Cougars End 2005 With Trip To Arizona

Dec. 28, 2005

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What's Happening:

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

Saturday, Dec. 31
at No. 11 (AP) Arizona State
1 p.m. Pacific
Tempe, Ariz.

Tuesday, Jan. 3
at Eastern Washington
7 p.m. Pacific
Cheney, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (6-4, 0-2) closes out 2005 with its first conference road swing of the 2005-06 season...WSU is at Arizona (4-6, 0-1), Thursday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. Pacific and at No. 11/10 (AP/USA TODAY ESPN Coaches) Arizona State (10-1, 1-0), Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. Pacific...after their trip to Arizona, the Cougars will play their third straight road game at Eastern Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m....EWU will mark the Cougars' final non-conference opponent of the 2005-06 season.

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.

All-Time Series: Arizona leads the all-time series with WSU 21-17 while Arizona State holds a 26-12 advantage...Arizona has won eight straight over WSU; ASU has a two-game winning streak versus the Cougars...the Cougars' last win over the Wildcats was Feb. 10, 2001, a 93-86 victory over No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Wildcats...that was the last time WSU has defeated a ranked opponent...the Cougars' last win at Tucson was Jan. 8, 1998...WSU defeated Arizona 64-61...WSU's last win at Arizona State was Jan. 30, 1997 when the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils 86-78...WSU holds a 24-9 advantage over EWU...the last two games in the WSU-EWU series have been decided by one point...Eastern captured a 54-53 win at Pullman in December 2004 while WSU bested EWU 59-58 at Cheney in November 2003.

Best Start Since 1994-95: With a 6-4 record, WSU has already equaled its win total from each of the past two seasons...the 6-1 start was WSU's best since beginning the 1994-95 season with a 7-1 mark.

Consecutive Ranked Opponents: Arizona State will mark the third ranked opponent WSU will face in December...the Cougars fell to No. 14 (AP/ESPN) Minnesota 83-57 at Minneapolis, Dec. the conference opener against No. 10 Stanford, WSU fell to the Cardinal 76-56 at Pullman, Dec. 20...the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated was No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Arizona, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.

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 another 4-6 weeks.

On The Rebound: Kate Benz leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rebounds (11.5/game), defensive rebounds (8.1) and offensive rebounds (3.4)...led by Benz the Cougars lead the conference in rebounding margin (+8.0), and are second in defensive rebounds (28/game) and offensive rebounds (16.40/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 five games...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaging 3.8 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 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.

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 10 games...leads team in scoring (11.3 points per game) and steals (2.1/game)...also averaging 3.6 rebounds a game...shot 60 percent from the field (6-of-10) 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 seven games.

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...missed Minnesota game due to injury...scored 19 points including five 3-pointers against Boise State...had nine points and four rebounds in 15 minutes against Cal State Northridge in the home victory, Dec. 2...averaging 6.6 points a game...scored 11 points in each of last two games.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Seen action in all 10 games, starting two...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 3.9 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: One of three seniors on the team...started all 10 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 10.1 points per game, which is second on the team...scored in double-digits six 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 another 4-6 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 eight games...two blocks against St. Mary's Nov. rebounds against Hawaii Nov. 25...averaging 1.4 points and 2.3 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 10 games... tied for fifth in the nation in rebounds per game (11.5)...leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rebounds, defensive rebounds (8.1) and offensive rebounds (3.4)...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...12 rebounds vs. Cal, Dec. 22...scored a season-high 12 points three times this season...averaging 8.9 points a 23 points against Boise State Nov. 19, 2004.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: One of five Cougar freshmen...has played in all 10 games, starting two...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 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...had 11 rebounds versus Stanford Dec. 20...averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest.

No. 55 Sabrina Shired: One of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)...from Petaluma, Calif...has made seven appearances, 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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