WSU Women's Basketball Travels to Stanford, California

Feb. 6, 2007

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COMING UP NEXT: Washington State (5-18 overall; 1-12 Pac-10) takes a trip to No. 11 Stanford (19-4 overall; 11-1 Pac-10) and No. 20 California (18-5 overall; 8-4 Pac-10) for the second series of the season against these two teams...the Cardinal hosts the Cougars Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Stanford's Maples Pavilion...the Golden Bears and the Cougars tip-off at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Haas Pavilion.

COUGAR RECAP - No. 12 ARIZONA STATE 66, WSU 41: WSU hosted No. 12 Arizona State Saturday and fell 66-41...senior Adriane Ferguson led the Cougar offense with ten points while Ebonee Coates pulled down nine rebounds...Coates also had a career-high six steals against the Sun Devils...Kate Benz added four rebounds to her career total and took sole possession of second place on WSU's all-time career rebound list with 856 rebounds in four years...the Sun Devils were paced by Jill Noe's 20 points...Noe was perfect from both the field and the free throw line and also collected eight rebounds...WSU shot 73 percent from the charity stripe.

A LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: The Stanford Cardinal, ranked 11th nationally by the Associated Press, defeated UC Santa Barbara Thursday 84-59...Candice Wiggins scored 21 for the Cardinal while Brooke Smith added 16 points and ten rebounds...Stanford's 17-game win streak was snapped, however, Sunday by No. 20 California when the Golden Bears defeated the Cardinal was the Cardinal's first Pac-10 loss and the first conference loss at home in 50 games...Wiggins and Smith led the Cardinal effort again with 17 and 16 points respectively...the pair is the the team's top scorers with Wiggins averaging 16.6 ppg and Smith posting 13.9 ppg...Kristen Newlin is the team's leading rebounder with 8.1 rpg, fifth best in the a team, Stanford is shooting 45 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line...freshman point guard JJ Hones will forego the remainder of the season with an ACL injury, it was announced recently...head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 21st season with the Cardinal.

A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: The California Golden Bears moved up one spot in the Associated Press polls after defeating No. 11 Stanford Sunday...California, ranked No. 20 nationally, broke Stanford's 17-game win streak with a 72-57 win over the Cardinal...prior to defeating Stanford, the Golden Bears beat UC Riverside Jan. 31 58-51...Ashley Walker is the team's leading scorer with 17.1 ppg while Devanei Hampton is adding 14.6 8.7 rebounds per game, Walker is the conference's top rebounder...freshman guard Natasha Vital recorded 19 points against Stanford...she ranks third in the Pac-10 in assists (4.67 apg) and started at point guard after a season-ending injury to sophomore Alexis Gray-Lawson...head coach Joanne Boyle is in her second year with California.

BENZ'S BOARDS:  Kate Benz moved into sole possession of second place Saturday after collecting seven rebounds against Arizona Thursday and four rebounds against Arizona State Sunday...Benz's career total of 856 boards moved her past Janet Kusler's total of 853...Benz is 20 rebounds shy of passing Cassandra Overby and claiming the crown as WSU's all-time rebound leader...she is currently the active career rebound leader in the Pac-10 and is tenth in the conference with 7.0 rpg...Benz is also 29 points shy of becoming the 11th women's basketball player in WSU history to reach 1,000 career points...she is currently 13th all-time in career scoring.

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