WSU Returns Home To Face Arizona Schools

Jan. 24, 2006

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What's Happening:

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

Saturday, Jan. 28
vs. Arizona
2 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.

Next Up:

Sunday, Feb. 5
vs. Washington
1 p.m. Pacific
Seattle, Wash.
Televised Live on FSN

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (6-12, 0-9 Pac-10) returns home to face the Arizona schools this week...WSU hosts No. 19 (AP) Arizona State (14-5, 5-4), Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. and Arizona (7-12, 3-6) Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m...both games are at Beasley Coliseum.

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: The Cougars will make their second appearance on television this season next week...the Feb. 5 game at Washington will be televised live nationally on FSN at 1 p.m...the Jan. 7 game versus the Huskies at Pullman was televised live on FSN Northwest.

About Arizona State: Kristen Kovesdy leads the Sun Devils with a 13.0 points a game average...Emily Westerberg is also averaging double-digits in scoring (11.3 ppg)...ASU has lost four of its last six games.

Series With Arizona State: Arizona State holds a 27-12 advantage in the all-time series...the Sun Devils won the team's earlier meeting at Tempe, 72-47, New Year's Eve...Keisha Moore scored a game-high 20 points for the Cougars...WSU's last win in the series came at Pullman, Feb. 28, 2004...the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils, 75-72.

About Arizona: Joy Hollingsworth leads a trio of Wildcats who are scoring in double figures with a 14.6 points a game average...Ashley Whisonant (13.5 ppg) and Natalie Jones (13.2) complete the contingent...the Wildcats have won two of their last three games including an 80-76 win at California, Jan. 22.

Series With Arizona: Arizona holds a 22-17 advantage in the series...the Wildcats defeated WSU 61-52 at Tucson, Dec. 29...Arizona has won the last eight in the series...the Cougars' last win was against a No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) ranked Wildcat squad, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001...that was the Cougars' last win against a ranked opponent.

Stratton Ends Career: Due to a right foot injury that occurred during the 2003-04 season, redshirt sophomore Nikki Stratton has decided to end her collegiate basketball career...Stratton redshirted the 2004-05 season for medical reasons and played 13 games this season, averaging 4.2 points a game...Stratton has an injury to a sesamoid bone on her right foot...she will remain with the team, possibly in a student-assistant capacity.

Injury Update: Senior guard Charmaine Jones sustained a right high ankle sprain versus USC, Jan. 12 and is expected to be out 2-5 weeks...junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who has missed 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26, returned to action last week at the Oregon schools.

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 611 career boards, which is ninth all-time in school history, and is four rebounds behind eighth position (Holly Zapel, 1982-85)...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 (9.4/game) this season...she also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.78) and is sixth in offensive rebounds (2.67).

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) ninth in the conference in 3-point field goals made (1.71/game).

Moore Points: Keisha Moore has scored in double figures in eight games this season...Moore's latest double-digit effort came at Oregon State, Jan. 21 (14 points)...Moore scored in double figures in four straight games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 7...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 is second on the team in scoring (9.8 points/game)...Moore is second in the conference in blocked shots (1.63); tied for eighth in free three percentage (.772).

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...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 (.89/game).

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 is averaging 8.9 points a game, which is fourth on the team... Appleton has scored in double-digits in nine games, including the last two in a row...averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over Cal State Northridge (Dec. 2) and Boise State (Dec. 4)...she leads the squad in steals (1.72/game), which is ninth in the eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8 percent).

Double-Digit Jones: Prior to sustaining a high ankle sprain against USC, Jan. 12, 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.

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: Due to a right foot injury that occurred during the 2003-04 season, has decided to end her collegiate basketball career...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 13 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 4.2 points a contest...redshirted last season for medical reasons.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Seen action in 17 games, starting six...scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds Jan. 21 at Oregon State...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 5.9 points and 2.6 of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in seven 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 17 of 18 games...fourth on the team in scoring (8.9 points per game) and first in steals (1.72)...also averaging 3.2 rebounds a game...leads team in 3-point field goals (35) ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8 percent)...played a season-high 39 minutes against Oregon State Jan. 21...averaged 11 points in two games against the Oregon schools on the road Jan. 19 and 21...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 nine of five freshmen on the team...from Big Bear Lake, Calif.

No. 14 Amanda DuRocher: Played in 17 games, starting eight...scored in double figures in eight games...scored 14 points at Oregon State, Jan. 21...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 7.9 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...ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.71).

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Seen action in all 18 games, starting five...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 3.9 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Sustained a right high ankle sprain versus USC, Jan. 12...expected to be out 2-5 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 team-high 9.9 points per game...scored in double-digits seven times.

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Team co-captain with fellow junior Kate Benz... returned to action Jan. 19 at Oregon after missing 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26...made four starts in four appearances prior to 12-point and nine-rebound performance against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.

No. 31 Heather Molzen: Seen action in 13 games...two blocks against St. Mary's, Nov. rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 25...averaging 1.3 points and 1.8 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 18 games...had 14 points against Oregon Jan. 19...posted third double-double of season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29... leads the conference in rebounds (9.4/game) this season...she also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.78) and is sixth in offensive rebounds (2.67)... has 611 career boards, which is ninth all-time in school history...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 9.1 points a 23 points against Boise State Nov. 19, 2004.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: Played in all 18 games, starting four...had season-high seven points against Oregon, Jan. 19...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 2.4 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: One of three Cougars to score 14 points at Oregon State, Jan. 21...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 (9.8 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 (1.4); top ten in free throw percentage (.772) and 10th in rebounds (6.3)...joins Crystal Blue and Charmaine Jones as one of three seniors on the team.

No. 55 Sabrina Shired: Made 11 appearances, including first career WSU start at Minnesota, Dec. 10...recorded five points and five rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 21...had five points and five rebounds Jan. 21 at Oregon State...scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 4...averaging 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds a contest... one of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)... from Petaluma, Calif.
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