2-1 Cougars Host BYU, Idaho In Season Home Openers

Nov. 28, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - What's Happening This Week:Thursday, Nov. 30 - BYU, 7 p.m. Friel Court.

Saturday, Dec. 2 - Idaho, 7 p.m. Friel Court.

What Happened Last Week:

Nov. 21 - WSU 59, American 52

Nov. 25 - George Washington 76, WSU 62

Nov. 26 - WSU 69, Vermont 47

Quick Team Stats:FG % - .405 (66-163),3-Pt % - .423 (11-26),FT % - .566 (47-83),Avg. Points/Game - 63.3,Opp. Avg Points/Game - 58.3.

Current Streak - Won 1

Cougars When:Leading At The Half: 2-0

Trailing At The Half: 0-1

Home Sweet Home: After a week-long road swing through Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, the Cougars return to the familiar surroundings of the Palouse for their 2000-2001 season home opener. Washington State (2-1) opens its home schedule with the BYU Cougars (1-1, before a Nov. 28 game versus Southern Utah) Thursday, Nov. 30. Two days later, WSU will take on its Palouse rival, the Idaho Vandals (0-4, before a Nov. 30 game versus Montana) Saturday, Dec. 2. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.

Next Opponent - BYU: This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools that share the same nickname. WSU enters Thursday's game with a 3-2 edge in the career series. WSU will mark the third Pac-10 opponent for BYU so far this season. The Cougars from Utah have split their previous two meetings with the Pac-10 this season falling to Arizona 76-71 and defeating UCLA 68-53.

NCAA Flavor: It is fitting that WSU will host the 2001 NCAA West Regional at the Spokane Arena, March 24 & 26. WSU will have a large NCAA Tournament presence on its schedule this season. Including George Washington & Vermont, WSU will play seven teams (BYU, Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA,) and potentially eight (Montana) that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.

Cougars On TV: Five of Washington State's 18 Pacific-10 Conference games will be televised. The Feb. 3 Washington and Feb. 10 Arizona games will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. Three games will be televised on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Northwest - Oregon State Jan. 18, at Oregon State Feb. 17, California Feb. 24.

A Thanksgiving Trip To Remember: The Nov. 26 win over Vermont marked the end of a weeklong road trip that took the Cougars across the country to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Among the attractions the Cougars saw were the Capitol building, the Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and Times Square along with a Broadway show.

Nyseth Honored: Thanksgiving week was a time when WSU senior guard Katie Nyseth earned accolades both on the court as well as off. At the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic, Nyseth was named as an All-Tournament Team selection in addition to earning the 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award. An aspect of the award was a scholarship donation made to WSU in Nyseth's name. At the tournament, Nyseth averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals in two games. In the Cougars' 69-47 win over Vermont in the consolation game, WSU found itself down 6-2 early in the contest. With Vermont's lead cut to 6-4, Nyseth drained a trey to give the Cougars their first lead of the game at 7-6 at the 14:59 mark of the first half. It would be a lead WSU would not relinquish. Along with her perfect 2-of-2 performance from three-point land in the Vermont win, Nyseth hit on 3-of-4 treys against George Washington. With a total of 14 assists last week, Nyseth has 271 career assists, just one behind Shelley Patterson (272) for eighth place on the career list. Nyseth is majoring in Biological Systems Engineering and carries a 3.86 GPA. She was honored last year as the College of Agriculture and the Biological Systems Engineering Junior of the Year. In addition, she was a 2000 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team selection.

Past Game Summaries:American (Nov. 21) - Utilizing a 29-8 run over a 15:53 span of the game, WSU sprinted to a 16-point second-half lead and then held off a late American rally to record a 59-52 season opening win over the Eagles at Bender Arena. Down 13-8 at the 10:27 mark of the first half, WSU would never trail again after a 7-0 run that was initiated by a three-pointer from Whitney Martindale and ended by a bucket from Martindale. After American briefly tied the game at 15, WSU scored 10 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 25-18 halftime lead. After spotting the Eagles a three-point play to begin the second half, WSU blitzed American with a 12-0 run to seize a 37-21 lead with 14:34 left in the game.

GWU (Nov. 25) - After playing GWU on even terms in the first half, WSU could not overcome a blistering performance from the Colonials at the free throw line in the second half during its 76-62 defeat in the opening game of the Rutgers' Coca-Cola Classic at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.In that second half, WSU (1-1) was 13-of-26 from the floor (.500), compared to the Colonials' 12-of-27 (.444). The difference proved to be at the line as GWU (2-1) shot a scorching 22-of-23 (.957) compared to the Cougars' 6-of-16 (.375) effort from the charity stripe. For the game, WSU was 13-of-27 (.481) from the line while the Colonials shot over 80 percent (26-of-31).

Vermont (Nov. 26) - Yvonne Volkman and Szudia Bragg led all scorers with 12 points a piece to propel the Washington State Cougars to a 69-47 win over the Vermont Catamounts in the consolation game of the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic at the Louis Brown Arena.Volkman and Bragg led a Cougar team that had ten different players making a mark on the scoreboard.While the Cougar offense had no trouble finding the scoreboard, their defense was making that a difficult proposition for the Catamounts, especially in the first half.WSU was not spectacular from the field in the first half, hitting 10-of-29 (.345) shots. However, Vermont's shooting was as dreary as the New Jersey weather. The Catamounts converted on only 6-of-31 (.194) field goals in the first half and was 14-of-52 (.269) from the field for the game.

Cougar Notes: Junior center Brittney Hawks has been the road warrior for the Cougars during their season opening road trip. Hawks scored 18 points in each of the Cougars' first two games at American and versus George Washington shooting a combined 14-of-21 (.667) from the floor. In addition to being the team's leading scorer during this young season with a 13 points a game average, Hawks is also the team's leading rebounder averaging seven boards per game...Washington State has used the same starting line-up of Yvonne Volkman, Kelley Berglund, Sarah Barrett, Jessica Ottmar and Katie Nyseth in each of its first three games...in WSU's first two games, the Cougars averaged 27.5 turnovers a game. In the win over Vermont, WSU nearly cut that total in half with 14 turnovers... with 122 career three-point field goals, Joanna Smith needs three treys to pass Kelli Kronberger (124) for second on the Cougars' all-time list and 12 to overtake Heather Norman (133) for first place. Smith also ranks third on the school's career three-point percentage list (.395). She is WSU's single season record holder in that category when she rained in 39-of-84 three pointers (.464) in 1998.

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