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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/21/2001
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Nov. 21, 2001

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

What's Happening This Week:
Saturday, Nov. 24
at BYU (1-1)
Provo, Utah
Noon Pacific

What's Happening Next Week:
Monday, Nov. 26
vs. Portland State
7 p.m. Pacific, Friel Court
Thursday, Nov. 29
vs. Gonzaga, Friel Court
7 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, Dec. 1
vs. Montana, Friel Court
6 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening This Week: Coming off a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to action on the mainland to begin a busy stretch of four games in eight days. WSU begins the stretch with a quick trek to Provo, Utah to face Brigham Young, Saturday, Nov. 24 at noon, Pacific Time. The Cougars will not have much time to rest as they begin a three-game homestand, Monday, Nov. 26 versus Portland State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., Pacific.

About BYU: WSU will attempt to avenge a 90-58 defeat at the hands of BYU at Pullman last year. In that game, BYU opened what had been a close contest with an 18-0 second-half run. The Cougars from Utah come into Saturday's game with a 1-1 record. BYU opened up the season with an 85-72 victory over Boise State, Nov. 16. Erin Thorn led BYU with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Lisa Osguthorpe added 17 points shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor. Four days later, the team fell to Texas by a 90-74 margin. Once again Thorn led the way with a 26-point effort, which included six three-pointers.

About Portland State: The expression that exhibitions do not mean anything may be overused, but it could certainly apply to the Vikings (1-1, pending 11/21 game versus Oregon State). Like WSU, the Vikings opened up their season at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic. After dropping a 65-55 decision to Western Oregon, Nov. 10 in its only exhibition game, the Vikings arrived at the tournament on a low note but promptly shocked Texas A&M, 80-78 in two overtimes on a last second trey by Heidi Stuart. In the championship game, the Vikings carried the momentum of their upset win over Texas A&M by scoring the first eight points of the contest. After the Wahine bounced back to take a three-point lead, Portland State scored 13 unanswered points to build a 25-15 lead with 6:27 left in the first half. However, Hawaii rebounded to take a 32-27 halftime lead en route to a 68-55 victory.

Hawks Earns All-Tournament Honors In Hawaii: Senior Brittney Hawks earned all-tournament team honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic last week. 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.

Last Week's Wrap: The Cougars dropped a pair of games at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 17-18, at Honolulu, Hawaii.

Despite a second half rally that cut a 25-point deficit into single digits, Washington State succumbed to the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine 65-50 in the opening round game, Saturday, Nov. 17.

Up 40-22 at the half, Hawaii extended its advantage to 25 at 47-22 in the opening three minutes of the second half. The Cougars began to chip away at the Wahine's lead using an 11-1 run to cut Hawaii's advantage to 48-33 with 13:35 remaining in the game.

Hawaii extended its lead back to 20 but WSU would rally once again. The Cougars would eventually slice Hawaii's advantage to single digits at 59-50 with 1:36 left before the Wahine closed out the game with six straight points.

WSU was forced to contend with its deficit thanks to a big first half run by Hawaii. A Francine McCurtain three-pointer in the opening moments of the game put the Cougars up 3-0, but Hawaii then proceeded to score 31 of the game's next 40 points to take a 31-12 lead at the 6:33 mark of the half.

The Cougars struggled from the floor throughout the game, ending the contest shooting 18-of-57 (31.6 percent) from the field. Hawaii was not much better as the Wahine shot 20-of-59 (33.9 percent) from the field. The difference came from the free throw line as Hawaii made 21 of its 32 attempts while WSU converted nine of it 14 attempts. For the game, WSU was called for 28 fouls while Hawaii was whistled for 11, including three in the first half.

A day later in the consolation game, the Cougars fell to the Texas A&M Aggies 71-56 A pair of scoring runs by Texas A&M - one in the first half and another in the second - sealed the Cougars' fate.

Both teams traded the lead in the opening stages of the first half as the beginning eight minutes of the game featured nine lead changes and six ties. WSU seemed to gain some momentum when, down 18-16 at the 11:52 mark of the half, the Cougars went on an 8-0 run over a 1:41 span to take a 24-18 lead. The run was book ended by three-pointers from Francine McCurtain.

After McCurtain's trey completed the Cougars' run at the 9:52 mark of the first half, WSU suddenly could not find the bucket as the team hit on just one field goal and a free throw for the rest of the half. During that span, the Aggies outscored WSU 14-3 to take a 32-27 lead into the half.

The shooting problems continued into the second half for the Cougars as Texas A&M extended its advantage to 14 at 44-30 with 16:43 remaining in the game.

