Cougars Host Sacramento State in Home Opener
Nov. 14, 2006
This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-2) hosts Sacramento State (1-0) in its home opener, Friday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m., in Beasley Coliseum...following Friday's game, WSU heads back on the road for games at Portland, Nov. 22 and at Santa Clara, Nov. 25.
Silent Auction: Following Friday's game, the WSU women's basketball team will hold a silent auction at the Beasley Coliseum outer concourse at 7 p.m....items to be auctioned off include autographs and merchandise from the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Storm, an overnight package at the Coeur d' Alene Resort and much more.
Cougars Against Big Sky: Since the 1970-71 women's basketball season, the Cougars are 83-62 against Big Sky opponents.
Last Week: The Cougars competed in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Lexington, Ky...WSU fell to No. 15 (AP) Kentucky 80-51...WSU played Wake Forest in the consolation round and fell to the Demon Deacons, 45-37...Kate Benz was selected to the all-tournament team.
Home Openers: The Cougars' three-game win streak of home openers will be on the line as they take on the Hornets...last home opening loss came against Wyoming during the 2002-03 season as WSU fell to the Cowgirls, 82-51.
Scouting Sacramento State: The Sacramento State Hornets travel to the Pacific Northwest for a three-game road trip...Hornets battle Gonzaga, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:05 p.m. and Idaho, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:05 p.m...Sacramento State won its season opener against Bethany, 52-48, Nov. 10, at Sacramento, Calif...Hornets lost five letterwinners from last season, including leading scorer Cindy Alldrin and rebounder Ashley Cadotte...Hornets return Big Sky honorable mentions Stephanie Cherry and Kim Sheehy, both of whom averaged double digits in scoring a year ago...five freshmen bring a new look to the Hornet squad...freshman Kelli Davis returns home as the Pullman native battles against WSU on the Palouse.
Defensive Stand: The Cougars held Wake Forest to 25 percent shooting, as the Demon Deacons shot 15-of-60...WSU's defense forced Kentucky to shoot 46.8 percent in the season opener.
Benz's Countdown: Kate Benz improved her career rebound mark to 710 with 14 rebounds in two games last week...she is the fourth player in Cougar women's basketball history to reach the 700-rebound milestone...Benz also scored 10 points this past weekend, moving her career point total to 826, moving up two spots on the WSU career scoring list from 20 to 18.
Freshman Impact: Freshmen Colleen Betteridge and Nakejia Kelly each scored double digits in one game this weekend... Kelly contributed 12 points in her first collegiate game, as she went 8-for-10 from the charity line and recorded one steal and an assist...Betteridge went 4-for-11 including 1-for-1 from the 3-point line ending with 10 points against Wake Forest.
Cougars Win Exhibition: The Cougars defeated Lewis-Clark State in exhibition play, 73-67, Nov. 3 in Bohler Gymnasium...senior Adriane Ferguson led the Cougars with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior Kate Benz added 13 points for WSU.
Strength of Schedule: The Cougars began their 2006-07 campaign against 15th-ranked Kentucky...conference play will prove to be the biggest challenge for the Cougars as six Pac-10 teams were ranked in the season-opening poll...Stanford (4), Arizona State (12), California (21), USC (22), UCLA (23) and Washington (25)...Stanford received one first place vote and nonconference opponent Montana received one honorable mention vote.