Cougars Return Home To Face In-State Rivals

Jan. 30, 2001

Washington State Cougars (8-10, 3-5 Pac-10, 8th)
Current Streak: Lost Two
This Time Last Year: 4-14, 1-7 Pac-10

What's Happening This Week:
Saturday, February 3
vs. Washington (12-6, 5-3 Pac-10) 1: 06 p.m. Friel Court
Televised live by Fox Sports Net.
What's Happening Next Week:
Thursday, February 8
vs. Arizona State 7 p.m. Friel Court
Saturday, February 10
vs. Arizona 1:06 p.m. Friel Court
Televised live by Fox Sports Net.

WSU Stats At A Glance:
FG % - .416 (441-1060)
3-Pt % - .315 (63-200)
FT % - .667 (228-342)
Avg. Rebounds/Game - 36.6 (658)
Avg. Points/Game - 65.2
Opp. Avg Points/Game - 68.8

What's Up This Week:In the midst of a stretch that has seen them lose five of their last six meetings, the Washington State Cougars (8-10, 3-5) will look to get well by hosting their in-state rivals, the Washington Huskies (12-6, 5-3). The 2001 edition of the two annual meetings between the clubs will begin Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1: 06 p.m. in a game that will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. Tod Pickett and Heather Cox will call the action. A month to the day from their first meeting, the two teams will renew acquaintances Saturday, March 3 at Seattle. The game with the Huskies begins a three-game homestand for WSU. After Saturday's contest, the Cougars will host Arizona State Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and Arizona Saturday, Feb.10 at 1: 06 p.m. Fox Sports Net will also televise the Arizona contest live.

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 12-34 with the Cougars and 145-133 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.

Radio: All Washington State Pac-10 road contests will be broadcast on KRPL AM 1400. The next broadcast dates are Thursday, Feb. 15 at Oregon and Saturday, Feb. 17 at Oregon State with the pre-game airing at 6:45 p.m. Netcasts will be carried at and can be linked from

About The Huskies: Just as the Cougars will begin a three-game homestand, Washington's trip to the Palouse will mark the third consecutive road game for the squad. Megan Franza leads the Huskies' attack, averaging 14.7 points a game. Franza is coming off a 30-point effort on 11-of-17 shooting (6-of-10 from three-point territory) in Washington's 69-68 win over California Jan. 27. Franza heads a contingent of three players (Giuliana Mendiola 10.4, Loree Payne 10.2) who are averaging double figures in points. After beginning the Pac-10 season with three consecutive wins, Washington has dropped three of its last five contests.

Series History:
Washington: The state rivals will hook up for the 59th time when they meet Saturday in a series that dates back to 1971. The Cougars trail in the state rivalry 41-17. After taking 15 of the first 20 games in the series, WSU has captured just two contests since 1982, a span of 38 games. WSU has dropped the last 10 meetings to UW as its last victory was Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 win at Pullman. The Cougars are 3-19 all-time in the series at Pullman, a worse mark than their 11-21 record in games at Seattle.

Last Week Wrap-Up:
California (Jan. 25): The second half of the Washington State's women's basketball game against California was a tale of two extremes.

One extreme was a stretch of time when the team found the bucket on a regular basis. But just as quickly as the bucket could be seen by the Cougars, it just as rapidly became invisible.

After taking a seven point second half lead, the Cougars went ice-cold from the field as the Bears defeated the WSU 69-56 in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Haas Pavilion.

Down by a 34-32 margin at the half, the Cougars spotted Cal a trey to open the second half, and then blitzed the Bears with a 14-2 run to take a 46-39 lead, their first advantage of the game, with 14:43 left.

In that run the Cougars were 7-of-10 from the field including converting on four consecutive field goal attempts.

Just as fast as they took the lead, the Cougars saw their advantage drowned out by a deluge of points from Cal, and a lack of points from themselves.

When Cal fell behind, it immediately answered the WSU scoring run, scoring eight straight points over the next two and a half minutes to go ahead 47-46.

