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Release: 02/20/2001
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Feb. 20, 2001

Washington State Cougars (10-13, 5-8 Pac-10, 7th)
Current Streak: Lost One

What's Happening This Week:
Thursday, February 22
vs. Stanford (14-8, 8-4 Pac-10 3rd) 7 p.m. Friel Court
Saturday, February 24
vs. California (11-11, 7-5 Pac-10 5th) 6: 07 p.m. Friel Court
Televised live by Fox Sports Northwest

WSU Stats At A Glance:
FG % - .415 (580-1399)
3-Pt % - .352 (103-293)
FT % - .666 (283-425)
Avg. Rebounds/Game - 36.2 (833)
Avg. Points/Game - 67.2
Opp. Avg. Points/Game - 72.1

Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 6-6
(6-4 Friel Court, 0-2 Spokane Arena)
Away: 2-6
Neutral: 2-1
When Leading At The Half: 6-2
When Trailing At The Half: 4-11
When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 3-12
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 7-1
When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 4-9
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 6-4
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 5-8
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 2-4
When Committing More Than 25 Turnovers: 3-1
When Shooting At Or Over .400: 9-7
When Shooting Below .400: 1-6
In Games Decided By Five Points Or Less: 3-2

Time Change: Game time for the Feb. 24 game against California has been moved an hour earlier to 6:07 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Northwest. It will be the third time this season (Washington Feb. 3, Arizona Feb. 10) that the Cougars will be featured on live TV.

Home Finale: Coming off a split at the Oregon schools including a thrilling 77-76 win at Oregon, the Washington State women's basketball team concludes its home schedule this week. The Cougars (10-13, 5-8) battle the conference's third place team Stanford (14-8, 8-4) Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The Cougars conclude their home schedule with California (7-5, 11-11) Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6:07 p.m.

Senior Swan Song: The California game will mark the last game for five seniors on the Cougar squad. Following is a brief synopsis of each player's accomplishments while a member of the Cougars.

Jessica Collins: Collins has missed the majority of this season with a left foot stress fracture. However, she shined in her junior season, seeing action in 26 games starting six. She scored back-to-back games in double figures in points including a career high 13 points versus UC-Santa Barbara during that junior campaign. Collins earned a 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection after her junior year.

Victoria Harrod: A fixture on the team for the past four years, Harrod has seen action in 93 career games, starting 31 and has scored 518 career points. The 2000-01 campaign has seen Harrod set or tie career highs in eight different categories. Harrod is a career .808 (139-172) free throw shooter, which is the best in school history. Harrod earned a 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection and was a 1999 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team honoree. She was voted by teammates as the squad's most inspirational player after returning from a broken arm during her junior season. In addition, she was selected as the Outstanding Junior in the Human Development Department at WSU.

Katie Nyseth: Nyseth honors this season include a Socrates Award finalist selection, Successful Farming Magazine's All American Women's Basketball Farm Team second team selection and a 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award recipient. Nyseth's 380 career assists places her fourth on the school's all-time list in that category. She is just one assist behind Jeanne Eggart and Jenni Ruff (381) for second on the list. Nyseth leads the team in total points (221) and assists (123). Nyseth is 21 points away from the 500-career point mark. She has set or tied career highs in 10 different categories during her senior season. Nyseth was honored last year as the College of Agriculture and the Biological Systems Engineering Junior of the Year. In addition, she was a 2000 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team selection.

Joanna Smith: Just last week, Smith staked her claim to the No. 1 position on the school's career three-point field goal list. Smith entered the Oregon contest Feb. 15 tied for first on the list with Heather Norman at 133 career field goals. Her trey at the 17:03 mark of the second half gave Smith sole possession of the record. In addition, her .464 (39-84) percentage from three-point territory in 1998 is a single season school record. Smith is also second on the single-season three-point list with 68 her freshman year (1997) and third in career three-point percentage of .387 (137-354).

Yvonne Volkman: After missing seven games from Dec. 17 to Jan. 13 due to a left foot stress fracture, Yvonne Volkman has made her presence felt to the opposition. In the nine games since her return, Volkman has averaged 11.9 points a contest, including scoring a career high tying 22 points in two consecutive games. Additionally, she leads the team with a 10.6 points a game average. She has set or tied career highs in six categories during her senior season. Volkman's career point total currently stands at 762, just 32 shy of cracking the school's top-20 list. She has hit double-digits in points 39 times for her career. Volkman was a Pac-10 honorable mention selection after her junior season.

