Pac-10 Women's Basketball Gears Up With Annual Media Day Event

Oct. 27, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Let the 2005-06 Pac-10 women's basketball season officially begin. Following a year in which the Conference sent five teams to NCAA postseason play, third most among major conferences, the league will look to embark on another successful campaign.

HP Pavilion at San Jose, the site for the fifth-annual State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, will also host the Pac-10's annual Media Day next week. Tickets for the 2006 Tournament will be available beginning Wed., Nov. 2 by accessing the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.

Following are bios for all coaches and players who will be in attendance at the 2005-06 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Media Day.

ARIZONA

Joan Bonvicini, Head Coach

In her 14 seasons at the helm, Joan Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship...Enters her 15th season at Arizona (258-160) and 27th season overall (583-231) as a head coach...Led the `Cats to a 11-7 record (20-12 overall) in Pac-10 play in 2004-05, notching their third consecutive 20-win season and eighth in the last ten years...Under Bonvicini's reign, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last ten years...Coached the `Cats to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, reaching the second round for the first time since 1999...Made her 21st career postseason appearance...Was a finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year in 2003, her third time as a finalist for the award...Is responsible for producing one All-American, four Honorable Mention All-Americans, and 21 All-Pac-10 honorees...Currently ranks 12th in career victories (583) and 29th in winning percentage (..716) among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches...Led Arizona to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1997 to 2000...Earned her first-ever Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor in 1998...Was a finalist for AP Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 1998...Was the eighth-youngest NCAA Division I coach to reach the 400-victory plateau, accomplishing the feat at age 43 (at Arizona in 1996)...Under her tutelage, the Wildcats won the NIT Championship in 1996...Coached the Pac-10 All-Star team to three victories on a foreign tour in Japan in the summer of 1996...As head coach at Long Beach State, led the 49ers to 10 first place finishes in the Big West Conference and 10 postseason appearances...Two of her Long Beach State squads (`87, `88) reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament...Named 1981 NCAA Division I Women's National Coach of the Year, in just her second season as a head coach.

Natalie Jones

Guard, Sr., 5-10, Anchorage, Alaska

The only Wildcat to start all 32 games last season...Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 7-13...Last season, ranked second on team in minutes played, minutes per game, three-point field goals attempted, free throws made, free throw percentage, assists and steals...Ranked third in field goals made, field goals attempted, three-point field goals made, three-point field goal percentage, free throws attempted, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, points and scoring average...Recorded a double-double against Weber State on Dec. 5...Scored a career-high 25 points against UCLA on Feb. 10...Reached double-figure scoring 15 times and double-digit rebounds twice...Was perfect at the free throw line 11 times...The 2004-05 Arizona Defensive MVP also started all 33 games in 2003-04...Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2002-03...Received the UA Hustle Award in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

ARIZONA STATE

Charli Turner Thorne, Head Coach

In her tenth year, Turner Thorne leads the Sun Devils in the 2005-06 season, coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, making its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years...Ended the season ranked 16th in the final USA Today/ESPN WBCA coaches' poll, the highest ranking for the team since the 1983-84 season...Enters the season with a 147-122 record at Arizona State (187-162 over her 12-year career)...Last year, led ASU to a 24-10 overall record (12-6 in Pac-10), just one win shy of the school record for single-season victories...Logged the team's seventh 20-win campaign in school history......Tied for second place in the Pac-10, finishing in the top half of the Conference standings for the fourth time in five seasons...Became the first ASU coach to lead her team to five consecutive winning seasons and three NCAA berths (`01, `02, `05)...Finished the regular season with a 12-1 home record, including a Dec. 21 upset of then-No. 8 Connecticut...ASU has won 30 of its last 34 games at Wells Fargo Arena...Tournament run included wins over Eastern Kentucky and then No. 11/13 Notre Dame before falling to top-seeded and fourth-ranked North Carolina...Under her tutelage, established the new Pac-10 record for fewest points per game allowed at 54.7...In 2001-02, coached Arizona State to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since `81-82 and `83-84...Also earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors after leading ASU to a share of its first Pac-10 Championship and first trip to the NCAA Tournament in nine seasons...Was one of eight finalists for the 2001 WBCA National Coach of the Year...Guided ASU to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2001, as the Sun Devils posted a school-record 12 Conference wins and finished the season ranked 25th in the final AP poll...In 2000, guided the Sun Devils to their first postseason berth (NIT) in eight seasons and 14 wins, third most in school history.

