Cougars Continue Homestand Against Regional Rivals

Nov. 27, 2001

Washington State Cougars (1-3, 0-0)

What's Happening This Week:
Thursday, Nov. 29
vs. Gonzaga (2-3)
Pullman, Wash.
Friel Court, 7 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, Dec. 1
vs. Montana (2-1)
Pullman, Wash.
Friel Court, 6 p.m. Pacific

What Happened Last Week:
Saturday, Nov. 24
L - BYU, 94-67
Francine McCurtain leads Cougars with 18 points.

Monday, Nov. 26
W - Portland State, 55-49
Whitney Martindale sparks Cougars to first win of season.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team will look to build on its 55-49 win over Portland State, Monday by hosting a pair of non-conference regional rivals at Friel Court this week. The Cougars (1-3) face the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-3) Thursday, Nov 29 at 7 p.m., and the Montana Lady Griz (2-1) Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

About Gonzaga: The Bulldogs will attempt to snap a two-game losing skid when they invade Pullman, Thursday. Gonzaga is coming off an 86-85 overtime defeat at the hands of Pacific, Nov. 24. The Bulldogs are led by the scoring of senior forward Jessica Malone, who is averaging 18.6 points a game. Malone has scored 22 points on two occasions this season (Iowa, Nov. 21, Pacific, Nov. 24). In addition to Malone's scoring, two freshmen - Ashley Hurke (15.0 ppg) and Raeanna Jewell (12.2 ppg) are averaging double digits in points.

About Montana: Like Gonzaga, Montana is coming off a loss when it plays WSU. The Lady Griz was unable to hold a four-point halftime advantage in its 73-70 loss to Western Kentucky, Nov. 24. That, thus far, has been the only blemish on Montana's record as the Lady Griz bring a 2-1 mark into the Palouse. Senior guard Cheryl Keller and freshman center Hollie Tyler lead Montana averaging 17.7 and 16.0 points a game, respectively.

Last Week's Wrap:
BYU (Nov. 24) - Francine McCurtain led a contingent of three Washington State players who scored in double figures with 18 points in the Cougars' 94-67 loss to the BYU Cougars.

Every one of McCurtain's points came from three-point territory as the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., shot at a 67 percent clip (6-of-9) from outside the arc. All but one of McCurtain's treys came in the second half as the guard converted 5-of-6 three-points attempts in the second half. Senior Brittney Hawks and freshman Emma Joneby added 12 points to WSU's cause.

While McCurtain was hot from three-point territory during the second half, WSU was unable to overcome a scorching shooting performance by BYU throughout the game.

BYU shot 36-of-64 (56.3 percent) from the floor including 13-of-19 from three-point land (68.4 percent). In recording its shooting performance, BYU was consistent in both halves, shooting at a 57.1 percent clip (20-of-35) in the first half and 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second.

With the game tied a four at the 17:26 mark of the first half, BYU went on a 25-4 run over the next 7:45 to take a commanding 29-8 lead with 9:41 left. During the run, BYU was perfect from three-point territory making all five of its attempts.

Down 34-12 at the 8:21 mark of the half, the Cougars outscored BYU 10-3 over the next 3:54 to cut the deficit to 37-22 with 4:27 left.

BYU rebounded and closed out the half on a 12-4 run to take a 49-26 lead into the half. BYU would extend its lead to as much as 33 in the second half.

Portland State (Nov. 26) - Whitney Martindale led a balanced Washington State scoring attack with 11 points, including nine in the second half, to lead the Cougars to a 55-49 win over the Portland State Vikings.

'I thought tonight was just a huge, gutsy performance by us,' said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas after the game. 'To get the first win was important after coming off the road and losing three games. We needed some confidence and something to get us going.'

With the game tied at 37 with 9:14 left in the game, Martindale broke open the contest with a three-pointer to give the Cougars a lead it would never relinquish at 40-37. Martindale's trey began an 11-2 run by WSU as the Cougars opened up the largest lead of the game by any team at 48-39 with 4:48 left.

Portland State managed to slice its deficit to two on a pair of occasions but on each instance WSU turned back the Vikings' threat.

With the Cougars' clinging to a 49-47 lead with 2:31 left, a Martindale lay-in gave the Cougars a four-point advantage. Portland State immediately cut the lead back to two on a Krishelle Jessee bucket, but a Jessica Perry lay-in with 1:43 remaining re-established the Cougars' four-point advantage at 53-49 and WSU was never threatened again.

Martindale shot 4-of-6 from the field to amass her first game in double figures this season. Emma Joneby scored nine points for WSU while Jessica Ottmar added eight.

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: In just the third game of her collegiate career, Francine McCurtain came off the bench against BYU and made an impression on the school's record books. McCurtain's six treys at Provo were just two shy of the WSU mark for three-pointers in a game (eight by Tricia Lamb in 1999). McCurtain's effort was good enough for the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., to tie for sixth on the all-time list in that category. McCurtain is second on the team with an 11.0 points per game average.

Hawks Earns All-Tournament Honors In Hawaii: Senior Brittney Hawks earned all-tournament team honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 17-18.In two games at the tournament, Hawks averaged 11.5 points and 12 rebounds a contest. The Rexburg, Idaho native recorded the fourth double-double of her WSU career with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 17.

Cougar Notes: WSU has shot 9-of-25 (36 percent) in the first half in each of the past two games against BYU and Portland State. The Cougars have rebounded in the second half shooting a combined 26-of-50 (52 percent) from the field in the two games.

WSU coach Jenny Przekwas on the team's shooting: 'We are a young team and have a lot of players who haven't played together for very long. In order to shoot the ball well you have to be real comfortable with your offense and the players that you are with. I think we are still getting to that point. Once we do we will shoot the ball better.'

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 1-0
Away: 0-2
Neutral: 0-1

When Leading At The Half: 1-0
When Trailing At The Half: 0-3

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-3
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 0-0

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-3
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 1-0
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-1
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 0-2
When Committing More Than 25 Turnovers: 0-0

When Shooting At Or Over .400: 1-1
When Shooting Below .400: 0-2
When Opponents Shoot At or Over .400: 0-1
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 1-2
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 1-0
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-3

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 1-0
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-0
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-1
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