Cougars Hit The Road At Gonzaga, Montana

Dec. 9, 2002

What's Happening This Week:
Wednesday, Dec. 11
At Gonzaga
7 p.m. Pacific
Spokane, Wash.

On Tap:
Saturday, Dec. 14
At Montana
6:35 p.m. Pacific
Missoula, Mont.

Saturday, Dec. 21vs. Utah1 p.m. PacificFriel Court, Beasley ColiseumPullman, Wash.

What's Happening: A return to the road is in store for the Washington State women's basketball team this week...the Cougars (0-5) travel north to face local rival Gonzaga (3-4), Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m in the Kennel...two days later, WSU travels to Missoula to face Montana (currently 4-1; plays at San Francisco, Monday), Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:35 p.m., Pacific...the Cougars' next home game is against Utah, Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.

About Gonzaga: The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's game riding a two-game winning streak...Gonzaga is in the middle of a six-game homestand...WSU is game three in the stand...Ashley Burke leads the team averaging 17.1 points per game...she has scored a combined 46 points in the last two games including a career-high 26 in the win over Texas Pan-American, Dec. 5.

The Series Versus Gonzaga: WSU has won 17 of the 19 meetings against Gonzaga including the last two...the last game between the two clubs on the Bulldogs' home floor was Dec. 8, 1999, an 82-66 Gonzaga the team's last meeting, the Cougars prevailed at Pullman 80-72, Dec. 1, 2001...that was the last time WSU tasted victory as the Cougars have dropped a school record 29 games in a row since.

About Montana: Holly Tyler leads the Lady Griz attack averaging 17.8 points a game...Katie Edwards is also averaging double digits with an 11.4 points a game average...before a 68-62 loss at St. Mary's, Dec. 7, the Lady Griz had opened the season with four consecutive wins.

The Series Versus Montana: The Cougars trail in the all-time series with Montana 18-17...Montana has won the last five in the series...the Cougars' last win was, Dec. 21, 1988 (62-60 at Pullman)...after a seven-year hiatus in the series from 1993-99, Saturday's game marks the third consecutive year the teams have faced each other...last year the Lady Griz captured a 75-51 win over WSU at Pullman.

Last Game: Bianca McCall recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Cougars' 77-63 defeat by the Eastern Washington Eagles, Dec. 4.McCall was one of four Cougars that reached double-digits in points. Jessica Perry (14 points), Ravon Justice (13 points) and Sarah Barrett (11 points) completed the double-digit scoring quartet.

Stephanie Ulmer led Eastern, scoring a game-high 19 points. Kathleen Nygaard (16 points) and Stephanie McKinney (10 points) also reached double figures.

Eastern took control early, using a 21-4 run to build a 28-10 lead at the 8:48 mark of the first half. The Cougars chipped away at their deficit, however, and went into halftime down by a 36-29 margin.

WSU pulled to within five on two occasions during the opening three minutes of the second half. After seeing its lead shaved to 38-33 with 17:23 remaining, Eastern went on a 10-1 run to pull ahead 48-34 at the 14:15 mark. The Eagles would maintain their double-digit advantage the remainder of the game.

Fields Earns All-Tournament Honors At FIU Classic: Candace Fields earned an all-tournament team selection at the FIU/Herald Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 29-30 at Miami, two games, Fields averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds...Fields recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against No. 3 LSU...Fields followed that with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds against Virginia Tech...her other double-double was a 12-point, 12-rebound performance against Montana last year.

A Loooong Holiday Weekend: Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a little longer than WSU anticipated...the Cougars already had a long day of traveling in store for them, Sunday, Dec. 1 as they were returning to Pullman from Miami, Fla...that day was made longer when the plane bound for Pullman, which was scheduled to arrive in Pullman at 6 p.m. was unable to land in the city due to fog...the plane turned around and returned to Seattle, landing at 7:30 p.m...the airline arranged a bus for the Palouse-bound passengers, which departed Sea-Tac airport at 10:30 p.m...five hours later, at 3:30 a.m., the bus arrived at the Pullman-Moscow all, the Cougars' return trip from Miami lasted a total of 25 hours from its 5:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) departure from the Miami hotel to the arrival at the Pullman airport.

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...McCall leads the Cougars in points (12.0/game) and rebounds (9.4/game)...she has scored in double figures in four of five games and hit double digits in rebounds in three games.

Exhibition Round-Up: The Cougars recorded two wins on 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: WSU's schedule is currently ranked third in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings...overall, the Cougars are No. 139 in the rankings...the Cougars' eight blocks against EWU was the most since the team tallied eight rejections at California, Feb. 9, 1991...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...eight Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...eight players have started at least one game while three (Lindsey Egeland, Candace Fields, Bianca McCall) have started all five games...the opposition has shot no worse than 44.6 percent in the Cougars' first five games...the Cougars have been out-rebounded in four of five games...ironically, the one game WSU did out-rebound its opponent was against No.3 LSU (29-24)...WSU has committed over 20 turnovers in each of its first five games...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.

Cougars Add Three During Early Signing Period: WSU Coach Sherri Murrell signed three players - Vasha Adams, Adriane Ferguson and Nicole Stratton - to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.

Ferguson, a 6-foot guard from Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., becomes the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985 (Lynda Clegg, Central Valley). Stratton is a 5-foot-11 guard from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Adams is a a 6-foot-1 forward from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.

Ferguson enters her senior season coming off consecutive All-GSL First Team selections. Her first team nod as a sophomore marked only the sixth time that a sophomore earned a first team selection in GSL history. Her 15.2 points per game average was the third best in the GSL last year. She also started for the Spokane Stars AAU team this past summer averaging 8.1 points for a squad that compiled a 33-6 record.

Stratton, whose sister, Jessika, is a guard at Baylor University, earned an All-State Honorable Mention selection last year and was an all-league second team pick the past two years. Last year, Stratton led Coronado in points (14 per game), assists (six per game) and steals (five per game). Additionally, Stratton served as a torch-bearer for the Winter Olympics flame's journey to Salt Lake City.

Adams will transfer to WSU from Clarendon College and will reunite with current WSU guard Ravon Justice as both were teammates at Clarendon last year.

Adams entered her sophomore season as the third ranked power forward in All-Star Girls Report's pre-season junior college player rankings. In addition, Adams was No. 34 in the publication's junior college overall player pre-season rankings.
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