A Yvonne Volkman basket put WSU back up 48-47 at the 10:53 mark but it would be the last lead the Cougars would enjoy for the rest of the game.

Cal would outscore WSU 12-2 over the next 5:10 as the Cougars did not make a field goal in that stretch.

For the game, the Cougars shot 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field but were only 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) in the second half. In addition, WSU was 0-of-8 from three-point territory for the game.

Volkman led WSU with 15 points and Kelley Berglund added 12 for the Cougars. California was led by a game high 18 points from Courtney Johnson.

Stanford (Jan. 27): Stanford's Nicole Powell just missed a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to offset a career tying high 19-point effort from Yvonne Volkman as the Washington State women's basketball squad fell to the Stanford Cardinal 84-67 at Maples Pavilion.

As in the 69-56 loss to California Thursday, the Cougars (8-10, 3-5) were once again victims to poor shooting from the field and a cold stretch where WSU could not find the basket.

In the loss to California, the Cougars scored 10 points in the game's final 14:43. Against Stanford, the Cougars went through an eight-minute period of the game over the first and second halves in which they did not convert a field goal.

That cold spell doomed WSU in what had been a tight affair in the first half.

The first five minutes of the game featured five lead changes and one tie between the clubs. After a Volkman bucket put the Cougars up 6-5 at the 15:21 mark of the half, Stanford's Carolyn Moos converted a three-point play to put the Cardinal up 8-6 with 14:41 left.

Moos' bucket and free throw began a 15-2 Stanford run over a six-minute span that gave the Cardinal a 25-13 lead with 8:37 left.

WSU responded however, scoring 16 of the games next 23 points that shaved the Cardinal lead to 32-29 at the 3:08 mark of the half. But just as WSU threatened to catch the Cardinal, Stanford deterred the Cougars' attack by outscoring them 10-2 for the remainder of the half to extend its lead back to double digits. In Stanford's run to end the half a pair Volkman free throws were the only dents the Cougars made on the scoreboard.

The Cougars' field goal drought continued into the second half as Stanford ran off the first nine points of the half. Once again a pair of Volkman free throws was all the Cougars had to show on the scoreboard for the first 4:58. Finally, Volkman's bucket at the 15:02 mark of the half broke the Cougars' field goal drought. In that 8:06 stretch between Cougar field goals, Stanford outscored WSU 21-4.

For the game, WSU was 1-of-17 from three-point territory. In the two games against Cal and Stanford over the weekend, WSU was a combined 1-of-25 from three-point land.Stanford's Enjoli Izidor led all scorers and four Cardinal players in double figures with 22 points. Kelley Berglund pitched in 16 for WSU.

Highs and Lows: Last week's trip to the Bay Area marked some season highs and lows for the Cougars. The 13 turnovers against Stanford was a season low for WSU. In addition, the 15 steals against the Cardinal was a season high. The 23 rebounds against California was a season low.

Smith Ties Record: With her three treys against Oregon Jan. 20, senior Joanna Smith increased her career three-point field goal total to 133. That ties her with Heather Norman (133, 1989-92) for first on the school's all-time three-point field goal list. With a .383 (133-347) career three-point percentage, Smith ranks third on the school's all-time three-point percentage list.

Diverse Scoring: The Cougars do not have a player averaging double figures in points but the squad does boast four players (Yvonne Volkman 9.8, Kelley Berglund 9.5, Brittney Hawks 8.5 and Katie Nyseth 8.3) averaging over eight points a game.

First Half Blues: WSU has been outscored in the first half in six straight games and eight of its past nine contests. In those nine games, the Cougars have been outscored by an average margin of 37.9-29.1. The first half was a different story for the Cougars in their first nine games as they outscored the opposition by an average margin of 30.9-28.9. For the season, WSU has been outscored 601-540 in the first half including 304-224 in Pac-10 games. WSU has only been outscored 637-633 in the second half this season.

