WSU Women's Basketball Hosts Arizona, Arizona State
Jan. 30, 2007
COMING UP NEXT: Washington State (5-16 overall; 1-10 Pac-10) returns to Pullman and Beasley Coliseum to host the Arizona Wildcats (7-16 overall; 1-10 Pac-10) and the Arizona State Sun Devils (19-3 overall; 9-2 Pac-10)...the Cougars will look to avenge a two-point loss against the Wildcats earlier this season Thursday at 7:00 p.m....WSU and ASU, ranked 12th nationally in the Associated Press poll, meet Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
COUGAR RECAP - UCLA 73, WSU 70: In the second meeting of the season, WSU dropped another three-point heartbreaker to UCLA Sunday at Pauley Pavilion...freshmen Marisa Stotler and Colleen Betteridge led the Cougar offense with 15 and 13 points, respectively...Stotler also picked up six rebounds...Kate Benz was WSU's top rebounder with nine boards...the Cougars entered halftime leading 33-24 and extended their lead to 12 points in the second half...UCLA, however, used an 8-1 run to take a 60-54 lead with 4:49 remaining in the game...the game came down to a final free throw as UCLA's Chinyere Ibekwe made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to seal the Bruin victory...as a team, WSU committed a season-low ten turnovers and posted ten steals.
A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Arizona faced two nationally-ranked opponents over the weekend in No. 9 Stanford and then-No. 20 California...the Wildcats came within seven points of the Cardinal Thursday in Tucson when Joy Hollingsworth hit a three-pointer with just under six minutes left...the Cardinal, however, defeated Arizona 86-76...No. 20 California defeated the Wildcats 84-64 Saturday...the Wildcats are led by Hollingsworth who is averaging 15.7 ppg in conference play...Jessica Arnold and Ashley Whisonant are each averaging just over ten points per game in conference play...Arnold averaged 15 points over the weekend, including a 19-point effort on 7-of-14 shooting against the Golden Bears Saturday... Amina Njonkou is the team's leading rebounder with 7.2 rpg...as a team, the Wildcats are shooting 68 percent from the free throw line, fifth best in the Pac-10...9.09 steals per game ranks Arizona third in the conference...head coach Joan Bonvicini is just two games shy of career victory No. 600.
A LOOK AT THE SUN DEVILS: No. 12/10 Arizona State went 1-1 over the weekend against No. 20 California and No. 9 Stanford...the Sun Devils defeated the Golden Bears 66-54 for their seventh straight victory Thursday...Jill Noe scored a season-high 19 points and Emily Westerberg added 15 points and ten rebounds in the win...ASU's win streak was snapped Saturday when No. 9 Stanford took a 73-65 overtime victory...Danielle Orsillo led the Sun Devils with 15 points...the loss also snapped ASU's 22-game home win streak...Westerberg and Orsillo are the team's leading scorers with 14.5 and 10.9 ppg, respectively...Aubree Johnson leads in the rebound category with a 5.7 rpg average...freshman guard Dymond Simon was averaging 9.4 ppg before suffering a season-ending injury Jan. 21 against USC...head coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her 11th season with ASU.