Cougar Women Host Arizona, Arizona State

Jan. 21, 2008

FIRST GLANCEThe Washington State women's basketball team (3-15 overall, 0-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference) plays host to the Arizona schools this week, hosting Arizona (6-12 overall, 0-7 Pac-10) Thursday at 7 p.m., and Arizona State (11-7 overall, 5-2 Pac-10) Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games are at Friel Court.

THE COUGARSJunior guard Katie Appleton leads the Cougar offense, averaging 11.8 points per game. She also leads the team in 3-point shooting at 40.7 percent (24-of-59). Junior center Ebonee Coates, who returned from injury last week, leads the team at 4.9 rebounds per game. Junior forward Heather Molzen is second on the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg) and scoring (6.6 ppg).

LAST TIME OUTThe Cougars fell to both Oregon and Oregon State on the road last week. Against the Ducks WSU, then the third-best 3-point shooting team in the conference at 33.4 percent,, hit just 7-of-25 (28.0-percent) attempts against Oregon, falling 64-45. However, the Cougar defense also stepped upheld the Ducks to just 14.3-percent from beyond the arc (3-of-21).

Against the Beavers the Cougars were unable to overcome a slow start and deadly 3-point shooting by the Beavers, falling 60-35 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, holding the Cougars scoreless for the first 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the game. Oregon State's 3-point shooting kept the Cougars from cutting into its lead. The Beavers connected on 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) attempts from beyond the arc. Appleton led the Cougar offense with nine points, and junior forward Heather Molzen led WSU with six rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Beavers 19-28.

SCOUTING ARIZONAThe Wildcats are led by senior guard Ashley Whisonant and junior forward Amina Njonkou, who average 15.8 and 13.0 points per game, respectively. Freshman forward Ify Ibekwe, at 9.8 points per game, nearly gives Arizona a trio of double-digit scorers. Ibekwe pulls down an average of 7.6 rebounds per game, while Whisonant averages 4.4 assists per game.

Arizona is winless in conference play at 0-7, after falling to Stanford (89-64) and California (66-45) last week at home. The Wildcats are 2-5 on the road in 2007-08.

SCOUTING ARIZONA STATEThe Sun Devils boast two players scoring in double figures this season in junior guard Briann January and junior forward/center Lauren Lacey, who are each posting 12.2 ppg. Junior center Sybil Dosty leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game. January averages a team-high 4.8 assists per game.

The Sun Devils fell out of the top 25 this week after dropping games to both California (64-51) and Stanford (60-56) last week, their first two conference losses of the season. On the road Arizona State is 3-2 this season.

THE SERIESThe Cougars trail the Wildcats in the all-time series between the two schools 18-24 and lost each of last year's meetings. The Cougars' last victory over Arizona came Jan. 28, 2006 at Friel Court (84-77).

The Cougars trail Arizona State in the all-time series 12-30, and have lost each of the last six meetings. WSU's last victory over the Sun Devils came Feb. 28, 2004, a 75-72 win at Friel Court.

NEXT UPFollowing the Cougars' home series with the Arizona schools, WSU hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with cross-state rival Washington (Feb. 3). The Cougars then travel to UCLA (Feb. 8) and USC (Feb. 10).
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