Cougar Women Host Arizona State

Jan. 25, 2008

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FIRST GLANCEThe Washington State women's basketball team (3-16 overall, 0-8 in the Pacific-10 Conference) concludes its first run through the Pac-10 Saturday against Arizona State (12-7 overall, 6-2 Pac-10). The game with the Sun Devils is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.

THE COUGARSJunior guard Katie Appleton leads the Cougar offense, averaging 12.4 points per game. The scoring output ranks 12th in the conference. She also leads the team in 3-point shooting at 40.3 percent (27-of-67), ranking third in the Pac-10. Junior forward Heather Molzen is second on the team in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and scoring (6.9 ppg). Alexa Price also ranks among the conference-best in 3-point field goal percentage (eighth-36.6 percent).

LAST TIME OUTThe Washington State women's basketball team had its first Pacific-10 Conference win in sight, but a late charge by the Wildcats gave Arizona a 73-63 victory Thursday night at Friel Court.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-2 lead to open the game, but junior guard Katie Appleton traded 3-pointers with Arizona, as the Cougars got back to within six (14-8). Appleton, who ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage, had 19 first half points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

WSU took its first lead of the game at the 7 minute, 37 second mark (25-23). Appleton hit freshman guard Kezia Kelly with a beautiful pass on the play, one of her three assists on the game. Kelly, waiting under the basket, had an easy lay-up to put the Cougars ahead.

Arizona got its offense going in the second half however, connecting on 51.7-percent of its second half shots including 6-of-9 from the 3-point line. The Wildcats regained the lead with 7:32 left in the second stanza (54-53), and went on a 19-10 run from there on out to claim the victory.

Appleton finished with a team-high 23 points, her fourth scoring output of 20-or-more points this season. Junior forward Heather Molzen added 13 points on the night.

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 average 12.1 and 12.6 points per game, respectively. Junior center Sybil Dosty leads the team in rebounding (6.1 per game). January averages a team-high 4.8 assists per game.

After falling out of the top 25 this week due to losses to Stanford and California last week, the Sun Devils narrowly defeated Washington 68-62 Thursday in Seattle. Lacey scored a game-high 20 points against the Huskies.

THE SERIESThe 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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