Regular Season Concludes At Arizona Schools For WSU
Feb. 22, 2005
Washington State Cougars (6-19, 2-14)
Thursday, Feb. 24
at Arizona (18-9, 10-6)
6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, Feb. 26
at Arizona State (18-8, 10-6)
3 p.m. Pacific
What's Happening: The regular season concludes for the Washington State women's basketball team with a trip to the state of Arizona this week...the Cougars (6-19, 2-14 Pac-10) are at Arizona (18-9, 10-6), Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Pacific and at Arizona State (18-8, 10-6), Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Pacific...next up for the Cougars after this week's games is the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 4-7.
Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the 'Cougar Sports Pass.' ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the 'Cougar Sports Pass' either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.
Kate's Chronicles: During the season, sophomore Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website wsucougars.com...click the link entitled 'Kate's Chronicles' on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2004-05 season.
Pac-10 Tournament Pre-Game Event: Gather for fun, food, and 'Cougar Spirit' before WSU's Pac-10 Tournament game begins...hear from Sherri Murrell, Director of Athletics Jim Sterk, and other special guests from WSU Athletics...enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and door prizes...the pre-game event will be at 4 p.m., Friday, March 4 at HP Pavilion, North Club Bar (525 W Santa Clara St., San Jose, Calif.)...cost is $25 per person (Does not include game ticket. Includes one beverage ticket, additional beverages available for purchase.)...please RSVP by February 28 to Kim Wetzel at 1-877-IMA-COUG or firstname.lastname@example.org...for ticket information to the Pac-10 Tournament please call 1-800-GO-COUGS and selecting option No. 3.
Ninth In The Standings: WSU's win over Oregon State, Feb. 12 was the team's second conference triumph of the season and moved the Cougars up to ninth in the conference standings...nothing has changed in the standings since then...WSU is a half game ahead of the Beavers for the ninth position...WSU is a game behind California for eighth place...if the season ended today, the Cougars would play California in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, Friday, March 4 at 8:15 p.m...the last time the Cougars were not in last place in the Pac-10 standings was the 2000-01 season...that season the team finished ninth.
Benz, Ferguson Honored: The sophomore duo of Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson was named to the 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Team, Feb. 17...Benz earned a first team accolade while Ferguson garnered a second team selection...the tandem joins Lindsey Egeland (2004), Katie Nyseth (2001), Victoria Harrod (2001), Darla Williamson (1992) and Jeanne Eggart (1982) as Cougars who have earned a selection to the team...as a first team pick, Benz is eligible for selection to the national team, which will be announced, March 3...Eggart earned national honorable mention honors in 1982.
Improved Scoring Margin: The average scoring margin for the Cougars this season is -7.7 points...that continues a trend of improvement by the team since head coach Sherri Murrell's arrival to the program...in 2002, a year before Murrell began her tenure, the scoring margin was -22.5...in 2003, Murrell's first, it went down to -20.5 and in 2004 it was -12.5.
Scales Hits Top 10: Ariana Scales scored a season-high 22 points at Washington, Feb. 19...Scales was 8-of-16 from the field including 6-of-10 from 3 point territory...the six treys tied Scales for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with eight other players including Adriane Ferguson who reached that figure, Nov. 22 at Nebraska...four of Scales' treys came in the second half as the 5-foot-8 guard tallied 14 points in that half.
Benz On The Boards: With her 9.4 rebound average, Kate Benz holds a .4 advantage over Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld for the Pac-10 lead...no Cougar has ever captured the Pac-10 rebounding title...if the season ended today, Benz would have the fourth 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 234 rebounds so far this season, Benz is sixth on the school's single-season rebounding list and is seven shy of fifth position (Cassandra Overby, 1984)...ranked in the conference's top 10 in several categories...tied with Kraayeveld for the lead in double-doubles (eight), leads conference in defensive rebounding (6.88/game)...fifth in offensive rebounding (2.48/game), and seventh in minutes played (32.28)...additionally, is 16th in scoring (10.4 ppg).
