Cougars Set to Travel to San Jose State

Dec. 4, 2006

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This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-5)travels to San Jose, Calif., to compete against the San Jose StateSpartans (0-8), Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m...Cougars return home toplay Montana, Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in a rare appearance atBohler Gym.Deciding Factor: The Cougars and Spartans have played six timeson the hardwood with the first three games going in favor of SanJose State...Cougars have captured the last three victories...lastmeeting between the two teams was a 75-74 Cougar win March 1,1986.Double Stotler: Freshman Marisa Stotler (Chandler Ariz.) postedher third double-double of the season as she had 24 points and 14rebounds in a 76-70 victory over Eastern Washington, Dec.2...Stotler also contributed five steals, placing her fifth on WSU'ssingle-game steals list.Freshman Impact: Stotler's 24 points against the Eagles puts heras the Cougars' leading scorer with a 12.1 points per gameaverage...fellow freshman Nakejia Kelly is the second leadingscorer at 9.1 ppg...Stotler also leads the team in rebounds with 50and has recorded a team-high 16 steals...Kelly is shooting 42.9percent from behind the three-point arc, also a team-high...freshmanColleen Betteridge leads the team in assists with 26.Scouting San Jose State: San Jose State enters Tuesday's game 0-8with Brittany Helm as its leading scorer with a 15.4 ppgaverage...Natalie White is averaging 13.5 points per game for theSpartans...San Jose State lost one game in overtime, 53-48 againstSan Francisco, and has lost two other games by only three points.Probable Cougar Starters: Probable starters for Tuesday's gameis as follows: G-Colleen Betteridge (5.4 ppg), G-Amanda DuRocher(2.3 ppg), G Katie Appleton (6.4 ppg), F Kate Benz (8.6 ppg) and FMarisa Stotler (12. 1 ppg).Coming Back: The Cougars' staged the 11th biggest comeback inWSU women's basketball history, Saturday against EasternWashington...WSU was down by as many as 11 points in thesecond half against the Eagles before a 16-0 WSU run, whicheventually led to a six-point victory.Benz Moves Up Career Rebound List: Kate Benz's career rebound mark now stands at 740...she moved pastJenni Ruff's (1993-96) total of 727 and has sole control of third place on the rebound list...Benz now eyes JanetKusler (1976-79) who is second on the all-time list with 853 rebounds...Benz also has 876 career points, No. 15on the WSU career scoring list...she moved up two spots in the category from last week's position of No. 17 tosurpass Amy Saneholtz (1993-97), now an assistant coach at Montana State.Ferguson Returns: Adriane Ferguson's 14 points against Sacramento State marked the senior's first doubledigitpoint game since the Spokane, Wash., native scored 10 points versus Hawaii, Nov. 25, her nextgame against Idaho State, Ferguson broke her right fifth (pinky) finger and missed the next 12 games of theseason.Cougar Tracks: The 79 points scored by WSU against Sacramento State were the most scored by the Cougarssince an 84-77 win over Arizona, Jan. 28, 2005.Home Opening Triumph: With the win over Sacramento State, Nov. 17, the Cougars' extended their homeopener winning streak to four...the last home opening loss came against Wyoming during the 2002-03 seasonas WSU fell to the Cowgirls, 82-51.Cougars Win Exhibition: The Cougars defeated Lewis-Clark State in exhibition play, 73-67, Nov. 3 in BohlerGymnasium...senior Adriane Ferguson led the Cougars with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior KateBenz added 13 points for WSU.Calderwood Joins Cougars: Katie Calderwood, a 6-0, guard from Colorado, signed a National Letter of Intentto play for the Washington State women's basketball team starting with the 2007-08 season, Nov. 8...Calderwood plays high school basketball and volleyball for the Eagles at Broomfield High in Broomfield,Colo....she led the team in scoring her sophomore year averaging 14 points per game, as the Eagles made asemifinal run at the 2005 state tournament...for her efforts during her sophomore year, Calderwood wasawarded honorable mention all-state and was selected first team all-conference...Calderwood received moreaccolades her junior year as Calderwood was named the Daily Camera Player of the Year and participated in theColorado All-Star Game along with being selected first team all-state. Her court success led Broomfield High toits best record in school history, 24-2.Strength of Schedule: The Cougars began their 2006-07 campaign against 15th-ranked Kentucky...conferenceplay will prove to be the biggest challenge for the Cougars as six Pac-10 teams were ranked in the seasonopeningpoll...Stanford (4), Arizona State (12), California (21), USC (22), UCLA (23) and Washington(25)...Stanford received one first place vote and nonconference opponent Montana received one honorablemention vote.Kate's Chronicles: For the third consecutive season, senior Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with theWSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website the link entitled 'Kate'sChronicles' on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2006-07 season.
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