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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/04/2001
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Dec. 4, 2001

What's Happening This Week:
Wednesday, Dec. 5
at Idaho (1-4)
Moscow, Idaho
7 p.m. Pacific

Friday, Dec. 7/Sunday, Dec. 9
Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge - Seattle, Wash.
Dec. 7
vs. Michigan (5-1) 6 p.m.
Dec. 9
vs. Indiana (4-2) 1 p.m.

What Happened Last Week:
Thursday, Nov. 29
W - Gonzaga, 80-72
Brittney Hawks leads Cougars with career-high 23 points and career-high tying 14 rebounds.

Saturday, Dec. 1
L - Montana 75-51
Candace Fields records first double-double of career with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Radio: Friday's game versus Michigan will be carried live on the net at broadcast.yahoo.com and can be linked from wsucougars.com. Sunday's game versus Indiana will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, in addition to the webcast. Troy Hirsch will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 5:45 p.m., Friday and 12:45 p.m., Sunday. In addition to the Indiana game, all Cougar Pac-10 road games 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 17-45 with the Cougars and 150-144 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.

Media Teleconference: The first Pac-10 coaches' media teleconference of the 2001-02 season will be Thursday, Dec. 13. Media members may call in to speak to each Pac-10 women's basketball coach according to the following schedule: 9:30 a.m. - Moderator opens call, 9:35 a.m. - Charlie Turner Thorne (ASU), 9:40 - Joan Bonvicini (ARIZ), 9:45 - Jenny Przekwas (WSU), 9:50 - June Daugherty (WASH), 9:55 - Chris Gobrecht (USC), 10 - Kathy Olivier (UCLA), 10:05 - Judy Spoelstra (OSU), 10:10 - Bev Smith (ORE), 10:15 - Caren Horstmeyer (CAL), 10:20 - Tara VanDerveer (STAN). Media members should contact the Pac-10 office for the phone number to participate.

What's Happening This Week: After taking two of three in its recent homestand, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to the "road" for its next three games. The Cougars (2-4) travel across the border to face the Idaho Vandals (1-4), Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Moscow. After their game with their Palouse rivals, the Cougars make the journey over the west side of the Cascades to Seattle for the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at Bank of America Arena. WSU, along with its Pac-10 and in-state rival Washington, will face Big Ten foes No. 16 Michigan (5-1) and Indiana (4-2) in the event. The Cougars tip matters off Friday, Dec. 7 with Michigan at 6 p.m. while Washington and Indiana battle at 8 p.m. The teams alternate opponents, Sunday Dec. 9 as the Cougars face Indiana at 1 p.m., while Washington faces Michigan at 3 p.m.

About Idaho: Although Idaho enters Wednesday's game with a 1-4 mark, the Vandals are coming off a 56-44 over Eastern Washington, Nov. 30. Darci Pemberton leads three Vandal players that are averaging double-digits in points with 14 per game. Julie Wynstra (12 points/game) and Koisha Moore (10.8 points/game) complete the trio. Series Versus Idaho: The Cougars lead the all-time series versus the Vandals 23-11. WSU snapped a three-game losing streak last year with a 68-52 victory. In that win, the Cougars rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to record the fourth greatest comeback in school history.

About No. 16 Michigan: After an 81-66 season-opening loss to No. 7 Louisiana Tech, Nov. 16, the Wolverines have reeled off five consecutive victories. Michigan's last win in that string was a 78-63 triumph over defending national champion Notre Dame, Dec. 2. Michigan is ranked 16th in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs.

About Indiana: Like Michigan, WSU's game with Indiana will be the first all-time meeting between the two clubs. Indiana enters Friday's game against WSU as winners of three consecutive games and four of its last five. Jill Chapman (16.2 points/game), Heather Cassidy (15.8 points/game) and Erin McGinnis (11.5 points/game) lead the Hoosiers.

Last Week's Wrap:
Gonzaga (Nov. 29) - Brittney Hawks poured in a career-high 23 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds to lead the Washington State women's basketball team to an 80-72 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Friel Court. In establishing her career-high point total, Hawks set career bests in field goals made (11) and attempted (18). In addition, the senior from Rexburg, Idaho added a career-high five assists and three blocks. Hawks was not the only Cougar to set a career standard in points as senior Whitney Martindale contributed a career-high 16 points. Like Hawks, Martindale established her point total with a career best six field goals on a career-high tying 10 attempts. Two freshmen also had big nights for the Cougars as Francine McCurtain scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Jessica Perry contributed 10 assists.

Montana (Dec. 1) - Candace Fields posted career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (12) as the WSU sophomore tallied the first double-double of her career in the 75-51 loss to Montana. Fields' performance was the first time she had reached double digits in either of those categories in a game during her collegiate career. Francine McCurtain recorded her third game scoring in double figures with 13 points. Lindsey Egeland and Kim Dugan each added nine points for WSU.

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: In just the third game of her collegiate career, Francine 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 for the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., to tie for sixth on the all-time list in that category. McCurtain, who leads the team in scoring averaging 11.5 points/game, is averaging a Pac-10 Conference best 2.83 treys/game.

Other Pac-10 Leaders: Led by McCurtain, the Cougars are leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage at .465 (33-of-71). McCurtain ranks fourth in the conference shooting at a .531 clip (17-of-32) from outside the arc. Brittney Hawks is second in the conference in rebounds with an 8.7 per game average. The Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in blocks averaging 5.17 a game.

Hawks Earns All-Tournament Honors In Hawaii: Senior Brittney Hawks earned 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. The Rexburg, Idaho native recorded the fourth double-double of her WSU career with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 17. Hawks is second on the team in scoring averaging 11.2 points/game.

Cougar Notes: 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...Six players have recorded a double figure scoring performance in at least one game...Francine McCurtain and Brittney Hawks have each reached double figures three times, which leads the team...Hawks career-high 11 field goals versus Montana is tied for the conference best performance in that category...Hawks' 14 rebounds against Gonzaga is the second best performance in the conference as is Jessica Perry's 10 assists against the Bulldogs.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-1
Away: 0-2
Neutral: 0-1

When Leading At The Half: 2-0
When Trailing At The Half: 0-4

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-4
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-0

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

When Shooting At Or Over .400: 2-1
When Shooting Below .400: 0-3
When Opponents Shoot At or Over .400: 0-1
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: 0-4

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

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