Emily Westerberg

Forward, Jr., 6-0, Greenacres, Washington

Earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 2004, becoming just the ninth Sun Devil to garner first-team all-league accolades...Was also just the second sophomore in school history to be named to the first team...Also earned Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...Started 32 of 34 games...Led the team and ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.3 ppg...Ranked third in the Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in free throw percentage, knocking down 84.9 percent of her attempts (101-119)...Turned in her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on Feb. 12 vs. UCLA...Led the team in scoring in seven games, assists in nine, and rebounding and steals in eight...Scored in double figures in 20 games...Winner of the ASU Coaches' Award...A Maroon & Gold Scholar-Athlete...In 2003-04, earned Pac-10 All-Freshman first team honors...Was ASU's leading scorer off the bench at 6.2 ppg...Played in 28 games, starting five...Pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds at Oregon on Jan. 24...Ranked third on the team with 10 three-pointers made.

CALIFORNIA

Joanne Boyle, Head Coach

Entering her first season as head coach for Cal and fourth year overall...Accumulated a 67-29 overall record at Richmond, leading the Spiders to three straight postseason appearances and three straight 20-win seasons...In 2004-05, led Richmond to a 23-8 record and the program's first NCAA berth in 14 years and third overall...Spiders finished with a 12-4 record in the Atlantic 10, their best mark in the four years since they joined the Conference...In January, the program received its first-ever national ranking-No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN WBCA Coaches' Poll...Coached Richmond to wins over Virginia, Liberty and Dartmouth, all NCAA Tournament qualifiers...Fielded a team that led the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goal percentage (35.1%) and ranked in the top five in the conference in 13 statistical categories...Named the 2004-05 Richmond-Time Dispatch Virginia State Coach of the Year...Led the Spiders to the 2003 WNIT quarterfinals and to the semifinals in 2002...Before accepting the head coaching job at Richmond, was an integral part of Duke's rise to national prominence as an assistant coach for nine seasons...Prior to coaching at Duke, played professional basketball overseas for Division I teams in Luxembourg and Germany...A four-year letter winner at Duke, ended her career ranked second in the school record books for points and assists.

Reneé Wright

Forward, Sr., 5-11, Antelope, California

The only senior on the 2005-06 California team...Team captain with Sarah Pool and Krista Foster...In 2004-05, averaged 5.9 ppg as a starter and 8.2 ppg as a reserve...One of four Golden Bears to sink at least 80 percent of her free throws (39-48)...Recorded a career-high 17 points at Washington on Jan. 29...Tallied double-figure points eight times...Named the team's co-Most Improved Player with Kjadijah Coakley...In 2003-04, saw action in 22 games off the bench...Averaged 2.7 rpg...In 2002-03, played in 28 of 29 games...Posted her only double-double of the year in Cal's Jan. 26 road win over UCLA, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 boards...Averaged 2.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg on the season...The first women's basketball player from Center High School to sign a letter of intent to a Division I school.

OREGON

Bev Smith, Head Coach

Smith begins her fifth year as the head coach at Oregon, and fifth year overall as a Division I head coach (69-54)...Led Oregon back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 and its first tournament win in six years...The Ducks finished 21-10 overall, tying for second place in the Pac-10 at 12-6...Conference finish was Oregon's best since winning the league title in 2000...Led the Ducks to a 12-1 home record, including a 9-0 Conference mark...Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2004...Her 2003-04 Oregon team was the first in school history to defeat two top-10 ranked teams in the same season, with victories over Final Four participant LSU (then No. 9/10) and Elite Eight squad Stanford (then No. 10/10)...In 2001-02 led the Ducks to a 22-13 record, including a 10-12 mark in the second half of the season...Developed an offense that drained 162 three-pointers, an Oregon single-season record topped only by her 2001 squad that hit 194 treys...In 2000-01 led the Ducks to the WNIT Championship playing a single-season school-record 35 games...Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame on Oct. 13, 2001...Served as the Canadian National Team women's coach from 1997-2001, leading Canada to a 10th-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney...Coached and played in the Italian Leagues from 1982-1996...Was a member of Oregon's inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class in 1992...As a forward for the Ducks, she established school records for points scored in a single game (38), season (632) and career (2,063); rebounds in a game (26), season (376) and career (1,362); career assists (443) and steals in a game (11), season (95) and career (349)...Still holds Oregon records in rebounds, assists and steals...Was a two-time GTE Academic All-American (`81,' 82)...The lone Duck to garner First Team Kodak All-America honors.