At that point, the Cougars seemingly woke up from their shooting woes when the Aggies' Alaina Johnson fouled Whitney Martindale while converting a lay-up. Martindale made good on the three-point play, which began a 13-4 run by the Cougars that cut their deficit to 48-43 with 10:41 remaining.

But just when it seemed WSU was back in contention, its shooting problems reappeared as the team went nearly the next five minutes without scoring a point. The Aggies took advantage of WSU's plight, outscoring the Cougars 22-0 in that stretch to put the game away. The Cougars were led in scoring by Lindsey Egeland with 12 points and Jami Clevenger with 10.

2001-02 Cougars At A Glance (2000-01 Season Summary):

No. 11 Jessica Collins: Granted a medical hardship allowing a return for the 2001-02 season... playing time limited to four games in 2000-01 due to a left foot stress fracture...averaged 2.8 points and 10.5 minutes a game...dished out a career-high five assists versus Vermont (Nov. 26)...earned a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection...selected as team's most inspirational player.

No. 33 Brittney Hawks: Returns as team's leading scorer and rebounder...saw action in all 28 games in 2000-01 season, starting 12...tallied a school record 11 offensive rebounds at UCLA (March 8)...finished third on the team in total points (249) and fourth in scoring (8.9 points/game)...second on the squad in field goal percentage (.449)...tied for second on the team in field goals made (97)...second on the team in rebounding (5.2/game) and total rebounds (145)...ranked 20th in the conference in rebounding.

No. 12 Whitney Martindale: Saw action in 25 games, starting eight during 2000-01 season... averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds a game...recorded the team's first double-double of the season by posting season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (10) versus Samford, Dec. 29...recorded a season-high six assists and five steals versus Toledo, Dec. 9...along with Jessica Ottmar is the team's top returning free throw shooter (28-39, .718).

No. 41 Jessica Ottmar: Appeared in all 28 games, starting 22 in 2000-01 season...averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds a game...reached double figures in points four times including a career-high 17-point effort versus Idaho (Dec. 2)...shot 8-of-9 (.889) from the field versus the Vandals to reach her career-high total... along with Whitney Martindale, is team's top returning free throw shooter (28-39, .718)...honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic...earned team's strength and conditioning award.

No. 34 Kim Dugan: Saw action in 12 games, starting one in 2000-01...in first career start, saw a season-high 21 minutes and posted a season-high three steals at USC (March 10)...averaged 9.1 minutes and 3.5 points per game...scored a season-high 10 points on a season-high 4-of-8 shooting at UCLA (March 8).

No. 21 Lindsey Egeland: walked onto team at beginning of 2000-01 season and worked her way into starting line-up...missed last 10 games of season due to a left ankle sprain suffered in practice...prior to injury, had started four consecutive games...saw action in 11 games averaging 9.5 minutes a contest ...earned team's most improved award.

No. 44 Candace Fields: Saw action in 20 games averaging 9.1 minutes a contest in 2000-01...scored a season-high five points twice versus George Washington Nov. 25 and Vermont Nov. 26...grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at American (Nov. 21) in addition to posting six rebounds at Montana (Dec. 30).

No. 42 Jami Clevenger: Lettered four years in basketball as well as three years in volleyball and track at Caldwell High School... led team to an A1 Division II state championship in her senior season...shot 53 percent (73-138) from the field en route to averaging 12 points a game...in addition, averaged 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals a contest...named the Idaho Statesman Division II Player of the Year.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: Exploded for a 24 points and 16.7 rebound average in her senior season at Sanda School in Vasteras, Sweden... earned the 2001 MVP award at the Under 20 Championships in Sweden... scored 35 and 37 points in two playoff games leading her team to a third place finish in Sweden...was a member of the Swedish Junior National Team for four years and played in over 40 international games.

No. 32 Francine McCurtain: As a senior at Winslow High School was selected to Navajo Times all-area team and the Arizona Republic's third team...named the Arizona Republic's Small School Player of the Year, which encompasses the 1A through 3A classifications...Arizona Republic first team selection...earned the Navajo Times Female Player of the Year as well as Winter Sports Athlete of the Year...named 3A North Regional Enchantment Player of the Year... averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 4.0 assists for state runner-up squad.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: Completed high school basketball career as Shadow Mountain High School's all-time leader in points (1,753), steals and assists (325)...earned all-time leader status in those categories after junior season...selected to the All-Desert Valley Region first team as a senior...earned second team All-Arizona.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:

At Home: 0-0
Away: 0-1
Neutral: 0-1

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

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 0-2
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 0-0

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

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

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 0-0
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: 0-0

--wsucougars.com--
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