Cougars Host Oregon Schools This Week

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Jan. 13, 2004

What's Happening:

Thursday, Jan. 15
vs. Oregon State
7 p.m.
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Jan. 17
vs. Oregon
2 p.m.
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Up Next:
Saturday, Jan. 24
At Washington
2 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Fox Sports Net

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (4-11, 0-6 Pac-10) returns home for a pair of games against the Oregon schools this week...the Cougars face Oregon State (9-5, 3-2), Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m...two days later, WSU meets Oregon (9-6, 1-4), Saturday, Jan. 17 for a 2 p.m. tip-off...both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.

Parks & Rec Night Thursday, Greek Day Saturday: Thursday's Oregon State game is Pullman Parks & Recreation wearing their Pullman Parks and Recreation team jerseys will receive free admission to the game...Saturday's game versus Oregon is Greek wearing their fraternity or sorority letters will receive free admission to the 2 p.m. addition, fans attending Saturday's game will have a chance to win a grand prize of a sandwich a week for a year, courtesy of Pullman Quizno's.

Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.

About Oregon State: Shannon Howell leads the Beavers averaging 22.8 points in just five games...Holly Chapman is also averaging double digits in points (10.2 ppg)...the Beavers lead the all-time series with WSU 33-20...OSU has captured the last eight meetings...the Cougars last win was Feb. 13, 1999, a 70-52 triumph at Pullman....WSU just missed securing a win at home last year falling to the Beavers 65-62.

About Oregon: Andrea Bills leads the Ducks in points (12.1/game) and rebounds (8.3/game) ...Oregon leads the series with WSU 43-9...the Ducks have captured the last five games in the series...the Cougars' last win was Feb. 15, 2001, 77-76 at Eugene...that was WSU's last Pac-10 win on the road...the win also marked a sweep by the Cougars that season...WSU captured a 67-64 victory at Pullman, Jan. 20, 2001...the Cougars gave the Ducks a scare last year in Pullman, falling 73-69.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell on This Week's Games: 'Last year we had leads on both Oregon State and Oregon and lost it down in the end. We are a team that knows how to win this year. It's been awhile but we know how to win. Hopefully, that will help us because last year we lost it in the last five minutes.'

Last Week's Recap: The Cougars dropped a pair of games to the Los Angeles schools last week...WSU fell to UCLA 78-58, Jan. 11 and lost to USC, 82-52 two days later...Candace Fields scored a season-high 16 points and Stephanie Singer added 11 against the Bruins... Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson each scored 13 points and Bianca McCall added 11 in the loss to USC... the freshmen pair of Benz and Ferguson each recorded their third double-digit scoring game of the season....Ferguson also added a game-high eight rebounds, all coming in the second half...McCall's 11 points was her eighth game in double-digits this season and the 29th of her career.

Opposition Off To Hot Starts: In the last four games, the Cougar opponents have shot a combined 70-of-119 (58.8 percent) in the first half...twice (Stanford - 15-of-23, 65.2 percent; USC - 21-of-32, 65.6 percent) has an opponent exceeded 65 percent shooting the second half, the opponents have not cooled off much, shooting 62-of-119 (52 percent) combined...the opponent's shooting prowess wasn't the case early in the season...the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points four times in the season's first six 28 games last season, the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points three times...the 49 points allowed by the Cougars against Utah Valley State were the fewest allowed by the team since a 55-49 win over Portland State, Nov. 26, 2001...WSU held two opponents (Fresno State, .291; Utah Valley State, .288) to under 30 percent field goal percentage...the last time WSU held two opponents under 30 percent field goal percentage in the same season was in 2000-01...WSU held American (.263) and Vermont (.269) to under 30 percent that season.

Shooting High and Lows: The 58 percent shooting percentage (29-of-50) against California, Jan. 4 marked the highest shooting percentage from WSU since Jan. 13, 1997 when the Cougars were 37-of-58 (63.8 percent) from the field in a 109-79 win over Southern Utah...conversely, the team's 21.2 percent (11-of-52) shooting performance against San Diego State, Dec. 22 was the worst percentage from the Cougars since the team went 12-of-69 (17.4 percent) from the field in a 57-33 loss at Oregon State, Dec. 28, 2001.

Benz Makes a Mark In Record Book: Freshman Kate Benz pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming....Benz is second on the team (McCall, 5.85/game) averaging 5.8 boards a game, which is 14th in the Pac-10.