Brandi Davis

Guard/Forward, Sr., 6-0, La Habra, California

Explosive Duck guard ranks third on Oregon's all-time list for three-pointers with 145...Oregon's fourth-leading scorer last season at 7.6 ppg...Played in 30 of 31 games, starting the final 11 of the season...Scored ten or more points nine times, eight of which came during Pac-10 play...Recorded a career-high 28 points, six three-pointers and 13 three-point attempts in win over UCLA on Jan. 7...Was the Ducks' second-leading scorer in 2003-04 at 9.8 ppg...Played in all 29 games, starting 12...Ranked second on the team with 43 assists and fourth with 26 steals...In 2002-03, led the team in scoring with 305 points, good for 17th in the Pac-10...Played in all 28 games, starting 20...Made a team-leading 54 shots from three-point range, which ranks as the fourth-best single-season total in Oregon history...That total ranked third in the Pac-10 and was the most by any freshman or sophomore in school history...In the first game of her collegiate career, scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Gonzaga on Nov. 22.

OREGON STATE

LaVonda Wagner, Head Coach

Named the fourth head coach in Oregon State University history on April 15, 2005...Comes to the Pac-10 with 17 years of experience at three different schools- Duke, Illinois and East Tennessee...Has posted 300 wins as an assistant and been involved in nine consecutive postseason appearances...Spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Duke...Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in each of Wagner's three seasons and earned a trip to the 2003 NCAA Final Four...Prior to joining Duke's staff, spent eight seasons at Illinois as an associate head coach, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator...During her time at Illinois, the Fighting Illini won their first ever Big Ten Conference Championship and twice competed in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen...Illinois was ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation during her stint...Spent six seasons at East Tennessee State as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator...Also coached volleyball at East Tennessee State from 1986-88...Earned NAIA All-America honors in volleyball and basketball in 1986 at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.

Mandy Close

Guard, Sr., 5-11, Bozeman, Montana

Has played in more games than any current Beaver (90)...Started in 27 of 28 games last season, ranking third on the team in scoring with 239 points (8.5 ppg) and second on the team in assists (54)...Pulled down 101 rebounds to become just the fourth guard in school history to grab 100 boards in consecutive seasons...Scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Kentucky on Nov. 25...Dished a career-high five assists and had two rebounds at Washington on Feb. 10...Played in all 32 games as a sophomore in 2003-04, starting 28...Ranked second on the team in assists with 58...Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds on Nov. 23 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi...As a freshman, started in 19 games and played in all 30...Played 602 minutes, the most of any Beaver freshman...Led the team with 11 points and pulled down four rebounds against Florida on Dec. 14.