Captain Comeback: In the 77-76 win over Oregon, WSU rallied from a 16-point first half deficit, marking the second largest comeback in the history of the program. The largest comeback by the Cougars occurred Jan. 9, 1993 when WSU rallied from 18 points down to defeat Washington 75-72 in overtime at Seattle. The win at Oregon marked the fourth win this season that the Cougars have rallied from a double-digit point deficit to capture a win. Oregon has been the victim of Cougar rallies twice this season. At Pullman, Jan. 20, the Cougars were down by 10 to the Ducks in the second half before coming back for a 67-64 win. WSU has also rallied from double-digit deficits for wins against USC and Idaho. The 68-52 win over Idaho Dec. 2 tied for the fourth greatest comeback in WSU history. The Cougars were down by 13 to the Vandals early in the second half before rallying for the 16-point win.

Radio: All Washington State Pac-10 road contests will be broadcast on KRPL AM 1400. Alex Webster will be calling the action for the next broadcast date, March 3 at Washington. Pre-game airs at 12:45 p.m. Netcasts will be carried at broadcast.yahoo.com and can be linked from wsucougars.com.

The Coach: Jenny Przekwas is in her second season at the helm of the Cougars and her tenth as a head coach overall. Przekwas is 14-37 with the Cougars and 147-136 overall. Prior to coming to the Palouse, Przekwas spent eight years at Saint Francis (Penn.) 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.

About Stanford: Nicole Powell leads a trio of Cardinal players that are scoring double figures in points with a 13.5 average. Powell has hit double-digits 16 times so far this season. Susan King (11.3 ppg) and Lindsey Yamasaki (11.2) round out the trio. Stanford visits the Palouse attempting to rebound from an 82-72 defeat at the hands of California that snapped a seven game winning streak.

About California: The Bears come to the Evergreen State riding the high of their 82-72 win over Stanford Feb. 16. California has won five straight games and six of its last seven contests. Courtney Johnson leads a trio of Cal players in double figures with a 14.0 points a game average. Johnson has averaged 27 points in her last two games including a season-high 34-point effort against Stanford. Kanya Corley (13.6 ppg) and Ami Porney (10.2) round out the double figure trio.

The Series: WSU has never defeated Stanford in 31 tries. The Cardinal defeated WSU 83-67 Jan. 29 of last year in the most recent meeting between the two clubs at Pullman. The Cougars have experienced better success against California with a 15-19 record. The Cougars are 11-5 versus the Bears at Pullman with its last win coming by a 72-65 verdict Jan. 27, 2000.

Earlier This Season:
California (Jan. 25): The second half of the Washington State's women's basketball game against California was a tale of two extremes.

One extreme was a stretch of time when the team found the bucket as a regular occurrence. But just as quickly as the bucket could be seen by the Cougars, it just as rapidly became invisible.

After taking a seven-point second half lead, the Cougars went ice-cold from the field as the Bears defeated WSU 69-56.

Down by a 34-32 margin at the half, the Cougars spotted Cal a trey to open the second half, and then blitzed the Bears with a 14-2 run to take a 46-39 lead, their first advantage of the game, with 14:43 left.

In that run the Cougars were 7-of-10 from the field including converting on four consecutive field goal attempts.

The Cougars saw their advantage drowned out by a deluge of points from Cal, combined with a lack of point production from themselves.

Once it fell behind, Cal immediately answered the WSU run, by scoring eight straight points over the next two and a half minutes to go ahead 47-46.

A Yvonne Volkman basket put WSU back up 48-47 at the 10:53 mark but it would be the last lead the Cougars would enjoy for the rest of the game.

Cal would outscore WSU 12-2 over the next 5:10 as the Cougars did not make a field goal in that stretch.

For the game, the Cougars shot 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field but were only 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) in the second half. In addition, WSU was 0-of-8 from three-point territory for the game.

Volkman led WSU with 15 points and Kelley Berglund added 12 for the Cougars. California was led by a game high 18 points from Courtney Johnson.

Stanford (Jan. 27) - Stanford's Nicole Powell just missed a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to offset a career tying high 19-point effort from Yvonne Volkman as the Washington State women's basketball squad fell to the Stanford Cardinal 84-67 at Maples Pavilion.

