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Release: 01/29/2002
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Jan. 29, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-18, 0-10)

What's Happening This Week:
Friday, Feb. 1
at UCLA
(5-14, 2-9)
7 p.m., Pacific
Pauley Pavilion
Los Angeles, Calif.

Sunday, Feb. 3
at USC
(11-9, 7-4)
2 p.m., Pacific
L.A. Sports Arena
Los Angeles, Calif.

What's Happening This Week: For the first time in three weeks, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to the road to continue its Pacific-10 Conference schedule. The Cougars (2-18, 0-10) will attempt to break a 15-game losing streak when they play the Los Angeles schools this week. WSU begins the trip at UCLA (5-14, 2-9), Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The Cougars conclude their L.A. trek Super Sunday against USC (11-9, 7-4) at 2 p.m.

Radio: The Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 games at UCLA and USC, 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.

Cougars On TV: Washington State is currently scheduled to make five appearances on television during the regular season...FOX Sports Net will broadcast the Feb. 9 Arizona contest live at 1 p.m...in addition, FOX Sports Northwest televised the Jan. 25 game against Washington, at Washington (Dec. 21), at Oregon State (Dec. 28) and the Stanford contest, Jan. 17 on a tape-delay basis.

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 17-59 with the Cougars and 150-158 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.

About UCLA: After beginning the season winning three of its first four games, UCLA has struggled, losing 13 of the last 15 contests. The Bruins have lost five consecutive games with their last win coming against the Cougars at Pullman, 76-64, Jan. 6. Whitney Jones and Natalie Nakase lead the Bruins in scoring with 8.7 and 8.6 points a game averages, respectively.

The Season's First Meeting: Whitney Martindale scored a career-high 23 points and Brittney Hawks recorded her ninth double-double of the season in Washington State's 76-64 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at Friel Court, Jan.6.

In reaching her career-high mark in points, Martindale set career bests in field goals made (8), including a career-high four three-pointers. Hawks scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to record her 12th career double-double in points and rebounds at WSU.

Down 55-46 at the 11:19 mark of the second half, the Bruins went on a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer by Jones to tie the game at 55 with 7:48 remaining.

After both teams exchanged field goals, a Jones' basket gave UCLA its first lead since it led 4-3 at the 18:48 mark of the first half. Jones' bucket, which gave UCLA a 59-57 lead, initiated a 19-7 UCLA run that closed out the game.

The Series Versus UCLA: The Cougars trail the overall series with the Bruins 25-6 and have lost 10 of the series' last 11 meetings. The Cougars' lone win in that stretch was a 74-52 win at Pullman, Jan. 6, 2001. In addition, the Cougars are winless in 14 attempts on the UCLA home floor. Last year, UCLA cruised to a 93-61 win at Pauley Pavilion.

About USC: After a four-game winning streak from Dec. 15-Dec. 28, the Women of Troy have alternated between a loss and a win in their last eight games. USC is coming off a 60-58 win at Oregon State, Jan. 26. Aisha Hollans leads a contingent of four players that average double figures recording 17.8 points per game. The quartet is rounded out by Ebony Hoffman (14.2 points/game), Tiffany Elmore (11.7 points/game), and Rachel Woodward (10.9 points/game).

The Season's First Meeting: Francine McCurtain scored a season-high 23 points, including 20 in the second half, in the Cougars' 87-66 loss to the USC Women of Troy in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at Friel Court, Jan. 4.

McCurtain recorded her season best effort on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. The freshman from Chinle, Ariz., led a contingent of three Cougars that scored in double-digits. Brittney Hawks (13 points) and Jessica Perry (11 points) completed the trio. Perry's effort marked the second straight game the freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., scored in double-figures. In addition, Perry added eight assists.

WSU struggled from the floor in the first half as USC took a 42-20 lead into the halftime break. The Cougars made 7-of-30 shots (23.3 percent) in the first half while USC converted 16-of-43 attempts (37.2 percent).

It would take WSU less than five minutes to slice USC's advantage in half to 46-35 as the Cougars outscored USC 15-4 in the opening 4:49 of the second half. WSU would force five USC turnovers and hold the Women of Troy to 2-of-8 shooting during the stretch.

USC withstood the threat, however, going on a 13-2 run over the next 2:26 to increase its lead back to the halftime margin. The Cougars would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

The Series Versus USC: WSU trails the overall series with USC 21-11. The teams split their meetings last year with each defending its home court. WSU captured a 79-78 win at Pullman, Jan. 4 while USC returned the favor with an 84-51 win at Los Angeles, March 10. The Cougars are 4-12 against USC at Los Angeles.

Last Week's Wrap-Up:
Washington (Jan. 25): Brittney Hawks recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the Washington State women's basketball team's 75-68 loss to the Washington Huskies at Friel Court.

Hawks led a group of four Cougars that scored in double figures, which marked the first time that WSU has had that many players reach double-digits in a game this season. Candace Fields (13 points), Whitney Martindale (11 points) and Francine McCurtain (11 points) completed the quartet.

The difference in the game occurred at the foul line as both teams made 25 field goals in the contest. Washington converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts while WSU converted 13-of-20 attempts from the charity stripe.

Leading 33-32 at halftime, the Cougars extended their lead to 50-41 with 11:22 remaining in the game. Washington would capture the lead with a 10-0 run over a 1:20 span, which gave the Huskies a 51-50 advantage at the 10:02 mark.

With the game tied at 55 with 8:34 left, four consecutive points by Loree Payne began an 8-0 Washington run that gave the Huskies a 63-55 lead with 6:33 remaining.

Washington maintained its advantage and held a 67-59 lead with 5:14 remaining. On the momentum of a 7-0 run, the Cougars pulled to within 67-66 with 2:44 left.

However, that was as close as WSU could get as Washington held off the Cougar rally by scoring eight of the game's final 10 points.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10: Senior Brittney Hawks has recorded a Pacific-10 Conference best 10 double-doubles this season. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a contest.

Hawks' latest double-double against Washington, Jan. 25 marked the 16th game (and 13 of her last 14 contests) in which she has posted double-digits in points and her 11th game of recording double-digits in rebounds.

Hawks trails only Stanford's Nicole Powell (9.9 rebounds/game) for the conference lead in rebounding. No WSU player has ever led the Pac-10 Conference in rebounding.

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 (6.75/game), second in offensive rebounds (3.00/game), ninth in scoring and ninth in blocks (1.00/game).

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 44-of-119 (37 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 11 games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

With her 44 three-pointers, McCurtain broke into the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. Currently, McCurtain holds ninth position on the list and is just one trey shy from a tie for seventh place.

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 (2.20/game) and 16th 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 20 games, the Cougars have recorded 74 blocks, an average of 3.7/game. Through 20 games last year WSU had 42 blocks. The Cougars are on pace to break the single-season school record for blocks, which is 100, set in 1982.

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 3.8 assists/game average, freshman Jessica Perry ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in that category...the Cougars are third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (24.8/game) and rebounding offense (38.9/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 503 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 44.1 percent of the Cougars' total point output (1,141 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: 0-8
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-5
When Trailing At The Half: 0-13

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-17
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-15
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: 0-4

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-15
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-13
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: 0-17

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: 0-10

--wsucougars.com--
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