-3/23-7 (NCAA), 3) Stanford 14-4/18-11 (NCAA), 4) Arizona 12-6/17-10 (NCAA), 5) Washington 11-7/15-12 (WNIT), 6) Arizona State 6-12/12-15 and California 6-12/12-15, 8) Washington State 5-13/11-16, 9) Oregon State 3-15/11-16 and USC 3-15/7-20. (Last updated 3/08/99)

WSU'S TV APPEARANCES: The Washington State Cougars made six television appearances in 1999, including four live telecasts...WSU's TV exposures included:

Jan. 4 @ Washington FOX NW 7:30 live
Jan. 15 @ Oregon State FOX NW Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m.
Jan. 17 @ Oregon Fox Sports Net 1:00 live
Jan. 23 California FOX Sports Net 1:00 live
Feb. 18 @ California FOX Bay Area 7:30 live
Feb. 27 USC FOX NW Feb. 28, 3:00 p.m.

WSU NATIONALLY: As of March 9 WSU's 7.4 treys per game ranked third nationally...WSU's 14 treys in one game ties WSU for sixth and Tricia Lamb's eight treys in one game tied her for sixth nationally....Lamb's 2.6 treys per game ranked her 25th nationally.

LAMB GOES FOR 33 TWICE: Tricia Lamb has scored 33 points on two occasions this year, the first in the opener against Appalachian State Nov. 20, then against Arizona Jan. 7.

Category Win Lost
Outrebound the opponent 1 1
Outrebounded by opponent 9 15
Rebound totals the same 1 0
Outscore the opponent's bench 10 6
Lead at half-time 9 2
Trail at half-time 1 12
Tied at half-time 1 2
Shoot better from the field than opponent 7 2
Shoot worse from the field than the opponent 4 14
Shoot 50% or better from the field 0 0
Shoot less than 50% from the field 11 16
Opponent shoots 50% or better from the field 1 5
Opponent shoots less than 50% from the field 10 11
Shoot more free throws than the opponent 6 3
Commit less turnovers than the opponent 8 7
Commit more turnovers than the opponent 2 8
Commit same number of turnovers as the opponent 1 1
Play at home 8 7
Play at opponents home court 2 8
Play on a neutral court 1 0
Play Pacific-10 conference games 5 13

COUGS ROTATED 9 INTO LINEUP: The Cougars' starting lineup at the end of 1999 included four sophomores, guards Katie Nyseth and Tricia Lamb and forwards Yvonne Volkman and Victoria Harrod and one senior, Sheri the nine-player rotation, seven players average 20 minutes or more per game...they were Lamb 30.8 minutes, Nyseth 26.4, Volkman 26.5, Quinton 24.4, and juniors Jennifer Stinson 20.5, Jennifer Kerns 22.2 and Cathy McNeely 22.3...Alke Dietel averaged 30.2 minutes before suffering a season-ending knee injury Jan. 20.

LAMB LEADS IN STARTS: Tricia Lamb may well be on her way to a WSU record, although it is too early to make such a bold prediction...through two full seasons, Lamb has started every game of her Cougar career, 54 games and 54 starts...the WSU record is 106 starts by Jonni Gray, 1986-89...three players share the record of games played, 112...not counting post-season play or exception games, Lamb can expect to play in 108 contests...Alke Dietel had started 40 of her 51 games before her injury...Katie Nyseth has started 50 of her 54 games...Jennifer Kerns leads all current players with 88 games played.

DIETEL SUMMARY: Alke Dietel was ranked in four individual categories at the time of her season-ending injury (she no longer qualified for the Pac-10 rankings because of the number of games she missed): she was third in scoring (17.0), fourth in free throw percentage (77.8%), fifth in rebounding (7.3) and sixth in three-point percentage (37.2%)...she suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL, left knee) Jan. 20 and had surgery Jan. 22...March 1 Dietel was named to the GTE Academic All-American District VIII third team...she has a 3.23 grade point average in interior design.

COUGS IN PAC-10: WSU leads Pacific-10 Conference teams in three-point field goals per game at 7.41...the Cougs also lead the league in three-point percentage, 35.2%.

PAC-10 RANKINGS (Updated March 8)

Lamb Scoring 16.4 2nd
3-pt FG% .375 5th
Nyseth Assists 3.81 8th
Volkman FT% .750 t-8th
Harrod FT% .759 5th
McNeely Scoring 10.7 19th
3-pt FG% .358 7th
Kerns 3-pt FG% .373 6th
Team Scoring offense 70.6 6th
FG% Offense .393 8th
3-pt FG% Offense .352 1st
FT% Offense .713 2nd
Offensive Rebounds 12.67 8th
Rebounding Offense 35.7 9th
Scoring Defense 72.9 9th
FG% Defense .444 9th
3-pt FG% Defense .335 8th
Defensive Rebounds 23.08 7th
Rebounding Defense 43.8 10th
Scoring margin -2.3 7th
Rebound margin -8.1 10th
Assists 14.85 5th
Turnover Margin +2.85 3rd
3-pt Field Goals 7.41 1st
Blocked Shots 1.30 10th
Steals 9.85 t-5th
Assist/TO Ratio 0.78 5th

REBOUNDING WOES: The Cougars finished the season at the bottom of the rebounding barrel in Pac-10 stats, averaging 8.1 rebounds less than the opponents...WSU out rebounded its opponents just twice...the first time was in a win over Wyoming 44-36 and the second was in a loss to ASU WSU's other 25 games, the Cougs were out rebounded by 9.4 boards per game.

SCORING FALLS IN 2ND HALF: The Cougars outscored opponents by nine points in the first half, but in the second half were outscored by 59 points.

