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Cougars Set To Host Eastern Washington In Home Opener
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/29/1999
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Nov. 29, 1999

Saturday, December 4 - WSU vs. Eastern Washington (2-1)*
3 p.m. PST, Friel Court

*EWU hosts Gonzaga, November 30.

Wednesday, December 8 - WSU at Gonzaga
7 p.m. PST

Sunday, December 12 - WSU at Idaho
2 p.m. PST

Eastern Washington - Saturday's meeting will be the 30th between the Cougars and Eagles. WSU leads the series 22-7 and has won the last seven.



THIRTY SOMETHING: 1999-2000 season marks the 30th in WSU women's basketball and Saturday's home opener against Eastern Washington will be the 30th meeting between the Cougars and Eagles. Washington State holds a 22-7 advantage in the series that dates back to WSU's inaugural season of 1970-71. In that first year, the Eagles handed the Cougs their only loss (31-28) during an 11-1 campaign. The two schools met at least once a season through 1983-84, but have met only seven times since and have not played since December 15, 1995 when WSU posted an 86-66 win in Cheney.

OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE: In its 88-77 win over Army at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles last Saturday, Eastern Washington recorded the school's highest point total since a 94-68 victory over Lewis-Clark State, December 5, 1990. Meanwhile, at the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo., the Cougars knocked off Wright State 66-44. The win marked the fewest points yielded by WSU since an 88-37 victory over Gonzaga at the outset of the 1991-92 season. Eastern Washington is averaging 77 ppg on offense (pending Tuesday's game at Gonzaga) while the Cougs are giving up just 59 points per game.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Cougars are 9-1 in home openers during the '90s and have won 13 of the last 14 such games dating back to the 1986-87 season. The only setback during that span was at the hands of Colorado State, 84-63 in the 1996-97 season opener.

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 1-2 and her career mark is 134-101. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Heading into the week, Eastern Washington has four players averaging double-figure scoring led by Tracy Ford-Phelps at 17 points per outing. Allie Bailey is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 14.7 rebounds per game...Stacie Granger (11.7 ppg) and Julie Moore (10.5 ppg) round out the Eagles top four scorers. Saturday's game will be the first road contest for EWU this season after two home games sandwiched around a pair of neutral site contests.

COORS CLASSIC RECAP: WSU opened the tournament with a 68-65 loss vs. Western Michigan, November 26 despite sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Tex.) 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...Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) 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, Tex.) 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.

SHARING THE WEALTH: In each of the first three games this season, a different Cougar has led WSU in points, rebounds and assists. Junior Yvonne Volkman's (Richland, Wash.) 14 points, sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Tex.) six rebounds and junior Victoria Harrod's (Nepean, Ontario) five assists were all team highs at Utah, November 20. De Anda recorded a career high 19 points, Volkman tied a career high with eight boards and junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) equalled a career high with nine assists vs. Western Michigan, November 26. Junior Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) led WSU with 17 points in its first win of the season, November 27 vs. Wright State while seniors Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) registered eight rebounds and eight assists respectively. Four Cougars are currently averaging double- figure scoring...De Anda leads WSU with 13 points per game, followed by Dietel (12), Volkman (10.3) and Lamb (10).

FROSH CONTRIBUTION: WSU has received early season production from a pair of freshmen this season in Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Jessica Ottmar (Silverdale, Wash.). In the season opener at Utah, November 20, Berglund played only two minutes, but still managed a rebound and a block. In six minutes of action, Ottmar scored two points and added a steal. At the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo., Berglund pulled down seven boards and chipped in two points, a block and a steal in the Cougars' loss to Western Michigan, November 26. Ottmar contributed a pair of offensive rebounds and scored six points in the loss to the Broncos. The next night, WSU earned its first victory of the season, 66-44 over Wright State with Berglund recording eight points in only eight minutes. While Ottmar did not score, she did register two rebounds and an assist in the win. Combined, the duo is averaging six points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 17 minutes of action.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) suffered a broken right arm in the season opener at Utah, November 20 and will likely miss the remainder of the season.

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