WSU Heads To Hawaii For Rainbow Wahine Classic

Nov. 22, 2005

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What's Happening:
Nov. 25-27
Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic
Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday. Nov. 25
at Hawaii
1:10 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, Nov. 26
vs. Wisconsin or Idaho State
12:30 p.m. Pacific

Sunday, Nov. 27
vs. TBA
Time TBA

Next Up:
Friday, Dec. 2
vs. Cal State Northridge
7 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum

What's Happening This Week: After sweeping a two-game homestand to initiate the season, the Washington State women's basketball team embarks on the road for the first time this season, Thanksgiving weekend...the 2-0 Cougars are one of eight teams that will participate at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic, Nov. 25-27 at Honolulu, Hawaii...WSU opens the tournament against host Hawaii, Friday, Nov. 25 at 1:10 p.m. Pacific...the Cougars will then face either Wisconsin or Idaho State, Saturday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific...the last time the Cougars competed in Hawaii was November 2001 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2005-06 season...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at 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.

The Field: In addition to host Hawaii and the Cougars, Cal State Northridge, Texas A&M, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin and Idaho State make-up the Rainbow Wahine Classic field.

About Hawaii: Hawaii enters Friday's game with a 1-1 record, losing to USC 80-71 and defeating Eastern Illinois 64-58...Amy Sanders leads Hawaii with a 15.5 points a game average.

Series With Hawaii: Hawaii owns a 3-0 advantage over WSU in the all-time series...the last time the teams met was Nov. 17, 2001, a 65-50 victory by Hawaii at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic.

Last Week's Recap:

WSU 66 Pepperdine 57 (Nov. 18): WSU rode the crest of the senior-freshman scoring duo of Charmaine Jones and Katie Appleton in its 66-57 dousing of the Pepperdine Waves in non-conference women's basketball action at Beasley Coliseum...Jones, a senior from Los Angeles, led all scorers with 19 points while Appleton, a freshman from Big Bear Lake, Calif., added 15 points in her Cougar debut...another player making her debut as a Cougar, Ebonee Coates, pulled down a game-tying high eight rebounds and also added four blocks, just one shy of cracking the school's all-time top 10 list for most blocks in a game.

WSU 53 St. Mary's 43 (Nov. 20): WSU improved to 2-0 with a 53-43 win over St. Mary's College at Beasley Coliseum...junior Kate Benz (Portland, Ore.) recorded a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds while fellow junior Adriane Ferguson (Spokane, Wash.) just missed a double-double of her own with 12 points and nine boards...the freshmen duo of Ebonee Coates and Katie Appleton also hit double-digits as Coates pulled down 12 boards while Appleton pitched in 10 points for the Cougars, who won their first two games for the second time since head coach Sherri Murrell's arrival to the program in 2002.

Trifecta: The win vs. Pepperdine was the third consecutive season-opening victory for the Cougars...the last time the program strung together three straight season-opening wins was from the 1990-91 season through the 1992-93 campaign.

Cold Shooting: In the two-game homestand, the Cougars held their opposition (Pepperdine and St. Mary's) to a combined 37-of-124 (29.8 percent) shooting from the field.

Cougars Sweep Exhibition Slate: Propelled by a pair of 13-0 runs, the Cougars defeated Baden Sports 73-58 in an exhibition game Oct. 31 at Friel Court...junior Adriane Ferguson (Spokane, Wash.) led a quartet of Cougars who scored in double figures with 19 points...freshman Katie Appleton (14 points), junior Kate Benz (13 points) and senior Charmaine Jones (11 points) also reached double-digits in points...WSU made it two in a row with a 65-57 win over Lewis-Clark State Nov. 11 at Bohler Gym... Keisha Moore recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Adriane Ferguson added 14 points for WSU...Ferguson completed the exhibition season averaging 16.5 points a game.

Kate's Chronicles: During the season, junior Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website the link entitled 'Kate's Chronicles' on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2005-06 season.

A Look Back At 2004-05:

Making Progress: In 2004-05, WSU was involved in nine games decided by six points or fewer, more than the previous two seasons combined (eight). The Cougars also made significant progress closing the scoring gap in games each year culminating in an average scoring margin that was in single digits in 2004-05. Defensively, the team held the opposition to below 70 points 19 times. In 2003 that number was seven and improved to 13 in 2004.

Benz Concludes Regular Season As Pac-10 Rebounding Leader: With a 9.1 rebound per game average, Kate Benz ended the season with a .8 advantage over Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld for the Pac-10 lead...Benz became the first Cougar to lead the conference in rebounding...the 9.1 figure gave Benz the fifth best single-season rebounding performance in school history...with 254 rebounds, Benz ended the season fifth on the school's single-season rebounding list...ranked in the conference's top 10 in several categories...third in the conference with eight double-doubles ...trailed Arizona's Shawntinice Polk and Kraayeveld by one in that category...led conference in defensive rebounding (6.57/game), fifth in offensive rebounding (2.50/game), and eighth in minutes played (31.86)...additionally, was 15th in scoring (10.4 ppg)....Benz earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection to follow up her all-freshman team honorable mention accolade.

Attendance Moving Up: WSU completed its home schedule averaging 755 fans a game...attendance has risen in each of Murrell's first three years at WSU. From 2002 -- the year prior to Murrell's arrival at WSU -- to 2005, attendance at WSU home games increased over 86 percent....the attendance figure of 1,460 for the Jan. 22 UW-WSU game was the largest to attend a Cougar home game since 1992...WSU drew 2,256 fans for its game against UW, Feb. 7, also marked the third time that WSU drew over 1,000 fans for a home game in 2004-05...marked the first time since the 1992-93 season that WSU has had at least three games that it attracted over 1,000 fans to a home game....that season, WSU had four home games of over 1,000 fans...the Cougars drew 1,020 fans for their game against Arizona State, Dec. 27...a total of 1,149 witnessed the team's 61-48 season-opening win over Boise State, Nov. 19.

Benz, Ferguson Honored: The sophomore duo of Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson was named to the 2005 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Team, Feb. 17. Benz earned a first team accolade while Ferguson garnered a second team selection. The tandem joins Lindsey Egeland (2004), Katie Nyseth (2001), Victoria Harrod (2001), Darla Williamson (1992) and Jeanne Eggart (1982) as Cougars who have earned a selection to the team. Eggart earned national honorable mention honors in 1982.

Improved Scoring Margin: The average scoring margin for the Cougars in 2004-05 was -9.2 points...that continued a trend of improvement by the team since head coach Sherri Murrell's arrival to the 2002, a year before Murrell began her tenure, the scoring margin was 2003, Murrell's first, it went down to -20.5 and in 2004 it was -12.5.

Holding The Opposition: WSU held the opposition to below 70 points 19 the 2002-03 season, head coach Sherri Murrell's first, the team had seven games of allowing fewer than 70 points...the next season that number improved to 13...the Cougars are sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense allowing 66.8 points a game...the 39 points allowed by WSU against Portland State, Dec. 3 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.
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