WSU Heads On The Road To Face Oregon Schools

Jan. 17, 2006

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What's Happening:

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

Saturday, Jan. 21
at Oregon State
7 p.m. Pacific
Corvallis, Ore.

Next Up:

Thursday, Jan. 26
vs. Arizona State
7 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (6-10, 0-7 Pac-10) embarks on the road for the first time in two weeks when it travels to play the Oregon schools...the Cougars are at Oregon (10-6, 1-5) Thursday, Jan. 19 and Oregon State (7-7, 1-5) Saturday, Jan. 21...both games tip-off at 7 p.m...the Cougars' last road game was Jan. 3 at Eastern Washington.

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.

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.

On Fox: The Cougars will make their second appearance on television this season in a couple of weeks...the Feb. 5 game at Washington will be televised live nationally on FSN...the Jan. 7 game versus the Huskies at Pullman was televised live on FSN Northwest.

About Oregon: Gabrielle Richards leads the team in scoring with a 11.3 points a game average...the Ducks are coming off a pair of close losses at the Arizona schools last week...Oregon fell to Arizona State, 44-43 and Arizona, 81-72 in overtime.

Series With Oregon: Oregon leads the all-time series 47-9 over WSU...the Ducks have won nine consecutive games...the Cougars' last win at Oregon occurred Feb. 15, 2001, a 77-76 triumph...WSU came back from a 16-point deficit to capture the win that day.

About Oregon State: Kim Butler leads the Beavers in scoring with a 16.6 points a game average...Mandy Close (13.3 points a game) and Anita Rivers (12.4 points a game) are also averaging double digits...OSU have lost six of its last seven games, the lone win coming at Arizona, Jan. 12.

Series With Oregon State: The Beavers hold a 37-21 advantage in the all-time series with WSU...WSU won the last meeting between the two teams at Pullman, 68-63, Feb. 12...prior to that win, OSU had won 12 games in a row...last year at Corvallis, OSU defeated WSU 83-55, Jan. 13.

Injury Update: Junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who has missed the last 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26, returned to practice Monday and is expected to play this week...senior guard Charmaine Jones sustained a high right ankle sprain during Thursday's loss to USC and is expected to be out 3-6 weeks.

Benz Moves Up: Midway through her junior campaign, Kate Benz has already made her way into the school's career top-10 rebounding list...Benz now has 602 career boards, which is 10th all-time in school history, and is eight rebounds behind ninth position (Camille Thompson, 1991-94)...the all-time career rebounding leader in WSU history is Cassandra Overby, who pulled down 875 rebounds from 1981-84.

On The Rebound: Benz, the defending Pac-10 rebounding champion, leads the conference in rebounds (10.1/game) this season...she also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.31) and is third in offensive rebounds (2.75).

20/20: Freshman Amanda DuRocher poured in a season-high 20 points against UCLA, Jan. 14...DuRocher shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three treys, en route to posting the second 20-point performance by a Cougar freshman this season (Katie Appleton scored 20 at Boise State, Dec. 4)...DuRocher's previous season-best scoring effort came at Boise State (19 points)...DuRocher is eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.67).

Moore Points: Keisha Moore saw her four-game consecutive double-digit scoring streak end versus UCLA...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 9.7 points a game average...Moore is second in the conference in blocked shots (1.71); tied for eighth in free three percentage with Kate Benz (.750) and 10th in rebounds (6.7).

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...six Cougars -- Charmaine Jones (9.9), Keisha Moore (9.7), Kate Benz (9.1), Katie Appleton (8.7), Adriane Ferguson (8.3) and Amanda DuRocher (7.8) -- are averaging over seven points a game...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...Benz is the only player to start every game...the 6-1 start was WSU's best since beginning the 1994-95 season with a 7-1 mark...freshman Ebonee Coates is ninth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.88).

Ranked Opposition: The Cougars played three Associated Press top-25 opponents in December...WSU lost to No. 11 Arizona State 72-47 at Tempe, New Years' Eve...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.

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 averaging 8.7 points a game...she leads the squad in steals (1.75/game)... scored in double-digits in seven ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (36.1 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 leads the team in scoring with a 9.9 points a game average...Jones is second in the conference in free throw percentage (83.1 percent) and sixth in assists (3.69).

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).

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 11 games...scored nine points versus USC, Jan. 12...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaging 4.8 points a contest...redshirted last season for medical reasons.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Seen action in 15 games, starting six...recorded 10 points and six rebounds versus UCLA, Jan. 14...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 2.2 of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in five 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 15 of 16 games...fourth on the team in scoring (8.7 points per game) and first in steals (1.75/game)...also averaging 3.2 rebounds a game...leads team in 3-point field goals (30) ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (36.1 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 15 games, starting six...scored in double figures in six games... poured in a season-high 20 points against UCLA, Jan. 14...shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three treys vs. the Bruins...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 7.8 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...eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.67).

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Seen action in all 16 games, starting three...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 4.1 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Sustained a high right ankle sprain versus USC, Jan. 12...expected to be out 3-6 weeks...returned to action against UW, Jan. 7 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. 25...averaging 9.9 points per game, which is second on the team...scored in double-digits seven times...second in the conference in free throw percentage (83.1 percent) and sixth in assists (3.69).

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Team co-captain with fellow junior Kate Benz... missed the last 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26...returned to practice Monday and is expected to play this week ...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 12 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 16 games...posted third double-double of season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...leads the conference in rebounds (10.1/game)...also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.31) and is third in offensive rebounds (2.75)... has 602 career boards, which is 10th all-time in school history, and is eight rebounds behind ninth position...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 16 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 2.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game...from Tacoma, Wash., where she played at Curtis High... ninth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.88) of five Cougar freshmen.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Prior to Jan. 14 UCLA game had scored in double-figures in four consecutive games...during the stretch, averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game ...second on team in scoring (9.7 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...second in the conference in blocked shots (1.71); tied for eighth in free three percentage with Kate Benz (.750) and 10th in rebounds (6.7)...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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