Final Homestand Awaits WSU Versus Oregon Schools

Feb. 8, 2005

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What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (5-17, 1-12 Pac-10) is home this week for its final two games at Friel Court this season...the Cougars face Oregon (15-6, 8-4 Pac-10), Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m...two days later, WSU plays its final home game against Oregon State (6-16, 1-11), Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m...Cougar seniors Jessica Perry and Emma Joneby will be honored prior to the Oregon State contest.

What's Happening Off The Court:

Oregon (Feb. 10): National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bohler Gym...the clinic is open to all fans, 14 and under and will feature Cougar coaches and student-athletes from numerous women's sports. FREE pizza and refreshments will be provided to all participants, plus the first 50 participants will get a Cougar T-shirt! Season ticket holder appreciation night at the game.

Oregon State (Feb. 12): Denny's Day at the game with special coupons for all fans! Cougar face plates will be given to the first 250 fans, courtesy of Fox Sports Northwest.

WSU Letterwomen's Day Set For Feb. 12: The Washington State University Gray 'W' National Varsity Club will hold its inaugural WSU Letterwomen's Day, Feb. 12...all WSU women athletes, past and present, are invited to attend the day's activities beginning with the Coaches Corner Lunch before the WSU-Oregon State women's basketball game...the luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Beasley Coliseum Cougar Lounge, features lunch from Pete's Bar & Grill followed by 'chalk talks' by WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell and former Cougar standout and current Oregon State Head Coach Judy Spoelstra... Senior Associate Athletic Director Marcia Saneholtz will also speak about the evolution of women's athletics at WSU...the luncheon costs $10 per person...all WSU letterwomen will receive a free ticket to watch the game and will be honored in a halftime ceremony...following the game there will be a Letterwomen's Evening Social at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the WSU campus beginning at 6:30 p.m...current Cougar women's coaches and players will join the letterwomen at the social where hors d'oeuvres and hosted beverages will be served...Jim Sterk, WSU Director of Athletics, will speak about the exciting future of Cougar Women's Athletics...cost for the evening social is $20 per person...reservations for the luncheon and or evening social should be made no later than Wednesday, Feb. 9 by calling Collin Henderson 509-335-7156, or by e-mailing him at additional tickets to attend the WSU-Oregon State women's basketball game, call 1-800-GO COUGS and select Option 3.

Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.

Perry Moves Up Career Assist List: Senior Jessica Perry enters her final homestand as one of the top assists performers in school history...with 312 career assists Perry is the eighth player in school history to reach that milestone....the Jan. 22 UW game marked the 100th career game played as a Cougar for seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 3.14 assists a also sixth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.13).

Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby (Vasteras, Sweden) is averaging 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game...rebound figure ranks 12th in the Pac-10...tallied eighth double-digit scoring game of season with 10 points versus Washington, Jan. 22...entered season with a career total of four double-digit scoring games...averaged 18.5 points and 11 rebounds in two games against the Los Angeles schools Jan. 7 & 9...tallied two double-doubles increasing her season total in that category to four...four double-doubles is fourth in the Pac-10...recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds against UCLA, Jan. 7...12 rebounds were a career-high...eight free throws also a career-high...against USC, Jan. 9 scored a career-high 25 points in addition to pulling down 10 rebounds...made career-high nine field goals...tallied a then career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State...just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...also just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against San Diego State...posted a then career-high in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22.

Benz 26th In Nation: With her 9.6 rebound average, Kate Benz holds a .7 advantage over Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld for the Pac-10 26th in the nation in rebounds per Cougar has ever captured the Pac-10 rebounding title...if the season ended today, Benz would have tied the third-best single-season rebounding performance in school history...only two Cougars -- Jennifer Grey's 14.7 average in 1975 and Janet Kusler's 10.4 average in 1976 -- have ended a season with a double-digit rebound average...with 212 rebounds so far this season, Benz is two boards shy of cracking the top 10 of the school's single-season rebounding list...Benz is ranked in the conference's top 10 in several other categories...leads conference in defensive rebounding (7.14/game)...tied for fourth in offensive rebounding (2.50/game), and seventh in minutes played (32.68)...additionally, Benz is 17th in scoring (10.6 ppg).

