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Women's Hoops Set To Host Cal, Stanford

The Cougars look to snap an eight-game skid and earn their first conference victory.

Jessica Ottmar and the Cougars host Pac-10 foe California on Thursday, Jan. 27. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2000


Thursday, January 27 -- WSU vs. California (5-10, 0-5), 7 p.m. (FSNW, 1/28 at 2 p.m.)

Saturday, January 29 -- WSU vs. (#24 AP/#25 USA TODAY) Stanford, 3 p.m. (11-4, 4-1)*

*Plays at Washington, January 27


Sunday, February 6 -- WSU at Washington, 1 p.m. (LIVE FSNW)%

%Broadcast on KRPL 1400 AM (Alex Webster play-by-play)

Upcoming Games

CAL -- The Golden Bears lead the series 17-14, but WSU has five of the last six.
-- The Cardinal has won all 28 meetings and is 13-0 in Pullman.



THE HOTEL CALIFORNIA: The Cougars will try to "check out" of several funks when they host California and Stanford this week WSU's 0-6 start in conference play is the Cougars' worst since dropping their first nine Pac-10 games in the 1986-87 season, the inaugural year for women's basketball in the conference The current eight-game losing streak for the Cougars is their longest since 1993-94 when WSU lost 11 straight That streak included a forfeit loss at Arizona State WSU is also looking for its first win in 29 tries against Stanford.

CALIFORNIA PREVIEW: The Cougars and Golden Bears split a pair of games last season In the season's first meeting, WSU knocked off Cal, 73-54 in Pullman, January 23 behind a then career-high 18 points from Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) added 13 points for the Cougars The Golden Bears snapped a five-game losing streak to the Cougars with an 83-68 victory in Oakland, Calif., February 18 Four Cal players scored in double figures while Volkman had 16 for the Cougars Cal enters Thursday's game winless in five Pac-10 games this season and has lost eight straight overalll.

STANFORD PREVIEW: The Cardinal is ranked in both the AP (#24) and USA TODAY/ESPN (#25) polls after defeating Cal, 83-57 at home, January 21 Stanford enters the weekend (plays at Washington, Thursday) winners of four straight and nine of its last ten The Cardinal is tied with Oregon for second place in the Pac-10 at 4-1, one game behind UCLA (5-0) Stanford swept the series last season with a 77-65 win at WSU, January 21 and a 77-54 victory at home, February 20 Five Cardinal players scored in double figures in the first meeting while Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) scored 12 points and Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) added nine points and 10 rebounds for WSU In the second meeting, Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led the Cougars with 17 points.

COUGAR UPDATE: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game, including 18.3 points per game in her last four outings...Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at a 11.6 ppg Junior

Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) leads WSU with 5.0 rebounds per game and junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) leads the Cougars with 3.94 assists per outing.

Seniors Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) are both on pace to leave WSU ranked in the top 20 in school history in points Dietel currently has 772 points and Kerns has 748 Dawn Allinger (1988-91) occupies the 20th spot with 775 career points Kerns also ranks sixth in career assists (303) and is just five shy of the school's top five, seventh in three-point field goals (93), two behind Darci Wellsandt (1990-93) and 10th in free throws with 217, one behind Allinger.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU JANUARY 23): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in four statistical categories. WSU is second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.714), fourth in assist/turnover ration (.083), and fourth in both three-point field goals percentage (.325) and three-point field goals per game (4.31) WSU individuals among the conference leaders include junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.), fifth is assists (3.94 per game), senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), who is seventh is assists (3.81 per game) and free throw percentage (.769), 10th in the three-point field goal percentage (.352) and 15th in scoring (11.6 ppg), and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), who ranks eighth in scoring at 14.1 points per game, and ninth in both field goal percentage (.480) and free throw percentage (.744).

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 3-13 and her career mark is 136-112. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

OREGON RECAP: The Ducks used a 19-3 run to begin the second half and erase a five-point deficit to post a 77-65 win at Eugene, January 22 The win was the 19th straight home victory for Oregon, the sixth longest active streak in the nation Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led WSU with 20 points and senior Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) tallied 13 off the bench including a three-point play with one second left in the first half to extend the Cougars' advantage to 33-28 at intermission.

OREGON STATE RECAP: The Beavers defeated the Cougars, 72-52 on the strength of a 21-4 to begin the game and a 19-3 spurt to start the second half in Corvallis, January 20 Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led WSU with 13 points.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP: For the second straight game, WSU got off to a good start as it led 10-2 behind senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) who scored the first 10 Cougar points and had 17 of her game-high 20 in the first half However, poor shooting (29 percent in the second half) helped the Sun Devils come from behind for a 64-54 win in Pullman, January 15.

