Cougars To Spend Thanksgiving In Florida

Nov. 26, 2002

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What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-2) will spend Thanksgiving in the warmth of the Florida sun at the Florida International/Herald Thanksgiving Classic at Miami, Fla., Nov. 29-30...the Cougars open the tournament against No. 3 (Associated Press, USA Today/ESPN/WBCA) Louisiana State (3-0), Friday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., Pacific...the WSU-LSU contest will follow the first game of the tournament between host Florida International (1-1) and Virginia Tech (1-0)...the result of the FIU-Virginia Tech game will determine when the Cougars will play, Saturday...Florida International will play in the first game, Saturday at 2 p.m., Pacific regardless if it is the championship or consolation game...WSU returns home to face Eastern Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Follow WSU-LSU Game Live On The Web: The webcast of the WSU-LSU contest can be accessed at and clicking on the women's basketball link.

About LSU: The Lady Tigers opened the season with a 78-71 overtime victory at Arizona, Nov. 22...LSU followed up the close win over Arizona by cruising to victories over Southeastern Louisiana (93-52), Nov. 24 and Florida Atlantic (88-55), Nov. 25...LSU is led by Seimone Augustus, who is averaging 22.7 points in the Lady Tigers' three games.

The Series Versus LSU: Friday's game will mark only the second meeting between the two clubs and the first in 21 their only previous meeting, LSU defeated the Cougars 78-59, Dec. 18, 1981...WSU has never faced Florida International or Virginia Tech.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On The Florida International Tournament: 'I'm excited to play against a challenging team like LSU. One would think after a 30-point loss against Wyoming and a tough loss to Montana State that you would be dreading it but these are the games I love to play. We are going to be playing top ranked teams in the Pac-10 so this gets us ready right away. It makes you do different things. We are not as athletic as LSU so it's kind of fun as a coach to say 'What can we do?' We are going to tweak a lot of things that are not part of our system. We are the underdogs so we get to do some fun things like that.'

Cougars Face Top Five Opponent For Second Consecutive Year: When the Cougars face No. 3 LSU, Friday it will mark the second consecutive year the team has played a top five opponent...last year WSU fell to No. 4 Stanford 104-57 at Pullman, Jan. 17 and 76-50, to the second ranked Cardinal at Stanford. Feb. 16...LSU will also be the first Southeastern Conference opponent that WSU has faced since, Dec. 21, 1997, when the Cougars defeated Mississippi State, 61-59.

Last Game: Emma Joneby led a contingent of three Washington State players in double figures with 12 points in the Cougars' 81-55 defeat to the Montana State Bobcats at Bozeman, Mont, Nov. 25...Bianca McCall pulled down 10 rebounds, recording her second consecutive game with double figures in that category. Lindsey Egeland and Kim Dugan each scored 11 points to complete the Cougars' scoring trio...after spotting WSU (0-2) the game's initial two points, the Bobcats (2-0) reeled off 13 consecutive points, seven accounted for by Burrows, to jump out to a 13-2 advantage at the 15:56 mark of the first half...WSU struggled from the floor, missing nine of its first 10 shots en route to a 7-of-32 (21.9 percent) shooting performance in the first half. Despite missing 11 of its last 13 attempts, MSU shot 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from the floor in the first half.

McCall Threatens Rebounding Record Against Wyoming: Bianca McCall grabbed 19 rebounds to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history in the Cougars' 82-51 loss to the University of Wyoming, Nov. 22 at Friel Court...McCall's effort tied the junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., with three other Cougars (Janet Kusler, 1976; Gail Houser, 1977; Brittney Hawks, 2001) who hit the 19-rebound mark...Jennifer Grey holds the school record with 22 rebounds in a game, having done it twice in 1975...McCall's contribution wasn't limited to the boards as she scored 18 points tying her with Lindsey Egeland for the team high point total...the Cowgirls went on a 22-0 run over a 4:40 span in the first half to erase any doubt as to the outcome of the contest. Wyoming used that run to take a 50-23 halftime advantage as the team shot 20-of-35 (57.1 percent) from the field in the first half.

Exhibition Round-Up: The Cougars recorded two wins in their exhibition slate...the first victory was an 82-57 victory over P & P Lady Express, Nov. 9...the Cougars made it two in a row with a 76-53 win over Denmark, Nov. 16...four Cougars scored in double figures in the win over Lady Express and three had double-doubles in points and rebounds...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 the win over Denmark, WSU came back from a 20-11 deficit in the game's opening 7:35... the Cougars rallied with an 11-0 run, which was capped by a trey from Egeland, to take a 22-20 lead at the 7:51 mark of the first half...both Egeland and McCall accounted for all the points in the run...Egeland led the Cougars with 20 points, including 13 in the second half...McCall recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds... Egeland (16.0 points, 10.5 rebounds) and McCall (15 points, 13 rebounds) averaged a double-double during the two-game exhibition season.

Cougar Net Notes: The crowd of 574 that attended the Lady Express exhibition, Nov. 9 was larger than any crowd that attended a Cougar home game last season...although it won't count officially, the double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds turned in by Candace 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...Fields averaged 13 points during the two-game exhibition slate.

Injury Update: After missing the Wyoming and Montana State games with mononucleosis, Jessica Perry will make her season debut, Friday against LSU... Ravon Justice, who has also missed the Wyoming and MSU games, is questionable for LSU...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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