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Women's Hoops Faces Arch Rival Washington In Seattle
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/31/2000
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Jan. 31, 2000

THIS WEEK: Sunday, February 6 - WSU at Washington (6-14, 2-6 in Pac-10), 1 p.m. (LIVE FSNW)*

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, February 10 - WSU at Arizona State, 7 p.m. MST*

Saturday, February 12 - WSU at Arizona, 2 p.m. MST*

*Broadcast on KRPL 1400 AM (Alex Webster play-by-play)

-- Upcoming Game --

Washington - The Huskies lead the series 39-17 and have won eight straight meetings.



WINLESS IN SEATTLE: The Cougars will try to do something they have done in the last six seasons, win at Washington ... WSU won 15 of the first 20 meetings in this series, but has won only twice in the last 36 tries against its arch rival...The Cougars have dropped eight straight in the rivalry following a 72-67 win, February 25, 1995 ... The only other win in the last 19 season was 75-72 in overtime, January 9, 1993, the last WSU triumph in Seattle.

LAST SEASON: The schools met in the Pac-10 opener at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, January 4 and the Huskies routed the Cougars, 91-69 ... A trio of WSU players scored in double figures, including Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) and Jen Kerns (Coeur d' Alene, Idaho) with 17 points each to tie UW's Amber Hall for game-high honors ... In the season finale, Three Huskies recorded double-doubles in Washington's 72-70 victory in Pullman, March 6 ... Four Cougars were in double figure scoring, including Kerns (18), McNeely (15) and a career-high seven rebounds and Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) with 12 points.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars won their first Pac-10 game of the season with a 72-65 victory over California and then lost 83-67 to 24th- anked Stanford ... Washington upset Stanford, 85-83 and then suffered a 72-59 setback to California.

COUGAR UPDATE: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) continues to lead Washington State in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game...Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is the only other Cougar averaging double figure scoring at 11.7 ppg ... Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) lead WSU with 5.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.7 boards in her last three outings ... Kerns leads the Cougars with 3.83 assists per game.

HUSKY UPDATE: Megan Franza and Loree Payne rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.3 and 18.0 points per game, respectively ... In Pac-10 games, Payne is the Pac-10 leader with 19.1 points per contest.

CAREER RANKINGS: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) moved into 19th place on the WSU career scoring list with 14 points against California, Thursday and now has 790 in her career ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) is fifth in career assists (309), sixth in career three-pointers (98) and ninth in career free throws (219) ... Kerns is also seven points shy of WSU's top 20 all-time scoring list ... Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) needs just six assist to move into tenth place on the Cougars' career list.

WSU IN PAC-10 RANKINGS (THRU JANUARY 30): The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in five statistical categories including a Pac-10 best .733 free throw percentage ... WSU is fourth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ration (.082), and fifth in both three-point field goal percentage (.332) and three-point field goals per game (4.33) ... WSU individuals among the conference leaders include senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) ... Kerns ranks sixth in both assists per game (3.83) and three-point field goal percentage (.375), seventh in free throw percentage (.778) and 15th in scoring (11.7 ppg.) ... Nyseth is seventh in the Pac-10 in assists per game (3.78) ... Dietel is eighth in scoring at 13.5 points per contest ... Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) is shooting a Pac-10 best .889 from the foul line in conference games.

COACH: Jenny Przekwas is currently in her first year at WSU and her ninth overall. Her record in Pullman is 4-14 and her career mark is 137-113. She guided Saint Francis College (Penn.) to the last four NCAA Tournaments.

STANFORD RECAP: Stanford ran its record to 29-0 all-time versus the WSU with an 83-67 win in Pullman, January 29 ... Lauren St. Clair led the 24th-ranked Cardinal with a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the first half ... WSU was led by junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.), who tallied 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

CALIFORNIA RECAP: The Cougars snapped a pair of streaks with their 72-65 win over California, January 27 in Pullman ... Prior to the win, the Cougars had lost eight straight games overall and seven consecutive Pac-10 games dating back to last season ... Four players scored in double figures in the win over the Golden Bears led by senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), who tallied a game-high 19 points ... Kerns connected on 5-of-6 three-pointers to give her 98 in her career, sixth all-time at WSU ... Her .833 shooting percentage from beyond the arc tied a school record for a single game (minimum five attempts) ... Kerns also dished out six assists to tie for fifth on the WSU career list with 307 and is just 13 points shy of moving into the top 20 in school history ... Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) recorded the first double-double of the season for the Cougars with 14 points and 11 rebounds ... She moved into 19th on WSU's career scoring list with 786 points.

OREGON RECAP: The Ducks used a 19-3 run to begin the second half and erase a five-point deficit to post a 77-65 win at Eugene, January 22 ... The win was the 19th straight home victory for Oregon, the sixth longest active streak in the nation ... Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led WSU with 20 points and senior Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) tallied 13 off the bench including a three-point play with one second left in the first half to extend the Cougars' advantage to 33-28 at intermission.