As in the 69-56 loss to California two days earlier, the Cougars were once again victims to poor shooting from the field and a cold stretch where WSU could not find the basket.

In the loss to California, the Cougars scored 10 points in the game's final 14:43. Against Stanford, the Cougars went through an eight-minute period over the first and second halves in which they did not convert a field goal.

That cold spell doomed WSU in what had been a tight affair in the first half.

The first five minutes of the game featured five lead changes and one tie between the clubs. After a Volkman bucket put the Cougars up 6-5 at the 15:21 mark of the half, Stanford's Carolyn Moos converted a three-point play to put the Cardinal up 8-6 with 14:41 left.

Moos' bucket and free throw began a 15-2 Stanford run over a six-minute span that gave the Cardinal a 25-13 lead with 8:37 left.

WSU responded however, scoring 16 of the next 23 points that shaved the Cardinal lead to 32-29 at the 3:08 mark of the half. But just as WSU threatened to catch the Cardinal, Stanford deterred the Cougars' attack by outscoring the Cougars 10-2 for the remainder of the half to extend its lead back to double digits. In Stanford's run to end the half, a pair Volkman free throws were the only dents the Cougars made on the scoreboard.

The Cougars' field goal drought continued into the second half as Stanford ran off the first nine points of the half. Once again a pair of Volkman free throws was all the Cougars had to show on the scoreboard for the first 4:58. Finally, Volkman's bucket at the 15:02 mark of the half broke the Cougars' field goal drought. In that 8:06 stretch between Cougar field goals, Stanford outscored WSU 21-4.

Last Week's Wrap-Up:
Oregon (Feb. 15): Joanna Smith's putback off a Kelley Berglund miss with five-tenths of a second left in the game gave the Cougars a remarkable 77-76 win over the Oregon Ducks at McArthur Court.

"I'm proud of the team," said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. "They hung in there when they were down and kept working to stay within striking distance."

Yvonne Volkman led WSU with her second straight 22-point effort. It was a career-high tying performance for Volkman. Her effort offset a 32-point performance by Oregon's Angelina Wolvert.

"(Washington State) shot the ball very well down the stretch," said Oregon coach Jody Runge. "They played with a lot of confidence. They're very tenacious."

However, the win for the Cougars seemed to be nothing but a mirage during the first ten minutes of the game.

The Cougars began the contest missing 17 of their first 20 shots as the squad fell behind by a 20-8 margin at the 10:24 mark of the first half. During the first half, WSU was down by 16 points on three separate occasions.

Volkman kept the Cougars in it with 12 first half points on 6-of-12 shooting, making half of the Cougars' total field goals. While Volkman shot 50 percent from the field, the rest of the team was 6-of-28.

Down by a 42-30 margin at the half, the Cougars gradually chipped away at the Ducks' advantage, but could never seem to get over the hump.

On four occasions in the first 14 minutes of the second half, WSU moved within six points of the Ducks. But each time the Cougars got within that margin, Oregon would find a way to extend its advantage.

Finally the six-point barrier was broken when down 71-63, a Katie Nyseth trey brought the Cougars to within 71-66 with 2:17 remaining.

The three-pointer sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by a Smith three-pointer that cut Oregon's advantage to 71-70 with 1:43 remaining in the game.

After Oregon extended its lead back to 73-70, Victoria Harrod drained a trey that brought the Cougars even with Oregon at 73 with 1:10 remaining.

Two free throws by Angelina Wolvert once again gave the Ducks a two-point lead but a Brittney Hawks bucket off an assist by Nyseth, who finished with eight points, once again brought the Cougars to a tie at 75 with 30 seconds remaining.

But a foul by Hawks with 10 seconds left put Oregon's Brianne Meharry to the line. Meharry missed her first attempt but made her second to give the Ducks a one-point lead at 76-75.

However, the Cougars brought the ball up the court and after Berglund missed her three-pointer attempt, Smith put the rebound back up as the ball touched nothing but the net.

Oregon State (Feb. 17) - There would be no comeback on this night for the Washington State women's basketball team.

That was thanks in large part to a suffocating defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack by the Oregon State Beavers en route to their 94-60 win at Gill Coliseum.

