Head Coach Sherri Murrell Talks Cougar Basketball

Nov. 4, 2005

Washington State Head Coach Sherri Murrell

On last season: 'We're making progress. We're competitive and those signs are an indication of the direction we're going. The losses left a bad taste in the kids' mouths and that's what's going to propel us into this season - to take care of business that we didn't take care of last year.'

On this season: 'We've done recruiting. We've got five freshmen that are going to play quite a bit of minutes...we also have size in the post so we can get lots of kids involved.'

On Kate Benz: 'I've always said that rebounding is 90 percent desire and 10 percent ability. It says a lot about Kate. She's a kid that you can see the size of her heart. When you see her play, it's revealed.'

On her hopes for this season: 'Off the sideline I sleep better. We just had our first exhibition; we look comfortable out there. We have a good combination of mature veterans and mature freshmen. I'm cautiously optimistic, more optimistic than I've been since I took this job. The key components are there.

'I don't want to be in a situation where we have an overtime loss with USC. I don't want to have the feeling that it could have happened. I'm not a moral victory coach. I want wins and I want conference wins. That's our goal this season, to carry over that competitiveness from last season and to finish games.'

Kate Benz

On her conference honorable mention selection: 'I think it meant more to my school than to me personally, to bring some honor to WSU.'

On her numbers: 'I never look at numbers and I don't look at stats unless someone tells me. Consistency is my main goal. I want to be more all-around, especially on defense.'

On being a leader: 'I'm comfortable. I can't believe I'm a junior. I took the team role when I was in high school. The freshmen ask me questions and stuff, but they are pretty mature too.'

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