TREYS WSU LIFEBLOOD: WSU lives and dies with the three-point shot...WSU had 90 treys in 11 wins (8.18/game), 110 in 16 losses (6.88/game)...the Cougs have had at least one trey in each of their last 104 games...WSU was 0-10 at Boise State Dec. 8, 1995, the last time the Cougars were blanked from outside the arc...WSU has failed to hit a trey once in the last 150 games, twice in the last 243.

WSU SCORED IN BUNCHES: At times in 1999 the Cougars struggled to rack up the points, but at other times, they put together some pretty impressive runs...against Arizona in Pullman, WSU was tied 20-20 with the Wildcats in the first half...a few minutes and 27 points later the Cougs were leading Oregon the Cougs trailed by 25 points 60-35 when they went on a tear, putting up 21 unanswered points...eventually WSU pulled to within two points of the Ducks before losing the game by eight a Feb. 14 win over OSU, the Cougars went on a 22-2 run.

WSU VICTORS STEP UP SHOOTING: The 11 opponents WSU defeated collectively shot 34.4% from the field, but the 16 teams to beat the Cougars shot 47.8%...the Cougars' shooting dipped from 41.7% in wins to 37.6% in losses...WSU's rebounding average dropped from 38.1 in wins to 34.1 in losses.

KERNS EIGHTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Junior Jennifer Kerns, with 240 career assists, has cracked WSU's career top 10 list...with 22 assists in the last five games of 1999, she moved into eighth, passing Charnez Brown (222, 1988-91) and Kelli Kronberger (226, 1993-96)...ahead of her in seventh is Shelly Patterson (272, 1981-83).

CLIMBING THE LISTS: The following is a summary of Cougars moving up season and career lists:

Single-Season - 
Tricia Lamb's 442 points ranks 12th;
Tricia Lamb's 69 treys is a WSU record;
Tricia Lamb's 37.5% 3-pt FG% ranks eighth;
Jennifer Kerns' 37.3% 3-pt FG% ranks ninth
Alke Dietel's 37.2% 3-pt FG% ranks tenth;

Career - Tricia Lamb's 99 career treys ranks fifth; Tricia Lamb's 36.8% career 3-pt FG% ranks fifth; Tricia Lamb's 707 career points ranked 20th; Jennifer Kerns' 72.0% career FT% ranks tied for fourth; Jennifer Kerns' 36.6% career 3-pt FG% ranks sixth; Jennifer Kerns' 240 career assists ranks eighth;

KERNS ENDS ON A ROLL: In the final 10 games of the year, junior Jennifer Kerns scored 123 points (12.3 ppg), handed out 33 assists and hit 23-of-51 trey attempts (45.1%) while hitting 49.4% (43-of-87) field goal her last four games she scored 57 points (14.3 ppg), handed out 17 assists and hit 21-of-43 field goal shots, including 10-of-25 treys.

TRICIA "TREY" LAMB: WSU's long distance sophomore shooter "Trey" Lamb set one record in 1999 and has another mark well within site...after hitting a school record 69 treys in 1999, Lamb ranks fifth on the career list with 99 (of 269, 36.8%):

1. Heather Norman, 1989-92 133
2. Kelli Kronberger, 1993-96 124
3. Joanna Smith, 1996-97 107
4. Susie Jarosch, 1991, 1993-95 101
5. Tricia Lamb, 1998-99 99
6. Darci Wellsandt, 1990-93 95
7. Julie Wight, 1994-96 88
8. Kristin Erickson, 1994-97 73
9. Erika Wheeler, 1992-94 69
10. Kristal Stahl, 1989-91 68
11. Alke Dietel, 1998-99 64
1. Tricia Lamb, 1999 69
2. Joanna Smith, 1997 68
3. Heather Norman, 1992 61
4. Kelli Kronberger, 1994 57
5. Heather Norman, 1991 49
6. Julie Wight, 1996 49
7. Kristin Erickson, 1996 45
Erika Wheeler, 1993 45
9. Susie Jarosch, 1995 43
10. Kristal Stahl, 1989 42
11. Julie Wight, 1995 39
Joanna Smith, 1998 39

RECORDS FALL: (1-2) WSU hit 14 of 33 treys against Gonzaga Dec. 18 to set school records for three-pointers made and attempted...the Cougs came back with a 13-for-22 performance at St. Mary's College Dec. 21, giving WSU 27-for-55 (.491) in those two games...against Arizona Jan. 7 WSU tied the trey record with a 14-for-27 outing...(3) Tricia Lamb broke WSU's record for three-point baskets in a game (7) when she downed eight against Arizona Jan. 7, including seven in the first half...her effort ranks second nationally...(4) against Oregon Feb. 11 in Pullman, WSU knocked down a school record 14-of-14 free throws...(5) Lamb hit a school record 69 three-point baskets in 1999 and attempted (6) a WSU record 184 three-point shots.

LAMB TOPS 700 POINTS: Tricia Lamb, with 17 points in the year's final game, pushed her two-year total to 707...the only other WSU players to top the 700 point mark in their freshman-sophomore seasons are Angie Miller with 876 and Jeanne Eggart-Helfer with 864...Eggart-Helfer, is WSU's all-time scoring leader with 1,967 points and Miller stands fourth with 1,485.

TURNOVERS ON THE PLUS SIDE: The Cougars did a much better job of protecting the basketball in 1999...WSU came out on top in turnover comparisons 15 times in 27 games...only 10 times did WSU turn the ball over more than the opponents...the Cougs averaged 19.0 turnovers in 1999 and the opponents 21.8...a year ago WSU averaged 22.7 turnovers and the opponents 15.7, so in a year the Cougars improved from minus 7.00 to plus 2.8.

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