Nicole Funn led all scorers with 20 points, heading a contingent of five OSU players that scored in double figures. Felicia Ragland scored 15 points, Syesha Thomas and Hollye Holbrook added 13 and Ericka Cook contributed 10 points for the Beavers.

WSU was led by 13 points from Brittney Hawks and 11 points from Kelley Berglund.

Two nights after rallying from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat Oregon 77-76, the Cougars could never mount an offensive assault against the Beavers' defense, especially during the first half.

The Cougars held a 4-3 lead in the early goings of the contest, but the Beavers used a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 advantage 4:56 into the game.

WSU cut the Beavers' lead to 14-12 at the 11:28 mark of the first half but OSU proceeded to blitz the Cougars with a 12-0 run to take a 26-12 lead with 8:11 remaining. WSU would score three straight points to cut to its deficit to 11 but OSU would close out the half on a 14-4 run to take a 40-19 halftime lead.

In gaining their halftime advantage Oregon State held the Cougars to season lows in first half points (19) and field goals (7). In addition, the 34-point margin of defeat was the largest for the Cougars this season.

"Defensively they really just played hard," said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. "We helped them a lot by standing around a lot."

"This is by far the best effort in terms of denial defense that we have had in a long time," Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra said.

Season sweep: The season sweep over Oregon was the first time WSU swept a Pac-10 opponent since the 1997-98 season when the Cougars swept California. The win over Oregon was the first road win over the Ducks since 1992-93.

Turnaround: The Cougars have already recorded five times as many Pac-10 wins (5) as last season. With its 10-13 overall record, WSU is aiming for its first non-losing season since the 1995-96 campaign. Two more conference wins and WSU would record the most Pac-10 wins since the squad won eight during the 1995-96 season.

Injury Update: Sarah Barrett sustained a concussion against Oregon and missed the Oregon State contest. She is questionable for this week. Jessica Collins has missed the last 18 games due to a left foot stress fracture and remains out. Lindsey Egeland is out for the remainder of the season with a third degree sprain of the left ankle.

Pac-10 Leaders: Katie Nyseth ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists averaging 5.35 a game. Nyseth is first in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.16). As a team, the Cougars are third in the conference in assists (16.04/game), three-point field goal percentage (.352) and three-point field goals (4.48/game).

Double Trouble: Ten Cougars have scored in double figures in a game this season. Kelley Berglund leads the team with 11 double-digit point efforts. Berglund has hit double-digits in six of her last eight games.

Double Ranked Triumph: The win over Arizona Feb. 10 marked the first time since the 1994-95 season that WSU has captured two wins over ranked opponents in the same season. That year, the Cougars defeated three ranked opponents. Earlier this season, the Cougars upset then No. 18 Oregon 67-64 at Pullman Jan. 20. WSU nearly defeated a third ranked adversary just falling short to Arizona State 74-72 Feb. 8.

Three-Point Land A Friendly Place: After making a total of two treys in games at California (Jan. 25), at Stanford (Jan. 27) and the first half against Washington (Feb. 3), WSU has made a total of 35 treys combined in the second half versus Washington and the Arizona State (Feb. 8), Arizona (Feb. 10) and Oregon (Feb. 15) games. The 12 three-pointers at Oregon was just one shy of the school single-game record of 13 against Southern Utah Jan. 13, 1997.

Turnovers Tell The Story...Or Does It?: The first half of the Pac-10 season saw WSU record over 20 turnovers in six of its first seven games. However, the team has committed 20 or fewer turnovers in five of its last six games. Ironically, in the five conference games that WSU has committed less than 20 turnovers, all but one have resulted in losses. The Cougars committed 19 turnovers in the 64-46 loss to Oregon State Jan. 18 and a season low 13 turnovers in the 84-67 loss at Stanford Jan. 27. In addition, WSU turned the ball over 17 times in the 91-71 loss to Washington and tied its season low with 13 turnovers against Arizona State. The lone win was Feb. 15 at Oregon when the Cougars committed 15 turnovers. WSU has averaged 20 turnovers for the season while its opponents have turned the rock over an average of 19.6 times a contest. The Cougars are 6-4 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents and 4-9 when committing more. In addition, WSU is 5-8 when committing less than 20 turnovers, 2-4 when committing 20-24 and 3-1 when committing more than 25.

