Cougars Open Pac-10 Play At Home Against Washington

Dec. 26, 2002

What's Happening:
Saturday, Dec. 28
vs. Washington
1 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.
Televised Live By Fox Sports Northwest

On Tap:
Friday, Jan. 3
at USC
7 p.m. Pacific
Los Angeles, Calif.

Sunday, Jan. 5
2 p.m. Pacific
Los Angeles, Calif.

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-8) opens Pacific-10 Conference play at home against Washington (8-1) Saturday, Dec. 28...tip-off is at 1 p.m. at Friel Court...Fox Sports Northwest will televise the game live with Rich Waltz and Elise Woodward calling the action.

Family Day At Husky Game: Bring the family to the Dec. 28 contest against Washington and receive special admission to the game...receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks for a special price of $15...purchase tickets at the door or call the WSU ticket office at 1-800-Go-Cougs for more information.

About Washington: After splitting their first two games the Huskies have strung together seven consecutive wins...the most recent triumph was a 64-63 win over Iowa State at Seattle, Dec. 22...Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola lead the Huskies averaging 14.6 and 14.4 points a game, respectively.

Washington-WSU series: The Huskies hold a 45-17 edge in a series that dates back to 1971...Washington has won the last 14 as the Cougars' last win occurred, Feb. 25, 1995 at Pullman (72-67)...last year, Washington cruised to a 98-64 win at Seattle and held off the Cougars 75-68 in Pullman.

Utah Wrap: Candace Fields led Washington State with 10 points in the Cougars' 85-50 loss to the Utah Utes in non-conference women's basketball action, Dec. 21 at Friel Court.Fields led a group of four Cougars (0-8) that scored eight points or more. Kim Dugan (nine points), Bianca McCall (eight points) and Holly Harris (eight points) rounded out the quartet.For the game, the Utes shot 30-of-63 (47.6 percent) from the field including 17-of-27 (63 percent) in the second half. Conversely, WSU shot 21-of-57 (36.8 percent) in the game.Up 7-5 at the 13:43 mark of the first half, Utah outscored the Cougars 12-2 over the next 3:33 to take a 19-7 advantage with 10:10 remaining. Utah maintained its double-digit lead the remainder of the game.

Harris Makes Debut: Holly Harris made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah...Harris scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes of action...Harris joins the team after a stellar run with the volleyball team this season...Harris was a member of a Cougar team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...the Cougars were eliminated by Florida on the Gators' home floor in four games, Dec. 14...Harris earned a Pac-10 honorable mention selection in volleyball...she finished in the top seven on the school's career list in block assists (fifth - 333); total blocks (sixth - 384); and block solos (seventh - 53).

Montana Homecoming: Junior Lindsey Egeland turned in a solid performance in front of her hometown fans at Missoula, Mont...Egeland scored six points, pulled down a career-high six rebounds and dished out four assists against Montana, Dec. 14...Egeland, who was a four-year letterwinner at Missoula's Sentinel High School, leads the team in assists (2.5/game) and is the third leading scorer (7.9 points/game)...she is the only Cougar to have started all eight games this season.

Perry Posting: After sitting out the first two games because of mononucleosis, Jessica Perry has made her presence felt on the court...Perry is the team's fourth leading scorer (7.7 points/game)...she scored a season-high 14 points against Eastern Washington, Dec. 4...Perry turned in a solid performance against Gonzaga, Dec. 11 recording nine points, nine assists and five steals against the Bulldogs...three days later at Montana, Perry pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

Access Denied!: The 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...the Cougars have tallied 27 blocks (3.38/game) this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10.

Turnover Struggles: The 19 turnovers WSU committed against Montana, Dec. 14 were the fewest this season...the last time WSU committed fewer than 19 turnovers was at Stanford, Feb. 16, 2002 (18)...the Cougars are averaging 25 turnovers in their first eight games.Rebound Round-Up: The Cougars have been out-rebounded in six of eight games...the two games in which WSU did out-rebound its opponent were against No.3 LSU (29-24) and Montana (46-40)...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games.

Double-Digit McCall: Bianca McCall's eight points against Utah snapped her string of five consecutive games of scoring in double figures... McCall has scored in double-digits in six of eight games this season...she leads the team with two double-doubles in points and rebounds (18 points, 19 rebounds vs. Wyoming, Nov. 22; 13 points, 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 4)...McCall leads the team in scoring (12.3 points/game) and rebounding (8.0/game)...McCall ranks 14th and eighth in scoring and rebounding in the Pac-10, respectively...her 4.5 offensive boards a game is second in the conference behind Shawntinice Polk of Arizona (5.5/game).

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.

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.

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: Eight Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...nine players have started at least one game...before the Montana game, the opposition had shot no worse than 44.6 percent in the first six games...the Lady Griz shot 30.4 percent (21-of-69)... 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 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 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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