Nov. 14, 2012
MONMOUTH vs. WASHINGTON STATE
5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
WISCONSIN vs. WASHINGTON STATE
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS OPEN HOMESTAND HOSTING MONMOUTH, WISCONSIN: Washington State women's basketball begins a three-game homestand hosting Monmouth University Friday at 5 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum and the University of Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will wrap up their homestand hosting BYU next Saturday at 3 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars during the regular season on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics and on twitter @WSUWomensHoops. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html.
ABOUT MONMOUTH: Monmouth University enters the week 0-1 after dropping its season-opener 71-68 to UMBC Sunday. MU had two players score in double figures Sunday, guard Alysha Womack with 21 and forward Chevanna Paalvast with 19. The Hawks, out of the Northeast Conference, return three starters from last year's team that went 19-13 overall and 12-6 in conference play. Head coach Jenny Palmateer is in her second year at Monmouth. This will be the inaugural meeting between WSU and Monmouth.
ABOUT WISCONSIN: The University of Wisconsin enters the week with a 1-0 record after beating Milwaukee 74-56 Sunday. The Badgers will play at Gonzaga Friday before facing WSU Sunday. The Badgers had four players score in double-figures led by Taylor Wurtz' 16 points. Wisconsin returns two starters from last year's club that went 9-20 including a 5-11 mark in Big Ten play. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey is in her second season with the Badgers. This will be the second meeting between the two programs, with the first coming last year and WSU posting a 69-51 victory.
GALDEIRA MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Freshman guard Lia Galdeira made history with her 33-point point performance in WSU's double-overtime loss at Minnesota in the season-opener last Saturday. Galdeira set a WSU freshman record for points in a game and finished the game 12-of-27 from the floor, 7-of-8 at the free throw line and five steals. The Kamuela, Hawaii native broke the previous record of 28 points shared by Nikky Mohr (Puget Sound, 11/26/83) and Jazmine Perkins (Northern Colorado, 11/28/08). She was later named to the Best Buy Classic all-tournament team after posting 12 points, six rebounds and three steals in the overtime defeat to South Dakota State.
COUGARS PICKED 10TH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State University was picked tenth in 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll. The Cougars were placed ahead of the University of Oregon and University of Arizona who were voted No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Stanford was voted the preseason favorite after collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11).
ANOTHER CHALLENGING NONCONFERENCE SLATE IN 2012-13: Highlighted by home games against Wisconsin, BYU and Ohio State, WSU's 2012-13 nonconference schedule features games against nine teams that reached the postseason last year, including six NCAA Tournament teams and last year's WBI Champions, Minnesota in the season-opener.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The games that will be televised will be WSU's game at UCLA, Jan. 11, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at University of Oregon on the Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on the Pac-12 Networks.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
COUGARS SET SINGLE SEASON MARKS: As a team, WSU set the record for rebounds in a season with 1,267, grabbing nearly 100 more than the previous record. The Cougars scored the sixth-most points in a season, made the fourth most three's, recorded the fifth most assists and the second-most steals in single season history.
ADZASU INKS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT TO PLAY IN FINLAND: Former WSU guard Rosetta Adzasu recently signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland. Adzasu was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, appearing in 62 games and starting 26 while leading the team in assists the past two seasons. In just two seasons at WSU, the West Linn, Ore. native finished her career with 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals. As a senior, the 5-5 guard was second on the team with 7.4 ppg in conference play, posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and helped the Cougars reach the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State University closed out its 2011-12 season with a couple wins at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Cougars beat No. 6 Oregon State in the opening round, knocked off No. 3 seed USC on its home floor to advance to the semifinals held in the Staples Center. WSU then matched No. 2 seed California for 30 minutes before falling in its semifinal matchup.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013, and will deliver unprecedented national television exposure to its women's basketball teams and student-athletes. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. The 2013 tournament will be played March 7-10. COUGS WELCOME IN SIX FRESHMEN: Washington State welcomes in six freshmen this season. Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California.