Cougars Return Home For California, No. 6 Stanford

Feb. 11, 2003

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What's Happening:
Thursday, Feb. 13
vs. California
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Feb. 15
vs. Stanford
1 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

On Tap:
Thursday, Feb. 20
at Oregon
7 p.m. Pacific
Eugene, Ore.

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-21, 0-13 Pac-10) returns to Friel Court for its final Pac-10 homestand of the season...the Cougars face California (8-13, 4-8 Pac-10) Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and No. 6 (AP) Stanford (19-2, 11-1 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m...the Cougars' final home game of the season is against Idaho, Feb. 27.

About California: The Bears split a pair of games to the Oregon schools at home last week...Cal defeated Oregon State 70-55 and were edged by Oregon 54-52...Nihan Anaz (10.3 points/game) and Timea Ivanyi (10.2 points/games) lead the Bears in scoring.

California-WSU series: Cal leads the series with WSU 21-16...the Bears have won three in a row including a 73-61 decision at Berkeley, Jan. 18...the Cougars' last win in the series was Feb. 24, 2001, a 74-59 win at Pullman...that marked WSU's last Pac-10 victory.

WSU Coach Sherri Murrell On California: 'I hope that it is another good battle between us. I felt like it was a pretty good one down there. We need to handle their penetration better and not turn the ball over. They are playing really well right now and with a lot of confidence.'

About Stanford: After a 75-72 upset loss at USC, Jan. 26, the Cardinal has won four straight...Nicole Powell leads the team averaging 18.4 points a game...Powell has scored in double-digits in 11 of 12 games this season.

Stanford-WSU series: The Cardinal has never lost to WSU in 35 meetings...Stanford defeated the Cougars 85-56, Jan. 16.

Murrell On Stanford: 'We just have to score. We didn't really score much down there. They are ranked high for a reason and they're a good team. I still think that we can give them everything we can and hopefully we will walk off - whether it is a win or a loss - with a good performance and feeling good.'

Attendance High: The Cougars averaged an attendance of 587 in their recent four-game homestand from Jan. 23-Feb. 1...the crowd of 697 that attended the Jan. 25 game versus Oregon was the largest to witness a WSU home game since 712 came to see the Cougars defeat California, 74-59, Feb. 24, 2001.

Murrell On The Home Attendance: 'When we played our Oregon and Oregon State games we had really good fan support. It was like having a sixth man on our bench. Everybody wants to see us win. I hope that people really, really get behind us with this being our last two home Pac-10 games. We play so well with people in the stands.'

Last Week: The Cougars dropped a pair of games to the Arizona schools...WSU fell to Arizona State 70-52, Feb. 6 and lost to Arizona 80-50, Feb. 8...Bianca McCall led WSU with 17 points and Holly Harris added a season-high 15 points against ASU...Jami Clevenger and Emma Joneby each turned in career-high efforts of 12 points against Arizona.

Murrell On Harris' Play Against ASU: 'Holly works so hard. If she sees a ball anywhere near her she is going to be diving for it. Her scrappiness paid off.'

Murrell On The Arizona Game: 'In the first half, we were making some runs. I felt like we did some really good things in the first half, but we didn't have the enthusiasm to keep it rolling. At half time, I asked the players, 'What kind of character are you going to show in the second half?' And I thought our players showed some good character. Our team isn't going to roll over. Arizona is a good team. We showed some good runs, but not enough.'

Injury Update: Candace Fields saw her first action in nearly two months last week at the Arizona schools...Fields had missed the previous eight games with a left foot stress fracture...Kim Dugan is out for the rest of the season with a scaphoid fracture of her left wrist...Jessica Ottmar is out for the rest of the season with a right knee injury...Lindsey Bogachus is also out for the season with a lower back disc injury.

