WSU Takes on Washington, Super Sunday

Feb. 2, 2006

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What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (7-13, 1-10 Pac-10) travels to Seattle to face Washington (14-6, 7-4), Sunday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m...the game will be televised live nationally on FSN...the game at UW will be the first of three straight road games for WSU...the Cougars are at UCLA (Feb. 9) and USC (Feb. 11) next week.

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: Sunday's game marks the second appearance on television this season for the Cougars... the Jan. 7 game versus the Huskies at Pullman was televised live on FSN Northwest.

Super Sunday Trilogy: For the second consecutive year, and the third time in the last five years, the Cougars will play on Super Bowl Sunday...last year, WSU fell to UCLA at Los Angeles (68-63) Feb. 6 in a game that was also televised nationally on FSN...the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX that day...back in 2002, WSU also played at L.A., Super Sunday, this time against USC, Feb. 3...the Cougars lost to the Women of Troy 79-38 while in Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17.

About Washington: Cameo Hicks leads the Huskies in scoring with a 14.7 points a game average...Washington is coming off a 67-61 loss to Arizona State at Seattle, Jan. 28...the Huskies have alternated between a loss and a win the last five games.

Series With UW: Washington leads the all-time series with WSU 52-17...the Huskies have won the last 21 in the series...the Cougars have captured two wins in last 49 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.

Last Time Out: The last Cougar-Husky match-up was one of the closest in recent years, when UW escaped with a 73-70 victory at Pullman, Jan. 7...the margin of victory was the closest in nearly six years (Feb. 6, 2000; UW defeated WSU 56-55 at Seattle)...both teams had four players in double figures...Charmaine Jones poured in a game-high 18 points while the Huskies were led by Andrea Plouffe's 16 points...the Cougars out-shot the Huskies 56 percent to 39 percent for the game, but Washington won the rebounding battle 33-29 and had fewer turnovers (11) than WSU (18).

Seeing Double: Senior Keisha Moore and junior Kate Benz each scored a double-double in the Cougars' 84-77 victory over Arizona, Jan. 28...Moore had 28 points and 12 boards, both WSU career-bests, while Benz scored a career-high 24 points while also adding 11 rebounds... the duo led an offensive attack that scored the most points in a game since a 93-86 victory over, coincidentally, Arizona, Feb. 10, 2001 at Beasley...Benz has four double-doubles on the season and Moore has two... coincidentally, the other time the tandem of Moore and Benz tallied double-doubles in the same game this season came against Arizona at Tucson, Dec. that game, Benz had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Moore added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lucky Seven: WSU surpassed its win total from each of the past two seasons after beating Arizona to earn its seventh victory...the Cougars won six games each of the two previous seasons...the last time the Cougars won more than seven games in a season was the 2000-01 campaign (11).

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 another 2-4 weeks...sophomore Brynn Bemis sustained a left ankle injury at practice Tuesday and is out indefinitely...junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who missed 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26, returned to action Jan. 19 at Oregon and has seen action in every game since.

Benz Moves Up: Junior Kate Benz has already made her way into the school's career top-10 rebounding list...currently, Benz has 628 career boards, which is seventh all-time in school history, and is 18 rebounds behind sixth position (Karen Brown, 1979-1983)...the all-time career rebounding leader in WSU history is Cassandra Overby, who pulled down 875 rebounds from 1981-84...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 (6.75).

20/20: Freshman Amanda DuRocher has scored in double figures six of the last seven games...during the stretch, DuRocher tallied 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) seventh in the conference in 3-point field goals made (1.89/game).

Moore Points: Keisha Moore has scored in double figures in 10 games this season...highlighted among those games was a career-best 28-point performance versus Arizona, Jan. 28...also grabbed 12 rebounds against the Wildcats to secure her second double-double of the season...Moore reached 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 leads the team in scoring (11.0 points/game) second in the conference in blocked shots (1.61); tied for ninth in free throw percentage (.784) and is 10th in rebounding.

Cougar Notes: WSU has played two overtime games this season. The last time the team played multiple overtime games in a season was the 1991-92 campaign. WSU played three extra sessions that season, going Cougars matched or bested their season or career highs in at least one category during last week's games with Arizona and Arizona State...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 10th in the Pac-10 in blocks (.89/game).

Ranked Opposition: WSU has played four games against Associated Press ranked opponents thus far this season...WSU fell to No. 19 Arizona State, 75-65, at Pullman, Jan. 26...the Cougars played three AP 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 (1.55/game) eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal made (1.80/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 19 games, starting eight...had career-high five assists against both ASU and Arizona, Jan. 26 and 28...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 5.7 points and 2.7 of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in nine games...played a career-high 11 minutes against both Arizona State, Jan. 26 and Eastern Washington, Jan. 3...had a career-high three assists against ASU...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 19 of 20 games...fourth on the team in scoring (8.9 points per game) and first in steals (1.55)...also averaging 3.4 rebounds a game...tied for team lead with DuRocher in 3-point field goals (36) eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.80)...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 19 games, starting 10...scored in double figures in 10 games, including six of the last seven games...scored a game-high 16 points against Arizona State, Jan. 26...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 8.5 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 20 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 3.7 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 another 2-4 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...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 4.6 points and 3.3 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 1.3 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 20 games...recorded fourth double-double of the season against Arizona, Jan. 28. with 24 points and 11 boards...point total was career-high... previous career-high point total was 23 against Boise State, Nov. 19, 2004...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 (6.75)... has 628 career boards, which is seventh 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 9.8 points a game.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: Played in all 20 games, starting four...had first career double-digit scoring game against Arizona State, Jan. 26, with 10 points...had 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 10th in the Pac-10 in blocks (.85) of five Cougar freshmen.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Posted WSU career-highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona, Jan. 28...point total came on 9-of-13 shooting from the 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 ...leads team in scoring (11.0 points/game)...scored a then 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 (1.61); is ninth in free throw percentage (.784) 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 13 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 1.7 rebounds a contest... one of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)... from Petaluma, Calif.

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