STANFORD

Tara VanDerveer, Head Coach

VanDerveer enters her 20th season as head coach at Stanford (482-120), her 27th year as a head coach overall (634-171)...Led Stanford to its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and second consecutive Elite Eight run...Cardinal ended the season ranked fifth in the final USA Today/ESPN WBCA Coaches' Poll...Led the Cardinal to a 32-3 overall record, winning 23 of its 24 last games to log the sixth 30-win season in program history and first since 2002...Stanford won a third straight Pac-10 Tournament title and record-tying fifth straight Pac-10 Championship, finishing 17-1 in Conference play...The Cardinal garnered its first top ranking since December 1996 and entered Selection Sunday as the No. 1-ranked team in both polls for the first time in school history...Prior to its Elite Eight loss to eventual national finalist Michigan State, Stanford had won 23 games in a row by an average of 23.2 points...Earned her 600th home victory during Stanford's NCAA second round win over Utah...Coached her 800th game during the Pac-10 Tournament, a 73-69 win over USC in the semifinals...Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year and seventh time in her career...Stanford swept the Pac-10 Player of the Year honors with Candice Wiggins garnering both Freshman and Player of the Year titles...The Cardinal limited their opponents to a school-record 56.0 ppg, second in the Pac-10, and held them to 35.1% from the field, top in the league...Ranks sixth in Division I active coaches in winning percentage (.788), and eighth with 634 overall victories...Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2002...Became the first coach in Pac-10 history to reach 200 Conference wins on Jan. 25, 2001...Notched her 500th career victory on Nov. 26, 2000...In 2000, led Stanford to 20 wins for the 12th time in 13 years...Led Stanford to a top-5 national ranking in the final AP Poll from 1995 to 1998...Cardinal posted 25 straight victories during the 1997 season, a Conference record...Led the Cardinal to the most wins in Conference history (34) in 1997...During a one-year sabbatical from Stanford, VanDerveer coached the U.S. Olympic Women's Team to the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games...She led Stanford to NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992 and Final Four appearances in 1991, 1995 and 1997...VanDerveer is a four-time National Coach of the Year, a seven-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year...As head coach of Ohio State from 1980-85, she guided the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Titles, four consecutive 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a No. 7 final ranking in 1984-85...Began her head coaching career at Idaho, where she compiled a 42-14 mark in two seasons (1978-79)...VanDerveer was inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in October, 1998.

Candice Wiggins

Guard, So., 5-11 1/2, San Diego, California

Entering the 2005-06 season as the first Pac-10 freshman to earn the Player of the Year honors and only the third freshman in Division I history to earn the conference Player of the Year award...A Kodak/WBCA All-American...A preseason candidate for the 2006 Wooden Award and 2006 Wade Trophy...Earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press in 2004-05...Named to the Wooden Award Final Voting Ballot and the Midseason Naismith Trophy List...Was the only freshman on either list...Named to the All-Regional Team in the Kansas City Regional...Honored as the Most Outstanding Player at the Pac-10 Tournament...Led the Cardinal with 17.5 ppg, which ranked 14th in Stanford history for ppg in a single season...Her 612 total points were the fifth-best single-season total in Cardinal freshman history...Also led the team in steals with 85, the fourth-best total in the school record books for steals in a single season...Topped the squad in field goals, making 162 of her 194 attempts (.835)...Spent the summer of 2005 with the USA U-19 World Championship Team as America won the gold in Tunisia...Named to the All-U19 World Championship Team, after finishing the tournament averaging 15.8 ppg...Shot 57.1 percent (44-77) from the field and 42.9 percent (18-42) from three-point range.

UCLA

Kathy Olivier, Head Coach

Oliver will take the reins for her 13th year at UCLA, posting an overall mark of 181-164 that includes five top-four Pac-10 finishes in the last eight seasons...Guided Nikki Blue in becoming just the second Bruin in history to amass more than 1,300 points and 400 assists in her career...UCLA set a school record with a team free throw percentage of 71.7...Led the Bruins to a 16-12 overall record and sixth-place Pac-10 mark (10-8)...In 2003-04, led the Bruins to a third-place Conference finish with a Pac-10 record of 11-7 and a NCAA berth...It was the Bruins' highest Pac-10 finish since winning the Pac-10 title in 1998-99...Produced the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Noelle Quinn)...Is the only current Pac-10 coach to have as many as three freshmen named first-team All-Conference performers...In 2001, Olivier directed a team which lost eight of its top-nine scorers from the previous season, yet finished with a winning record at home in Pac-10 play and beat three nationally-ranked teams...In 2000, guided the Bruins to a 12-6 Conference record and a fourth-place finish in Pac-10 play, their third straight top-five league finish...Became the first women's basketball coach in UCLA history to lead the Bruins to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (`98-00)...In 1999, led the Bruins to their most successful season ever, as UCLA won a share of its first Pac-10 title and reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time...The 26 wins were the third-most in school history and most since the Pac-10 formed league play in 1987...In 1998, Olivier led the Bruins to their first NCAA appearance since 1992, advancing to the second round...Led the Bruins back into the AP Top 25 rankings during the 1998 season, marking the first time UCLA had been ranked in the regular season poll for more than one week since 1981...Joined the UCLA staff in 1986 as an assistant coach under Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore...Served as assistant coach at USC from 1983-86...Helped guide Cheryl Miller and the Trojans to the 1984 NCAA title and a trip back to the NCAA title game in 1986.

