In-State Rival Washington Visits Cougars

Jan. 5, 2006

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What's Happening:

Saturday, Jan. 7
vs. Washington
1 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.
Televised Live on FSN Northwest

Thursday, Jan. 12
vs. USC
7 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Jan. 14
vs. UCLA
1 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: After three straight road games, the Washington State women's basketball team returns to Pullman to begin a three-game homestand this week...WSU (6-7, 0-4 Pac-10) takes on intrastate rival Washington (10-3, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 7 for a 1 p.m. tip at Beasley Coliseum...the game will be televised live on FSN week, WSU hosts USC, Thursday Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and UCLA, Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

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.

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.

On Fox: Saturday's Washington game will mark the first of two appearances the Cougars will make on television this season...the Feb. 5 game at Washington will be televised live nationally on FSN.

Time Change: The start time for the Jan. 14 UCLA-Washington State game at Beasley Coliseum has been moved from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Ranked Opposition: Washington almost became the fourth Associated Press top-25 opponent the Cougars would have played this season...UW garnered 32 votes in this week's AP poll, making the Huskies the 28th ranked team in the nation...when the Cougars faced No. 11 Arizona State, New Year's Eve, it marked the third AP top-25 opponent WSU faced in December...WSU lost to ASU 72-47 at Tempe...the Cougars fell to No. 14 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.

About UW: Cameo Hicks is the only Husky averaging double-digits in scoring (15.6 points/game)...four other players are averaging over seven points a contest...after back-to-back losses at Baylor and Texas A&M in early December, the Huskies have won five of their last six games.

Series With UW: Washington leads the all-time series with WSU 51-17...the Huskies have won the last 20 in the series...the Cougars have captured two wins in the last 48 meetings dating back to 1982...WSU defeated UW 75-72, Jan. 9, 1993 at Seattle and the Cougars took a 72-67 win over UW, Feb. 25, 1995 at Pullman.

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 has missed the last nine games and is expected to be out another 2-3 weeks...senior guard Charmaine Jones sustained a concussion at Arizona, Dec. 29 and missed games at Arizona State and at Eastern Washington...Jones' status against UW will be a game time decision.

On The Rebound: Entering the week, Kate Benz leads the Pacific-10 Conference, and is eighth in the nation, in rebounds (11.3/game)...also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (8.1) and offensive rebounds (3.17)...with 584 career rebounds, Benz is just 15 rebounds shy of cracking the school's all-time top-10 career list in that category.

More Rebounding: Led by Benz, WSU is high in the Pac-10 Conference rankings...the Cougars are second in the conference in offensive rebounds (15.42), defensive rebounds (27.67) and rebounding margin (+6.8)...through 13 games, WSU has out-rebounded its opponents in nine games, which already matches last season's total

Moore Points: Keisha Moore has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games...during the stretch, Moore averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game...Moore secured her first double-double of the season-and her Cougar career-with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...Moore leads the team in scoring with a 10.4 points a game average....Moore is also fifth in the conference in blocked shots (1.4); seventh in rebounds (6.9) and defensive rebounds (2.7); and eighth in free throw percentage (78 percent).

Cougar Notes: After six straight games of committing fewer than 20 turnovers, WSU has committed over 20 in each of the last three games...the Cougars have also forced the opposition to commit over 20 turnovers in each of the last two games...with a 12-point effort at Eastern Washington, Jan. 3, Nikki Stratton became the ninth Cougar to score in double-digits in a game this season...five Cougars--Keisha Moore (10.4), Katie Appleton (9.5), Charmaine Jones (9.4), Kate Benz (9.0), and Adriane Ferguson (8.3)--are averaging over eight points a game...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...Appleton and Benz are the only players to start every game...the 6-1 start was WSU's best since beginning the 1994-95 season with a 7-1 mark.

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.

Equaled Win Total: WSU has already equaled its win total from each of the past two seasons...the last time the Cougars won more than six games in a season was the 2000-01 campaign (11).

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 is second on the team in scoring (9.5 points/game) and leads in squad in steals (1.8/game)...she has scored in double-digits in seven of 13 games....Appleton is fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (2.17) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (37.1 percent).

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 of the tournament, averaging 14.7 points a contest...Jones is third on the team in scoring with a 9.4 points a game average....Jones is second in the conference in free throw percentage (87 percent) and ninth in assists (3.45).

Trifecta: The 66-57 victory 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.

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.

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).

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: Scored a career-high 12 points playing a career-high 20 minutes at Eastern Washington, Jan. 3...entire point total at Eastern came in the second half...seen action in eight games...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaging 4.9 points a contest...redshirted last season for medical reasons.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Seen action in 12 games, starting four...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 5.8 points and 2.0 of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in four games...played a career-high 11 minutes at Eastern Washington, Jan. 3...scored three points against the Eagles...played in four games last season... walked on the team in November 2004...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team.

No. 13 Katie Appleton: Started all 13 games...second on the team in scoring (9.5 points per game) and first in steals (1.8/game)...also averaging 3.4 rebounds a game...leads team in 3-point field goals (27)...fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (2.17) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (37.1 percent)...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 of five freshmen on the team...from Big Bear Lake, Calif.

No. 14 Amanda DuRocher: Played in 12 games, starting 3...scored in double figures in four games...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...averaging 6.0 points a game...scored 11 points in three consecutive games from Dec. of five freshmen on the team...from Spanaway, Wash...led Bethel High in scoring each of her three years on varsity team.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Seen action in all 13 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: Missed last two games due to concussion sustained at Arizona, Dec. 29...started all 11 games prior to injury...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 9.4 points per game, which is third on the team...scored in double-digits six times... second in the conference in free throw percentage (87 percent) and ninth in assists (3.45) 26 points against USC, Feb. 3, of three seniors on the team.

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 2-3 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: Seen action in 11 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 of five Cougar freshmen...from Lakeside, Calif

No. 32 Kate Benz: Co-captain of team with junior Adriane Ferguson...started all 13 games...posted third double-double of season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...tied for eighth in the nation in rebounds per game (11.3)... also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (8.1) and offensive rebounds (3.17)...with 584 career rebounds, is just 15 rebounds shy of cracking the school's all-time top-10 career list in that category...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 9.0 points a 23 points against Boise State Nov. 19, 2004.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: Played in all 13 games, starting four...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... one of five Cougar freshmen.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Scored in double figures in each of the last three games...averaging 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game during that stretch...leads team in scoring (10.4 points/game)...scored a WSU career-high 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 31...tied a WSU career-high with 11 rebounds versus Stanford, Dec. 20...joins Crystal Blue and Charmaine Jones as one of three seniors on the team.

No. 55 Sabrina Shired: Made 10 appearances, including first career WSU start at Minnesota, Dec. 10...scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 4...averaging 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds a contest... one of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)... from Petaluma, Calif.
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