Cougars Take On Denmark In Final Exhibition Contest

Nov. 14, 2002

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What's Happening This Week:
Saturday, Nov. 16
vs. Denmark (Exhibition)
2 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Regular Season Opener:
Friday, Nov. 22
vs. Wyoming
7 p.m Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

On Tap:
Monday, Nov. 25
at Montana State
6 p.m. Pacific
Bozeman, Mont.

What's Happening This Week: One final tune-up is on the docket this week for the Washington State women's basketball team as it prepares for the 2002-03 season...WSU will take on Horsholm BBC (Denmark), Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at Friel Court...admission to the game is free...the Cougars open the season at home next week against Wyoming, Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

Cougars Defeat Lady Express In First Exhibition: Four Washington State players scored in double figures and three recorded double-doubles as the Cougars captured an 82-57 win over P & P Lady Express in a women's basketball exhibition game, Nov. 9 at Friel Court.

Candace Fields (16 points, 10 rebounds), Lindsey Egeland (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Bianca McCall (11 points, 12 rebounds) recorded double-doubles. Sarah Barrett added 13 points to complete the double-digit scoring quartet.

The Cougars never trailed in the game as Lady Express, a pro-am team based in Seattle, struggled from the outset missing 16 of its first 19 shots. In that stretch, WSU jumped out to a 14-7 advantage, which included six points from Fields and Barrett apiece.

Holding a 28-24 lead at the 3:57 mark of the first half, WSU closed the half with a 14-4 run to take a 42-28 lead into the locker room. In the first half the Cougars shot 15-of-36 (41.7 percent) from the floor including 6-of-12 from outside the arc.

Lady Express managed to cut its deficit to 44-34 in the first 2:22 of the second half but the Cougars put the game away with an 18-0 run over the next 5:38 to take a 62-34 lead with 12 minutes left. McCall accounted for nine points in that run.

WSU captured the win despite 34 turnovers, including 20 in the second half.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On The Exhibition Win Over Lady Express: 'We took some good out of it and some bad out of it. I thought we had some great spread scoring and the women were not afraid to take the shot. I thought they worked well without the ball to get open. The people I expected to score, scored. The way the system is, we just cannot have one or two people in double figures. It has to be more than that, so it was good to see that happen.

'There were enough turnovers to make my heart stop. I know that they're doing something they're not comfortable with yet. They are not playing with fear but they still need to fear the turnovers. It's a two-edged sword on that. I don't want them to play with fear. I want my players to go out and play the game. Yet, they turned the ball over with too many passes and there was a lot of traveling. Those are expected in your first game because they had a lot of jitters out there. I don't expect to have that happen again.'

Murrell On The Importance Of Capturing A Win: 'I told my kids in the locker room that I thought it was snowstorm out there with all the confetti that dropped down. They were bouncing off the walls they were so excited. They were a little nervous. They didn't know if they would win or not because you have a new staff and a new system. There are so many unknowns with the first game. They felt really good and for me that is huge for our program. I don't care who we play, if we get those types of wins at the beginning of the year that is going to help us with our confidence. The nice thing about it is even though they won and it felt good, they also said they were not happy with their performance. That shows their character and I like that.'

Cougar Net Notes: The crowd of 574 that attended the Lady Express exhibition was larger than any crowd that attended a Cougar home game last season...although it won't count officially, the double-double turned in by Fields against Lady Express was not the first one in her collegiate career...Fields posted 12 points and 12 rebounds against Montana, Dec. 1, 2001.

Injury Update: Sophomore Jessica Perry has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and is out 2-6 weeks...Jessica Ottmar is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, begins her first season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19-11 record in 2002 was the most wins by the program since 1995...assistant Mark Lewis brings 17 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis arrives at the Palouse after serving as an assistant at Western Kentucky last season...prior to his time at WKU, Lewis spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland come to Pullman after serving as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season... Prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a team manager of the women's basketball team for five years.
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