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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/08/2002
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Jan. 8, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-13, 0-5)

What's Happening This Week:

Thursday, Jan. 10
Arizona
(5-8, 1-4)
6 p.m., Pacific
McKale Center
Tucson, Ariz.

Saturday, Jan. 12
Arizona State
(12-4, 3-2)
6 p.m., Pacific
Wells Fargo Arena
Tempe, Ariz.

What's Happening This Week: After a brief two-game homestand, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to the road for games at Arizona and Arizona State this week. WSU (2-13, 0-5) begins the trip at Arizona (5-8, 1-4) Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., Pacific. The Cougars wrap up their Arizona trek at Arizona State (12-4, 3-2) Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m., Pacific.

About Arizona: Arizona will attempt to break a three-game losing skid when it meets the Cougars, Thursday...the game versus WSU will be the Wildcats' first home contest since a 66-61 win over California, Dec. 21...Elizabeth Pickney leads a balanced Wildcats scoring attack with a 16.2 points per game average...Pickney is among six Arizona players - Dee-Dee Wheeler (12.8 points/game), LaKeisha Taylor (9.8 points/game), Aimee Grzyb (9.2 points/game), Candice Allen (8.5 points/game) and Krista Warren (8.1 points/game) that are averaging over eight points a game.

The Series Versus Arizona: The Cougars hold a 17-13 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona...Arizona captured a 97-58 win in the team's last meeting at Tucson, Jan. 11, 2001...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 8-7 against the Wildcats at Tucson.

About Arizona State: The Sun Devils have won three of their past four games...earlier this season Arizona State rattled off seven consecutive wins from Nov. 25 to Dec. 15...Amanda Levens leads the team with a 20.2 points per game average, which ranks second in the Pac-10...Melody Johnson is the only other ASU player averaging double figures in points with an 11.7 average.

The Series Versus Arizona State: The Sun Devils lead the all-time series with WSU 19-11...Arizona State has captured the past eight meetings between the teams...the Cougars' last win occurred 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...in last year's meetings, ASU defeated WSU 83-70, Jan. 13, at Tempe and held on for a 74-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 8...WSU is 3-12 at Arizona State.

Last Week's Wrap:
USC (Jan. 4) - 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.

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.

UCLA (Jan. 6) - 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.

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 Whitney 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.

Double Hawks: Although her consecutive streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds came to an end at six against Oregon, Dec. 30, Brittney Hawks is still averaging a double-double for the season. Through 15 games, Hawks is averaging 12.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a contest. Hawks has posted nine double-doubles in points and rebounds this season and 12 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 37-of-98 (37.8 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded eight games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort against USC, Jan. 4 marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Arizona, has reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21).

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.

Pac-10 Rankings: As a team, the Cougars are second in the conference in blocked shots (4.13/game) as well as defensive rebounds (26.33/game). Brittney Hawks leads the conference in rebounds (10.3/game) and defensive rebounds (7.07/game). In addition, Hawks is second in offensive boards (3.27/game) and is fifth in blocked shots (1.13/game). Francine McCurtain is second in the conference in three-point field goals made with a 2.47/game average.

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.

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...FOX Sports Northwest will broadcast the Jan. 17 Stanford contest on a tape-delay basis, Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m...in addition, FOX Sports Northwest will televise the Jan. 25 game against Washington live at 7 p.m...FOX Sports Northwest televised the games at Washington (Dec. 21) and at Oregon State (Dec. 28).

Cougar Notes: Through 15 games WSU has recorded 62 blocks. Conversely, through 15 games last year WSU had a total of 33 blocks... 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...by scoring a combined 376 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 43.2 percent of the Cougars' total point output (869 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: 2-4
Away: 0-6
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-3
When Trailing At The Half: 0-10

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-12
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-11
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-5
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-5
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-3

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-10
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-8
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 3-4
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-1
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-12

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: 0-3
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-7

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