Nikki Blue

Guard, Sr., 5-8, Bakersfield, California

A three-time All-Pac-10 selection and preseason candidate for the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy watch list...Just the second Bruin in career history to record over 1,300 points and 400 assists...Named a Honorable Mention AP All-American...Closed the season with 258 steals to tie for 10th on the all-time Pac-10 list...Ranked fourth in the Conference in scoring, second in assists, ninth in three-point shooting and second in steals...Had a career-high 36 points in the Pac-10 Tournament loss to Arizona State...A three-time member of the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team (2003-05)...One of just three UCLA players to be named first team All-Conference as a freshman...Blue's sophomore campaign led her to rank second on the all-time sophomore class list and tied for seventh on the all-time school list for 148 assists...Her 89 steals during the season were the second-highest total ever by a Bruin sophomore and the seventh-best total in school history...In the tournament loss to Minnesota, scored a season-high 33 points, the most ever by a Bruin player in NCAA postseason action...Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, 12th in rebounding, third in assists and second in steals.

USC

Mark Trakh, Head Coach

Entering his second season as head coach for the USC Trojans and 13th year overall, Trakh has accumulated a 219-134 overall record and a 12-6 Conference mark...Picked to finish seventh in the Conference in both preseason polls, the Women of Troy blazed their way to a second-place tie (12-6) and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997...Finished 20-11 overall, notching its first 20-win season since 1997...Tie for second gave the Trojans their best league finish since winning the Pac-10 crown in 1997...Nearly upset eventual national finalist Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to the Spartans 61-59...Accumulated a 11-2 home record, its best home mark since 1994...At Pepperdine, won four of the last six league titles...Twice named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year (`99, `02)...In 11 seasons (1994-04) as the Wave's head coach, Trakh built a nationally recognized program that made six postseason appearances and dominated play in the WCC...Under his leadership, Pepperdine posted six 20-win seasons...In 2004, his squad finished 17-13 overall, tied for second in the WCC at 10-4 and made their sixth-straight postseason appearance by advancing to the WNIT.

Meghan Gnekow

Guard, Sr., 5-11, Santa Ynez, California

Returns for her senior year as the reigning Pac-10 offensive rebounds leader with 2.97 per game...Also led the Women of Troy with 5.8 rpg, ranking eighth in the Conference...Received an All-Pac-10 honorable mention nod...Led team in scoring five times...Registered two double-doubles, at TCU on Dec. 21 and against Arizona on Feb. 12...In 2003-04, was the only player to start in all 28 games...Finished second on the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and third in scoring (7.9 ppg)...Notched career-high 20 points and eight field goals at Notre Dame on Dec. 22...Collected a career-high 10 rebounds and two blocks against New Mexico on Nov. 21...Honored with the Coaches' Award for her contributions throughout the season...Played in 30 games off the bench as a freshman...Posted double figures in six games...Scored a season-best 17 points twice against Washington State on Jan. 3 and Feb. 1...Grabbed a season-best seven rebounds against UCLA on Feb. 8.

WASHINGTON

June Daugherty, Head Coach

Beginning her 10th year as head coach at Washington, 16th year overall, Daugherty has accumulated a 154-115 record with the Huskies, 277-189 overall...Ranks third in current Pac-10 coaches for most victories with 277...2004-05 Huskies finished with a 14-16 record and 9-9 Pac-10 mark for a seventh-place finish...Ended season on a strong note, winning seven of their last 11 games, including a road victory over Arizona that was only the Wildcats' fourth home loss in three seasons...In 2003-04, Daugherty led Washington to an 18-13 overall record, 9-9 in Pac-10 for a sixth-place finish...Guided UW to its seventh postseason appearance in eight years, making a trip to the WNIT...In 2003 Daugherty led the Dawgs to a 22-8 record, their best during her tenure as head coach...In that same year UW went a perfect 14-0 at home, the first unbeaten home season since 1990...Was a 2003 Naismith Coach of the Year finalist...In 2001, led the Huskies to a share of the Pac-10 Championship and their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 1990...Guided Washington to the greatest turnaround by a Pac-10 team from one year to the next in 2001 (from ninth place to tie for first)...Helped orchestrate the second-best overall turnaround in the nation, as UW finished 22-10 to improve on an 8-22 finish in 2000...Was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2000...In 1998 Daugherty led the Huskies to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years...Led the Huskies to a 9-0 non-conference record in 1998, the first time a Washington team went undefeated in non-league play...Spent seven years as head coach at Boise State, compiling a 123-74 overall and 73-31 Big Sky record...Daugherty was named Big Sky Co-Coach of the Year in 1994...That season Boise State tied for the conference championship and received its first ever NCAA Tournament bid...Served as assistant coach at Stanford for five seasons (1985-89) and at Kent State (1983-85).

