Murrell Announces 2006-07 Women's Basketball Schedule
July 21, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - An Apple Cup eve home game and 10 teams that advanced to postseason play last season highlight the Washington State 2006-07 women's basketball schedule as announced by Cougar Head Coach Sherri Murrell, Friday.
'I like the challenge and balance of our schedule,' Murrell said. 'The representation of 10 schools who participated in postseason play last year and seven different conferences, in addition to our own, gives us the schedule we need to continue the growth of this program.'
The Cougars face Sacramento State, Friday, Nov. 17 at Beasley Coliseum, tipping off a full slate of Apple Cup Weekend festivities. The Sacramento State game marks the second home game of season, with WSU facing Lewis-Clark State in its home opener Friday, Nov. 3 in Bohler Gym.
Washington State will host 15 games in 2006-07, including a non-conference home schedule that includes Montana State (Nov. 30), Eastern Washington (Dec. 2), Montana (Dec. 8) and Northwestern State (Dec. 17).
WSU begins non-conference road play with a trip to Lexington, Ky., where the Cougars will face 2006 NCAA participant Kentucky, Friday Nov. 10, to open the 2006 Women's Sports Foundation Classic Tournament (Nov. 10-12). Indiana, a 2006 Women's National Invitation Tournament participant, and Wake Forest are also set to compete.
'It's an honor to be a part of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic,' Murrell continued. 'The combination of SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Pacific-10 basketball should make it a very special event.'
The Cougars are also at Portland (Nov. 22) and face 2006 WNIT participant Santa Clara (Nov. 25). WSU rounds out the non-conference road portion of the schedule at San Jose State Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Washington State opens conference play Thursday, Dec. 21, at Oregon State, which reached the second round of the 2006 WNIT. Six Pac-10 teams made 2006 NCAA Tournament appearances, including Arizona State, California, USC, Washington, Stanford and UCLA, which the Cougars face in their conference home opener Thursday, Dec. 28.
'This season the Pac-10 might be as competitive as it has ever been,' said Murrell. 'With seven programs making it into postseason play last year it's hard to imagine that day in and day out that there could be a more challenging conference.'
WSU concludes the regular season with three consecutive home games against Washington (Feb. 17), Oregon (Feb. 22) and Oregon State (Feb. 24).
The Pacific-10 Conference Tournament is March 2-5 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Tickets for all Cougar women's basketball home games can be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-COUGS and selecting option one.
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