ARIZONA RECAP: WSU opened the game with a 17-4 run, but could not hold off the nationally ranked Wildcats, who clawed back for an 83-68 win in Pullman, January 13 Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led all scorers with 23 points and junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) added 17 points in the losing effort.

UCLA RECAP: The Bruins scored the first 16 points of the game and held the Cougars scoreless for the opening 8:19 on their way to an 87-60 win, January 9 in Los Angeles Juniors Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) and Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) each recorded season high point totals for WSU with 14 and 11, respectively The Cougars were held to their lowest first half point total of the season and trailed 40-18 at intermission before equaling a season high for points in a half with 42 in the final 20 minutes.

USC RECAP: The Jenny Przekwas era in Pac-10 play began on a down note when the Cougars lost 71-61 at USC, January 7 WSU was held to 19 points in the first half and trailed by 15 at intermission before mounting a second half rally The Cougars closed to within seven on two occasions, the latter at 61-54 with 2:43 to play Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) recorded 19 of her career-high 25 points in the second half.

SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) registered a season-high 14 points in an 83-59 loss to the Gaels, December 30 in the final non-conference game of the season for the

Cougars Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) added a season-high 11 points for WSU which suffered its worst home loss to a non-conference opponent since a 93-66 setback to Portland State, January, 19, 1980.

UC-SANTA BARBARA RECAP: Five Cougars scored in double figures, but it was not enough, as WSU fell to the 22nd ranked Gauchos, December 28 Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led the Cougs with 14 points while junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) recorded a career-high 13 in only her second career start Other WSU players in double figure scoring included Tricia Lamb with 12 and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) with 10 each The Cougars trailed by as many as 18 in the second half before a 21-9 run closed WSU to within 67-61 with 6:46 remaining in the game before the Gauchos pulled away.

BOWLING GREEN RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) scored 19 of her season-high 23 points in the second half to lead WSU to a 79-71 victory in Bowling Green, December 20 Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) each tallied career highs in points with 20 and 12, respectively Collins added a career high four steals in her first career start Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) contributed a career-high 11 rebounds WSU led 59-58 with 6:20 to play before converting 13-of-15 free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.

TOLEDO RECAP: WSU dropped its third straight with a 79-59 setback at Toledo, December 19 Tricia Lamb led the Cougars with 14 points while junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 13 and 11 points, respectively Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) made her first collegiate start and contributed eight points, tying her season high and a season-high 11 rebounds.

IDAHO RECAP: Idaho blew open a close game with an 18-1 run over the final 8:57 to post its third straight win in the series, 68-45, December 12 Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led the Cougars with 12 points and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) added 11 points The margin of defeat was the largest for WSU in a non-conference road game since a 76-51 setback at Texas, Jan. 2, 1993 The 45 points were the fewest scored by the Cougs in a non-conference game since a 47-41 loss to Boise State in Pullman, December 14, 1984.

GONZAGA RECAP: The Bulldogs used an 18-2 run over a span of 5:47 late in the second half to pull away from the Cougars and captue an 82-66 victory December 8, Gonzaga's second win in the series in 17 all-time meetings Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) registered a team-high 17 points for the Cougars and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) each added a dozen points for WSU.

EASTERN WASHINGTON RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) capped a 20-point performance with an 18-foot jump shots with five seconds remaining to lift the Cougs to a 61-60 win over Eastern Washington, December 4 Dietel's shot finished a 12-2 run that rallied WSU from a 58-49 deficit in the final 3:20 Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 18 points, one shy of her career high.

COORS CLASSIC RECAP: WSU opened the tournament in Boulder, Colo. with a 68-65 loss vs. Western Michigan, November 26 despite sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Texas) career high 19 points and seven rebounds The Cougars captured the consolation championship the next night with a 66-44 win over Wright State The 44 points were the fewest given up by WSU since an 88-37 victory over Gonzaga to open the 1991-92 season WSU committed only five turnovers while forcing 22 Raider miscues...Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) followed a 14-point, seven rebound performance against Western Michigan with 15 and eight to earn all-tournament honors The win was the first at WSU for Head Coach Jenny Przkewas.

UTAH RECAP: The Cougars were held to their lowest point total in a season opener since a 62-49 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay at the outset of the 1988-89 campaign in the 65-49 loss at Utah, November 20 Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) led WSU with 14 points and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) recorded career highs in minutes (36) and then career high with 11 points and six rebounds Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) tallied four points, four rebounds, two steals and a career-high five assists before leaving the game with an injury late in the first half.

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