Cougars Open Pac-10 Play Against No. 10 Stanford

Dec. 18, 2005

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What's Happening:

Pacific-10 Conference Opener
Tuesday, Dec. 20
vs. No. 10 Stanford
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Thursday, Dec. 22
vs. California
6 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Next Up:
Thursday, Dec. 29
at Arizona
6 p.m. Pacific
Tucson, Ariz.

What's Happening This Week: With a 6-2 record, the Washington State women's basketball team enters Pacific-10 Conference play hosting the defending Pac-10 champion and No. 10 (as of Dec. 12 AP rankings) Stanford, Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m....two days later, the Cougars host California, Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m...both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2005-06 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...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.

Best Start Since 1994-95: With a 6-2 record, WSU has already equaled its win total from each of the past two seasons...the 6-1 start was WSU's best start since beginning the 1994-95 season with a 7-1 mark...entering Tuesday's Stanford game, WSU's 6-2 record is the best by the program entering its first conference game since the 1995-96 season...that year, the team faced its first conference opponent, UCLA, with an 8-2 mark.

About Stanford: The Cardinal defeated Rice, 83-53, Dec. 17 to improve to 5-2...Stanford dropped a 74-67 decision to then No. 2, and current No. 1, Tennessee, Dec. 4 at Stanford...Candice Wiggins leads the team with a 18.0 points a game average...Brooke Smith (15.4 ppg) and Kristen Newlin (12.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring...Stanford has never lost to WSU in 40 previous meetings.

Consecutive Ranked Opponents: No. 10 Stanford will mark the second straight ranked opponent WSU will face...The Cougars fell to No. 14 (AP/ESPN) Minnesota 83-57 at Minneapolis, Dec. 10...the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated was No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Arizona, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.

About California: Cal enters Pac-10 play with an 8-2 record...the Bears begin Pac-10 play at Washington, Dec. 20...Cal enters the UW game with a four-game winning streak...Ashley Walker leads of trio of Bears scoring in double figures with 13.6 points a game...Devanei Hampton (13.3 points per game) and Alezis Gray-Lawson (11.7 points per game) complete the trio.

Series With California: Cal leads the all-time series with WSU 24-18...the last time the programs met was at the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament, March 4...the eighth-seeded Bears defeated No. 9 WSU 70-52 at San Jose...last year at Pullman, WSU bested Cal 79-69... Kate Benz recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead WSU to the win...Benz headed a quartet of Cougars who scored in double-figures...Adriane Ferguson and Charmaine Jones scored 16 points each and Dani Montgomery came off the bench to add 11.

Third-Largest Attendance: The crowd of 6,532 at the Dec. 10 WSU-Minnesota game was the third-largest audience that the team has played in front of...the largest attendance figure at a WSU game was 6,746, Jan. 27, 1996 at Stanford...the second largest was 6,608, Feb. 26, 1994 at Washington.

Injury Update: The Cougars are without the services of junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who broke her right fifth (pinky) finger during the win against Idaho State, Nov. 26...Ferguson is expected to be out 5-7 weeks...freshman guard Amanda DuRocher fractured her right wrist during the win over Boise State, Dec. 4...DuRocher is out 2-4 weeks.

Benz Nationally Ranked: Kate Benz is tied for fifth in the nation in rebounds per game (12.3)...Benz leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rebounds, defensive rebounds (8.5) and is second in offensive rebounds (3.75)...WSU is 24th in the nation in rebound margin (8.6).

On The Rebound: Led by Kate Benz's conference-leading 12.3 rebounds a game, the Cougars lead the conference in rebounding margin (+8.6), defensive rebounds (29.25/game) and are second in offensive rebounds (17.00/game).

Overtime Thriller: In the Cougars' 80-76 overtime win over Boise State, Dec. 4, the freshmen duo of Katie Appleton and Amanda DuRocher combined for 39 points... Appleton scored 20 points - including nine in overtime - while DuRocher contributed 19 points, a point total that was primarily accounted for by five was the program's first overtime win since Dec. 22, 1996 (coincidentally, defeated Boise State 79-78 at Boise).

Appleton Cup: Freshman Katie Appleton averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over Cal State Northridge (Dec. 2) and Boise State (Dec. 4)...Appleton leads the team in scoring (11.6 points/game) and steals (2.3/game)...she has scored in double-digits in six of eight games.

Hawaii 21-B: Kate Benz pulled down a total of 50 rebounds (for a 16.7 per game average) en route to earning an all-tournament team selection at the 27th Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 25-27...the junior from Portland, Ore., pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds -- just one shy of the school record -- in the Cougars' 74-51 win over Idaho State, Nov. 26...the WSU single-game school rebounding record is 22 - set by Jennifer Grey twice in 1975 and matched by Amy Saneholtz 20 years later...although Benz just missed the school's rebound mark, she did establish a WSU defensive rebound single-game standard with 17 (shattering the previous mark of 13 set by three players, including Benz) and the Wahine Classic record for rebounds in a game (previously 19)...Benz is just the third player to record 20 or more rebounds in a game in WSU history...along with Saneholtz's 1995 performance, Grey hit the 20-rebound barrier four times in 1975...Benz, whose previous career-high was 19 rebounds against San Diego State in 2003, had secured her 10th rebound just over 11 minutes in to the first half...Benz ended the first 20 minutes with 15 rebounds...with 12 points, Benz posted her 13th career double-double and her second of the season...sandwiched around the 21-rebound performance was a 15-rebound effort in a 68-63 loss to Hawaii, Nov. 25 and a 14-rebound game in a 65-64 win over Cal-State Northridge, Nov. 27.

