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Release: 01/02/2002
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Jan. 2, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-11, 0-3)

What's Happening This Week:

Friday, Jan. 4
USC
(7-6, 3-1)
7 p.m.
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Sunday, Jan. 6
UCLA
(4-8, 1-3)
2 p.m.
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: After beginning the Pacific-10 Conference season with three road games, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to Friel Court for its conference home openers this week. The Cougars (2-11, 0-3) begin the week with USC (7-6, 3-1) Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The homestand concludes with UCLA (4-8, 1-3) Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. The UCLA game will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.

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 17-52 with the Cougars and 150-151 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.

Radio: Next week's games at Arizona and Arizona State 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. Troy Hirsch will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 5:45 p.m., Pacific Jan. 10 and Jan. 12. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road contests will be aired live on KRPL during the 2001-02 season.

Fond Friel Court Memories: Last year, the Cougars began the Pac-10 season with wins over USC and UCLA, marking the first time since the 1991-92 season that WSU opened the conference season with two wins. The 79-78 victory over USC, Jan. 4 - a win possible due to a Brittney Hawks' bucket as time expired - was the first time WSU opened up the Pac-10 season with a victory since 1994. In addition, the sweep over USC and UCLA was the first time the Cougars swept the Los Angeles schools since 1995.

About USC: The Women of Troy are coming off a split to the Bay Area schools last week. USC captured a 69-53 win over California, Dec. 28, and then fell to No. 6 Stanford 78-66, Dec. 30. USC boasts four players scoring in double figures, led by Aisha Hollans' 17.8 point a game. Ebony Hoffman (14.7 points/game), Tiffany Elmore (12.3 points/game) and Rachel Woodward (10.2 points/game) complete the quartet.

The Series Versus USC: WSU trails the overall series with USC 20-11. The teams split their meetings last year with each school 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 7-8 against USC at Pullman.

About UCLA: Last week at the Bay Area, UCLA fell to No. 6 Stanford 81-50, Dec. 28 but rebounded to capture a 64-48 win over California, Dec. 30. Kristee Porter leads the Bruins in scoring, averaging 10.8 points a game. Michelle Greco, who had led UCLA with a 23.6 points a game average through five games, is out for the rest of the season for medical reasons it was announced, Dec. 12. Due to a history of mild concussions during her sophomore and junior year, the UCLA medical staff believed that Greco should take a year off from competition.

The Series Versus UCLA: The Cougars trail the overall series with the Bruins 24-6 and have lost 9 of the last 10 meetings. The Cougars' lone win in that stretch was a 74-52 win at Pullman, Jan. 6, 2001. UCLA achieved its revenge with a 93-61 triumph at Los Angeles, March 8. The Cougars are 6-10 all-time versus UCLA at Pullman.

Last Week's Wrap:
Oregon State (Dec. 28) - Brittney Hawks continued her double-double run with 13 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Cougars' 57-33 loss to the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum.

Hawks' effort was the sixth consecutive and Pac-10 Conference leading eighth double-double this season for the senior from Rexburg, Idaho. Not only did the 19 rebounds set a career standard for Hawks but it also was a Pac-10 conference best this season.

Both teams found the basket a tough target to find throughout the game but especially in the second half.

The Cougars shot 12-of-69 (17.4 percent) from the floor and 5-of-42 (11.9 percent) in the second half. Oregon State converted 13-of-35 attempts (37.1 percent) for the game and shot 9-of-34 (26.5 percent) in the second half.

Oregon (Dec. 30): Whitney Martindale scored 14 points and Jessica Perry recorded a season-high 12 points in the Cougars' 76-47 loss to the Oregon Ducks at McArthur Court.

Brittney Hawks saw her consecutive game streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds end at six as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho recorded eight points and eight rebounds for WSU.

With the game tied at five just over four minutes into the contest, Oregon went on a 17-4 run over a 6:42 span to open up a 22-9 advantage at the 9:15 mark of the first half. The Ducks would extend their lead to 43-23 at the halftime break.

The Cougars struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting 5-of-23 shots (21.7 percent). Conversely, Oregon was 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) from the floor.

WSU bolted out of the gates in the second half, however, blitzing the Ducks with a 9-0 run to cut Oregon's lead to 43-32 at the 17:25 mark. In the run, the Cougars shot 4-of-5 from the field as a quartet of players (Jessica Ottmar, Martindale, Perry and Hawks) accounted for points.

Oregon would rebound to stretch its lead back to 19 at 56-37 with 12:21 remaining. The Cougars would manage to slice their deficit to 15 on three occasions during the next six minutes before Oregon pulled away with a 16-2 run over the game's final 6:16.

Double Hawks: Although her consecutive streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds came to an end at six against Oregon, Brittney Hawks is still averaging a double-double per game for the season. Through 13 games, Hawks is averaging 12.6 points and 10.2 rebounds a contest. Hawks has posted eight double-doubles in points and rebounds this season and 11 for her career.

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 34-of-90 (37.8 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded seven games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

In just the third game of her collegiate career, McCurtain came off the bench against BYU, Nov. 24 and made an impression on the school's record books. McCurtain's six treys at Provo were just two 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.

Cougar Notes: Through 11 games WSU has recorded 59 blocks. Conversely, through 11 games last year WSU had a total of 20 blocks...the 33 points recorded by WSU against Oregon State tied the conference record for fewest points scored in a conference game. California scored 33 points against, coincidentally, Oregon State, Feb. 10, 2000...by scoring a combined 321 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 43.4 percent of the Cougars' total point output (739 points)...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...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 ... with her 11-point effort against Montana State, Dec. 16, Jessica Perry became the eighth Cougar to record a double figure scoring performance in at least one game this season.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-2
Away: 0-6
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-2
When Trailing At The Half: 0-9

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-11
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-0

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-9
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-5
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-3
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-3

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-8
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-7
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-4
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-0
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-11

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-1
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-6

--wsucougars.com--
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