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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/27/2001
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Feb. 27, 2001

Washington State Cougars (11-14, 6-9 Pac-10, T-7th)
Current Streak: Won One

What's Happening This Week:
Saturday, March 3
at Washington (18-7, 11-4 Pac-10 2nd) 1 p.m.

What's Happening Next Week:
Thursday, March 8
at UCLA 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 10
at USC 1 p.m.

WSU Stats At A Glance:
FG % - .415 (640-1542)
3-Pt % - .350 (117-334)
FT % - .667 (301-451)
Avg. Rebounds/Game - 36.4 (910)
Avg. Points/Game - 67.9
Opp. Avg. Points/Game - 72.2

Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 7-7
(7-5 Friel Court, 0-2 Spokane Arena)
Away: 2-6
Neutral: 2-1
When Leading At The Half: 7-2
When Trailing At The Half: 4-12
When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 3-13
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 8-1
When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 4-9
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 7-5
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 5-9
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 3-4
When Committing More Than 25 Turnovers: 3-1
When Shooting At Or Over .400: 10-8
When Shooting Below .400: 1-6
In Games Decided By Five Points Or Less: 3-2

Home Finale: Coming off a split in its season-ending homestand against Stanford and California, the Washington State women's basketball team will complete the 2000-01 season with its final three games on the road. The Cougars (11-14, 6-9 Pac-10) will begin the final road stretch against the conference's second place team, the Washington Huskies, Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. With six conference wins, WSU has garnered its most Pac-10 wins since the team finished 6-12 in conference play in 1997-98. If the Cougars sweep their final three games, not only would it give the team a .500 overall record but the squad would have their most conference wins since going 9-9 for the 1994-95 campaign.

Radio: All Washington State Pac-10 road contests will be broadcast on KRPL AM 1400. Alex Webster will be calling the action for the next broadcast date, March 3 at Washington. Pre-game airs at 12:45 p.m. Netcasts will be carried at broadcast.yahoo.com and can be linked from wsucougars.com.

The Coach: Jenny Przekwas is in her second season at the helm of the Cougars and her tenth as a head coach overall. Przekwas is 15-38 with the Cougars and 148-137 overall. Prior to coming to the Palouse, Przekwas spent eight years at Saint Francis (Penn.) 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 Washington: The Huskies have been on a tear lately, winning seven of their last eight games. The lone defeat in that stretch was a 64-60 overtime loss at Oregon Feb. 17. Megan Franza leads Washington's attack averaging 16.2 points a contest. Loree Payne (11.1) and Giuliana Mendiola (10.7) are the other two Huskies averaging double digits in points.

The Series: WSU is 14-42 all time versus Washington as the Huskies have captured the last 11 meetings between the two clubs. The Cougars are 11-21 at Seattle with their last win coming by a 72-67 margin Feb. 25, 1995. Ironically, it was the last win the Cougars have taken in the series. Last year at Seattle, Washington squeaked out a 56-55 win as the Huskies rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take the win.

Earlier This Season:
Washington (Feb. 3): Megan Franza scored 15 points to lead a contingent of four Washington players that scored in double figures as the Huskies defeated the Washington State Cougars 91-71 at Friel Court.

Sarah Barrett scored a game-high 17 points to also lead a group of four Cougar players that scored in double figures. However, poor first half shooting plagued WSU and set a deficit that the Cougars could not overcome.

WSU converted 8-of-35 shots (22.9 percent) from the field in the first half compared to a 16-of-32 effort from the floor for Washington. The Cougars rebounded in the second half but ended the game shooting 26-of-70 (.371) from the field compared to the Huskies' 50 percent effort for the game (33-of-66). In addition, poor three-point shooting hurt the Cougars as the team was 1-of-9 from three-point land in the first half.

The Huskies, who never trailed in the contest, jumped out to 9-3 lead in the opening four minutes of the game. WSU went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 9-8 at the 14:48 mark of the half but then went ice-cold while the Huskies heated up.

WSU would score 15 points for the rest of the half as the Cougars made five field goals in that stretch. Two of those field goals came in the final 9:33 of the half. The Huskies took advantage of the Cougars' cold spell, scoring 39 points in that 14:48 period to take a 25-point halftime lead.

Along with Franza's 15, Loree Payne and Andrea Lalum added 14 points while Giuliana Mendiola chipped in 13 for Washington.

In addition to Barrett's season-high tying 17-point effort, Katie Nyseth scored 16 points to record her sixth game in double figures this season. Victoria Harrod added 13 and Kelley Berglund notched her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

Nyseth & Harrod Honored: Washington State University women's basketball players Katie Nyseth and Victoria Harrod were chosen to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball first team it was announced Thursday, Feb. 22.

The pair joins Megan Franza (Washington), Annie Garrison (Santa Clara) and Millie Kimpton (Pacific) as first team selections. A total of 47 eligible student-athletes were nominated by 23 different schools on the District VIII ballot. CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) members in the states of California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah were responsible for voting.