Kayla Burt

Guard, Sr., 5-11, Arlington, Washington

Returns for her senior campaign after playing in 29 games last season, starting 16...Named V Foundation Comeback Award Winner for her return to collegiate basketball after suffering a cardiac arrest episode on New Year's Eve, 2002...Also nominated for the ESPY Award for 'Best Comeback'...A co-captain in 2004-05...Garnered honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors...Enters her senior season ranked eighth on UW's career list for three-point field goal percentage...Led team in scoring (9.6 ppg), assists (2.9 apg), free-throw percentage (75.8) and free throws made (69)...Ranked second in steals and three- point field goals made...Scored in double-figures 13 times, including two 20-point games...Named Pac-10 Player of the Week Feb. 21-28...In 2003-04, served as a student assistant coach...In 2002-03, started first 10 games of the season...Led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage (.538) and assist-turnover ratio (3.42) before suffering cardiac arrest on Dec. 31...Reached double-figures three times during her shortened season...In 2001-02, played in 24 of 31 games and averaged 5.6 ppg...Named the 2005 Everett Herald Woman of the Year in Sports.

WASHINGTON STATE

Sherri Murrell, Head Coach

Begins her fourth year at the helm of the Cougar program with a record of 14-70 at WSU and 134-149 record overall...Led WSU to a 6-22 overall and 2-16 Conference record...Coached All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection Kate Benz, who led the Pac-10 in rebounding with 9.1 rpg...Her 2003-04 Washington State team doubled its Conference win total and notched four more overall wins than the previous year...Produced an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection for the second straight year in Bianca McCall...Coached a WSU squad that finished the 2003 season ranked eighth in the WBCA/Summerville RPI strength of schedule...As head coach at University of the Pacific, guided the Tigers to four straight winning seasons, compiling a 68-46 overall mark and a 40-20 record in Big West Conference play...Capped her string of winning seasons with a 19-11 record in 2002, the program's most victories since 1995...Led Pacific to the Big West Tournament Championship game in 2002 and back-to-back ties for second place...Coached the Tigers to their first NIT appearance in 2000 after advancing to the Big West Tournament semifinals for the first time since 1996...First head coaching job was a three-year stint at George Fox University from 1993-96, where she compiled a 52-33 record and led her team to three playoff appearances...Played two seasons as point guard for the Pepperdine Waves, earning All-West Coast Conference honors at point guard in 1990...Also played two years of basketball at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kate Benz

Forward, Jr., 6-2, Portland, Oregon

Named an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection and to the All-Pac-10 Academic first team...Finished the 2004-05 season averaging a Conference-best 9.1 rpg, the first such honor for Washington State...Notched 15 double-digit scoring games and 11 double-digit rebounding efforts...Ranks fifth on the WSU single-season rebounding list with 254...Ranked third in the Pac-10 with eight double-doubles...Started all 28 games for the Cougars...Was an All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention honoree in 2003-04...Finished sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounds (6.7 avg.) and was second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg)...Pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State on Dec. 22, 2003, tying for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...Tied for seventh in the Pac-10 for double-doubles...Finished the 2003-04 season ranked in the Pac-10 in four categories--sixth in rebounds (6.7 rpg), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.57), 10th in defensive rebounds (4.07) and 10th in blocks (.57)...Also paced the team with a 42.7 field goal percentage.

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