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WSU To Host First Hayden Homes Cougar Shootout At Spokane
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Release: 12/05/2000
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Dec. 5, 2000

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What's Happening:
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8 & 9
Cougar Shootout - Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.

Friday, Dec. 8
Game #1 - Idaho vs. Toledo 6 p.m.
Game #2 - Portland vs. WSU 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Game #3 - Consolation 6 p.m.
Game #4 - Championship 8 p.m.

Cougar Shootout
Washington State will vie for the first Hayden Homes Cougar Shootout basketball title with the Idaho Vandals, Portland Pilots and Toledo Rockets Dec. 8 & 9 at the Spokane Arena. The tournament tips-off at 6 p.m. Friday when Idaho takes on Toledo. In the evening's second game, WSU will face Portland at 8 p.m. The Cougars' game against the Pilots (2-3) will mark the first time in the history of Cougar women's basketball that they will play at the Spokane Arena. After starting the season 2-0, the Pilots have dropped three consecutive games with the last two defeats coming at the hands of the Montana schools. The Cougars and Pilots have split their only two meetings between them.

NCAA Flavor
It is fitting that WSU will host the 2001 NCAA West Regional at the Spokane Arena, March 24 & 26. WSU will have a large NCAA Tournament presence on its schedule this season. WSU has already played three teams (George Washington, Vermont, BYU) that have played in the 2000 NCAA Tournament and will play four more squads (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA,) and potentially a fifth (Montana) that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.

Cougars On TV
Five of Washington State's 18 Pacific-10 Conference games will be televised. The Feb. 3 Washington and Feb. 10 Arizona games will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Net. Three games will be shown on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Northwest: Oregon State Jan. 18, at Oregon State Feb. 17, California Feb. 24.

Hayden Homes To Sponsor Cougar Shootout
Hayden Homes, a Redmond, Oregon based home building company, is the title sponsor of the 2000 Cougar Shootout Dec. 8 & 9.

"Spokane Arena is tremendously excited to be a partner with WSU in hosting this great women's basketball event," said Amy Brown, Assistant General Manager of the Spokane Arena.

The Hayden Homes Cougar Shootout serves as a prelude to the NCAA Women's West Regional, March 24 & 26 at the Arena.

"The NCAA West Regional is the marquee event in the Spokane Arena's 2000-01 calendar of events," said Brown. "The Hayden Homes Cougar Shootout is an integral part of the West Regional."

"This is a great opportunity for the people of the Inland Northwest to see some outstanding NCAA women's basketball," said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. "This tournament gives us a chance to play in front of our 'other home crowd' in Spokane."

Hayden Homes, founded in 1989, has communities in 18 cities throughout the Northwest, including four in the Spokane area.

In describing Hayden Homes' continuing support of Washington State University Athletics, Hayden Homes President Dennis Murphy stated, "Hayden Homes and WSU Cougar Athletics share a common goal of excellence in everything we do. Our common goals and visions have enabled our sponsorship and donation efforts to be successful."

"We are grateful to Hayden Homes for their sponsorship of this great WSU Women's Basketball event," commented WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk. "Hayden Homes, with their continued support of our program, has done a tremendous amount for Cougar Athletics and our student-athletes."

Nyseth Continues To Garner Honors
The honor roll continued for senior Katie Nyseth when she was selected to the second team of Successful Farming Magazine All American Women's Basketball Farm Team last Friday.

The All American Farm Team is a scholastic program honoring outstanding college athletes who call a farm or ranch a home. All athletes and their parents receive a plaque commemorating the selection.

This was the third honor for Nyseth, a 5-3 senior guard from Cheshire, Ore., in the span of a week. Last Friday, she was honored with the 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award. 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. In two games versus George Washington and Vermont, Nyseth averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals.

Nyseth is majoring in Biological Systems Engineering and carries a 3.86 GPA. She 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. As a starter, Nyseth is averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games this season.

