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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/05/2002
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Feb. 5, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-20, 0-12)

What's Happening This Week:

Thursday, Feb. 7
Arizona State
(18-6, 9-4)
7 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Arizona
(11-11, 7-6)
1 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.
Televised live by Fox Sports Net.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team returns home to face the Arizona State Sun Devils, Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., and the Arizona Wildcats, Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1:07 p.m., in a game that will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.

About Arizona State: The Sun Devils are second in the Pacific-10 Conference's standings with a 9-4 conference mark (18-6 overall), a half game ahead of the Washington Huskies. Amanda Levens ranks second in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.2 points a game. Levens missed the first meeting between the two clubs, Jan. 12 with a sprained ankle. Before her injury, the senior was averaging 20.2 points per game and has averaged 9.5 points a contest in her first five games back. Melody Johnson is the other Sun Devil posting double-digits in points (11.8 points/game).

The Season's First Meeting: Candace Fields tied a career-high with 12 points in the Washington State Cougars' 68-40 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils, Jan. 12 at Wells Fargo Arena. Fields' effort led a contingent of three Washington State players that scored in double figures. Brittney Hawks scored 11 points and Francine McCurtain added 10 points to complete the trio. Betsy Boardman led Arizona State with 16 points and Cian Carvalho added 11 points for the Sun Devils.

The Series Versus Arizona State: The Sun Devils lead the all-time series with WSU 20-11. Arizona State has captured the past nine meetings in the series with the Cougars' last win occurring March 1, 1997, an 84-70 triumph at Pullman. That win capped a season sweep over ASU as the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils 86-78, Jan. 30, 1997, the team's last win at Tempe. Last year, ASU defeated WSU 83-70, Jan. 13, at Tempe and held on for a 74-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 8. WSU is 8-7 against ASU at Pullman.

About Arizona: Arizona (11-11, 7-6) has won four of its last six meetings to inch above the .500 mark in conference play. The Wildcats feature a balanced scoring attack boasting five players that are averaging double figures in points. Elizabeth Pickney heads the group with a 16.7 points/game average, which ranks her fifth in the Pac-10. Dee-Dee Wheeler (11.9 points/game), Aimee Grzyb (10.4 points/game), Candice Allen (10.1 points/game) and LaKeisha Taylor (10.0 points/game) complete the quintet.

The Season's First Meeting: Brittney Hawks and Whitney Martindale scored 14 points each and Francine McCurtain added 10 points in the Washington State Cougars' 107-57 loss to the Arizona Wildcats, Jan. 10 at McKale Center. Hawks just missed her 10th double-double of the season as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho added nine rebounds for WSU. Martindale's effort was her second consecutive game - and the third in the last four contests - where she has scored in double figures. Up 46-30 at halftime, Arizona outscored WSU 61-27 in the second half, shooting a blistering 66.7 percent from the field (24-of-36) while WSU struggled from the floor making 11-of-40 attempts (27.5 percent). For the game Arizona shot 41-of-76 (53.9 percent) from the floor while WSU was 24-77 (31.2 percent). The 50-point margin of defeat established a school record, breaking the mark of 46 (101-55) set Jan. 22, 1987 against Oregon.

The Series Versus Arizona: The Cougars hold a 17-14 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona. Last year, Arizona captured a 97-58 win at Tucson, Jan. 11, 2001 but the Cougars salvaged a split of the season series and snapped a four-game losing skid to Arizona with a 93-86 win, Feb. 10, 2001. The Cougars are 9-6 against the Wildcats at Pullman.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10: With 10 double-doubles, senior Brittney Hawks is tied with USC's Ebony Hoffman in the Pac-10 in that category. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 13.1 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest. Hawks' latest double-double against Washington, Jan. 25 marked the 16th game in which she has posted double-digits in points. In addition, Hawks has recorded 12 games with double-digit rebounding efforts. Hawks trails only Stanford's Nicole Powell (10.0 rebounds/game) for the conference lead in rebounding. No WSU player has ever led the Pac-10 Conference in rebounding. In addition, with 208 rebounds this season, Hawks is just two boards shy of cracking the school's single-season list in that category. At one point during the season, Hawks recorded six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28. In addition to her No. 2 ranking in rebounding, Hawks ranks second in defensive rebounds (6.45/game), second in offensive rebounds (3.00/game), ninth in blocks (.95/game), and 10th in scoring. Hawks' seven steals at Idaho, Dec. 5 is tied for a Pac-10 game high for all games while her 11 field goals versus Gonzaga, Nov. 29 stands as a second best effort in the Pac-10 for all games. In addition, her 19 rebounds at Oregon State, Dec. 28 is the second best effort in the Pac-10 bested only by Stanford's Nicole Powell (21 rebounds versus Oregon, Jan. 13). Hawks began the season on a high note earning all-tournament team honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 17-18. In two games at the tournament, Hawks averaged 11.5 points and 12 rebounds a contest.

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: Freshman Francine McCurtain is shooting 45-of-125 (36 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 12 games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points. With 45 three-pointers, McCurtain is tied for seventh in the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. McCurtain is four treys away from sixth position on the list. McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort versus USC, (Jan. 4) marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21). McCurtain ranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.05/game) and 17th in scoring (11.4 points/game). McCurtain has already made an impression in the school's record books in just the third game of her collegiate career. Against BYU, Nov. 24 McCurtain came off the bench and drained six treys. That was just two treys shy of the WSU mark for three-pointers in a game (eight by Tricia Lamb in 1999). McCurtain's effort was good enough to tie her for sixth on the all-time list in that category.

Access Denied!: Through 22 games, the Cougars have recorded 82 blocks, an average of 3.7/game. Through 22 games last year WSU had 46 blocks. The Cougars are on pace to break the single-season school record for blocks, which is 100, set in 1982.

Radio: The Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 games at California and No. 2 Stanford, respectively will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, in addition to being carried live on the net at broadcast.yahoo.com, which can be linked from wsucougars.com. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road contests will be aired live on KRPL during the 2001-02 season.

The Coach: Jenny Przekwas is in her third season at the helm of the Cougars and her 11th as a head coach overall. Przekwas is 17-61 with the Cougars and 150-160 overall. Prior to coming to the Palouse, Przekwas spent eight years at Saint Francis (Pa.) where she left as the winningest coach in school history compiling a 133-99 overall record. During her tenure, Przekwas guided Saint Francis to four Northeast Conference titles and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Oregon To Host Inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Tournament: The 2001-02 season will conclude with the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, March 1-4. All the Pac-10 schools will participate in the tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Cougar Notes: With a 3.68 assists/game average, freshman Jessica Perry ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in that category...the Cougars are third in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (3.73/game)...the 33 points recorded by WSU against Oregon State, Dec. 28 tied the record for lowest points scored by a Pac-10 team in a conference game. California scored 33 points against, coincidentally, Oregon State, Feb. 10, 2000...the 50-point loss at Arizona, Jan. 10 (107-57) established a school record for margin of defeat...by scoring a combined 531 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 43 percent of the Cougars' total point output (1,234 points)...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...Hawks is the only Cougar to start every game this season...the 80-72 win over Gonzaga, Nov. 29 marked the 150th career victory for Jenny Przekwas...the overtime contest against Idaho, Dec. 5 was the first overtime game for WSU since Dec. 10, 1998 against Utah ...eight players have recorded a double-figure scoring performance in at least one game this season.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-7
Away: 0-10
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-5
When Trailing At The Half: 0-15

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-19
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-17
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-3
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-7
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-7
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-6

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-17
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-15
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-5
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-1
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-19

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-2
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-4
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-12

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