WSU Returns Home For No. 22 UCLA And USC
Jan. 6, 2005
Washington State Cougars (4-9, 0-4)
Friday, Jan. 7
vs. No. 22 (AP)/24 (ESPN/USA Today)
7 p.m. Pacific
Sunday, Jan. 9
1 p.m. Pacific
What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (4-9, 0-4 Pac-10) returns home to face the Los Angeles schools this weekend...the Cougars host No. 22 (AP)/24 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA (9-3, 3-0) Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m...WSU concludes the weekend with USC (8-4, 2-1), Sunday, Jan. 9 for a 1 p.m. tip-off...both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
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.
For The Fans:
Jan. 7 vs. UCLA
Fans can sign up to win prizes from Quizno's, Green's Cleaners, Denny's and the Inland Northwest Ski Association. Plus one lucky fan will have the chance to win $5,000 from Fox Sports Northwest.
Jan. 9 vs. USC
Fans can sign up to win prizes from Quizno's, Green's Cleaners, Denny's and the Inland Northwest Ski Association. Plus one lucky fan will have the chance to win $5,000 from Fox Sports Northwest. In addition, CougBall will be held after the game for a chance to win an official team basketball.
Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the 'Cougar Sports Pass.' ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the 'Cougar Sports Pass' either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.
Kate's Chronicles: During the season, sophomore Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website wsucougars.com...click the link entitled 'Kate's Chronicles' on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2004-05 season.
Cougars Meet Fourth Ranked Opponent: UCLA marks the fourth ranked opponent for the Cougars in the span of 12 days...WSU fell to No. 21 (AP) Arizona State 67-39, Dec. 27 and No. 25 (ESPN/USA Today) Arizona 54-51, Dec. 29 at Pullman...WSU then lost at No. 5 (AP)/6 (ESPN) Stanford 72-39, Jan. 2...the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated was No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Arizona, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.
About UCLA: The Bruins boast four players averaging double figures in points led by Noelle Quinn's 18.7 average...Lisa Willis (13.8 ppg), Nikki Blue (11.4 ppg) and Lindsey Pluimer (10.8 ppg) complete the quartet...Quinn has earned three Pac-10 Player of the Week honors already this season, most recently last week's honor when she averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 3.5 assists and 1.0 blocks in a pair of wins over the Oregon schools.
Series With UCLA: UCLA leads the all-time series with WSU 30-6...the Bruins have won 15 of the last 16 meetings including seven in a row...WSU's last win was Jan. 6, 2001, a 74-52 triumph at Pullman.
About USC: The Women of Troy are at Washington, Jan. 7 before their game against WSU, Sunday...USC is led in scoring by Brynn Cameron (9.9 ppg)...after starting the season 1-2, USC has won seven of its last nine games...head coach Mark Trakh begins his first season at the helm of the program.
Series With USC: USC leads the series with WSU 26-11...the Women of Troy have won the last seven games in the series...the Cougars' last win was Jan. 4, 2001, a 79-78 victory at Pullman.
Over A 1,000: The Cougars drew 1,020 fans for their game against Arizona State, Dec. 27...that marked the second time this season that WSU drew over 1,000 fans to a home game...a total of 1,149 witnessed the team's 61-48 season-opening win over Boise State, Nov. 19...those two contests marks the first time since the 1995-96 season that the team has drawn over a 1,000 fans in more than one game during a season...WSU is averaging 747 fans through six home games.
Benz Leads Pac-10 In Rebounding: Kate Benz leads the Cougars in points (10.9 ppg) and rebounds (9.1 rpg)...rebounding figure leads the Pac-10...recorded double-digits in rebounds over a four game period from Dec. 18-29...averaged 12.5 rebounds over the four-game stretch...had 10 rebounds against Arizona, Dec. 29...tallied her third consecutive double-digit rebounding game with 13 boards against Arizona State, Dec. 27...recorded two consecutive double-doubles prior to ASU...tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...totals were second-best career effort in each category...tallied second double-double of season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19... achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end.
Moore Makes Cougar Debut: In her debut with the Cougars, Keisha Moore scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...in the second half, Moore shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, Moore scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...is averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game...just missed a double-double at Cal, Jan. 4 with nine points and eight rebounds...Moore transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, Moore was not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which was Saturday, Dec. 18...she was able to practice with the team...in two seasons at Idaho Moore averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
Perry Moves Up Career Assist List: With 285 career assists, Jessica Perry is tied for eighth place with Linda Wulff (1982-85) on the Cougars' all-time list in that category...is 15 assists away from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau...Perry is sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.23 assists a game.
