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Injuries Continue To Slow Cougars

The already depleted Washington State basketball team has taken another hit in the injury department.

The Cougars, coming off a win against Arizona State and a loss to Arizona, will suit up Thursday and Saturday with Amy Saneholtz hobbling.

Saneholtz twisted her knee in the Arizona game and is listed as day-to-day, coach Harold Rhodes said. The starting forward averages 11.8 points per game in 39 minutes.

WSU will be without reserve guard Cathy McNeely. The freshman from Philomath, Ore., will sit out two to three weeks after undergoing an appendectomy Thursday. McNeely was averaging 6.8 points per game in 28 minutes and had been showing a lot of promise. She’s also a high jumper on the track and field team.

The Cougars already have lost their only senior, Kristin Erickson (knee), and sophomore Jennifer Kerns (wrist) for the season.

The Cougars are 8-10 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-10, which puts them in an eighth-place tie with California. Thursday they are hosts to Oregon State (9-9, 3-6). In their first meeting, the Beavers won 77-59, but are 2-4 since that victory in Corvallis, Ore., in January.

Saturday, the Cougars play host to Oregon 13-5, 6-3), a team that whipped them in Eugene, 80-46. The Ducks are tied with Arizona for third place in the Pac-10. Both games will be played in Friel Court and begin at 7 p.m.

Around the conferences

Tonight, fans have a chance to see the country’s best free-throw shooter when University of Portland (19-1, 8-0 WCC) plays Gonzaga (4-16, 2-6) at Martin Centre at 5:45. Pilots sophomore Kristin Hepton, a Central Valley grad, has hit 54 of 58 foul shots in 20 games for 93.1 percent.

WSU does not have a player among the conference’s top 10 in scoring or rebounding. Thursday, it faces Oregon State’s Tina Lelas, who ranks ninth in scoring (15.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (10.4 rpg). Saturday, it goes up against Oregon’s Arianne Boyer, whose 14.7 ppg and 8.6 rebounds put her 10th and sixth respectively.

However, Washington State remains hot in the steals and assists department, thanks to Jade Hyett. Hyett, a sophomore who plans to leave after this season, rates No. 1 nationally in assists with 143 for 7.9 per game. She’s third in the country in steals with 4.7 per game with a total of 84… . Eastern Washington (4-15, 1-8 Big Sky) has lost six consecutive home games and its last six overall, equaling its worst skid since 1992-93. Tanya Kirk scores 14.2 points per game, tying her for fifth place in the conference.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: AREA LEADERS Scoring Player, school FG-FGA FT-FTA 3pt Avg. Alli Nieman, UI 113-242 107-1431 6 17.8 Rebecca Moore, Whit. 85-241 49-65 37 14.2 Tanya Kirk, EWU 95-299 50-70 29 14.2 Jen Tissue, Whit. 80-192 47-53 15 13.9 Yvonne Kunze, WSU 91-172 39-67 0 12.3 Shana Ray, EWU, 50-122 33-49 1 12.2 Amy Saneholtz, WSU 77-149 55-88 0 11.8 Rachel Ferguson, EWU 71-147 60-76 0 10.6 Joanna Smith, WSU 68-155 14-23 47 10.9 Sherri Northington, Whit. 78-159 38-73 1 10.8

Rebounding Nieman, Idaho, 9.7 (184); Northington, Whitworth, 9.4 (170); (162); Kirk, EWU, 7.4 (140); Andrea Sherer, Whitworth, 6.8 (120); Kunze, WSU, 6.1 (109).

Assists Jade Hyett, WSU, 7.9 (143); Jennifer Sutter, EWU, 5.3 (95); Tissue, Whitworth, 4.4 (71); Kathryn Gussett, UI, 3.3 (63); Moore, Whitworth, 3.2 (57).

Steals Hyett, WSU, 4.7 (84); Tissue, Whitworth, 2.6 (42); Moore, Whitworth, 2.1 (38); Sutter, EWU, 1.9 (34); Ari Skorpik, UI, 1.9 (36).

Statistics are through Monday.

SCHEDULE Today: Portland at Gonzaga, 5:15 p.m. Thursday: Oregon State at WSU, 7 p.m.; Idaho State at Eastern, 7 p.m. Friday: UC Santa Barbara at Idaho, 7 p.m. Saturday: Gonzaga at Portland, 5:15 p.m.; George Fox at Whitworth, 6 p.m; Oregon at WSU, 7 p.m; Sacramento State at Eastern, 7 p.m.; Sunday: Cal Poly SLO at Idaho, 2 p.m.

This sidebar appeared with the story: AREA LEADERS Scoring Player, school FG-FGA FT-FTA 3pt Avg. Alli Nieman, UI 113-242 107-1431 6 17.8 Rebecca Moore, Whit. 85-241 49-65 37 14.2 Tanya Kirk, EWU 95-299 50-70 29 14.2 Jen Tissue, Whit. 80-192 47-53 15 13.9 Yvonne Kunze, WSU 91-172 39-67 0 12.3 Shana Ray, EWU, 50-122 33-49 1 12.2 Amy Saneholtz, WSU 77-149 55-88 0 11.8 Rachel Ferguson, EWU 71-147 60-76 0 10.6 Joanna Smith, WSU 68-155 14-23 47 10.9 Sherri Northington, Whit. 78-159 38-73 1 10.8

Rebounding Nieman, Idaho, 9.7 (184); Northington, Whitworth, 9.4 (170); (162); Kirk, EWU, 7.4 (140); Andrea Sherer, Whitworth, 6.8 (120); Kunze, WSU, 6.1 (109).

Assists Jade Hyett, WSU, 7.9 (143); Jennifer Sutter, EWU, 5.3 (95); Tissue, Whitworth, 4.4 (71); Kathryn Gussett, UI, 3.3 (63); Moore, Whitworth, 3.2 (57).

Steals Hyett, WSU, 4.7 (84); Tissue, Whitworth, 2.6 (42); Moore, Whitworth, 2.1 (38); Sutter, EWU, 1.9 (34); Ari Skorpik, UI, 1.9 (36).

Statistics are through Monday.

SCHEDULE Today: Portland at Gonzaga, 5:15 p.m. Thursday: Oregon State at WSU, 7 p.m.; Idaho State at Eastern, 7 p.m. Friday: UC Santa Barbara at Idaho, 7 p.m. Saturday: Gonzaga at Portland, 5:15 p.m.; George Fox at Whitworth, 6 p.m; Oregon at WSU, 7 p.m; Sacramento State at Eastern, 7 p.m.; Sunday: Cal Poly SLO at Idaho, 2 p.m.

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