Holding The Opposition: Prior to its game at UW, Feb. 19, the Cougars had held their opponents to fewer than 70 points in eight straight games and 18 for the season...in the 2002-03 season, head coach Sherri Murrell's first, the team had seven games of allowing fewer than 70 points...the next season that number improved to 13...the Cougars are sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense allowing 66.0 points a game...the 39 points allowed by WSU against Portland State, Dec. 3 were the fewest since Nov. 22, 1992 when the team defeated Gonzaga 88-37...the 30-point margin of victory was the largest for WSU since it defeated Wyoming 94-49, Nov. 24, 1998...the Cougars held PSU to 27.4 percent shooting from the field...that was the lowest shooting percentage from a Cougar opponent since Vermont (26.9 percent) in 2000.
Overcoming Deficits: The Cougars have overcome at least an eight-point deficit to take the lead in nine games with four of those contests resulting in victories...the latest occurrence was against Oregon State, Feb. 12 when WSU rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to capture a 68-63 win...in overcoming the double-digit deficit, the Cougars tied for the 11th greatest comeback in school history...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 State.
Overcoming Deficits II: In addition, WSU has overcome double-digit deficits to get back into contention in other games...the latest occurrence came at Washington, Feb. 19...WSU was down by 20 in the first half before rallying to pull within one with a minute and a half left in the game...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.
For Three!: The Cougars have converted ten 3-point field goals three times this season: at UW, Feb. 19, vs. UCLA, Jan. 7 and in the win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...the St. Mary's win marked the most treys by the Cougars since WSU hit 12 in a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...it also marked the first time WSU hit double-digits in 3-point field goals in a game since the 2001 Oregon win, a span of 94 games.
Over A 1,000: WSU finished its home schedule averaging 755 fans a game...marks the third consecutive year that attendance has increased...in 2003, Murrell's first season, average attendance was 518...that figure increased to 624 in 2004...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, 1992...it 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.
Perry On All-Time List: Senior Jessica Perry eclipsed the 300 career assist total vs. Cal, Jan. 27 to become the eighth player in school history to reach that milestone...total now stands at 325 assists, which is seventh all-time in WSU history...is sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.28 assists a game...is also fifth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.17) and eighth in steals (1.72/game)...with 178 career thefts is six steals shy of cracking the school's all-time top 10 list in that category.
Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby (Vasteras, Sweden) is averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game...tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds at UW, Feb. 19...rebound figure is 12th in the Pac-10...tallied nine double-digit scoring games this season...entered season with a career total of four double-digit scoring games...five double-doubles is fourth in the conference.
More Moore: Keisha Moore (Riverside, Calif.) is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game...rebound figure is ninth in the conference...is third in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.29/game)...scored a season-high 17 points in the win over Oregon State, Feb. 12...scored 13 of her season-high point total in the second half...contributed 10 points in a 14-1 WSU second half run that gave the Cougars the lead for good...also contributed across the stat sheet recording seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks against the Beavers.
Earlier This Season Against Arizona and Arizona State: The Cougars dropped games to the Arizona schools to open the conference schedule in December...WSU fell to ASU 67-39, Dec. 27 and Arizona 54-51, Dec. 29.
About Arizona: Dee-Dee Wheeler leads the conference in scoring averaging 17.9 points a game...Shawntinice Polk is also scoring in double digits (12.9 ppg)...prior to a 69-51 loss at Oregon, Feb. 19, Arizona had won its last three games.
Series With Arizona: Arizona leads the series with WSU 20-17...the Wildcats have won the last seven in the series...the Cougars last win in the series was Feb. 10, 2001, a 93-86 triumph at Pullman...the team's last win at Tucson was Jan. 8, 1998, when the Cougars prevailed 64-61.
About Arizona State: The Sun Devils have won three of their last four...Emily Westerberg leads the team with a 11.7 points a game average...Kristen Kovesdy is also scoring in double figures (10.7 ppg).