Nyseth, who carries a 3.87 GPA in Biological Systems Engineering, has 395 career assists, which ranks her second on the school's all-time career list in that category. She is 53 assists behind Darla Williamson (1989-92) for first place on the list.

Nyseth's list of honors this season includes a Socrates Award finalist selection, Successful Farming Magazine's All American Women's Basketball Farm Team second team selection and a 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award recipient. She has also been an All-Tournament selection at the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic and the Lady Griz Holiday Classic.

Harrod, who carries a 3.97 GPA in Human Development, has set or tied career highs in eight different categories this season. Through 23 games this season, Harrod is averaging 6.6 points a game on 66-of-122 shooting from the field, which leads the team. She is a career .807 (142-176) free throw shooter, which is the best in school history.

The five first team members will now be on the national Verizon Academic Women's Basketball All-America ballot. First, second and third team national winners will be announced Thursday, March 15, 2001.

Last Week's Wrap:
Stanford (Jan. 27): Stanford's Nicole Powell recorded a triple-double and Lindsey Yamasaki scored a game-high 25-points to lead the Cardinal to an 87-78 win over the Washington State Cougars at Friel Court.

Powell tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to record Stanford's first triple-double since 1987. Powell and Yamasaki's efforts spoiled a career-high 24-point performance from the Cougars' Katie Nyseth. In amassing her total, Nyseth hit on a career-high six three-point field goals, all in the second half.

With both teams tied early at 8-8, Stanford used a 5-0 run to take a lead it would never relinquish for the rest of the game at 13-8 six minutes into the contest.

WSU closed to within 13-12 but the Cardinal outscored WSU 23-12 the rest of the half to take a 36-24 halftime advantage.

In the first half, Stanford shot 16-of-32 from the field while the Cougars struggled with a 10-of-34 performance (29.4 percent) from the floor. Included in that field goal total for WSU was a 0-of-10 performance from three-point territory.

Stanford would stretch its advantage to as much as 24 in the second half before the Cougars rallied late to cut Stanford's final margin of victory to single digits. For the game, Stanford out-rebounded the Cougars on the boards 51-33.

California (Feb. 24): Sarah Barrett recorded 15 points to lead five Washington State players that scored in double figures as the Cougars defeated the California Golden Bears 74-59 at Friel Court.

Barrett's 15 points came by the way of five three-pointers, which tied a season high for her. In addition, it was her first game back since she suffered a concussion at Oregon Feb. 15.

Kelley Berglund recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. A trio of seniors who were playing their last home game left in style by scoring in double-digits. Katie Nyseth followed up her career-high 24-point effort versus Stanford Thursday with 14 points. Yvonne Volkman recorded her 40th career game in double figures with 11 points and Victoria Harrod rounded out the quintet with an 11-point effort of her own.

California's Courtney Johnson led all scorers with 21 points. However, she was the only Golden Bear player to reach double figures as California struggled from the floor the entire contest. For the game California was 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the field including a 0-of-8 effort from three-point territory. Conversely, Washington State was 29-of-68 (42.1 percent) from the floor and hit on 7-of-17 from three-point land.

With the score tied at six apiece five minutes into the game, the Cougars went on a 10-3 run to take a 16-9 advantage at the 9:01 mark of the first half. It would be a lead they would never relinquish for the remainder of the game.

California did go on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 16-15 with 7:41 remaining, but WSU responded with a 6-0 run of there own, courtesy of two Barrett treys, to take a 22-15 lead at the 7:26 mark of the half. The Cougars went on to stretch their advantage to 38-29 into the half.

Cal would cut the Cougars' advantage to 41-35 early in the second half, but an 8-2 WSU run would open up a 49-37 lead at the 16:19 mark of the second half. The Cougars would maintain their double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game.

Captain Comeback: In the 77-76 win over Oregon Feb. 15, WSU rallied from a 16-point first half deficit, marking the second largest comeback in the history of the program. The largest comeback by the Cougars occurred Jan. 9, 1993 when WSU rallied from 18 points down to defeat Washington 75-72 in overtime at Seattle. The win at Oregon marked the fourth win this season that the Cougars have rallied from a double-digit point deficit to capture a win. Oregon has been the victim of Cougar rallies twice this season. At Pullman, Jan. 20, the Cougars were down by 10 to the Ducks in the second half before coming back for a 67-64 win. WSU has also rallied from double-digit deficits for wins against USC and Idaho. The 68-52 win over Idaho Dec. 2 tied for the fourth greatest comeback in WSU history. The Cougars were down by 13 to the Vandals early in the second half before rallying for the 16-point win.

Season sweep: The season sweep over Oregon was the first time WSU swept a Pac-10 opponent since the 1997-98 season when the Cougars swept California. The win over Oregon was the first road win over the Ducks since 1992-93.

