Nov. 8, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team will host Lokomotiva Bratislava of Slovakia in an exhibition game, Thursday at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.
The game will serve as the Cougars' lone tuneup for their season opener at Utah, Saturday, November 20.
Washington State is led by junior guard Tricia Lamb (Endicott, Wash.) who earned first team All-Pac-10 honors last season after finishing second in the conference with 16.4 points per game.
The Cougars' mentor is first-year head coach Jenny Przkewas, who guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments during her eight-year stint.
"I feel like a first-year coach again, except that I have eight years experience," Przkewas said. "I think the adjustement will go much smoother this time around."
Other returnees for the Cougars include senior forward Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany). Dietel was averaging 17 points per game last season until a knee injury ended her season after 14 games.
"I think it (Alke's return) is going to make a big impact," Przkewas said. "So far, she has been at every practice. She is not at full strength yet, about 85 percent, but she has been on the floor everyday."
Also back for Washington State are senior forward Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) and senior guard Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho). The duo averaged 10.7 and 9.3 points per game, respectively and each was better in Pac-10 play (McNeely 11.2/Kerns 10.3).
Lokmotiva Bratislava is 0-3 during the exhibition season and plays Montana State, Montana and Gonzaga before taking on the Cougars. Leading the Slovakian team is Lucia Borcinova who averaged 15 points in losses to Utah and Weber State.