Homestand Continues Versus L.A. Schools

Jan. 10, 2006

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What's Happening:

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

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

Next Up:

Thursday, Jan. 19
at Oregon
7 p.m. Pacific
Eugene, Ore.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (6-8, 0-5 Pac-10) continues a three-game homestand against the Los Angeles schools this week...WSU hosts USC (10-5, 4-2), Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., and UCLA (9-6, 4-2), Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m...both games are at Beasley Coliseum...the Cougars began the homestand with a 73-70 loss to Washington, Jan. 7.

Time Change: The start time for the Jan. 14 UCLA-Washington State game at Beasley Coliseum has been moved from its originally scheduled 2 p.m. tip to 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: In addition to last Saturday's game versus Washington the Cougars will make one more appearance on television this season...the Feb. 5 game at Washington will be televised live nationally on FSN.

Ranked Opposition: Washington almost became the fourth Associated Press top-25 opponent the Cougars played this season when the teams met last Saturday...UW garnered 32 points in last 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...this week's opponents--USC and UCLA--garnered 11 and four points respectively in this week's AP poll.

About USC: The Women of Troy swept the Arizona schools last week at home...Eshaya Murphy leads the team in scoring with a 15.9 points a game average...Camille LeNoir is second on the team with a 12.4 points a game average.

Series With USC: Southern California holds a 29-11 advantage in the overall series with WSU...the Women of Troy have won the last nine games in the series...the Cougars' last win was a 79-78 victory at home, Jan. 4, 2001...last year at Beasley, WSU took USC to overtime before falling 77-75...Charmaine Jones scored 20 points in the losing two games against USC last year, Jones averaged 23 points a contest.

About UCLA: Like their L.A. counterparts, the Bruins swept the Arizona schools at home last week...three Bruins are averaging double figures in points: Lisa Willis (19.5 ppg), Noelle Quinn (16.5 ppg), and Nikki Blue (12.3 ppg).

Series With UCLA: The Bruins hold a 32-6 advantage in the all-time their L.A. counterparts, the Bruins have won nine consecutive games over WSU...the Cougars' last win took place Jan. 6, 2001 at Beasley...WSU scored a 74-52 win over UCLA that day.

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 10 games and is expected to return to action in 7-10 days...senior guard Charmaine Jones returned to action against Washington after missing two games due to a concussion sustained at Arizona, Dec. 29.

On The Rebound: Kate Benz, the defending Pac-10 rebounding champion, leads the conference in rebounds (10.5/game) this season...she also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.71) and is second in offensive rebounds (2.79)...with 588 career rebounds, Benz is just 11 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 defensive rebounds (26.86) and rebounding margin (+6.3)...through 14 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 four consecutive games...during the stretch, Moore averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 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...two days later at Arizona State, Moore poured in a game-high 20 points...Moore leads the team in scoring with a 10.5 points a game average....Moore is also fifth in the conference in blocked shots (1.42); tied for fifth in offensive rebounds (2.67); ninth in rebounds (6.7), and ninth in free throw percentage (78.3 percent).

Cougar Notes: 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 (10.5), Charmaine Jones (10.1), Katie Appleton (9.0), 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 third on the team in scoring (9.0 points/game) and leads the squad in steals (1.7/game)... scored in double-digits in seven seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.93/game) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (36 percent).

Double-Digit Jones: Senior Charmaine Jones returned to action in a big way by scoring a game-high 18 points (14 in the second half) in the 73-70 loss to Washington, Jan. 7...prior to the UW game, Jones missed the Cougars' last two games due to a concussion she sustained at Arizona Dec. was Jones' seventh double-digit scoring game of the season...Jones was as warm as the Hawaii weather at the Wahine Classic, Thanksgiving weekend...Jones scored in double figures in all three games of the tournament, averaging 14.7 points a contest...Jones is second on the team in scoring with a 10.1 points a game average....Jones is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (85.9 percent) and seventh in assists (3.58).

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 nine games...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaging 4.3 points a contest...redshirted last season for medical reasons.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Seen action in 13 games, starting five...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 5.5 points and 1.9 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 14 games...third on the team in scoring (9.0 points per game) and first in steals (1.7/game)...also averaging 3.2 rebounds a game...leads team in 3-point field goals (27)...seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.93) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (36 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 13 games, starting four...scored in double figures in five 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. 20-29...12-point effort versus Washington, 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 14 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...scored 10 points versus UW, Jan. 7...eight points at Minnesota, Dec. 10...averaging 4.4 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Returned to action against UW after missing the two previous games due to concussion sustained at Arizona, Dec. 29...started all 11 games prior to injury...scored a game-high 18 points, including 14 in the second half, against UW...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 seven times... fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (85.9 percent) and seventh in assists (3.58) 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 return to action in 7-10 days...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 14 games...posted third double-double of season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...leads the conference in rebounds (10.5/game)...also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.71) and is second in offensive rebounds (2.79)...with 588 career rebounds is just 11 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 14 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...averaging 1.9 points and 3.5 rebounds a game...from Tacoma, Wash., where she played at Curtis High... one of five Cougar freshmen.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Scored in double-figures in four consecutive games...during the stretch, has averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game ...leads team in scoring (10.5 points/game)...scored a WSU career-high 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 31...secured her first double-double of the season-and her Cougar career-with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...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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