Strength Of Schedule: WSU's strength of schedule ranking is currently third in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings...the combined win-loss record of Cougar opponents is 241-121...that makes for a winning percentage of .666...14 of the Cougars' opponents are rated in the top 101 of the organization's RPI ratings: LSU (No. 6), Stanford (No. 10), Utah (No. 24), Virginia Tech (No. 25), Arizona (No. 32), Washington (No. 39), Montana State (No. 54), USC (No. 56), Wyoming (No. 64), Oregon (No. 89), Arizona State (No. 90), Oregon State (No. 92), Montana (No. 96), UCLA (No. 101).

Double-Digit McCall: Bianca McCall has scored in double-digits in 16 of 21 games this season...the 6-foot-1 junior forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., has recorded seven double-doubles in points and rebounds this season,...she leads the Cougars in points (13.5/game) and rebounds (8.1/game)...she has averaged 14.6 points in conference games...before a six-point performance against USC, Feb. 1, McCall had scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games.

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.

20/Perry: After sitting out the first two games because of mononucleosis, Jessica Perry has started all 19 games since returning to Stanford, Jan. 16, Perry poured in a career-high 25 points on a career-best nine field goals...Perry also posted a career-high tying five steals against the Cardinal...Perry's 25 points followed up a 20 point-effort against Arizona State, Jan. 11, which was just one shy of her career-high at the time... Perry leads the team in assists (3.14/game) and steals (1.76/game) and she is the team's second leading scorer (8.9 points/game)...Perry dished out a season-high nine assists twice (Washington, Dec. 28 and at Gonzaga, Dec. 11) ...against Montana, Dec. 14 Perry pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

20 In A Row: Before its loss to USC, Feb. 1 Washington State had a player score at least 20 points in six consecutive games...Bianca McCall reached 20 or more points in four consecutive games...the streak began at California, Jan. 18 (24 points) and continued against Oregon State (20 points), Oregon (20 points) and concluded against UCLA, Jan. 30 (21 points)...prior to McCall's streak, JessicaPerry scored 20 and 25 points against Arizona State, Jan. 11 and Stanford, Jan. 16, respectively...the six-game streak marked the longest run since a six-game stretch during the 1995-96 season.

Access Denied!: The eight blocks against EWU were the most since the team tallied eight rejections at California, Feb. 9, 1991...that is tied for the Pac-10 best this addition, the team recorded seven blocks at Arizona State, Feb. 6...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...the Cougars have tallied 72 blocks (3.43/game) this season...Bianca McCall leads the team averaging 1.33 blocks/game.

Harris Joins Team: Holly Harris posted a season-high 15 points against Arizona State, Feb. 6...she made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah, Dec. 21...Harris scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes of action versus the Utes...Harris pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against USC, Feb. 1...she is averaging 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games...Harris joined the team after a stellar run with the volleyball team...she 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., Dec. 14...Egeland scored six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists against Montana...Egeland, who was a four-year letterwinner at Missoula's Sentinel High School, is averaging 6.5 points a game...she is the only Cougar to have started all 21 games this season.

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...Fields is the team's third leading scorer (7.3 points/game).

Cougar Net Notes: WSU led for a total time of 33:20 in their 65-62 loss to Oregon State, Jan. 23...that was the longest duration WSU has led in a game since it held an advantage during a span of 31:32 over UCLA, Jan. 6, 2002...the Cougars fell to the Bruins 76-64 in that game...last season, one conference game (Washington, 75-68, Jan. 25, 2002) was decided by fewer than 10 points, this season that number is four through 13 games...the 12 turnovers WSU committed against Oregon State was a season-low...that marked the fewest turnovers since the team committed 10 against Michigan, Dec. 7...eight Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...nine players have started at least one game...before the Dec. 14 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), a season-low by the opposition... the Cougars have been out-rebounded in 16 of 21 games...the four games in which WSU did out-rebound its opponent were against No.3 LSU (29-24), Montana (46-40), Oregon (43-39) and UCLA (48-38) game (Oregon State, Jan. 23) both teams tied with 41 boards...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games.

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 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.

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, who will transfer to WSU from Clarendon College, 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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