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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/15/2002
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Jan. 15, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-15, 0-7)

What's Happening This Week:
Thursday, Jan. 17
No. 4 Stanford
(16-1, 6-0)
7 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court
Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.
Televised by FOX Sports Northwest on tape-delay basis Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19
California
(5-10, 0-6)
6 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court
Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: After beginning the Pacific-10 Conference season with five of its first seven games on the road, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to Pullman for a three-game homestand beginning this week. The week commences with the No. 4 (Associated Press, USA Today/ESPN) Stanford Cardinal, Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Two days later, Jan. 19, WSU faces California at 6 p.m. The homestand concludes, Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., when the Washington Huskies visit the Palouse.

Cougars On TV: Washington State is currently scheduled to make five appearances on television during the regular season...FOX Sports Net will broadcast the Feb. 9 Arizona contest live at 1 p.m...FOX Sports Northwest will broadcast the Jan. 17 Stanford contest on a tape-delay basis, Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m...in addition, FOX Sports Northwest will televise the Jan. 25 game against Washington live at 7 p.m...FOX Sports Northwest televised the games at Washington (Dec. 21) and at Oregon State (Dec. 28).

Radio: The Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 games at UCLA and USC, respectively 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. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road contests will be aired live on KRPL during the 2001-02 season.

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 17-56 with the Cougars and 150-155 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.

Powell, Hawks Highlight Stanford-WSU Game: Thursday's game will feature the top two rebounders in the Pacific-10 Conference: Stanford's Nicole Powell and WSU's Brittney Hawks. Both players are averaging a double-double a game this season as Powell has recorded 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while Hawks has posted 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a contest. In addition, both players are ranked one-two on the conference's double-double list. Hawks leads the Pac-10 with nine double-doubles while Powell has recorded eight double-doubles, which includes two triple-doubles.

When the No. 4 Cardinal play at Beasley, Thursday, it will mark the highest ranked opponent to visit the Palouse since, coincidentally, No. 2 ranked Stanford bested a game WSU team 84-75, Jan. 25, 1997.

About Stanford: The Cardinal's lone defeat came at the hands of No. 3 Tennessee, a 68-62 loss to the Volunteers, Dec. 16. Powell comes to Pullman after being named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13. It was the third such honor for the Phoenix, Ariz., native this year. Powell placed her name in the Stanford record books by grabbing 21 rebounds against Oregon, Jan. 13, besting the previous school record of 20. The Cardinal is off to its best Pac-10 start since going 18-0 in 1996-97 and now owns an all-time Pac-10 record of 233-43.

The Series Versus Stanford: In addition to looking to break a school-record 12-game losing skid, WSU will attempt to capture its first victory over Stanford in the history of the program. Stanford holds an all-time 32-0 record over the Cougars including an 84-67 win at Stanford and 87-78 victory at Pullman last year.

About California: After beginning the season 4-0, California has dropped 10 of its last 11 games. The lone win in that stretch was an 80-45 victory over Lipscomb, Jan. 4. Ami Forney heads the Bears with a 14.3 points a game average. Despite allowing a season-high 80 points to Oregon State, Jan. 12, the Bears rank second in the conference in scoring defense (59.7 ppg).

The Series Versus California: California leads the all-time series against WSU 19-16. The teams split their two meetings last year with each program defending its home court. Cal captured a 69-56 win, Jan. 25 while the Cougars responded with a 74-59 triumph, Feb. 24.

Last Week's Wrap:
Arizona (Jan. 10): Brittney Hawks and Whitney Martindale scored 14 points each and Francine McCurtain added 10 points in the Washington State women's basketball team's 107-57 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at McKale Center.

Hawks just missed her 10th double-double of the season as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho added nine rebounds for WSU. Martindale's effort was her second consecutive game - and the third in the last four contests - where she has scored in double figures.

Up 46-30 at halftime, Arizona outscored WSU 61-27 in the second half, shooting a blistering 66.7 percent from the field (24-of-36) while WSU struggled from the floor making 11-of-40 attempts (27.5 percent). For the game Arizona shot 41-of-76 (53.9 percent) from the floor while WSU was 24-77 (31.2 percent).

The 50-point margin of defeat established a school record, breaking the mark of 46 (101-55) set Jan. 22, 1987 against Oregon.

Arizona State (Jan. 13): Candace Fields tied a career-high with 12 points in the Washington State Cougars'68-40 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at Wells Fargo Arena.

Fields' effort led a contingent of three Washington State players that scored in double figures. Brittney Hawks scored 11 points and Francine McCurtain added 10 points to complete the trio.

Facing a 23-8 deficit with 9:05 remaining in the half, WSU scored five consecutive points - all courtesy of McCurtain - to cut its deficit to 23-13 at the 7:32 mark.

Arizona State responded to the Cougars' run with one of its own, however. ASU scored 10 unanswered points, with five of those coming from Cian Carvalho, to take a 20-point lead at 33-13 before settling for a 33-15 lead at halftime.

Up 40-23 at the 12:18 mark of the second half, the Sun Devils would extend their lead to 48-23 with an 8-0 run over a 2:45 span.

WSU would pull to within 19 at 51-32 with eight minutes remaining before an 11-0 ASU run opened up a 62-32 lead with 5:02 left in the game.

Double Hawks: Entering the week with a Pacific-10 Conference leading nine double-doubles, Brittney Hawks just missed adding to her total last week at the Arizona schools. Hawks recorded 14 points and nine rebounds at Arizona and followed up that performance with an 11-point, eight-rebound effort at Arizona State. Hawks is averaging a double-double for the season posting 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.

At one point during the season, Hawks recorded six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28. Hawks has hit double-digits in points in 13 games this season including 10 of the last 11 contests.

Hawks ranks first in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.29/game), second in rebounding (10.2/game) and defensive rebounds (6.82/game), is tied for sixth in blocks (1.06/game) and is 12th in scoring (12.7 points/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 40-of-108 (37 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 10 games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points. McCurtain ranks second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.35/game) and 14th in scoring (12.1 points/game).

McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort versus USC, (Jan. 4) marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Arizona, has reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21).

McCurtain is three treys shy of reaching the school's top 10 list in three-point field goals in a single season.

McCurtain has already made an impression in the school's record books in just the third game of her collegiate career. Against BYU, Nov. 24 McCurtain came off the bench and drained six treys against the Cougars. That was just two treys 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.

Oregon To Host Inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Tournament: The 2001-02 season will conclude with the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, March 1-4. All the Pac-10 schools will participate in the tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Cougar Notes: The Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (25.71/game)... Through 17 games WSU has recorded 65 blocks. Conversely, through 17 games last year WSU had a total of 35 blocks...the 33 points recorded by WSU against Oregon State, Dec. 28 tied the record for lowest points scored by a Pac-10 team in a conference game. California scored 33 points against, coincidentally, Oregon State, Feb. 10, 2000...by scoring a combined 421 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 43.6 percent of the Cougars' total point output (966 points)...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...Hawks is the only Cougar to start every game this season...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 ...eight players have recorded a double figure scoring performance in at least one game this season.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-4
Away: 0-8
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-3
When Trailing At The Half: 0-12

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-14
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-13
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-6
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-5
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-4

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-12
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-10
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-5
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-1
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-14

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: 0-3
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-9

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