Cougar Women Face California at Friel Court

Feb. 9, 2010

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The Washington State women's basketball team plays host to California Friday at Friel Court. Tip-off between the Cougars and Golden Bears is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Cougars (6-16, 1-10 Pac-10) will be looking for their second-straight conference win, while the Golden Bears (12-10, 6-5 Pac-10) have lost two of their last three after winning five-straight.

The Cougars close out their weekend homestand against Stanford Sunday at noon. The match-up with the Cardinal is WSU's Pink Zone game for 2009-10.

The Cougars' match-up with California will be streamed live at Webcasts are available for the cost of a subscription to Cougar All-Access and will feature exclusive audio play-by-play and color commentary from students at the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Remaining webcasts include Stanford (Feb. 14), Oregon (March 5) and Oregon State (March 7).

Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM and on translator 105.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at Steve Grubbs has the call live from Pullman.

April Cook was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 1-8, becoming just the second Cougar to win the award in the last 13 years, and the first in nearly four years. WSU's last conference player of the week award came Feb. 20, 2006 (Kate Benz). Cook scored a career-high 33 points against Arizona State on national television, leading the Cougars to their first win in Tempe, Ariz., in more than 13 years and ending an 11-game losing streak to ASU. Her scoring output is the most by a Cougar in more than a decade, and ranks tied for ninth on WSU's all-time single-game scoring list.

An improved shooting performance kept it close, but WSU fell 75-68 to California Jan. 16 at Haas Pavilion. The Cougars found their offensive rhythm against the Golden Bears, connecting on a season-high 45.8 percent of their attempts (27-of-59), and recording just 11 turnovers, the third-fewest this season. April Cook led WSU with 16 points, and KiKi Moore recorded a career-high eight assists, becoming just the sixth Cougar freshman in NCAA history to record eight-or-more in a game.

WSU and California swapped leads three times in the opening minute of the second half before the Cougars jumped out to their largest lead of the game (45-39). The Golden Bears stormed back however - primarily on the heels of senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, who scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half - to build an eight-point lead (66-58). The Cougars were able to cut the deficit to one with 3:14 left in the game, but California held on for the victory.

The Cougars have lost each of the last 10 meetings with the Golden Bears, and trail 19-34 in the all-time series. The Cougars boast a winning record when playing in Pullman (14-11), though the team's last victory in the series came Jan. 27, 2005 (79-69).
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