Women's Basketball Concludes Home Schedule Saturday at 6 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2001

Washington State Cougars (10-14, 5-9 Pac-10, 7th)
Current Streak: Lost Two

What's Happening:
Saturday, February 24
vs. California (11-12, 7-6 Pac-10 5th) 6: 07 p.m. Friel Court
Televised live by Fox Sports Northwest

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

Home Finale: The Washington State Cougars conclude their home schedule with California (7-6, 11-12) Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6:07 p.m. WSU is coming off a 87-78 loss to Stanford Thursday night and will attempt to break a two-game losing skid.

Stanford Wrap: 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.

Senior Swan Song: The California game will mark the last game for four seniors on the Cougar squad. Following is a brief synopsis of each player's accomplishments while a member of the Cougars.

Victoria Harrod: A fixture on the team for the past four years, Harrod has seen action in 94 career games, starting 32. The 2000-01 campaign has seen Harrod set or tie career highs in eight different categories. Harrod is a career .808 (139-172) free throw shooter, which is the best in school history. Harrod earned a 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection and was a 1999 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team honoree. She was voted by teammates as the squad's most inspirational player after returning from a broken arm during her junior season. In addition, she was selected as the Outstanding Junior in the Human Development Department at WSU.

Katie Nyseth: Nyseth honors this season include 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. Nyseth's 389 career assists places her second on the school's all-time list in that category. With her 24 points against Stanford, Nyseth eclipsed the 500-career point mark. She currently has 503 career points. Nyseth has set or tied career highs in 10 different categories during her senior season. Nyseth 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.

Joanna Smith: Just last week, Smith staked her claim to the No. 1 position on the school's career three-point field goal list. Smith entered the Oregon contest Feb. 15 tied for first on the list with Heather Norman at 133 career field goals. Her trey at the 17:03 mark of the second half gave Smith sole possession of the record. In addition, her .464 (39-84) percentage from three-point territory in 1998 is a single season school record. Smith is also second on the single-season three-point list with 68 her freshman year (1997) and third in career three-point percentage of .387 (138-357).

Yvonne Volkman: After missing seven games from Dec. 17 to Jan. 13 due to a left foot stress fracture, Yvonne Volkman has made her presence felt to the opposition. In the nine games since her return, Volkman has averaged 11.9 points a contest, including scoring a career high tying 22 points in two consecutive games. Additionally, she leads the team with a 10.6 points a game average. She has set or tied career highs in six categories during her senior season. Volkman's career point total currently stands at 770, just 24 shy of cracking the school's top-20 list. She has hit double-digits in points 39 times for her career. Volkman was a Pac-10 honorable mention selection after her junior season.

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 14-38 with the Cougars and 147-137 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 California: The Bears saw their five-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 78-71 defeat to Washington. Courtney Johnson leads a trio of Cal players in double figures with a 14.0 points a game average. Johnson has averaged 23.3 points in her last two games including a season-high 34-point effort against Stanford Feb. 16. Kanya Corley (13.6 ppg) and Ami Porney (10.2) round out the double figure trio.

The Series: The Cougars are 15-19 in the overall series with California. WSU is 11-5 versus the Bears at Pullman with its last win coming by a 72-65 verdict Jan. 27, 2000.

Earlier This Season:
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 as a regular occurrence. 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 WSU 69-56.

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.

The Cougars saw their advantage drowned out by a deluge of points from Cal, combined with a lack of point production from themselves.

Once it fell behind, Cal immediately answered the WSU run, by 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.

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.About California: The Bears saw their five-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 78-71 defeat to Washington. Courtney Johnson leads a trio of Cal players in double figures with a 14.0 points a game average. Johnson has averaged 23.3 points in her last two games including a season-high 34-point effort against Stanford Feb. 16. Kanya Corley (13.6 ppg) and Ami Porney (10.2) round out the double figure trio.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 Feb. 15 was the first road win over the Ducks since 1992-93.

Injury Update: Sarah Barrett sustained a concussion against Oregon Feb. 15 and has missed the past two games. She is questionable for California. Jessica Collins is out with a left foot stress fracture. Lindsey Egeland is out for the remainder of the season with a third degree sprain of the left ankle.

Pac-10 Leaders: Katie Nyseth ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists averaging 5.50 a game. Nyseth is first in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.28). As a team, the Cougars are third in the conference in assists (16.33/game), and three-point field goals (4.58/game).

Double Trouble: Ten Cougars have scored in double figures in a game this season. Kelley Berglund leads the team with 11 double-digit point efforts. Berglund has hit double-digits in six of her last eight games.

Double Ranked Triumph: 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.

Three-Point Land A Friendly Place - Sometimes: After making a total of two treys in games at California (Jan. 25), at Stanford (Jan. 27) and the first half against Washington (Feb. 3), WSU made a total of 35 treys combined in the second half versus Washington and the Arizona State (Feb. 8), Arizona (Feb. 10) and Oregon (Feb. 15) games. The 12 three-pointers at Oregon was just one shy of the school single-game record of 13 against Southern Utah Jan. 13, 1997. The Cougars made seven treys against Stanford Feb. 22 but were 0-10 from three-point land in the first half.

Turnovers Tell The Story...Or Does It?: 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 seven games. Ironically, in the six conference games that WSU has committed less than 20 turnovers, all but one have resulted in losses. 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 6-5 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, 2-4 when committing 20-24 and 3-1 when committing more than 25.

Nyseth Notes: Although she did not win the award, senior Katie Nyseth earned national recognition when she was selected 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 winner was Ben Hamilton, center for the Minnesota football squad.

The finalists, along with Nyseth and Hamilton were Brees, Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke from Florida State, Bethany Bogart (UCLA, soccer), Andre Carter (California, football), Kimball Christianson (Utah, football), and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, football).

The Socrates Award finalist selection 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. In addition, Nyseth earned an all-tournament selection at the Lady Griz Holiday Classic at Missoula, Mont.

Double-Double Run: The Cougars have accomplished the double-double feat in seven 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. Jessica Ottmar turned in the most recent double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Stanford Feb. 22. It was the first double-double of Ottmar's career.

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 4-6 against those opponents so far this season.

Other Notes: The 1,231 who witnessed the UW-WSU Feb. 3 game was the largest to see 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 7-1 when out-rebounding their opponents and 3-13 when being out-rebounded... WSU has been outscored 842-722 in the first half including 427-343 in Pac-10 games.

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