Nov. 20, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State University women's basketball team (1-2) looks to continue its success on the road this week, traveling to Freeport, Grand Bahamas, for the Junkanoo Jam basketball tournament. The Cougars open the tournament with North Carolina State (4-1) at 12:30 p.m., Friday. WSU will then play either Alabama (0-3) or Eastern Michigan (3-0), Saturday, in the second round.
THE COUGARS: WSU is led by juniors Katie Appleton and Heather Molzen. Appleton, a 5-foot-8 guard, is averaging 11.7 points per game, while Molzen, a 6-3 center, is averaging 10.7 points per game. Appleton also ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference in steals per game (2.67), while Molzen and freshman forward Katie Calderwood are each pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game. WSU also ranks second in the conference in 3-point percentage (.382) as a team.
RADIO BROADCAST: Steve Grubbs will call each of the Cougars' games from Freeport live on KQQQ-AM 1150.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars received a career night from junior center Heather Molzen and picked up their first win of the season 70-59 over Eastern Washington, Nov. 18. Molzen (21 points) was one of three players to score in double digits for the Cougars, as junior guard Katie Appleton scored 12 points and freshman guard Kezia Kelly added a career-high 11, her first double-digit scoring game as a Cougar.
SCOUTING NC STATE: Senior forward Khadijah Whittington has led the Wolfpack to a record of 4-1, recording a double-double in each of the team's first five games. Whittington is averaging 17.6 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Nikitta Gartrell is also scoring in double figures, averaging 12.0 points per game.
North Carolina State is led by legendary head coach Kay Yow, who is in her 33rd season with the Wolfpack. With a career record of 712-325 in 36 career seasons, Yow is one of only six collegiate women's basketball coaches to reach 700 wins.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will face either Alabama (0-3) or Eastern Michigan (3-0) in the second round of the Junkanoo Jam. Alabama, led by Daleisha Carn's 11.3 points per game, has lost each of its first three games, though two of which were by four points or less.
Eastern Michigan's Alyssa Pittman has posted at least 20 points in each of her first three games and is averaging 24.0 points this season. Also scoring in double figures for Eastern Michigan is Kelly Watts (10.3).
THE SERIES: North Carolina State won the only previous meeting between the two schools, Nov. 26, 1995 (92-64). WSU has yet to face both Alabama and Eastern Michigan.
DAUGHERTY'S FIRST CLASS: WSU Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 14. Her first recruiting class at WSU included five All-Americans and five individuals ranked by various publications. The future Cougars include: Katie Grad (Auburn, Wash.), Jessica Oestreicher (Redding, Calif.), April Cook (Long Beach, Calif.), Danielle Lenoir (Los Angeles), Lexie Pettersen (Spokane, Wash.), Rosie Tarnowski (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Jazmine Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.).
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference.
COUGAR HEAD COACH June Daugherty: With a career record of 314-213 entering this season, veteran coach June Daugherty is exactly what the Cougars needed. The first-year WSU head coach has a proven history of turning programs around. At Boise State (1989-96) she compiled a record of 123-74, led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, achieved their first-ever national ranking and won their first regular season conference title. At Washington (1996-2006) Daugherty led the Huskies to the Pacific-10 Conference title in 2001, their first since 1990. She also led Washington to nine postseason appearances in 11 seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT appearances, making it all the way to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 2001.
JUNE'S BLOG: Check in with WSU head coach June Daugherty all season long at www.wsucougars.com. Daugherty will be posting regular updates to her blog throughout the 2007-08 season. To access June's Journal, click the link on the women's basketball page.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar women's basketball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2007-08 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, live in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...in addition, the radio broadcasts of away games are live on the Internet...go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month.
COUGARS ON TV: Three of WSU's games this season are scheduled for live television broadcast. The Cougars' match up with Washington in Seattle (Feb. 3) is slated to air on FSN, while the home contests with Washington (Jan. 4) and Oregon State (Feb. 15) will air on FSN Northwest. WSU has had more games selected for television this season than in any other since 2001-02.
COUGS ON THE INTERNET: Stay up-to-date on all Cougar women's basketball action...releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly at www.wsucougars.com.