Double-Digit Jones: Senior Charmaine Jones was as warm as the Hawaii weather at the Wahine Classic...Jones scored in double figures in all three games, averaging 14.7 points a contest.

Trifecta: The 66-57 win over Pepperdine, Nov. 18 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 their season-opening 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 at the 2005-06 Cougars:

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Redshirted last season for medical reasons...seen action in four games this season...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaging 4.3 points a contest... career-high 11 points versus Washington, Feb. 24, 2004.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: One of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College...started three games...had career-highs of 18 points and six rebounds Nov. 27 against Cal State Northridge at Wahine Classic...scored eight points in Northridge rematch at home Dec. 2...scored seven points against St. Mary's at home, Nov. 20...averaging 7.6 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Cougars... missed final 14 games last season due to injury.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Walked on the team in November 2004...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...saw action against Idaho State and at Minnesota...4-year letter winner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho... saw action in four games last season.

No. 13 Katie Appleton: One of five freshmen on the team...from Big Bear Lake, Calif...started all eight games...leads team in scoring (11.6 points per game) and steals (2.3/game)...also averaging 3.5 rebounds a game...shot 60 percent from the field and poured in 20 points, including nine in overtime, in win against Boise State, Dec. 4...had 10 points and seven rebounds in home victory against Cal State Northridge, Dec. 2...reached double figures in scoring in six games...averaged 14 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Apple Valley High.

No. 14 Amanda DuRocher: One of five freshmen on the team...from Spanaway, Wash...led Bethel High in scoring each of her three years on varsity...fractured right wrist during the win over Boise State, Dec. 4 and is out 2-4 weeks...scored 19 points including five 3-pointers against Boise State, Dec. 4...had nine points and four rebounds in 15 minutes against Cal State Northridge in the home victory, Dec. 2...averaging 5.3 points a game.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Sophomore bested previous career high of eight points (against Portland in 2004) with 12 points in win over Idaho State, Nov. 26...made 6-of-9 field goals against the Bengals...eight points at Minnesota, Dec. 10...averaging 4.6 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: One of three seniors on the team...has started all eight games...scored 19 points against Pepperdine Nov. 18...hit 9-of-9 free throws and dished out three assists against the Waves...had six assists Nov. 20 against St. Mary's...16 points against Hawaii Nov. averaging 10.5 points per game...scored in double-digits five 26 points against USC, Feb. 3, 2005.

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Team co-captain with fellow junior Kate Benz...broke fifth (pinky) finger on right hand during Hawaii tournament in November, expected to be out 5-7 weeks...made four starts in four appearances prior to 12-point and nine-rebound performance against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...averaging 8.3 points and five rebounds a game.

No. 31 Heather Molzen: One of five Cougar freshmen...from Lakeside, Calif...has seen action in seven games this season...two blocks against St. Mary's Nov. rebounds against Hawaii Nov. 25...averaging 1.6 points and 2.6 rebounds a contest... 4-year letter winner and starter at El Capitan High, where she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a senior.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Co-captain of team with junior Adriane Ferguson...started all eight games... tied for fifth in the nation in rebounds per game (12.3)...leads the Pac-10 Conference in rebounds, defensive rebounds (8.5) and is second in offensive rebounds (3.75)...led the Pac-10 in rebounding in 2004-05, becoming the first player in WSU women's basketball history to do so...became third player in school history to record a 20-rebound game with 21 rebounds versus Idaho State, Nov. was just one off the school record...has been a starter in every game in career...11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals against St. Mary's, Nov. 20....15 rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 25...along with 21 rebounds tallied 12 points against Idaho State to earn another double-double...averaging nine points a 23 points against Boise State Nov. 19, 2004.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: One of five Cougar freshmen...has eight appearances including two starts this season...recorded eight rebounds and four blocks against Pepperdine in Nov. 18 season-opening home victory...had 12 rebounds against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...from Tacoma, Wash., where she played at Curtis High.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Joins Crystal Blue and Charmaine Jones as one of three seniors on the team...scored in double figures in last three games...scored career-high 17 points against Oregon State, Feb. 12, 2005...pulled down 11 rebounds against UCLA, Feb. 6, 2005...scored 12 points against Idaho State Nov. 26...averaging 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a contest.

No. 55 Sabrina Shired One of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)...from Petaluma, Calif...has seven appearances so far this season, including first career WSU start at Minnesota...scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 4...averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds a contest.
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