Dec. 22, 2000
By Mike Kreiger
Although Kim Dugan is only a freshman, she already has a storied rivalry with a Pac-10 foe.
Dugan, a 5-11 guard from Baker City, Ore., has an inner-family rivalry with the Oregon Ducks. Her grandfather, George, played football for the Ducks and her father, Ken, graduated from UO. The list goes on and on.
"I don't catch too much flack from my grandpa because he's more laid back," Dugan said with a smile. "But my dad talks a lot of trash. He went to Oregon, as did most of his family. After the Oregon football game, my dad called up and was telling me all the Oregon jokes. I grew up watching Oregon, and most of my friends go to Oregon or Oregon State."
Although Dugan has a lot of ties to the green and yellow-clad, she never had any plans to play for the Ducks. Pullman is her new home, and she could not be happier.
"I like Pullman a lot," Dugan said. "I was kind of skeptical at first coming from a little town to another little town, but now it just seems like home."
Cougar head coach Jenny Przekwas is thrilled to have Dugan join the Cougars and knows how much being a Cougar means to Dugan.
"Kim wanted to be a Cougar when we recruited her," Przekwas said. "She was a fun player to recruit because of her desire to become a Cougar. I still think it means a great deal to her, and to be playing for WSU is a dream of hers."
Coming from Baker High, a 3A school in Oregon, to a Pac-10 university could have been an overwhelming transition for anybody, but Dugan has made the move without problems.
"At first, I though it would be a big change," said the three-time Greater Oregon League Player of the Year. "The pace of the game is a big change, but I knew I would be ready for the atmosphere and people."
Dugan experienced a great deal of success in high school, and she would like to continue that here at Washington State.
"Our team goal is to win 15 games," Dugan stated. "We established that on the first day of practice. Personally, I want to step in and be ready to play when I'm called upon. I don't want to be a freshman who sits back. I want to come in and do what the team needs me to do."
The coaching staff loves Dugan's intensity and her positive attitude. "She has great enthusiasm and a great personality," Przekwas said. "She adds a lot of positive energy to the team on the court. We expect all our freshmen to come in looking to take an active role. We want her to get after it. I think she has the potential to be a good shooter from the perimeter. She has a long way to go, as most freshmen do, but she will be a good defender. She's an aggressive player and a good athlete."
Sports have always been part of Dugan's life, and basketball has been there for her as long as she can remember.
"My older brother Eric (who played college basketball Northwest Nazarene University) got me started," Dugan said. "I was always strictly the rebounder. He made me stand in the driveway, rebound for him and pass him the ball."
Dugan was not a one-dimensional athlete in high school. She played other sports like state championship tennis, as well as golf and volleyball. She feels all help her now with collegiate athletics.
"Sports carry over to other sports," Dugan said. "They get you ready and keep you active and in shape. If I didn't play any other sports, I wouldn't be active."
Dugan did not have a favorite role model while she was growing up, but she cannot thank her family enough for their constant support.
"My parents were always there at every game," Dugan said. "My grandparents went to every home game. It's not a real big town, so everyone you know is at the game. It's nice to see everybody there supporting you."
Since she is only a freshman, Dugan has a lot of time to decide what she wants to do after college. For now, she's enjoying basketball.
"I love to play basketball," Dugan said. "That's the main thing right now. In terms of a major, I'm kind of leaning toward sports management, but it's still up in the air."
Her future plans are not crystal clear yet, but she does have some aspirations, especially since watching the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
"I want to go to Australia," Dugan said with a glowing smile. "That's my big goal in life. It's so beautiful there."
With a bright career on the horizon, Kim Dugan brings a lot to the Washington State women's basketball team. Now the spotlight will be on her when the defending Pac-10 champion Oregon Ducks come to town. Not only will it be a huge game for the Cougars, but Dugan will have a little more riding on the line for that all-important game because the WSU-UO game will not only affect the Cougars' win-loss record, but it will also affect the bragging rights at the next Dugan family reunion.