Injury Update: Sarah Barrett sustained a concussion against Oregon Feb. 15 and missed the next two games against Oregon State and Stanford. However, she returned against Cal to score a team-high 15 points in the win over the Bears. Jessica Collins (left foot stress fracture) and Lindsey Egeland (third degree sprain of the left ankle) are out for the season.

Pac-10 Leaders: Katie Nyseth ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists averaging 5.52 a game and assist/turnover ratio (2.16). As a team, the Cougars are third in the conference in assists (16.48/game) and three-point field goals (4.68/game).

Volkman Hits The Century Figure: Saturday's win over California marked Yvonne Volkman's 100th career game as a Cougar, and her 55th as a starter. In her 100th contest, Volkman recorded her 40th career game in double figures in points with 11. Volkman's career point total currently stands at 781, just 13 shy of cracking the school's top-20 list. Volkman leads the team averaging 10.5 points a game.

Three-Point Triumphs: The Cougars have hit at least seven three-pointers in seven of their last eight games. WSU has hit a total of 54 treys in its last eight games. Sarah Barrett leads the Cougars' three-point attack making 42-of-101 (.416) shots from beyond the arc.

Berglund's Buckets: Kelley Berglund's leads the team by reaching double figures in points in 12 games. She leads a contingent of 10 Cougars that have scored in double figures in a game this season. Berglund also leads the team with three double-doubles in points and rebounds. Berglund leads the team in rebounding averaging 5.4 boards a game and she is third on the squad averaging 9.6 points a game.

Twice As Good: The win over Arizona Feb. 10 marked the first time since the 1994-95 season that WSU has captured two wins over ranked opponents in the same season. That year, the Cougars defeated three ranked opponents. Earlier this season, the Cougars upset then No. 18 Oregon 67-64 at Pullman Jan. 20. WSU nearly defeated a third ranked adversary just falling short to Arizona State 74-72 Feb. 8.

Turnovers Tell The Story...Or Do They?: The first half of the Pac-10 season saw WSU record over 20 turnovers in six of its first seven games. However, the team has committed 20 or fewer turnovers in six of its last eight games. Ironically, in the six conference games that WSU has committed less than 20 turnovers, all but one have resulted in a loss. The Cougars committed 19 turnovers in the 64-46 loss to Oregon State Jan. 18 and 13 turnovers in the 84-67 loss at Stanford Jan. 27. In addition, WSU turned the ball over 17 times in the 91-71 loss to Washington and committed 13 turnovers against Arizona State Feb. 8. WSU turned the ball over a season low 11 times versus Stanford Feb. 22 but still came away with the 87-78 loss. The lone win was Feb. 15 at Oregon when the Cougars committed 15 turnovers. WSU has averaged 19.6 turnovers for the season while its opponents have turned the rock over an average of 19.8 times a contest. The Cougars are 7-5 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents and 4-9 when committing more. In addition, WSU is 5-9 when committing less than 20 turnovers, 3-4 when committing 20-24 and 3-1 when committing more than 25.

Double-Double Run: The Cougars have accomplished the double-double feat in six games this season. Whitney Martindale started the ball rolling with a 13-point, 10-rebound effort in the 76-49 win over Samford Dec. 29. Kelley Berglund recorded the second double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds versus Montana Dec. 30. Brittney Hawks extended it to three in a row with her 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win over USC Jan. 4. Hawks became the first Cougar to record two double-doubles this season with her 10 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona Jan. 11. Berglund scored her second double-double of the season with her 12-point, 14-rebound performance against Washington Feb. 3. Yvonne Volkman recorded her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds versus Arizona Feb. 10. Berglund recorded her team-leading third double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against California Feb. 24.

NCAA Flavor: It is fitting that WSU will host the 2001 NCAA West Regional, March 24 & 26 at the Spokane Arena with the large 2000 NCAA Tournament presence on its schedule. WSU has played eight teams (George Washington, Vermont, BYU, Montana, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford) that reached the 2000 NCAA Tournament during the 2000-01 schedule. The Cougars are 4-7 against those opponents so far this season.

Cougar Notes: The 1,231 who witnessed the UW-WSU Feb. 3 game was the largest crowd to witness a Cougar game this season. In addition, it was the largest audience to witness a Cougar game since 1,350 observed the Cougars and the Huskies play Jan. 20, 1996. ... Eleven different players have been a member of the WSU starting line-up so far this season. Katie Nyseth is the only player on the team who has started every game ...The 15-of-15 performance from the free throw line against Oregon Jan. 20 was the first perfect effort by the Cougars from the charity stripe since the Feb. 11, 1999 14-of-14 effort also against Oregon...Despite out-rebounding Arizona State 34-31, the 83-70 defeat by the Sun Devils Jan. 13 is the team's only loss when it has out-rebounded an opponent...The Cougars are 8-1 when out-rebounding their opponents and 3-13 when being out-rebounded... WSU has been outscored 871-760 in the first half including 574-454 in Pac-10 games.

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