<b>Regular Season Begins For Women's Basketball At Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic</b>

Nov. 14, 2001

What's Happening This Week:
at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii, Texas A&M, Portland State
Saturday, Nov. 17
5 p.m. Pacific
Sunday, Nov. 18
Third Place/Championship Game
1/3 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team marks the beginning of the 2001-02 season at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 17-18 at Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cougars will join Portland State, Texas A&M, and host Hawaii in the two-day tournament. Texas A&M and Portland State open the competition at 3 p.m. Pacific Time while WSU and Hawaii will battle at 5 p.m. Pacific, Saturday, Nov. 17. The third place/championship game will be played Sunday, Nov. 18.

About Hawaii: The Wahine are coming off a 26-8 season in which it advanced to the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament semifinals. Three starters return from last year's squad including Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year April Atuaia and All-WAC Newcomer Janka Gabrielova. Hawaii is coming off a 74-52 exhibition win over the New Zealand Tall Ferns, Nov. 10. Guard Chelsea Wagner and forward Jade Abele combined for 33 points, 27 of which came on three-pointers. Wagner topped the scoring for the Wahine with 20 points, hitting 6-of-9 from behind the arc. Abele chipped in 13 points on 3-of-4 3-point shots, while also adding six rebounds. Two other Wahine scored in double figures as senior Karena Greeny poured in 12 points and junior Natasja Allen had 11.

About Texas A&M: Toccara Williams scored 17 points and LaToya Rose added 16 points to boost the Aggies to an 86-64 win over the Houston Jaguars in an exhibition game, Nov. 10. The Aggies fell behind early in the first half and went into the locker room at the break trailing 34-33. However, after the half the Aggies rallied holding as much as a 28-point lead in the second half.

About Portland State: Portland State dropped a 65-55 decision to Western Oregon, Nov. 10 in its first and only exhibition game of the 2001-02 season. The Vikings, which only dressed eight players for the game were led by sophomore Sara Hedgepeth. Hedgepeth recorded 15 rebounds and scored a game-high 19 points on eight-of-14 shooting from the field and a perfect three-of-three from the free throw line. In all, Portland State won the rebounding battle by a 49-39 margin with its three post players combining for 34 boards. Staci Kleier had 10 rebounds and Jill Feller added nine on the night. Nikki Petticrew was the other Viking in double digits in scoring with 11 on the night.

Exhibition Wrap: Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Washington State Cougars defeated Mirabel Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) 68-34 in a women's basketball exhibition game at Friel Court, Nov. 10.A total of 11 players saw action for the Cougars, as nine made a dent on the scoreboard. Freshman Francine McCurtain headed a pack of three Cougars who scored in double-digits with 15 points. In recording her game-high point total, McCurtain hit three treys and converted on all six of her free throw attempts. Sophomore Lindsey Egeland added 12 points, while senior Brittney Hawks chipped in 11 points.Washington State outscored Slovakia 36-12 in the second half and forced their European opponents, who only had five players that logged any minutes, into 33 turnovers. In the second half, the Cougars held Slovakia to 5-of-23 shooting from the field (.217).Egeland led the Cougars, who won the rebounding battle 41-34, with six rebounds and joined McCurtain in leading the team with three assists.Jana Pavlikova led Slovakia with eight points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field. She also had a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks. The Cougars jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back, taking a 32-22 lead into halftime.

WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas:

On The Exhibition: 'It was a good opportunity for our freshmen to get the jitters out and experience what college basketball is all about,''I thought Slovakia was pretty good. They just didn't have many players and they ran out of gas as we picked up our intensity in the second half.''I was disappointed in our inability to hit shots. I thought our shooting percentage was very poor for the shots that we had. We have to start hitting more shots in practice.'

On Hawaii: 'Hawaii is a very good team that is coming off a great season. We want to play the type of competition that is going to make us better in the Pac-10 and Hawaii is that caliber of team. We are looking for a possible upset in Hawaii and at least come out of there with a split.'

