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Cougs Open Final Road Trip of 2021-22 Thursday at No. 2 Stanford

Feb 23, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. – The Washington State women's basketball team hits the road for the final time in the 2021-22 regular season this weekend, as the Cougars close out the Pac-12 Conference in the Bay Area. The Cougs open the trip Thursday, Feb. 24, at No. 2/2 Stanford. Tip-off from Maples Pavilion is set for 8 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

WASHINGTON STATE (RV) (18-8, 10-5 Pac-12) at No. 2/2 Stanford (23-3,  14-0 Pac-12) | Thursday, Feb. 24 | 8 p.m. PT | Stanford, Calif. (Maples Pavilion)
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STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State heads to the Bay Area looking to make program history. WSU is currently tied for second in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Cougars are 10-5 in Pac-12 play and 18-8 overall. The 18 wins ties a WSU record for most wins in a season in the NCAA era, while the 10 conference victories is tied for the most league wins in a season in program history.

>> WSU heads into the week tied with Oregon for second place in the Pac-12 standings with two games left to play. With a win this week, Washington State can secure a bye in the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in program history. WSU is currently the No. 3 seed in the tournament, as Oregon holds the tiebreaker with the Cougars thanks to the Ducks' win in Pullman earlier this month.

>> Thursday's matchup between Washington State and Stanford will be the 71st all-time meeting between the two schools. The Cardinal have won every matchup all-time against the Cougars. WSU is 0-33 all-time at Maples Pavilion. Stanford defeated WSU earlier this season with an 82-44 win in Pullman on Jan. 2.

>> With a win this week, Washington State will secure a winning road record for the 2021-22 season. WSU is currently 6-5 in true road games this season and 7-6 away from Beasley Coliseum. The last time WSU won eight-or-more games in a season outside of Pullman came in 2014-15, when the Cougars collected 10 wins in away or neutral contests.

>> WSU will be taking on its second-straight top-5 opponent when the Cougs challenge No. 2/2 Stanford. Washington State is coming off a 72-67 victory over No. 8/7 Arizona this past Sunday, Feb. 20. The Cougars are 1-4 against ranked teams this season and 1-3 against top-10 foes. The last time WSU beat a top-5 team came back on Feb. 5, 2021, when the Cougars knocked off No. 5/4 UCLA in Pullman, 67-63.

Looking for a Historic Win
Washington State heads into this weekend needing one win to set the program record for most Pac-12 wins in a season and the most wins in a season in the NCAA era. The Cougars are currently have collected 18 wins overall this season and 10 Pac-12 victories. Both marks are tied with the 1990-91 team. The WSU all-time record for most wins in a season is 21, which came during the 1978-79 campaign.

Pac-12 Player of the Week
This past Monday, Feb. 21, the Pac-12 Conference named WSU junior Johanna Teder the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Teder averaged 20.5 points and made a total of nine 3-point field goals to help Washington State pick up wins over Arizona State and No. 8/7 Arizona. The guard from Estonia shot a blistering 64.3 percent from behind the arc last week in a pair of 20-point performances.

ESPN Team of the Week
Washington State was named ESPN's Team of the Week by Mechelle Voepel. The Cougars defeated Arizona State (65-58) and No. 8/7 Arizona (72-67) last week at Beasley Coliseum to pick up their 18th win overall, and 10th Pac-12 win of the season. The victories moved WSU into a tie for second place with Oregon heading into the final week of the regular season.

Receiving Votes
Washington State picked up votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls this week. The Cougars earned up six votes in each poll. It is the first time since the week of Dec. 13 that WSU has earned votes in either top-25 poll.

Iron Sharpens Iron
Head coach Kamie Ethridge has once again put Washington State up against some of the nation's best teams this season. The Cougars head into the week having played the ninth toughest schedule in NCAA Division I this season according to the Massey Ratings. Washington State also holds an RPI of 35 according to HerHoopStats.com.

Scouting the Cardinal
The defending national champions have nearly run the table once again in the Pac-12 this season, as Stanford is currently 14-0 in league play. The No. 2/2-ranked Cardinal have already won the 2021-22 Pac-12 regular season title and hold a 23-3 record overall. Stanford is 12-1 at Maples Pavilion this season.

Sophomore Cameron Brink leads a balanced scoring attack for the Cardinal, as the 6-4 forward is averaging 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Brink is shooting 56.4 percent from the field. Junior Haley Jones is putting up 12.6 points per contest, while pulling down a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game. Senior Lexie Hull is averaging 11.5 points per contest, while junior Hannah Jump is chipping in 10.8 point per game and has hit 67 3-point field goals.

Stanford is averaging 75.5 points per game this season, while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor. The Cardinal are also hitting 35.4 percent from behind the arc. The defending national champs are holding their opponents to 58.3 points per game this season, while limiting foes to shoot just 35.3 percent from the floor.

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