McCall 20/20: Bianca McCall recorded her first 20-point game of the season with 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27...that marked her seventh career 20-point game...McCall leads the Cougars in scoring (11.5 points/game) and rebounding (5.85/game)...she returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... McCall scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....McCall is eighth in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.38/game), eighth in blocks (.69/game), 13th in total rebounds and 15th in points.

Cougar Notes: Candace Fields' four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...Fields is sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.85/game)...Fields' 16 points at UCLA, Jan. 9 was a season-high...two players (Lindsey Egeland, Kate Benz) have started all 15 games...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...nine players have scored in double figures in at least one game...the Cougars have out-rebounded their opponents in seven games...last year, WSU out-rebounded its opponents in four games...WSU has committed 26 or more turnovers in six of the last seven games...the Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (202-of-278, 72.7 percent)...Charmaine Jones is 32-of-43 (.744) from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the conference...the 31 free throws against San Diego State, Dec. 22 is a Pac-10 high this season for all games.

For Three!: The eight treys by the Cougars against Nebraska, Dec. 4 were the most by the team since WSU made eight in an 86-65 loss to Arizona last season in Pullman...Lindsey Egeland's perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range in the win over Utah Valley State, Dec. 6 marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman.

Road Warriors: The Nov. 24 Wyoming game began a stretch of three road games over the course of six days...along with the trip to Laramie, Wyo., WSU traveled to Cheney, Wash. for a game at Eastern Washington before going south to Waco, Texas for a game at Baylor...the road trek encompassed 4,628 air miles, 780 bus miles, six motels and four states.

Equaling the Past Two Seasons: With four wins this season, the Cougars have matched their combined win total over the past two seasons. (2001-02: 2-27; 2002-03: 2-26).

First Time Since...

*The win against Fresno State marked the first season-opening triumph for WSU since three years ago to the day. The Cougars captured a 59-52 win at American University, Nov. 21, 2000 to open the 2000-01 campaign.

* The win at Wyoming improved the Cougars' record to 2-0 marking the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that WSU began a season with consecutive victories. The Cougars opened up that season with five straight wins.

* The Wyoming victory also marked the first road win for WSU since a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001, a span of 28 games.

* The win at Eastern Washington, which followed up the road triumph at Wyoming, marked the second road win for WSU in the span of three days. The last time WSU won two consecutive road games was in 1997 when the Cougars followed up a win at, coincidentally, Wyoming, Nov. 23 with a victory at Gonzaga, Nov. 28.

Double Doubleheaders: The Cougars have been part of four men's/women's basketball doubleheaders this season...WSU was part of the opening act at Eastern Washington and was in the finale at Baylor, vs. Utah Valley State and at Utah...the Cougars were 2-2 in the doubleheader games scoring wins over Eastern Washington and Utah Valley State.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to

Moore Transfers: Keisha Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from J.W. North High School (Riverside, Calif.), has elected to transfer to the Washington State women's basketball program from the University of Idaho, WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced, Dec. 22...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules; Moore is not eligible to play for the Cougars until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester...she is allowed to practice with the team however....Moore is not the only player to join the Cougars as Crystal Blue - a 5-foot-10 guard from Seattle Wash., who signed with the team last spring - has been declared academically eligible and can practice with the team as well... Blue will be eligible to compete in the 2004-05 season.

Cougars Ink Shired: Sabrina Shired, a 6-foot-4 center from Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.), signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. a junior at Casa Grande, Shired averaged seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in leading her team to the playoffs...that followed up a sophomore season in which she averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a contest...Shired earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001. She participated in the adidas All-Star Camp and the Triple Threat Basketball Club last summer.

Westside Clinic A Success: The fall coaching clinic that Sherri Murrell conducted with her coaching staff and team proved to be a success as it drew approximately 150 coaches and student-athletes to Redmond High School, Nov. 1...the clinic featured on court demonstrations in a live practice setting with the team...coaches were able to ask questions as the drills were being conducted...this was the second consecutive year that Murrell has conducted a fall clinic...last year's clinic was in downtown Seattle with special guest speaker Lin Dunn, the former head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her second 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 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 122-105 in her eight-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 18 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his second season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their second season as Cougars...both served 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 women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Allen joins the Cougar staff as director of basketball operations...Allen played two season for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

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