Series With Arizona State: ASU leads the all-time series with WSU 25-12...the Cougars last win was a 75-72 triumph at Pullman, Feb. 28, 2004...that snapped a 13-game losing streak in the series...WSU's last win at Tempe was Jan. 30, 1997 when the Cougars defeated ASU 86-78.
Jones From The Line: Charmaine Jones is third on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg) and has tallied 11 double-digit scoring games...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...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 ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 85-of-114 attempts (74.6 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent).
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 six 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 seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.54/game), and 20th in scoring (10.0 ppg)...the 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 games.
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 89-72...it 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.
Coug Notes: WSU has been involved in nine games decided by six points or fewer...the Cougars are 2-7 in those games...last year, WSU was 3-1 in games decided by six points or fewer...the Cougars have trailed at the half in 22 games going 4-18 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.
Coug Notes II: The 48.3 percent (28-of-58) shooting performance by the Cougars in the win over Cal, Jan, 27 was the best by the team since its win over Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004...that day the Cougars shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) en route to a 75-72 win over the Sun Devils...the Cougars have won four games by at least a double-digit margin...the last time the team won as many games by double-digits was in the 2000-01 season (six).
Coug Notes III: A total of 10 players have made at least one start for WSU...Benz is the only player to have started all 25 games...WSU has committed fewer than 20 turnovers in seven of their last nine games...the team has not had more than 24 turnovers in any game this season.
Road Success: The win at San Diego State, Dec. 11 marked the third road win of the season for WSU, matching last season's road win total... the three road wins are the most since the team won six in 1997-98...the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26 marked the Cougars' fourth win in their last 16 road contests dating back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season...that equaled the number of road wins the Cougars achieved from Jan. 28, 1999 to the conclusion of the 2002-03 season, a span of 61 road games.
Longer Road Trip Than Expected: On the return trip from Oregon, Jan. 16 the Cougars were due to fly into Pullman via Seattle at 11 a.m. ...those plans were revised when the 6:50 a.m. flight from Eugene to Seattle was cancelled (mechanical problems)...faced with the prospect of arriving into Pullman at midnight, the team took the bus back to Pullman, a 10-hour ride...along the way, the team witnessed the effects from the ice storm that hit Portland a day earlier...the Cougars arrived safely back to Pullman at 6 p.m.
Big Assist: The 24 assists WSU recorded against Portland State were the most since the team tallied 24 assists in a 76-49 win over Samford, Dec. 29, 2000...the duo of Stephanie Singer and Jessica Perry combined for 15 assists against the Vikings.
Cougars Take Second At St. Mary's Tournament: WSU took home the second place trophy at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...the Cougars opened the tournament with a 70-58 win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...with the game deadlocked at 28 at the half, WSU outscored the Gaels 42-30 in the second half...in the championship game the next day the Cougars fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 84-36.
Ferguson Posts Career-High At Nebraska: In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.
All-Tournament Ferguson: Ferguson remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...in the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels...once again, amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc...was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory...scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later...earned an all-tournament team selection...led Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament.
Home Opening Wins: With wins over Portland State and Boise State, the Cougars won their first two home games...the last time the team won its first two home games was in November of 2001 when it defeated Portland State, Nov. 26 and Gonzaga, Nov. 29 ...the 61-48 win over Boise State marked the second consecutive season home opening win for WSU...last season, WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51...in the two wins, the Cougars out-rebounded the opposition by over 20 in each game...in the Portland State win, WSU held a 54-31 (+23) advantage on the boards...against Boise State, the Cougars out-rebounded the Broncos 50-29 (+21)...prior to this season the last time Cougars out-rebounded an opponent by over 20 was against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003...WSU out-rebounded the Vandals 55-33 (+22) en route to an 82-53 win.
New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshmen, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.
Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10... the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
Shired A Cougar: Sabrina Shired has been admitted to WSU and will enroll for the spring semester...Shired comes to WSU from Santa Rosa Junior College and Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.)...due to NCAA transfer rules, Shired is unable to play this spring but can practice with the team...as a senior at Casa Grande, Shired, a 6-foot-4 center, averaged 17 points, 18 rebounds, and six blocks a game...as a junior, Shired averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks a contest...averaged 12 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks as a sophomore...earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001.
Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.
Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.
A Look At The Cougs:
No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...played five minutes at Cal, Jan. 4 and seven minutes at Stanford, Jan. 2...tallied season-highs in points (seven) and minutes (eight) in the win at San Diego State, Dec. 11...accounted for the Cougars' final five points of the first half, which shaved an eight-point Aztecs' lead to three at the break... made Cougar debut against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored four points in six minutes of action.
No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)...scored a season-high 13 points against OSU, Feb. 12...tallied six rebounds, six steals, three assists and a block vs. OSU...eclipsed 300 career assist total vs. Cal, Jan. 27 to become the eighth player in school history to reach that milestone...total now stands at 325 assists, which is seventh all-time in WSU history...tied a season-high with seven assists against Cal...scored 10 points at UCLA, Feb. 6...Jan. 22 UW game marked 100th career game played as a Cougar...is sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.28 assists a game...is also fifth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.17) and eighth in steals (1.72/game)....tallied a career-high seven steals in the season-opening win over Boise State, Nov. 19...with 178 career thefts is six steals shy of cracking the school's all-time top 10 list in that category...scored a season-high 12 points in the win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...tallied 11 points at Cal, Jan. 4.
No. 4 Ariana Scales: Scored a season-high 22 points at UW, Feb. 17...was 8-of-16 from the field including 6-of-10 from 3 point territory...the six treys tied for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with eight other players including Adriane Ferguson who reached that figure, Nov. 22 at Nebraska...scored in double figures seven times...scored 18 points at UCLA, Feb. 6...made four treys against the Bruins...tallied 10 points versus Stanford, Jan. 29...scored seven points in just five minutes of action against Cal, Jan. 27...started seven games...played a season-high 34 minutes vs. USC, Jan. 9...scored 10 points against UCLA, Jan. 7...tallied a season-high 11 points against Arizona, Dec. 29...scored 10 points against Arizona State, Dec. 27...first 10-point effort was against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored eight points in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...averaging 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds a game.
No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.
No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Averaging 2.4 points a game...scored a season-high 12 points at Fresno State, Dec. 9...hit consecutive second half treys to give WSU its first lead of the game against the Bulldogs...dished out a career-high nine assists against the Bulldogs...tallied eight assists and six points in win over Portland State, Dec. 3...tallied five points and six rebounds in win over Boise State, Nov. 19.
No. 11 Crystal Blue: Out for the season with a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone of the left foot...started three games...started her first game as a Cougar against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...played a season-high 19 minutes against the Crusaders...seen action in 12 games.
No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...seen action against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Portland State...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
No. 15 Emma Joneby: Tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Washington, Feb. 19...averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game...12th in Pac-10 in rebounding...fourth in conference with five double-doubles...nine double-digit scoring games this season...entered season with a career total of four double-digit scoring games...tallied eighth double-digit scoring game of season with 10 points versus Washington, Jan. 22...averaged 18.5 points and 11 rebounds in two games against the Los Angeles schools, Jan 7 & 9...tallied double-doubles against UCLA and USC increasing her season total in that category to four...recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds against UCLA, Jan. 7...12 rebounds tied 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.
No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Out for the season with a right high ankle sprain that occurred in the first half of UW game, Feb. 19...had seen action in 24 games, including three starts...scored a season-high 11 points in the win over Cal, Jan. 27...tallied six points and five rebounds playing a season-high 28 minutes against the Ducks...posted a season-high six rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 13...posted a season-best eight points against the Portland State, Dec. 3...scored seven points vs. UCLA, Jan. 7...grabbed five rebounds against Tenn-Chattanooga, Nov. 27...averaging 3.1 points a game and 1.7 rebounds a game...led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior.
