Cougars Continue Road Swing At Oregon State, Oregon

Dec. 26, 2001

Washington State Cougars (2-9, 0-1)

What's Happening This Week:

Friday, Dec. 28
at Oregon State
(5-6, 1-1)
7:05 p.m.
Gill Coliseum
Corvallis, Ore.
(Televised live by Fox Sports Northwest)

Sunday, Dec. 30
at Oregon
(6-5, 1-1)
1 p.m.
McArthur Court
Eugene, Ore.

What's Happening This Week: The three-game road swing for the Washington State women's basketball team continues this week with games at Oregon State (5-6, 1-1), Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:05 p.m., and at Oregon (6-5, 1-1), Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. The Oregon State contest will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Northwest.

Radio: The Oregon State and Oregon contests 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, Dec. 28 and 12:45 p.m., Dec. 30. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road contests will be aired live on KRPL during the 2001-02 season.

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 17-50 with the Cougars and 150-149 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.

Oregon State: The Beavers are coming off a split to the Los Angeles schools last week. Oregon State fell to USC 69-65, Dec. 20 but rebounded to defeat UCLA 79-65, Dec. 22. The Beavers are led by the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, Felicia Ragland. Ragland has picked up where she left off last year as the senior leads the Pac-10 in scoring with a 21.5 points per game average. In addition to her scoring prowess, Ragland leads the conference in steals averaging 3.18 a game.

The Series Versus Oregon State: This week's game marks the 50th meeting between the Pacific Northwest rivals. Oregon State leads the all-time series 29-20 and has won the last four meetings. The Cougars last victory was Feb. 13, 1999, a 70-52 triumph at Pullman. The Cougars last victory at Corvallis took place Feb. 14, 1998 when WSU defeated OSU 70-52. The Beavers dominated last year's meetings taking a 64-46 win at Pullman, Jan. 18, and a 94-60 victory at Corvallis, Feb. 17.

About Oregon: Shaquala Williams leads the Ducks' attack averaging 16.8 points a game, which ranks seventh in the Pac-10. Edniesha Curry also is averaging double figures scoring 12.1 points a contest. Like Oregon State, the Ducks are coming off a split at the Los Angeles schools. Oregon defeated UCLA 76-67, Dec. 20 and fell to USC 83-73, Dec. 22.

Oregon Memories: When the Cougars step on the McArthur Court floor, Sunday, they will be returning to the site of one of the program's landmark wins, which took place last year.Thanks to a Joanna Smith put back with five-tenths of a second left, the Cougars pulled out a 77-76 win over the Ducks, Feb. 15, marking the first win for the Cougars at Oregon since the 1992-93 season.

Smith's bucket capped a WSU comeback in which the team rallied from a 16-point first half deficit, establishing the second largest comeback in the history of the program.

Not only did the comeback secure a season sweep over the Ducks, it marked the second time Oregon was a victim to a double-digit rally by the Cougars during the 2001 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.

This will be the first of two trips for the Cougars to Eugene this season. WSU returns to McArthur Court for the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, March 1-4.

The Series Versus Oregon: The Ducks hold a 39-9 advantage in the all-time series versus WSU. Prior to last year's sweep, the Ducks had won the last 10 meetings between the two programs.

Last Week's Wrap:
Washington (Dec. 21) - Brittney Hawks recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Washington State women's basketball team's 98-64 loss to the Washington Huskies at Bank of America Arena.

Freshman Francine McCurtain scored a season-high 20 points while junior Jessica Ottmar added eight points for WSU.

The Cougars stayed within four points of the Huskies throughout the first part of the first half and trailed by a 24-20 margin at the 9:23 mark. At that point, the Huskies proceeded to go on an 11-2 run over the next 3:29 to open up a 35-22 advantage with 5:54 remaining in the half.

The Cougars reduced the Huskies' lead back to single digits at 35-27 at the 5:07 mark courtesy of a Hawks' bucket and a McCurtain trey. Washington extended its lead back to double figures as the team closed the half with a 10-5 run to take a 45-32 lead into the break.

The Cougars managed to pull to within 49-39 on a Lindsey Egeland three-pointer at the 17:53 mark of the second half. However, the Huskies erased any doubt of the game's outcome by going on an 18-2 run over a 4:38 span to take a 67-41 lead with 13:45 remaining.

Lucky Seven: Brittney Hawks posted her fifth consecutive double-double (and Pacific-10 Conference best seventh of the season) with 18 points and 12 rebounds at Washington.

Hawks leads the Pac-10 in rebounding averaging 9.6 boards a game and is tied for 12th in the conference in scoring with teammate Francine McCurtain averaging 13.0 points a game.

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: Along with leading the team in scoring with Brittney Hawks, freshman Francine McCurtain is shooting 32-of-79 from outside the arc, which also leads the team. McCurtain has recorded seven 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 team three-point field goal percentage at .349 (58-of-166). McCurtain is averaging a 2.91 treys/game, which leads the Pac-10 and she is seventh in three-point percentage shooting at a .405 clip from three-point territory.

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 11 games WSU has recorded 54 blocks. Conversely, through 11 games last year WSU had a total of 19 blocks. The Cougars are second in the Pac-10 with a 4.91 blocks per game average. Brittney Hawks leads the team with 13 blocks and is fourth in the conference in that category with a 1.18 average.

Cougar Notes: By scoring a combined 286 points, the tandem of Hawks and McCurtain have accounted for 43.4 percent of the Cougars' total point output (659 points)...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...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 ... with her 11-point effort against Montana State, Dec. 16, Jessica Perry became the eighth Cougar to record a double figure scoring performance in at least one game this season. In addition, Perry ranks seventh in the conference in steals averaging 1.82 a game...Hawks career-high 11 field goals versus Montana is tied for second in the conference in that category.

2001-02 Washington State Cougars:
At Home: 2-2
Away: 0-4
Neutral: 0-3

When Leading At The Half: 2-2
When Trailing At The Half: 0-7

When Out-Rebounded by Opponent: 1-9
When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 1-0

When Committing More Turnovers Than Opponents: 2-7
When Committing Fewer Turnovers Than Opponents: 0-2
When Committing Fewer Than 20 Turnovers: 1-4
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers 1-2
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-3

When Shooting At Or Above .400: 2-3
When Shooting Below .400: 0-6
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-6
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: 0-9

In Games Decided By 5 Points Or Less: 0-0
In Games Decided By 6-10 Points: 2-1
In Games Decided By 11-15 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By 16-20 Points: 0-2
In Games Decided By More Than 20 Points: 0-4
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