Cougar Women Face Cross-State Rival Washington

Jan. 28, 2008

FIRST GLANCEThe Washington State women's basketball team (3-17, 0-9 Pacific-10 Conference) travels over the Cascades to square off against cross-state rival Washington (8-13, 3-6 Pac-10), Sunday at 1 p.m., at Bank of America Arena. The game kicks off the Cougars' second run through Pac-10 play.

THE COUGARSWashington State's Katie Appleton ranks among the best in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. The scoring out put places her 12th this season in the conference. Appleton also ranks among the Pac-10 best in steals (T-6th; 1.95 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (4th; 40.6 percent). Junior forward Heather Molzen ranks second on the team in both scoring (6.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 per game). Guards Colleen Betteridge (sophomore) and Kezia Kelly (freshman) lead the team in assists, each averaging 2.3 per game.

LAST TIME OUTThis past week the Cougars fell to both Arizona (73-63) and Arizona State (59-40) at Friel Court. However, there were bright spots for WSU in each of the games.

The Cougars had their first conference win of 2007-08 in sight, but a late run by the Wildcats gave Arizona the victory. WSU entered the second half with the lead, but Arizona got its offense going, shooting 51.7 percent in the second stanza to pull away for the win. Junior guard Katie 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.

The Cougars put together a solid defensive effort against Arizona State, holding the Sun Devils to under 60 points for just the third time in the all-time series, and forcing them to commit 21 turnovers, marking the 16th time this season the Cougars forced 15-plus turnovers in a game.

SCOUTING WASHINGTONThe Huskies ended a three-game losing streak by knocking off the Wildcats 74-59 Saturday. Washington is led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon, who is averaging 12.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb gives the Huskies a pair of double-digit scorers at 10.6 ppg. Senior guard Emily Florence is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 6.3 boards per game. Florence also leads UW with 3.4 assists per game.

THE SERIESThe Cougars dropped their first meeting between the two schools this season 61-46 at Friel Court, Jan. 4. The game was also the Pacific-10 Conference home opener for both schools and the inaugural 'Cougs Have Heart' basketball game.

The Cougars held the edge for a majority of the first half, leading by as many as nine points. Tied at 26-26, Washington's Katelan Redmon hit a jumper with 1:16 remaining in the opening stanza to send the Huskies into halftime with the lead. UW would hold on for the remainder of the game. WSU was led by junior guard Katie Appleton who tied a game-high with 16 points. Washington's Jess McCormack also scored 16. Appleton also led the team with five rebounds, while junior forward Heather Molzen led the Cougars with four assists. Williams tied what was then a career-high with 10 points.

The Cougars trail in the all-time series 17-56, and have lost each of the last 25 games. WSU's last win was Feb. 25, 1995 (72-67) in Pullman, and its last win on the road was Jan. 9, 1993 (75-72).

NEXT UPThe Cougars finish off their three-game road trip in Los Angeles next week, facing off against UCLA, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., and USC, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

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