Pac-10 Turnover Struggles: After beginning the season with 29 and 26 turnovers in their first two games the Cougars did not eclipse the 20-turnover mark in their next eight games. However, WSU recorded over 20 turnovers in six of its first eight Pac-10 games. Ironically, in the two conference games that WSU has committed less than 20 turnovers, both have resulted in losses. The Cougars committed 19 turnovers in the 64-46 loss to Oregon State Jan. 18 and a season low 13 turnovers in the 84-67 loss at Stanford Jan. 27. WSU has averaged 20.6 turnovers for the season while its opponents have turned the rock over an average of 19.2 times a contest. The Cougars are 4-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents and 4-8 when committing more.

Honors Continue For Nyseth: Katie Nyseth's all-tournament selection at the Lady Griz Classic Dec. 29-30 was just the latest in a string of honors that have rolled in for her this season. Maybe the most noteworthy of these honors has been her selection as one of eight finalists for the second annual One-On-One Sports Socrates Award Dec. 19.

The Socrates Award is presented annually to the college athlete who best exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and the Socrates creed 'Strong Mind In A Strong Body.' This includes a student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a leader and quality contributor in their sport(s), an outstanding student academically and a quality citizen in his/her community. Last year's inaugural winner of the award was Purdue quarterback Drew Brees.This year's finalists, along with Nyseth and Brees are Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke from Florida State, Bethany Bogart (UCLA, soccer), Andre Carter (California, football), Kimball Christianson (Utah, football), Ben Hamilton (Minnesota, football) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, football).

The award will be presented at the March of Dimes National Athletic Award event scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Mich. CBS Sports' Greg Gumbel will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Fox Sports Net will televise the event. The winner of the award will be announced in January.

The Socrates Award is another of an ever-growing list of honors for Nyseth, a 5-3 senior guard from Cheshire, Ore., this season. Nyseth was honored with the 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award, Nov. 24. An aspect of the award was a scholarship donation made to WSU in Nyseth's name. In addition, she was an All-Tournament Team selection at the Classic, Nov. 25-26. In two games versus George Washington and Vermont, Nyseth averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals.

Just a week later, Nyseth was named with a second team selection to the Successful Farming Magazine's All American Women's Basketball Farm Team, Dec. 2. The All American Farm Team is a scholastic program honoring outstanding college athletes who call a farm or ranch home. All athletes and their parents receive a plaque honoring their selection to the team.

Nyseth is a Biological Systems Engineering major 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.

With 345 career assists, Nyseth ranks sixth on the Cougars' all-time list in that category. She is just five assists away from Jennifer Kerns (350, 1996-2000) for fifth position on the list. For the season, Nyseth is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. In addition, she leads the team in assists (4.9 a game) and steals (2.1 a game). She leads the Pac-10 in assist to turnover ratio with a 2.26 figure. She also ranks second in assists with a 4.89 average.

Double-Double Run: After going through the first eight games of the season without a double-double, the Cougars have accomplished the feat in four of the past eight games. 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.

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 3-5 against those opponents so far this season.

Other Notes: Volkman was not the only member of the Cougar squad to hit double digits last week. Kelley Berglund averaged 14 points over the weekend, recording 12 points at California and 16 points at Stanford. Berglund has now hit double digits in eight games this season including her last three contests...Ten different players have been a member of the WSU starting line-up so far this season. Katie Nyseth and Jessica Ottmar are the only two players on the team who have 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 Feb. 11, 1999 a 14-of-14 effort also against Oregon. The win over Oregon was WSU's third win (Idaho, USC) this season in which it came back from a double-digit deficit and the Cougars' third win when they were trailing at the half. The 68-52 win over Idaho Dec. 2 tied the 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...Despite out-rebounding Arizona State 34-31, the 83-70 defeat by the Sun Devils Jan. 13 was the team's first loss when it has out-rebounded an opponent...The Cougars are 6-1 when out-rebounding their opponents and 2-10 when being out-rebounded.
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