Kate's Chronicles: During the season, sophomore Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website the link entitled 'Kate's Chronicles' on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2004-05 season.

Cougs On TV: WSU will make one more appearance on television this season... the WSU-UW game at Seattle, Feb. 19 will be on FSN Northwest at 6 p.m...the first meeting between UW and WSU, Jan. 22 was also televised on FSN Northwest...WSU's visit to UCLA, Feb. 6 was shown nationally on FSN.

Earlier This Season Against The Oregon Schools: The Cougars dropped their initial meetings to the Oregon schools in January...Oregon State bested WSU 83-55, Jan. 13 while Oregon captured a 69-50 win, Jan. 15.

About Oregon: Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the Ducks with a 15.3 points a game average...Andrea Bills is also averaging double figures in scoring (11.8 ppg)...the Ducks come to Pullman riding a three-game winning streak.

Series With Oregon: The Ducks have won the last eight in the series with WSU...the Cougars last win was at Eugene, Feb. 15, 2001...WSU rallied from a 16-point deficit to capture a 77-76 win...marked the second greatest comeback in school history...the Cougars' last win at Pullman a 67-64 triumph, Jan. 20 of that same year...Oregon holds a 46-9 advantage in the all-time series.

About Oregon State: Shannon Howell leads the conference in scoring at 18.1 points a game...Kim Butler is also averaging double figures with a 10.1 points per game average...the Beavers followed up a win against Utah Valley State last week with a loss to Oregon.

Series With OSU: The Beavers have won the last 12 in the series and hold a 37-20 advantage overall...the Cougars' last win came Feb. 13, 1999 at Pullman, a 70-52 triumph...WSU's last win at Corvallis was Feb. 14, 1998 (75-67).

Jones From The Line: Charmaine Jones scored a career-high 26 points at USC, Feb. 3...Jones scored 15 of the Cougars' 23 first-half points...recorded the top free throw shooting performance in the Pac-10 this season...was 11-of-11 from the line on her way to the career-high effort...Adriane Ferguson scored 26 points at Nebraska, Nov. 22...point total was second 20-point effort this season, both coming against USC...scored 20 points, including seven in overtime, against the Women of Troy, Jan. 9...leads the team and is eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 74-of-97 attempts (76.3 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...third on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg).

Closing The Gap: The Cougars last four losses have come by an average margin of eight points...that is an improvement from the Cougars first eight conference those first eight games the team lost by an average margin of 17.6 points...that figure includes a three-point loss to Arizona and a two-point overtime loss to the other six games the average margin of defeat was 22.6.

Defensive Effort: WSU has held the opposition to under 70 points in six consecutive games and 16 overall this season...the defense is allowing an average of 65.9 points a the 2002-03 season, Murrell's first, the team had seven games of allowing fewer than 70 points...the next season that number improved to 13.

Free Throw Discrepancy: In the Cougars' 68-63 loss at UCLA, Feb. 6, both teams shot 80 percent from the charity stripe...UCLA was 20-of-25 while WSU was 4-of-5...the last time WSU had at least 20 fewer free throw attempts than its opponent was in a 94-68 loss at Washington, Dec. 21, 2001 (16-37)...the last time the team had fewer than five free throw attempts was when the team went 0-of-4 in an 80-50 loss at Arizona, Feb. 8, 2003...the Cougars have made and attempted more free throws than their opposition in their five wins.