No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Scored 10 points at UW, Feb. 19 for 11th double-figure scoring game of season...tallied 11 points against Oregon State, Feb. 12...scored a career-high 26 points at USC, Feb. 3...tied a career-best with seven field goals...recorded the top free throw shooting performance in the Pac-10 this season at the Women of Troy...was 11-of-11 from the line...scored in double figures 10 times this season...third on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg)...tallied a game-high 12 points against Stanford, Jan. 29...scored 16 points against Cal, Jan. 27...tallied a then career-high 20 points vs. USC, Jan. 9...made a career-best seven field goals vs. USC...leads the team and is ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 85-of-114 attempts (74.6 percent)...last year was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...scored 16 points at Fresno State, Dec. 9...tallied a career-high six rebounds three times, the latest at USC, Feb. 3...scored 11 points at California, Jan. 4.
No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Scored in double figures in 14 games...second on team averaging 10.0 points a game...second-best career point total with 19 points at UCLA, Feb. 6...barely missed double-double against Bruins with nine rebounds...scored 16 points in the win over Cal, Jan. 27...scored a game-high 16 points against UW, Jan. 22...tallied 13 points at Oregon, Jan. 15...scored 11 points at Oregon St., Jan. 13...tallied 11 points against UCLA, Jan. 7...in first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22 scored a career-high 26 points, 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...followed Nebraska up with 18 points in the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26...earned all-tournament team selection at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic...sat out Boise State game with a concussion...seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.54/game), and 20th in scoring.
No. 32 Kate Benz: Leads Pac-10 in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and tied for the lead in double-doubles (eight)...total of 234 rebounds this season is sixth on the school's all-time list...has 13 double-digits scoring games and 11 double-digit rebounding efforts...leads conference in defensive rebounding (6.88/game)...fifth in offensive rebounding (2.48/game), and seventh in minutes played (32.28)...additionally, is 16th in scoring...tallied 12 rebounds at UCLA, Feb. 6...scored 10 points at USC, Feb. 3...in the 79-69 win over California, Jan. 27, tallied 16 points and 14 rebounds...with the Cougars down 42-39 at the half, scored 10 points in the second half to lead the WSU rally...two days later against No. 4 Stanford, tied a season-high with 15 rebounds...in addition, scored 10 points to post eighth double-double of the season and fifth in the last six games...in that six-game stretch averaged 12.0 points and 11.8 rebounds a game...in the week's games, averaged 13.0 points and 14.5 rebounds a contest and shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the field...recorded fifth and sixth double-doubles of season at the Oregon schools, Jan. 13 & 15...tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon, Jan. 15...recorded 16 points and 14 rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 13...posted fourth double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. USC, Jan. 9...recorded double-digits in rebounds in four consecutive games from Dec. 18-29...averaged 12.5 rebounds over the four-game stretch...had 10 rebounds against Arizona, Dec. 29...tallied her third consecutive double-digit rebounding game with 13 boards against Arizona State, Dec. 27...recorded two consecutive double-doubles prior to ASU...tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...totals were second-best career effort in each category...tallied second double-double of season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end.
No. 41 Keisha Moore: Third in Pac-10 in blocks (1.29/game)...averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game...rebound figure is ninth in the conference...scored a season-high 17 points in the win over Oregon State, Feb. 12...scored 13 of her season-high point total in the second half...contributed 10 points in a 14-1 WSU second half run that gave the Cougars the lead for good...also contributed across the stat sheet recording seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks against the Beavers...nearly had a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds vs. Oregon,Feb. 10...just missed double-double at UCLA with nine points and a season-high 11 boards...tied a season-high with 12 points at USC, Feb. 3...barely missed a double-double against UW 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...scored nine points against Arizona, Dec. 29...recorded seven rebounds versus Valparaiso, Dec. 21...in her debut with the Cougars, scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...in the second half shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, was not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which was Saturday, Dec. 18...in two seasons at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Holland (formerly Allen) played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Holland was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.