Cougar Women Close Regular Season with Washington

March 3, 2009

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The Washington State women's basketball team (11-17, 4-13) closes out the 2008-09 regular season at home against cross-state rival Washington (6-21, 2-15), Friday. Tip-off against the Huskies is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Friel Court, and the game will be televised by FSN Northwest.

General admission tickets are $1 and WSU faculty get in free as part of Faculty Free Friday.

Friday's game will also be WSU's Senior Night, as the Cougars say goodbye to seniors Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen.

Friday's game will be televised by FSN Northwest, with Tom Glasgow calling play-by-play and Sheryl Swoopes serving as analyst.

Fans can listen to the match-up live on Border 104.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at Steve Grubbs will call the game live from Friel Court. Fans can also watch the game live on GameTracker.

Senior guard Katie Appleton scored eight points against Arizona State (Jan. 29), bringing her career total to 1,000. She is only the 12th women's basketball player in school history to reach the milestone.

With six more victories already in 2008-09 than in all of last season, the Cougars enter this week ranked tied for 19th nationally amongst teams making the greatest turnarounds this season.

Not only does Cougar freshman Jazmine Perkins rank seventh in scoring average in the Pacific-10 Conference at 13.8 ppg, she is the highest-scoring freshmen in the league and ranks fifth nationally amongst frosh. April Cook ranks second amongst Pac-10 freshman - and ninth overall - at 13.3 ppg, a mark that ranks eighth nationally. WSU is the only school in the country with two freshmen ranking in the top 10.

Cougar freshmen April Cook (17), Jazmine Perkins (12) and Rosie Tarnowski (10) each scored in double figures, but the Cougars dropped their Pacific-10 Conference opener 71-58 to Washington Jan. 3 at Bank of America Arena. WSU freshmen scored the team's first 11 points, keying an 11-3 run to open the game. Despite WSU's defensive pressure - the Cougars forced 12 turnovers and recorded three blocks in the first half - the Huskies were able to regain the lead at 25-24 and went into halftime with a 37-28 lead. Free throw shooting was the difference in the opening stanza, as WSU hit just 7-of-18 attempts, while the Huskies connected on 13-of-16. The Huskies scored the first 12 points of the second half, increasing their lead to 49-28, and held on for the win.

The Cougars are looking to end a 27-game losing streak to their intrastate rival. WSU's last victory over Washington came Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 win in Pullman. WSU trails 17-58 in the all-time series, including a mark of 4-27 at home.

One random WSU student will have the opportunity to win the equivalent of one semesters' in-state tuition at the Washington game. The individual drawn will have 60 seconds to make his or her way down to Friel Court with a WSU Student ID and claim their prize.
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