Ranked Quintet: When the Cougars played No. 4 Stanford, Jan. 29, it marked the fifth time the team has played a ranked opponent this season...the Jan. 7 UCLA game marked the fourth ranked opponent for the Cougars in the span of 12 days...the Cougars lost to No. 22 (AP)/24 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA 89-69...WSU fell to No. 21 (AP) Arizona State 67-39, Dec. 27 and No. 25 (ESPN/USA Today) Arizona 54-51, Dec. 29 at Pullman...WSU then lost at No. 5 (AP)/6 (ESPN) Stanford 72-39, Jan. 2...the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated was No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Arizona, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.

Ferguson In The Conference: Sophomore Adriane Ferguson (Spokane, Wash.) is sixth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.71/game), and is 17th in scoring (10.9 ppg)...leads team in scoring...Ferguson's 19-point effort at UCLA, Feb. 6 was her second best career performance, only eclipsed by a 26-point total at Nebraska, Nov. 22...Ferguson has scored in double-digits in 14 of 21 games played.

Overcoming Deficits: The Cougars have overcome at least an eight-point deficit to take the lead in eight games...the latest occurrence came at USC, Feb. 3 when down by 13 in the second half, WSU rallied to take a one-point lead with less than three minutes remaining...against California, Jan. 27 the Cougars trailed the Bears by 10 (38-28) with 3:27 remaining in the first half...the Cougars rallied for the 79-69 win...WSU trailed by nine against Boise State and at Nebraska, 13 at Fresno State, eight at San Diego State, 13 versus Eastern Washington and eight against Valparaiso...the Cougars were able to secure wins against Boise State and San Diego addition, WSU has overcome double-digit deficits to get back into contention in other games...trailed Arizona by 14 in the first half before rallying to come within a point of the Wildcats in the second half, Dec. 29...fell behind by 14 in the first half to California, Jan. 4 before rallying to cut the deficit to as little as four before the halftime break.

In Overtime: The overtime loss to USC, Jan. 9 was the first overtime game for the Cougars since Dec. 5, 2001 when WSU lost at Idaho also marked the first home overtime game since Dec. 10, 1998 when WSU lost to Utah 81-70...the Cougars are 6-16 all-time in overtime games.

20/20: Emma Joneby and Charmaine Jones each hit the 20-point plateau against USC, Jan. 9...Joneby scored a career-high 25 points while Jones added a then career-best of her own with 20 against the Women of Troy...the last time WSU had two players score at least 20 points in a game was Feb. 10, 2001 when Yvonne Volkman (22 points) and Katie Nyseth (20 points) led the Cougars to a 93-86 win over Arizona at Pullman.

Over A 1,000: The attendance figure of 1,460 for the Jan. 22 UW-WSU game was the largest to attend a Cougar home game since 1992...WSU drew 2,256 fans for its game against UW, Feb. 7, also marked the third time that WSU drew over 1,000 fans for a home game this season...marks the first time since the 1992-93 season that WSU has had at least three games that it attracted over 1,000 fans to a home game....that season, WSU had four home games of over 1,000 fans...the Cougars drew 1,020 fans for their game against Arizona State, Dec. 27...a total of 1,149 witnessed the team's 61-48 season-opening win over Boise State, Nov. 19...WSU is averaging 771 fans through 11 home games.

Moore Makes Cougar Debut: Keisha Moore (Riverside, Calif.) is averaging 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game...tied a season-high with 12 points at USC, Feb. 3 and grabbed a season-high 12 boards at UCLA, Feb. her debut with the Cougars, scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. the second half, Moore shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, Moore scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...barely missed a double-double against UW, Jan. 22 with a season-high 12 points and nine boards...also just missed a double-double at Cal, Jan. 4 with nine points and eight rebounds...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, Moore was not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which was Saturday, Dec. 18...she was able to practice with the two seasons at Idaho Moore averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Coug Notes: WSU has been involved in seven games decided by six points or fewer...the Cougars are 1-6 in those games...the Cougars have trailed at the half in 19 games going 3-16 in those contests...prior to leading UCLA 35-29 at the half, Feb. 6, the Cougars had trailed at the half in 16 straight games.

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