Oregon, Oregon State Pay A Visit To The Palouse

Feb. 19, 2002

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Washington State Cougars (2-24, 0-16)

What's Happening This Week:
Thursday, Feb. 21
vs. Oregon
(14-11, 9-7)
7 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Feb. 23
vs. Oregon State
(13-13, 9-7)
6 p.m., Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team concludes its regular season with a two-game homestand against the Oregon schools this week. The Cougars start things off against the Oregon Ducks, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., and finish the season with the Oregon State Beavers, Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

Seniors To Be Honored: Saturday's game will mark the final home contest for WSU seniors Jessica Collins, Brittney Hawks and Whitney Martindale. The trio will be recognized prior to the Oregon State contest.

Pac-10 Tournament Preview?: When the Cougars take to the floor this week against the Duck and the Beavers, one of the games may serve as a preview of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament's opening contest. The question of when the Cougars will play at next week's inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament at Eugene, Ore., has been determined. What hasn't been set is whom they will play. As the 10th seed, the Cougars will play the conference's No. 7 seed in the tournaments opening game at 6:30 p.m., March 1. A mere half game separates the Pac-10's fifth, sixth and seventh places held by Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona, respectively.

Radio: Washington State's Pacific-10 Conference Tournament game at 6:30 p.m., March 1, will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, in addition to being carried live on the net at broadcast.yahoo.com, which can be linked from wsucougars.com. Troy Hirsch will call all of the action with the pre-game show beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The Season's First Meeting With Oregon: Washington State's Whitney Martindale scored 14 points and Jessica Perry recorded a season-high 12 points in the Cougars' 76-47 loss to the Oregon Ducks, Dec. 30 at McArthur Court.

Brittney Hawks saw her consecutive game streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds end at six as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho recorded eight points and eight rebounds for WSU.Andrea Bills led Oregon with 13 points and Alyssa Fredrick added 12 points for the Ducks.

Shaquala Williams, who entered the game as the Ducks' leading scorer, was held to eight points.

With the game tied at five just over four minutes into the contest, Oregon went on a 17-4 run over a 6:42 span to open up a 22-9 advantage at the 9:15 mark of the first half. The Ducks would extend their lead to 43-23 at the halftime break.

WSU bolted out of the gates in the second half, however, blitzing the Ducks with a 9-0 run to cut Oregon's lead to 43-32 at the 17:25 mark. In the run, the Cougars shot 4-of-5 from the field as a quartet of players (Jessica Ottmar, Martindale, Perry and Hawks) accounted for points.

Oregon would rebound to stretch its lead back to 19 at 56-37 with 12:21 remaining. The Cougars would manage to slice their deficit to 15 on three occasions during the next six minutes before Oregon pulled away with a 16-2 run over the game's final 6:16.

Oregon Memories: Despite this season's loss, the Cougars' recent memories of playing the Ducks are still positive thanks to a sweep inflicted to Oregon last year.

In the team's last meeting at Pullman, Jan. 20, 2001, Joanna Smith came off the bench in the second half to hit three critical treys as the Washington State Cougars edged No. 18 Oregon 67-64.

Smith gave WSU its first lead of the game with a three-pointer with just over nine minutes to play, 51-50, then canned her third long range shot with 17 seconds to play, putting the Cougars on top 65-64. Victoria Harrod then iced the game for WSU with a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left on the clock.

Smith would once again shoot down Oregon as her put back with five-tenths of a second left gave the Cougars a 77-76 win over the Ducks, Feb. 15. The win marked the first triumph for the WSU 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.

The Series Versus Oregon: The Ducks hold a 40-9 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.

The Season's First Meeting With Oregon State: Washington State's Brittney Hawks continued her double-double run with 13 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Cougars' 57-33 loss to the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum, Dec. 28.

Hawks' effort was the sixth consecutive and Pac-10 Conference leading eighth double-double this season for the senior from Rexburg, Idaho. Not only did the 19 rebounds set a career standard for Hawks but it also was a Pac-10 conference best this season.

