Cougar Women Head West to Face Huskies

Feb. 24, 2010

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The Washington State women's basketball team will square off against cross-state rival Washington Saturday (Feb. 27), in the team's final regular-season road game of 2009-10. The Cougars and Huskies are scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.

WSU (7-19, 2-13 Pac-10) is looking for its third victory in the last four road games, while the Huskies (9-16, 4-11 Pac-10) are looking to halt a six-game skid.

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 Seattle.

Although the Cougars are 2-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they have held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU has held second-half leads in eight of the team's 13 conference losses, including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock.

WSU fell 76-70 in overtime to Washington in front of more than 2,000 fans Jan. 29 at Friel Court. April Cook led a trio of Cougars in double figures, scoring 17 points. KiKi Moore added 15 and Jazmine Perkins chipped in 13.

Down two with three-plus minutes left in regulation, Perkins nailed a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 58-57. After Washington had reclaimed the lead at 62-60, Moore found Katie Madison under the basket with eight seconds left, sending the teams to overtime for only the second time in the series history. Washington outscored WSU 14-8 in overtime, earning the win.

The Cougars are looking to end a 29-game losing streak to intrastate rival Washington. WSU's last victory over the Huskies came Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 win in Pullman. WSU trails 17-60 in the all-time series, including a mark of 11-30 on the road. The Cougars' last road victory over Washington came Jan. 9, 1993 (75-72).

WSU won back-to-back conference road games for the first time since 1995-96, defeating ASU (Feb. 6) and USC (Feb. 18). WSU's victory in Tempe was its first in more than 13 years, and the team's win in Los Angeles was the first in more than 11 years. The Cougars had lost 11-straight to the Sun Devils overall, and 18-straight to the Trojans.

WSU freshmen KiKi Moore and Carly Noyes each lead the Pacific-10 Conference in a major statistical category. Moore ranks first in the conference in steals, averaging 3.2 per game. Noyes leads the Pac-10 in blocks, averaging 2.0 per game.

With only 10 years of returning NCAA basketball experience, the Cougar women's basketball team is the sixth-youngest in the country according to a poll of the nation's Sports Information Directors.
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