Defensive Effort: The Cougars have held their opponents to under 60 points in seven games this season...through 13 games, WSU has held its opposition to an average of 60.7 points a contest.
Overcoming Deficits: The Cougars have overcome at least an eight-point deficit to take the lead in six games...WSU trailed by nine against Boise State and at Nebraska, 13 at Fresno State, eight at San Diego State, 13 versus Eastern Washington and eight against Valparaiso...the Cougars were able to secure wins against Boise State and San Diego State...in addition, WSU has overcome double-digit deficits to get back into contention in other games...trailed Arizona by 14 in the first half before rallying to come within a point of the Wildcats in the second half, Dec. 29...fell behind by 14 in the first half to California, Jan. 4 before rallying to cut the deficit to as little as four before the halftime break.
Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby has made her mark early in the 2004-05 season...Joneby tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State, Dec. 3...she just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...she also just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against San Diego State...Joneby posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22... Joneby has reached double figures in scoring in five games this season...entered the season with four career double figure scoring games...is ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (5.8/game)
Jones From The Line: Charmaine Jones has picked up where she left off last year from the charity stripe... Jones leads the team and is sixth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 43-of-53 attempts (81.1 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...as a team the Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (142-of-200, 71 percent).
Coug Notes: Two players -- Kate Benz and Emma Joneby -- are shooting exactly 50 percent from the field...Benz is 57-of-114 while Joneby is 33-of-66...WSU has been involved in four games decided by five points or fewer...the Cougars are 1-3 in those games...last year, WSU was 3-1 in games decided by five points or fewer...WSU has been outscored 389-303 in the first half and 400-398 in the second half...the Cougars have trailed at the half in 11 of 13 games going 2-9 in those contests.
Shired A Cougar: Sabrina Shired has been admitted to WSU and will enroll for the spring semester...Shired comes to WSU from Santa Rosa Junior College and Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.)...due to NCAA transfer rules, Shired is unable to play this spring but can practice with the team...as a senior at Casa Grande, Shired, a 6-foot-4 center, averaged 17 points, 18 rebounds, and six blocks a game...as a junior, Shired averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks a contest...averaged 12 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks as a sophomore...earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001.
Road Success: The win at San Diego State, Dec. 11 marked the third road win of the season for WSU, matching last season's road win total... the three road wins are the most since the team won six in 1997-98...the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26 marked the Cougars' fourth win in their last 16 road contests dating back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season...that equaled the number of road wins the Cougars achieved from Jan. 28, 1999 to the conclusion of the 2002-03 season, a span of 61 road games.
Milestones From Dec. 3 Portland State Win: The 39 points allowed by WSU against PSU were the fewest since Nov. 22, 1992 when the team defeated Gonzaga 88-37...the 30-point margin of victory was the largest for WSU since it defeated Wyoming 94-49, Nov. 24, 1998...the Cougars held PSU to 27.4 percent shooting from the field...that was the lowest shooting percentage from a Cougar opponent since Vermont (26.9 percent) in 2000.
Big Assist: The 24 assists WSU recorded against Portland State were the most since the team tallied 24 assists in a 76-49 win over Samford, Dec. 29, 2000...the duo of Stephanie Singer and Jessica Perry combined for 15 assists against the Vikings.
Cougars Take Second At St. Mary's Tournament: WSU took home the second place trophy at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...the Cougars opened the tournament with a 70-58 win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...with the game deadlocked at 28 at the half, WSU outscored the Gaels 42-30 in the second half...in the championship game the next day the Cougars fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 84-36.
Ferguson Posts Career-High At Nebraska: In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.
All-Tournament Ferguson: Ferguson remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...in the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels...once again, amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc...was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory...scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later...earned an all-tournament team selection...led Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament.
Home Opening Wins: With wins over Portland State and Boise State, the Cougars won their first two home games...the last time the team won its first two home games was in November of 2001 when it defeated Portland State, Nov. 26 and Gonzaga, Nov. 29 ...the 61-48 win over Boise State marked the second consecutive season home opening win for WSU...last season, WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51...in the two wins, the Cougars out-rebounded the opposition by over 20 in each game...in the Portland State win, WSU held a 54-31 (+23) advantage on the boards...against Boise State, the Cougars out-rebounded the Broncos 50-29 (+21)...prior to this season the last time Cougars out-rebounded an opponent by over 20 was against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003...WSU out-rebounded the Vandals 55-33 (+22) en route to an 82-53 win.