Last Week's Game Summaries
BYU (Nov. 30) - Four Brigham Young players scored in double figures as BYU broke open what had been a close game with an 18-0 second half run to defeat the Washington State women's basketball team 90-58 at Friel Court.

BYU's Heather Cheesman led all scorers with 16 points and Erin Thorn added 14 for the Cougars from Utah. WSU was led by 13 points from Yvonne Volkman and 11 from Kelley Berglund.

With BYU holding a 39-34 advantage at the half, a Katie Nyseth bucket in the opening stages of the second half cut WSU's deficit to three. But that was as close as WSU would come for the rest of the evening.

After seeing its lead cut to three at the 19:53 mark of the second half, BYU exploded for 18 consecutive points in the next 5:24 to take a 57-36 lead at the 14:29 mark. In that stretch, WSU missed six consecutive shots and turned the ball over three times.

Idaho (Dec. 2) - In an 180 degree reversal from Thursday's loss to BYU, the Washington State women's basketball team outscored the Idaho Vandals 46-19 in the second half to capture the 34th meeting between the Palouse rivals 68-52 at Friel Court.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cougars against the Vandals.

In the 90-58 loss to BYU, Washington State was outscored 51-24 in the second half. It seemed the affects from that defeat carried over into the first half of the Idaho contest. The Cougars found themselves down early 9-0 on their way to facing a 33-22 halftime deficit to the Vandals.

But after spotting Idaho an early bucket that increased the Vandals' lead to 13 at the 19:26 mark of the second half, the Cougars awoke from their slumber keyed by an offensive outburst by sophomore Jessica Ottmar.

Propelled by 11 consecutive points from Ottmar to open the Cougar second half scoring, WSU went on an 18-4 run to take its first lead of the game at 40-39 with 10:41 left. In that stretch, Idaho missed nine of ten shots (including eight straight) and turned the ball over six times.

A period of four ties and two lead changes ensued that put the game at a 48-46 Idaho advantage with 6:40 left. But just as they began the second half, the Cougars ended the game with a flourish outscoring Idaho 22-4 the rest of the way. The Vandals finished the contest by missing ten of their last 11 shots.

"I thought that Idaho played a really strong first half," said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. "I think they were beating us with physical play and with transition. In the second half we speeded our game up. We had a smaller line-up in and we were more willing to take the physical play. It really made a lot happen for us in the second half."

In the second half, Idaho made six field goals, one less than their seven free throws. In addition, the 18 total field goals by Idaho was one less than their total number of fouls and turnovers. Although she saw action for only five minutes in the second half after fouling out at the 10:51 mark, Ottmar scored 13 of her game high 17 points in the final stanza. Yvonne Volkman tallied her third consecutive game of scoring in double figures with 11 points.

Cougar Notes
Saturday's come from behind win over Idaho snapped a three-game losing streak to the Vandals in the series. WSU now boasts a 23-11 edge in the 34-game history of the Palouse rivalry. The Idaho win also marked the Cougars' third win of the season, just one less than last year's win total of four...With a three-pointer against Idaho, senior Joanna Smith tied Kelli Kronberger (1993-96) for second on the school's three-point career list. With 124 career three-point field goals, Smith needs ten more treys to surpass Heather Norman (133, 1989-92) for first on the school's all-time list...Speaking of three-pointers, WSU leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (18-of-47, .383). The Cougars are led in this category by Katie Nyseth who is tied for first in the conference making 6-of-11 treys (.545)...Four players (Yvonne Volkman, Sarah Barrett, Jessica Ottmar and Nyseth) have started all five of WSU's games this year. Brittney Hawks has started the past two games in place of Kelley Berglund who started the first three games of the season... With 11 points against Idaho, senior Yvonne Volkman has scored in double figures in three consecutive games. Volkman is second on the team averaging 7.8 points per game, behind Hawks' 10.6 points a game.

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