Montana State Concludes Non-Conference Schedule For Cougs

Dec. 12, 2001

Washington State Cougars(2-7, 0-0)

What's Happening This Week:

Sunday, Dec. 16
vs. Montana State
(4-4, pending 12/14 game at Idaho)
2 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum

What's Happening Next Week:
Friday, Dec. 21
at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 season-opener for both teams.

Cougar Quick Bits:
Brittney Hawks has posted three consecutive double-doubles in points and rebounds and five this season, which is best in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Radio: The Cougars' Pac-10 season-opening game versus Washington, Dec. 21 will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, in addition to being carried live on the net at, which can be linked from Troy Hirsch will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 6:45 p.m. The Washington contest marks the beginning of a broadcast schedule that features all Cougar Pac-10 road games that will be aired live on KRPL.

The Coach: Jenny Przekwas is in her third season at the helm of the Cougars and her 11th as a head coach overall. Przekwas is 17-48 with the Cougars and 150-147 overall. Prior to coming to the Palouse, Przekwas spent eight years at Saint Francis (Pa.) 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.

What's Happening This Week: After a busy stretch that saw the Washington State women's basketball team play seven games in a 16-day span, the Cougars play their final non-conference game of the season, Sunday, Dec. 16, when they host the Montana State Bobcats. Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Friel Court. After the game with the Bobcats, WSU begins its conference season by traveling to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies, Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

On The Road: The game with Washington begins a stretch of three consecutive road contests for the Cougars. WSU's post-Christmas travel itinerary includes a trip to Oregon to face Oregon State and Oregon, Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, respectively. The Cougars' next home game is Friday, Jan. 4 against the USC Women of Troy at 7 p.m.

About Montana State: The Bobcats bring a record of 4-4 to Pullman pending their Dec. 14 game at Idaho. Montana State is coming off an 86-62 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma, Dec. 8. The Bobcats bring a balanced scoring attack to the table as five players average 8.5 points or better a game. Jessica Blake leads the contingent averaging 11.9 points a contest. Jinnifer Jerosek (11.0 ppg), Isabel Stubbs (10.9 ppg), Kati Burrows (9.0 ppg) and Candie Wilcox (8.5 ppg) complete the quintet.

The Series Versus Montana State: Sunday's game marks the first meeting between the Cougars and Bobcats since Nov. 26, 1993, an 84-71 Montana State win at Bozeman. WSU leads the overall series 14-10.

Last Week's Wrap:
Idaho (Dec. 5) - Lindsey Egeland led a trio of Cougars in double figures with a career-high 17 points in Washington State's 89-72 overtime loss to the Idaho Vandals at the Cowan Spectrum.

Brittney Hawks recorded her third double-double of the season, and sixth of her career, with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Michigan (Dec. 7) - It was a tale of two halves for the 16th ranked Michigan Wolverines and the Washington State Cougars in the Wolverines' 81-59 women's basketball victory at the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at Bank of America Arena.

WSU won the first half 38-29 as the Cougars shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28) in the half while Michigan struggled from the floor shooting 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from the field.The roles were reversed in the second half as Michigan outscored WSU 52-21. The Wolverines converted 17-of-46 shots while the Cougars converted on 5-of-46 attempts (10.9 percent).

Francine McCurtain led WSU with 16 points, the freshman's third consecutive game scoring in double digits. Brittney Hawks secured her second consecutive double-double - and fourth of this season - with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Indiana (Dec. 9) - Brittney Hawks recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Washington State women's basketball team's 64-37 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers at the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at Bank of America Arena, Sunday.

Hawks' performance against the Hoosiers was the third consecutive and eighth career double-double posted by the senior from Rexburg, Idaho.

Francine McCurtain added nine points for WSU and junior Jessica Ottmar chipped in seven.

Terrific Trifecta: Senior center Brittney Hawks turned the trifecta last week, posting a double-double in points and rebounds in each of the three games the Cougars played. Last week's performances raised Hawks' season double-double total to a conference leading five, and increased her career total to eight.

In three games last week, Hawks averaged 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a contest. For the season, Hawks leads the team averaging 9.2 rebounds a game, which ranks second in the Pac-10, and is second on the team in scoring with an 11.6 points per game average (17th in the conference).

Hawks leads the Cougars with six games posting double-digits in points and rebounds.The Rexburg, Idaho native also leads the conference in defensive rebounds averaging 6.56 boards per game. In addition to her success scoring and rebounding, Hawks posted a career-high seven steals against Idaho, Dec. 5.

Hawks began the season on a high note earning 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.

McCurtain Makes Her Mark: Freshman Francine McCurtain is shooting 25-of-60 from outside the arc, which leads the team. McCurtain also leads the team in scoring averaging 11.7 points a game, which ranks 15th in the Pac-10. McCurtain has recorded five games scoring in double-digits and has had two other games where she scored nine points.

Led by McCurtain, the Cougars rank second in the conference in tea, three-point field goal percentage at .364 (48-of-132). McCurtain is averaging a 2.78 treys/game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and she is tied for eighth in three-point percentage shooting at a .417 clip from outside the arc.

In just the third game of her collegiate career, McCurtain came off the bench against BYU, Nov. 24 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 to tie her for sixth on the all-time list in that category.

Access Denied!: Through nine games WSU has recorded 43 blocks. Conversely, through nine games last year WSU had a total of 16 blocks. Brittney Hawks leads the team with 11 blocks and is sixth in the conference in that category with a 1.22 per game average. Candace Fields is second on the team with nine blocks, which ties the sophomore for eighth in the Pac-10.

Cougar Notes: The 80-72 win over Gonzaga, Nov. 29 marked the 150th career victory for Jenny Przekwas...the overtime contest against Idaho, Dec. 5 was the first overtime game for WSU since Dec. 10, 1998 against Utah... ...the Cougars hold the top two three-point shooting performances in the conference. WSU's 6-of-11 (.545) performance from outside the arc against Texas A&M, Nov. 18 and .533 (8-of-15) three-point percentage, Dec. 1 versus Montana are ranked one and two respectively in the conference... seven players (McCurtain, Hawks, Fields, Whitney Martindale, Emma Joneby, Lindsey Egeland, and Jami Clevenger) have recorded a double figure scoring performance in at least one game this season....Hawks career-high 11 field goals versus Montana is tied for the conference best performance in that category and her 14 rebounds against Gonzaga, Nov. 29 is the second best performance in the conference.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:At Home: 2-1
Away: 0-3
Neutral: 0-2

When Leading At The Half: 2-2
When Trailing At The Half: 0-4

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-6
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-0

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 1-4
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 1-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-3
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-2
When Committing More Than 25 Turnovers: 0-1

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-2
When Shooting Below .400: 0-4
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-3
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 2-3
When Shooting Better From The Field Than Opponent: 2-0
When Shooting Worse From The Field Than Opponent: 0-6

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-0
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-1
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-3

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