Cougars Head South to Take on Arizona State and Arizona

Jan. 2, 2007

This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (5-9 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10 Conference) travel down south for a pair of Pac-10 games... Cougars face No. 13 (AP Poll) Arizona State (12-2 overall, 2-1 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m...WSU then heads to Tuscon to play Arizona (6-9 overall, 0-3 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

Scouting No. 13 Arizona State: Arizona State heads into Thursday's game with the best overall record in the Pac-10 (12-2)...Sun Devils have out-scored their opponents 1093-840, a conference best, which equals out to a Pac-10 best winning margin of 18.1 ppg...Emily Westerberg (14.5 ppg), Danielle Orsillo (11.2 ppg) and Jill Noe (10.5 ppg) are the leading scorers for ASU...Sun Devils are coming off their first Pac-10 loss of the season against No. 12 Stanford, Saturday Dec. 30, 77-71...Reagan Pariseau leads the Pac-10 in Assist/Turnover ratio with 2.88 assists per turnover...ASU also leads the Pac-10 by averaging 20.5 assists a game.

Scouting Arizona: The Arizona Wildcats are led by Joy Hollingsworth (14.4 ppg) and Ashley Whisonant (11.8 ppg)...Wildcats average 63.6 ppg and have shot 40.2 percent from the field...Arizona is third in the conference in steals by averaging 9.93 a game...Amina Njonkou is tenth in the conference in rebounds (6.8 per game)...Arizona is currently winless in the Pac-10 and finished the nonconference schedule at 6-6...Arizona has played seven nationally-ranked teams including its last three games against No. 13 Arizona State, No. 12 Stanford and No. 21 California.

Last Week: WSU dropped two Pac-10 games against UCLA and USC...against the Bruins, WSU took a 63-60 lead after a Marisa Stotler lay-in with 5:02 left in the game...UCLA regained the lead and would eventually put the Cougars away, 74-71...WSU fell to USC, 62-56, Sunday, Dec. 31...WSU trailed by one-point at halftime, 34-33, but wiped out the USC lead after a Kate Benz lay-in...for the next eight minutes the teams traded baskets, WSU then took its biggest lead of the night at 41-37 with 16:47 left to play...USC would tie the game at 44 on a Chloe Kerr lay-in, which sparked a 20-12 run...WSU would remain in striking distance, but never managed to take the lead from that point on.

The Series Against Arizona State: ASU leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 28-12...last season, the Sun Devils defeated Washington State 75-65 Jan. 26...last win for the Cougars occurred Feb. 28, 2004, in Pullman, with a 75-72 decision...last win for the Cougars in Tempe was Jan. 30, 1997, after WSU defeated ASU 86-78, the Cougars would end up sweeping Arizona that that year.

The Series Against Arizona: Arizona leads the all-time record against Washington State, 22-18...last time out WSU ended a seven game losing streak to Arizona to defeat the Wildcats 84-77, Jan. 28, 2006, in Pullman...WSU last beat Arizona in Tucson, Jan. 8, 1998, when the Cougars edged the Wildcats, 64-61.

This Day in Cougar History (Jan. 4): Exactly 17 years ago (Jan. 4, 1990), WSU defeated Arizona State, 92-80...WSU was led by Angie Miller's 28 points and Kristal Stahl's 10 rebounds...WSU started off the Pac-10 schedule 1-0 and has yet to play Arizona State on this day since.

This Day in Cougar History (Jan. 6): The Cougars played Arizona in the second Pac-10 game of the season, Jan. 6, 1990...WSU defeated Arizona 72-53 completing a sweep of the Arizona schools...WSU started the Pac-10 schedule 2-0 after Kristin Metson led the Cougars with 13 points and Dawn Allinger pulled down 7 boards...WSU also played Arizona, Jan. 6, 1989, and again defeated the Wildcats 82-72...WSU is 2-0 all-time when playing Arizona, Jan. 6.

Did You Know?: Despite last week's loss to UCLA, the Cougars drilled 10 three-pointers, which placed them second in the conference in team highs for three-pointers...against USC, the Cougars held the Women of Troy to 38 field goal attempts, which placed them third in the conference.

Live with Stotler and Kelly: Freshmen Marisa Stotler and Nakejia Kelly are the top two scorers for WSU thus far this season...Stotler has recorded three double-doubles and has two 20-point games...her 10.9 points per game average is a team-high...Kelly averages 8.0 points per game.

Benz's Boards: Kate Benz recorded 9 rebounds during the L.A. schools trip to Pullman last week and now has 796 career rebounds...she moved past Jenni Ruff's 727 and sits in sole possession of third place on the WSU career list...Benz needs 58 rebounds to pass Janet Kusler, who is second on the all-time list with 853 rebounds...Benz needs 80 rebounds to claim the crown over the school record holder, Cassandra Overby (1981-84) who has 875...Benz is also the active career leader in rebounds among Pac-10 players.

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