Nyseth Notes: The last time the Cougars were at home against Arizona State and Arizona Feb 8 & 10, Katie Nyseth turned in two of the best performances of her career.

In two games, Nyseth averaged 19.5 points on 15-of-30 shooting. In addition, she averaged seven assists and 3.5 steals. Of the 39 points that Nyseth scored last week, 23 (12-ASU, 11-Arizona) came in the second half. Against Arizona State, Nyseth scored 19 points, setting career highs in field goals and field goal attempts with a 9-of-18 shooting performance. In addition, she recorded six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

In the win over nationally ranked Arizona, Nyseth tied a career high set earlier this season with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Furthermore, she contributed a season-high eight assists along with five steals. Down by an early 6-0 deficit to the Wildcats, Nyseth opened up the Cougars' scoring with the first of her three treys that sparked a 9-0 WSU run that propelled the Cougars to the upset win.

Although she did not win the award, senior Katie Nyseth earned national recognition when she was selected as one of eight finalists for the second annual One-On-One Sports Socrates Award Dec. 19.

The Socrates Award is presented annually to the college athlete who best exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and the Socrates creed "Strong Mind In A Strong Body." This includes a student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a leader and quality contributor in their sport(s), an outstanding student academically and a quality citizen in his/her community. Last year's inaugural winner of the award was Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. This year's winner was Ben Hamilton, center for the Minnesota football squad.

The finalists, along with Nyseth and Hamilton were Brees, Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke from Florida State, Bethany Bogart (UCLA, soccer), Andre Carter (California, football), Kimball Christianson (Utah, football), and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, football).

The Socrates Award finalist selection is another of an ever-growing list of honors for Nyseth, a 5-3 senior guard from Cheshire, Ore., this season. Nyseth was honored with the 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award, Nov. 24. An aspect of the award was a scholarship donation made to WSU in Nyseth's name. In addition, she was an All-Tournament Team selection at the Classic, Nov. 25-26. In two games versus George Washington and Vermont, Nyseth averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals.

Just a week later, Nyseth was named with a second team selection to the Successful Farming Magazine's All American Women's Basketball Farm Team, Dec. 2. The All American Farm Team is a scholastic program honoring outstanding college athletes who call a farm or ranch home. All athletes and their parents receive a plaque honoring their selection to the team. In addition, Nyseth earned an all-tournament selection at the Lady Griz Holiday Classic at Missoula, Mont.

Double-Double Run: The Cougars have accomplished the double-double feat in six games this season. Whitney Martindale started the ball rolling with a 13-point, 10-rebound effort in the 76-49 win over Samford Dec. 29. Kelley Berglund recorded the second double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds versus Montana Dec. 30. Brittney Hawks extended it to three in a row with her 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win over USC Jan. 4. Hawks became the first Cougar to record two double-doubles this season with her 10 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona Jan. 11. Berglund scored her second double-double of the season with her 12-point, 14-rebound performance against Washington Feb. 3. Yvonne Volkman recorded her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds versus Arizona Feb. 10.

NCAA Flavor: It is fitting that WSU will host the 2001 NCAA West Regional, March 24 & 26 at the Spokane Arena with the large 2000 NCAA Tournament presence on its schedule. WSU has played eight teams (George Washington, Vermont, BYU, Montana, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford) that reached the 2000 NCAA Tournament during the 2000-01 schedule. The Cougars are 4-6 against those opponents so far this season.

Other Notes: The 1,231 who witnessed the UW-WSU Feb. 3 game was the largest to see a Cougar game this season. In addition, it was the largest audience to witness a Cougar game since 1,350 observed the Cougars and the Huskies play Jan. 20, 1996. ... Eleven different players have been a member of the WSU starting line-up so far this season. Katie Nyseth is the only player on the team who has started every game ...The 15-of-15 performance from the free throw line against Oregon Jan. 20 was the first perfect effort by the Cougars from the charity stripe since the Feb. 11, 1999 14-of-14 effort also against Oregon...Despite out-rebounding Arizona State 34-31, the 83-70 defeat by the Sun Devils Jan. 13 is the team's only loss when it has out-rebounded an opponent...The Cougars are 7-1 when out-rebounding their opponents and 3-12 when being out-rebounded... WSU has been outscored 724-649 in the first half including 427-343 in Pac-10 games.

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