UCLA, USC On Tap For WSU This Week

Feb. 7, 2006

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What's Happening:

Thursday, Feb. 9
7 p.m. Pacific
Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, Feb. 11
at USC
2 p.m. Pacific
Los Angeles, Calif.

Next Up:

Thursday, Feb. 16
vs. Oregon State
7 p.m. Pacific
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (7-14, 1-11 Pac-10) continues its stretch of three consecutive road games at UCLA (13-9, 8-5), Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and USC (14-8, 8-5), Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

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 wsucougars.com 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.

About UCLA: Noelle Quinn is the Bruins leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game...UCLA is coming off a split at the Arizona schools last week, falling 87-70 at Arizona State and beating Arizona 90-64...the Bruins have four players averaging double-digits in scoring.

Series With UCLA: The Bruins hold a 33-6 advantage in the all-time series and have won 10 consecutive games over WSU...the Cougars lost 73-63 at home to the Bruins, Jan. 14, despite 20 points from freshman Amanda DuRocher...the Cougars' last series win took place Jan. 6, 2001 at Beasley Coliseum...WSU scored a 74-52 win over UCLA that day...the Cougars have never won at UCLA.

About USC: Eshaya Murphy leads USC in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game...Camille LeNoir also averages double figures, with 12.6 points per game...like its LA counterpart, USC went 1-1 against the Arizona schools last weekend, beating Arizona 73-72 and losing to ASU 79-72.

Series With USC: Southern California holds a 30-11 advantage in the overall series with WSU...the Women of Troy have won the last 11 games in the series...in their last meeting Jan. 13, at Pullman, USC beat WSU 81-60...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 effort...the Cougars' last win at Los Angeles was a 65-58 triumph, Jan. 28, 1999.

20/20: Freshman Amanda DuRocher has scored in double figures seven of the last eight games, including the last four in a row...over the last eight games, the freshman from Spanaway, Wash., has averaged 13.6 points a game...during the stretch, DuRocher has posted two 20-point games, most recently versus Washington, Feb. 5 and also against UCLA, Jan. 14...DuRocher shot 7-of-13 from the field against the Bruins, 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)...is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goals made (2.00/game).

20 Twice: DuRocher' pair of 20-point efforts along with Appleton's 20-point game marks the first time two freshmen have scored 20 or more points in a game for WSU since the 1997-98 season...that year Alke Dietel and Tricia Lamb reached the 20-point plateau, Dietel four times.

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. 29...in 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, Jan. 28 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).

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 subluxation at practice Jan. 31 and is out for the season ...junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who missed 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26, returned Jan. 19 at Oregon and has seen action in every game since.

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.

Benz Moves Up: Junior Kate Benz has already made her way into the school's career top-10 rebounding list...currently, Benz has 635 career boards, which is seventh all-time in school history, and is 11 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 (9.2/game) this season...she also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.62/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 (10.8 points/game)...is third in the conference in blocked shots (1.53); is seventh in free throw percentage (.795) and is 10th in rebounding (6.5/game).

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 2-1...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 (.81/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. 10...in 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 and has scored in double-digits in nine games...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 (1.57/game)...is eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal made (1.76/game).

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. 29...it 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.

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.

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 3-pointers...it 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 wsucougars.com...click 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 20 games, starting nine...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 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds a game...one of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in nine games... sustained a left ankle subluxation at practice Jan. 31 and is out for the season...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 20 of 21 games...fifth on the team in scoring (8.9 points per game) and first in steals (1.57)...also averaging 3.4 rebounds a game...second on team in 3-point field goals (37)...is eighth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.76)...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 games...one of five freshmen on the team...from Big Bear Lake, Calif.

No. 14 Amanda DuRocher: Played in 20 games, starting 11... has recorded four consecutive double-digit scoring games and seven over the last eight contests...for the season, has 11 double-digit scoring efforts...latest effort came at UW, Feb. 5 with 20 points...was second 20-point game of season...scored a game-high 16 points against Arizona State, Jan. 26...scored 14 points at Oregon State, Jan. 21...poured in 20 points against UCLA, Jan. 14...shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three treys vs. the Bruins...injured 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 9.1 points a game...scored 11 points in three consecutive games from Dec. 20-29...12-point effort versus Washington, Jan.7...one 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 21 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 injury...team-high 12-point and nine-rebound performance against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds a game.

No. 31 Heather Molzen: Seen action in 13 games...two blocks against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...seven 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 senior...one of five Cougar freshmen...from Lakeside, Calif.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Co-captain of team with junior Adriane Ferguson...started all 21 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 (9.2/game) this season...also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.62)... has 635 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. 27...total 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 9.7 points a game.

No. 34 Ebonee Coates: Played in all 21 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 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds a game...from Tacoma, Wash., where she played at Curtis High...is 10th in the Pac-10 in blocks (.80)...one 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 field...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 ...leads team in scoring (10.8 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 14 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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