Oregon State's Felicia Ragland, who entered the game as the Pac-10's leading scorer with a 21.5 points a game average, was held in check but still recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Brina Chaney also posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers.

The Series Versus Oregon State: Saturday's game marks the 51st meeting between the Pacific Northwest rivals. Oregon State leads the all-time series 30-20 and has won the last five 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.

Hawks Flies High In The Pac-10: With 11 double-doubles, Brittney Hawks leads the Pac-10 in that category. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho is nearly averaging a double-double a game by posting 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a contest.

Hawks has posted double-digits in points in 19 games and has produced double-digit rebounding efforts in 13 contests this season.

Hawks enters the week just behind Stanford's Nicole Powell (9.6 rebounds/game) for the conference lead in rebounding. No WSU player has ever led the Pac-10 Conference in rebounding.

In addition, with 243 rebounds this season, Hawks is fourth on the school's single-season top-10 rebounding list. Hawks is 51 rebounds shy of the school record total of 294 set by Jennifer Gray in 1975 and 18 rebounds from Janet Kusler (261, 1976) for second place on the list.

At one point during the season, Hawks recorded six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28.

In addition to her No. 2 ranking in rebounding, Hawks enters the week ranked second in the conference in defensive rebounds (6.23/game), second in offensive rebounds (3.12/game), ninth in blocks (.88/game), and 10th in scoring.

Hawks' seven steals at Idaho, Dec. 5 is tied for a Pac-10 game high for all games while her 11 field goals versus Gonzaga, Nov. 29 stands as a second best effort in the Pac-10 for all games. In addition, her 19 rebounds at Oregon State, Dec. 28 is the second best effort in the Pac-10 bested only by Powell (21 rebounds versus Oregon, Jan. 13).

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 47-of-132 (37.6 percent) from outside the arc, which leads the Cougars. McCurtain has recorded 12 games scoring in double-digits and has had three other games where she scored nine points.

With 47 three-pointers, McCurtain is in seventh position on the school's top-10 list for single-season treys. McCurtain is two treys away from sixth position on the list (49 by Julie Wight, 1996).

McCurtain's season-high 23-point effort versus USC, (Jan. 4) marked the second game the freshman from Chinle, Ariz., reached the 20-point mark (20 points at Washington, Dec. 21). McCurtain ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (1.81/game), 10th in three-point percentage (.356), and 20th in scoring (10.0 points/game).

McCurtain has already made an impression in the school's record books in just the third game of her collegiate career. Against BYU, Nov. 24 McCurtain came off the bench and drained six treys. That was just two treys 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.

Other Pac-10 Leaders: Whitney Martindale is shooting 52-of-66 (78.8 percent) from the charity stripe, ranking the senior seventh in the conference in free throw percentage. With a 3.46 assists/game average, freshman Jessica Perry is eighth in the Pac-10 in that category.

Access Denied!: Through 26 games, the Cougars have recorded 89 blocks, an average of 3.42/game. Through 26 games last year WSU had 55 blocks. The Cougars are just off the pace to break the single-season school record for blocks, which is 100, set in 1982.

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 17-65 with the Cougars and 150-164 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 To Host Inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Tournament: The 2001-02 season will conclude with the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, March 1-4. All the Pac-10 schools will participate in the tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Cougar Notes: Washington State has converted at least one three-point field goal in 37 consecutive games dating back to last year...the 33 points recorded by WSU against Oregon State, Dec. 28 tied the record for lowest points scored by a Pac-10 team in a conference game. California scored 33 points against, coincidentally, Oregon State, Feb. 10, 2000...the 50-point loss at Arizona, Jan. 10 (107-57) established a school record for margin of defeat...nine players have started at least one game for the Cougars...Hawks is the only Cougar to start every game this season...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 ...eight players have recorded a double-figure scoring performance in at least one game this season.

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