For Three!: The Cougars converted ten 3-point field goals in the win over St. Mary's...that marked the most treys by the Cougars since WSU hit 12 in a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...it also marked the first time WSU hit double-digits in 3-point field goals in a game since the 2001 Oregon win, a span of 94 games...the 10 treys is tied for a Pac-10 single game high.
New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshmen, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.
Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10... the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.
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 wbca.org.
A Look At The Cougs:
No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...played five minutes at Cal, Jan. 4 and seven minutes at Stanford, Jan. 2...tallied season-highs in points (seven) and minutes (eight) in the win at San Diego State, Dec. 11...accounted for the Cougars' final five points of the first half, which shaved an eight-point Aztecs' lead to three at the break... made Cougar debut against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored four points in six minutes of action.
No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)...with 285 career assists is tied for eighth place on the Cougars' all-time list in that category...is 15 assists shy from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau...sixth in the Pac-10 in assists (3.23/game) tallied a career-high seven steals in the season-opening win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored a season-high 12 points in the win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...tallied 11 points at Cal, Jan. 4.
No. 4 Ariana Scales: Begins first season with the Cougars...tallied a season-high 29 minutes against Arizona and at Stanford...tied a season-high 11 points against the Wildcats, Dec. 29...scored 10 points against Arizona State, Dec. 27...first 10-point effort was against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored eight points in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds a game.
No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.
No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 assists a game...scored a season-high 12 points at Fresno State, Dec. 9...hit consecutive second half treys to give WSU its first lead of the game against the Bulldogs...dished out a career-high nine assists against the Bulldogs...tallied eight assists and six points in win over Portland State, Dec. 3...tallied five points and six rebounds in win over Boise State, Nov. 19.
No. 11 Crystal Blue: Begins first season with the Cougars...started three games...started her first game as a Cougar against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...played a season-high 19 minutes against the Crusaders...seen action in 11 games.
No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...seen action against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Portland State...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
No. 15 Emma Joneby: Averaging 5.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game...scored in double digits in five games this season, exceeding her career total of four games entering the season...tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State...just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...also just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against San Diego State...posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22...ninth in the conference in rebounding (5.8/game).
No. 22 Dani Montgomery: One of three freshmen on the team...seen action in 12 games...played a season high 20 minutes against Portland State, Dec. 3...posted a season-best eight points against the Vikings...grabbed five rebounds against Tenn-Chattanooga, Nov. 27...led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior.
No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Only returning junior on team...third on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg)... leads the team and is sixth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 43-of-53 attempts (81.1 percent)...last year was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...scored a season-high 16 points at Fresno State, Dec. 9...tallied a career-high six rebounds against Arizona, Dec. 29...scored 11 points at California, Jan. 4.
No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Scored in double figures in 8 of 12 games played...second on team in scoring (10.8 ppg)...in first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22 scored a career-high 26 points, 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...followed Nebraska up with 18 points in the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26...earned all-tournament team selection at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic...sat out Boise State game with a concussion...sixth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.67/game).
No. 32 Kate Benz: Leads team in points (10.9 ppg) and rebounds (9.1 rpg)...leads conference in rebounding...recorded double-digits in rebounds over a four game period from Dec. 18-29...averaged 12.5 rebounds over the four game stretch...had 10 rebounds against Arizona, Dec. 29...tallied her third consecutive double-digit rebounding game with 13 boards against Arizona State, Dec. 27...recorded two consecutive double-doubles prior to ASU...tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...totals were second-best career effort in each category...tallied second double-double of season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19... achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end.
No. 41 Keisha Moore: Begins first season with WSU...averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game...just missed a double-double at Cal, Jan. 4 with nine points and eight rebounds...scored nine points against Arizona, Dec. 29...recorded seven rebounds versus Valparaiso, Dec. 21...in her debut with the Cougars, scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...in the second half shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, was not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which was Saturday, Dec. 18...in two seasons at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third 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 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third 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 Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Holland (formerly Allen) played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Holland was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.
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