No. 11 Jessica Collins: Granted a medical hardship allowing a return for the 2001-02 season... playing time limited to four games in 2000-01 due to a left foot stress fracture...averaged 2.8 points and 10.5 minutes a game...dished out a career-high five assists versus Vermont (Nov. 26)...earned a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection...selected as team's most inspirational player.

No. 33 Brittney Hawks: Returns as team's leading scorer and rebounder...saw action in all 28 games in 2000-01 season, starting 12...tallied a school record 11 offensive rebounds at UCLA (March 8)...finished third on the team in total points (249) and fourth in scoring (8.9 points/game)...second on the squad in field goal percentage (.449)...tied for second on the team in field goals made (97)...second on the team in rebounding (5.2/game) and total rebounds (145)...ranked 20th in the conference in rebounding.

No. 12 Whitney Martindale: Saw action in 25 games, starting eight during 2000-01 season... averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds a game...recorded the team's first double-double of the season by posting season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (10) versus Samford, Dec. 29...recorded a season-high six assists and five steals versus Toledo, Dec. 9...along with Jessica Ottmar is the team's top returning free throw shooter (28-39, .718).

No. 41 Jessica Ottmar: Appeared in all 28 games, starting 22 in 2000-01 season...averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds a game...reached double figures in points four times including a career-high 17-point effort versus Idaho (Dec. 2)...shot 8-of-9 (.889) from the field versus the Vandals to reach her career-high total... along with Whitney Martindale, is team's top retuning free throw shooter (28-39, .718)...honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic...earned team's strength and conditioning award.

No. 34 Kim Dugan: Saw action in 12 games, starting one in 2000-01...in first career start, saw a season-high 21 minutes and posted a season-high three steals at USC (March 10)...averaged 9.1 minutes and 3.5 points per game...scored a season-high 10 points on a season-high 4-of-8 shooting at UCLA (March 8).

No. 21 Lindsey Egeland: walked onto team at beginning of 2000-01 season and worked her way into starting line-up...missed last 10 games of season due to a left ankle sprain suffered in practice...prior to injury, had started four consecutive games...saw action in 11 games averaging 9.5 minutes a contest ...earned team's most improved award.

No. 44 Candace Fields: Saw action in 20 games averaging 9.1 minutes a contest in 2000-01...scored a season-high five points twice versus George Washington Nov. 25 and Vermont Nov. 26...grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at American (Nov. 21) in addition to posting six rebounds at Montana (Dec. 30).

No. 42 Jami Clevenger: Lettered four years in basketball as well as three years in volleyball and track at Caldwell High School... led team to an A1 Division II state championship in her senior season...shot 53 percent (73-138) from the field en route to averaging 12 points a game...in addition, averaged 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals a contest...named the Idaho Statesman Division II Player of the Year.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: Exploded for a 24 points and 16.7 rebound average in her senior season at Sanda School in Vasteras, Sweden... earned the 2001 MVP award at the Under 20 Championships in Sweden... scored 35 and 37 points in two playoff games leading her team to a third place finish in Sweden...was a member of the Swedish Junior National Team for four years and played in over 40 international games.

No. 32 Francine McCurtain: As a senior at Winslow High School was selected to Navajo Times all-area team and the Arizona Republic's third team...named the Arizona Republic's Small School Player of the Year, which encompasses the 1A through 3A classifications...Arizona Republic first team selection...earned the Navajo Times Female Player of the Year as well as Winter Sports Athlete of the Year...named 3A North Regional Enchantment Player of the Year... averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 4.0 assists for state runner-up squad.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: Completed high school basketball career as Shadow Mountain's High School all-time leader in points (1,753), steals and assists (325)...earned all-time leader status in those categories after junior season...selected to the all-Desert Valley Region first team as a senior...earned second team All-Arizona.


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