OREGON STATE RECAP: The Beavers defeated the Cougars, 72-52 on the strength of a 21-4 to begin the game and a 19-3 spurt to start the second half in Corvallis, January 20 ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led WSU with 13 points.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP: For the second straight game, WSU got off to a good start as it led 10-2 behind senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) who scored the first 10 Cougar points and had 17 of her game-high 20 in the first half ... However, poor shooting (29 percent in the second half) helped the Sun Devils come from behind for a 64-54 win in Pullman, January 15.

ARIZONA RECAP: WSU opened the game with a 17-4 run, but could not hold off the nationally ranked Wildcats, who clawed back for an 83-68 win in Pullman, January 13 ... Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led all scorers with 23 points and junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) added 17 points in the losing effort.

UCLA RECAP: The Bruins scored the first 16 points of the game and held the Cougars scoreless for the opening 8:19 on their way to an 87-60 win, January 9 in Los Angeles ... Juniors Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) and Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) each recorded season high point totals for WSU with 14 and 11, respectively ... The Cougars were held to their lowest first half point total of the season and trailed 40-18 at intermission before equaling a season high for points in a half with 42 in the final 20 minutes.

USC RECAP: The Jenny Przekwas era in Pac-10 play began on a down note when the Cougars lost 71-61 at USC, January 7 ... WSU was held to 19 points in the first half and trailed by 15 at intermission before mounting a second half rally ... The Cougars closed to within seven on two occasions, the latter at 61-54 with 2:43 to play ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) recorded 19 of her career-high 25 points in the second half.

SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) registered a season-high 14 points in an 83-59 loss to the Gaels, December 30 in the final non-conference game of the season for the Cougars ... Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) added a season-high 11 points for WSU which suffered its worst home loss to a non-conference opponent since a 93-66 setback to Portland State, January, 19, 1980.

UC-SANTA BARBARA RECAP: Five Cougars scored in double figures, but it was not enough, as WSU fell to the 22nd ranked Gauchos, December 28 ... Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led the Cougs with 14 points while junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) recorded a career-high 13 in only her second career start ... Other WSU players in double figure scoring included Tricia Lamb with 12 and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) with 10 each ... The Cougars trailed by as many as 18 in the second half before a 21-9 run closed WSU to within 67-61 with 6:46 remaining in the game before the Gauchos pulled away.

BOWLING GREEN RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) scored 19 of her season-high 23 points in the second half to lead WSU to a 79-71 victory in Bowling Green, December 20 ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) each tallied career highs in points with 20 and 12, respectively ... Collins added a career high four steals in her first career start ... Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) contributed a career-high 11 rebounds ... WSU led 59-58 with 6:20 to play before converting 13-of-15 free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.

TOLEDO RECAP: WSU dropped its third straight with a 79-59 setback at Toledo, December 19 ... Tricia Lamb led the Cougars with 14 points while junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) and senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 13 and 11 points, respectively ... Freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) made her first collegiate start and contributed eight points, tying her season high and a season-high 11 rebounds.

IDAHO RECAP: Idaho blew open a close game with an 18-1 run over the final 8:57 to post its third straight win in the series, 68-45, December 12 ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) led the Cougars with 12 points and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) added 11 points ... The margin of defeat was the largest for WSU in a non-conference road game since a 76-51 setback at Texas, Jan. 2, 1993 ... The 45 points were the fewest scored by the Cougs in a non-conference game since a 47-41 loss to Boise State in Pullman, December 14, 1984.

GONZAGA RECAP: The Bulldogs used an 18-2 run over a span of 5:47 late in the second half to pull away from the Cougars and captue an 82-66 victory December 8, Gonzaga's second win in the series in 17 all-time meetings ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) registered a team-high 17 points for the Cougars and senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) each added a dozen points for WSU.

EASTERN WASHINGTON RECAP: Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) capped a 20-point performance with an 18-foot jump shots with five seconds remaining to lift the Cougs to a 61-60 win over Eastern Washington, December 4 ... Dietel's shot finished a 12-2 run that rallied WSU from a 58-49 deficit in the final 3:20 ... Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) added 18 points, one shy of her career high.

COORS CLASSIC RECAP: WSU opened the tournament in Boulder, Colo. with a 68-65 loss vs. Western Michigan, November 26 despite sophomore Romie De Anda's (El Paso, Texas) career high 19 points and seven rebounds ... The Cougars captured the consolation championship the next night with a 66-44 win over Wright State ... The 44 points were the fewest given up by WSU since an 88-37 victory over Gonzaga to open the 1991-92 season ... WSU committed only five turnovers while forcing 22 Raider miscues...Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) followed a 14-point, seven rebound performance against Western Michigan with 15 and eight to earn all-tournament honors ... The win was the first at WSU for Head Coach Jenny Przkewas.

UTAH RECAP: The Cougars were held to their lowest point total in a season opener since a 62-49 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay at the outset of the 1988-89 campaign in the 65-49 loss at Utah, November 20 ... Junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) led WSU with 14 points and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas) recorded career highs in minutes (36) and then career high with 11 points and six rebounds ... Junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario) tallied four points, four rebounds, two steals and a career-high five assists before leaving the game with an injury late in the first half.

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