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Cougars Hit Oregon Trail In Search Of Pac-10 Win
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/18/2000
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Jan. 18, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougars travel to Corvallis and Eugene this week looking for their first conference win of the season. WSU has lost four straight to open conference play for the first time since 1996-97 when it started 0-5. The Cougars have dropped seven consecutive road games in conference play dating back to last season.

THIS WEEK:Thursday, January 20 WSU at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (FSNW Delayed)*
Saturday, January 22 WSU at Oregon, 7 p.m.*
*Live broadcast on KRPL 1400 AM Radio (Alex Webster play-by-play)

NEXT WEEK:Thursday, January 27 WSU vs. California, 3 p.m. (FSNW Delayed)
Saturday, January 29 WSU vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Games

The Beavers lead the series 24-20, but WSU has won three of the last four.

The Ducks have won the last eight meetings and lead the series 37-7.

WSU IN PAC-10: 0-4

A BIT SMOOTHER ROAD: The Cougars have lost their last six outings, three of which came at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. Of WSU's next six opponents, five are unranked in both polls while Stanford is number 25 in the USA Today/ESPN polls (January 16) and unranked in AP (January 17). Saturday's opponent, Oregon, fell out of both polls after a loss to the Cardinal last week.

OREGON STATE PREVIEW: The Cougs and Beavers split a pair of games last year, each team winning on its home floor. In last year's first meeting, January 15, WSU 52-48 with 1:47 to play, but fell victim to a 9-2 run by OSU and fell 57-54. In the second meeting, February 13, the Cougars raced to a 39-18 halftime lead and coasted to a 70-54 victory. Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) had 14 points off the bench for WSU.

OREGON PREVIEW: The Ducks swept the series last season. Oregon led by 25 in the January 17 game in Eugene before the Cougars closed to within two. However, the Ducks' free throw shooting enabled them to hold on for a 72-64 win. Four WSU players scored in double figures, led by Victoria Harrod's (Nepean, Ontario) career-high 18. Oregon captured the second meeting, 65-54 in Pullman, February 11, despite a WSU team record 14-of-14 free throw shooting. Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) had 13 points for the Cougars and Jen Kerns(Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 14 points off the bench.

COUGAR UPDATE: After scoring 43 points in the two games last week, senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game..Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at a 11.4 ppg. Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and Dietel lead WSU with 4.9 rebounds per game. Kerns leads the Cougars with 3.93 assists per game.

MIXING THINGS UP: Washington State has used 10 different starting lineups in its first 14 games this season, but did start the same lineup in both of its games last week. A look at the Cougars' starters and WSU's record in those games: The Cougars are 1-2 when starting sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas), senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and Tricia Lamb, 0-2 when starting junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.), senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d' Alene, Idaho), Dietel, Nyseth and Volkman, 0-2 when starting Dietel, junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario), Kerns, Nyseth and Volkman, 1-0 when starting De Anda, Kerns, Lamb, Nyseth and Volkman, 1-0 when starting freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.), Collins, Kerns, Nyseth and Volkman, 0-1 when starting De Anda, Harrod, Nyseth, junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Volkman, 0-1 when starting De Anda, Dietel, Kerns, Lamb and Nyseth, 0-1 when starting Berglund, Kerns, Lamb, Nyseth and Smith, 0-1 when starting Berglund, Collins, Dietel, Nyseth and Volkman, and 0-1 when starting Collins, De Anda, Kerns, Nyseth and Volkman

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU JANUARY 17): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in four statistical categories. WSU leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.719), fourth in assist/turnover ration (.084), fourth in both three-point field goals percentage (.319) and fifth in three-point field goals per game (4.29). WSU individuals among the conference leaders include senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), who is sixth is assists (3.93 per game) and seventh in free throw percentage (.792), junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.), eighth is assists (3.50 per game) and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), eighth in scoring at 14.0 points per game and 10th in field goal percentage (.493).

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 3-11 and her career mark is 136-110. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

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...Tricia Lamb led the Cougars with 17 points and 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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