Jan. 18, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team (3-14 overall, 0-6 Pacific-10 Conference) concludes its road trip to the Beaver state with a match-up against Oregon State, Saturday at Gill Coliseum. Tip-off against the Beavers (9-8 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) is set for 7 p.m.
THE COUGARS Led by junior guard Katie Appleton and sophomore guard Alexa Price, WSU is one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Appleton ranks sixth in the league at 39.7-percent and Price ranks seventh at 39.4-percent. The Cougars' 6.12 3-point field goals per game rank second in the conference.
At 12.0 points per game, Appleton is the Cougars' leading scorer and ranks tied for 14th in the conference. She is also among the Pac-10 leaders in free throw percentage (10th, 71.9-percent) steals (T-5th, 2.00 per game) and minutes (seventh, 32.94). Junior forward Heather Molzen leads WSU with 4.6 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT The Washington State women's basketball team dropped a 64-45 contest to Oregon at McArthur Court, Thursday. The Cougars, third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.334), hit just 7-of-25 (28.0-percent) attempts from the 3-point line against Oregon. However, the Cougar defense also stepped upheld the Ducks to just 14.3-percent from beyond the arc (3-of-21). Sophomore guard Alexa Price led the Cougars in scoring for the third time this season, posting 11 points against the Ducks. Freshman forward Katie Calderwood led the Cougars with seven rebounds, tying her season high.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE After losses to three consecutive ranked Pacific-10 Conference foes, the Beavers handed Washington a 68-64 loss, Thursday at Gill Coliseum. Brittney Davis scored a game-high 23 points and Talisa Rhea added 18 points. Pac-10 scoring leader Ashley Allen, averaging 18.8 points per game, scored just four against the Huskies. Davis is averaging double digits for the Beavers this season, scoring 13.3 points per game. Junior center Tiffany Ducker is pulling down a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game, tied for fourth-most in the conference. Ducker is also tied for third in the league in blocks (1.24 per game).
THE SERIES The Cougars trail Oregon State in the all-time series 22-41, and lost the last game played between the two teams (66-61). However, the last time the two teams squared off at Gill Coliseum WSU left with a 58-41 victory (Dec. 21, 2006). The victory was also the Cougars' last win in the Pacific-10 Conference.
NEXT UP The Cougars return to Friel Court for a pair of conference games next week. Arizona (Jan. 24) and Arizona State (Jan. 26) are each in town to square off against WSU. The game with the Wildcats will tip-off at 7 p.m., while the game with the Sun Devils is scheduled for 2 p.m.