Dec. 4, 2006
This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-5) travels to San Jose, Calif., to compete against the San Jose State Spartans (0-8), Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m...Cougars return home to play Montana, Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in a rare appearance at Bohler Gym. Deciding Factor: The Cougars and Spartans have played six times on the hardwood with the first three games going in favor of San Jose State...Cougars have captured the last three victories...last meeting between the two teams was a 75-74 Cougar win March 1, 1986. Double Stotler: Freshman Marisa Stotler (Chandler Ariz.) posted her third double-double of the season as she had 24 points and 14 rebounds in a 76-70 victory over Eastern Washington, Dec. 2...Stotler also contributed five steals, placing her fifth on WSU's single-game steals list. Freshman Impact: Stotler's 24 points against the Eagles puts her as the Cougars' leading scorer with a 12.1 points per game average...fellow freshman Nakejia Kelly is the second leading scorer at 9.1 ppg...Stotler also leads the team in rebounds with 50 and has recorded a team-high 16 steals...Kelly is shooting 42.9 percent from behind the three-point arc, also a team-high...freshman Colleen Betteridge leads the team in assists with 26. Scouting San Jose State: San Jose State enters Tuesday's game 0-8 with Brittany Helm as its leading scorer with a 15.4 ppg average...Natalie White is averaging 13.5 points per game for the Spartans...San Jose State lost one game in overtime, 53-48 against San Francisco, and has lost two other games by only three points. Probable Cougar Starters: Probable starters for Tuesday's game is as follows: G-Colleen Betteridge (5.4 ppg), G-Amanda DuRocher (2.3 ppg), G Katie Appleton (6.4 ppg), F Kate Benz (8.6 ppg) and F Marisa Stotler (12. 1 ppg). Coming Back: The Cougars' staged the 11th biggest comeback in WSU women's basketball history, Saturday against Eastern Washington...WSU was down by as many as 11 points in the second half against the Eagles before a 16-0 WSU run, which eventually led to a six-point victory. Benz Moves Up Career Rebound List: Kate Benz's career rebound mark now stands at 740...she moved past Jenni Ruff's (1993-96) total of 727 and has sole control of third place on the rebound list...Benz now eyes Janet Kusler (1976-79) who is second on the all-time list with 853 rebounds...Benz also has 876 career points, No. 15 on the WSU career scoring list...she moved up two spots in the category from last week's position of No. 17 to surpass Amy Saneholtz (1993-97), now an assistant coach at Montana State. Ferguson Returns: Adriane Ferguson's 14 points against Sacramento State marked the senior's first doubledigit point game since the Spokane, Wash., native scored 10 points versus Hawaii, Nov. 25, 2005...in her next game against Idaho State, Ferguson broke her right fifth (pinky) finger and missed the next 12 games of the season. Cougar Tracks: The 79 points scored by WSU against Sacramento State were the most scored by the Cougars since an 84-77 win over Arizona, Jan. 28, 2005. Home Opening Triumph: With the win over Sacramento State, Nov. 17, the Cougars' extended their home opener winning streak to four...the last home opening loss came against Wyoming during the 2002-03 season as WSU fell to the Cowgirls, 82-51. Cougars Win Exhibition: The Cougars defeated Lewis-Clark State in exhibition play, 73-67, Nov. 3 in Bohler Gymnasium...senior Adriane Ferguson led the Cougars with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior Kate Benz added 13 points for WSU. Calderwood Joins Cougars: Katie Calderwood, a 6-0, guard from Colorado, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team starting with the 2007-08 season, Nov. 8... Calderwood plays high school basketball and volleyball for the Eagles at Broomfield High in Broomfield, Colo....she led the team in scoring her sophomore year averaging 14 points per game, as the Eagles made a semifinal run at the 2005 state tournament...for her efforts during her sophomore year, Calderwood was awarded honorable mention all-state and was selected first team all-conference...Calderwood received more accolades her junior year as Calderwood was named the Daily Camera Player of the Year and participated in the Colorado All-Star Game along with being selected first team all-state. Her court success led Broomfield High to its best record in school history, 24-2. Strength of Schedule: The Cougars began their 2006-07 campaign against 15th-ranked Kentucky...conference play will prove to be the biggest challenge for the Cougars as six Pac-10 teams were ranked in the seasonopening poll...Stanford (4), Arizona State (12), California (21), USC (22), UCLA (23) and Washington (25)...Stanford received one first place vote and nonconference opponent Montana received one honorable mention vote. Kate's Chronicles: For the third consecutive season, senior Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website wsucougars.com...click the link entitled "Kate's Chronicles" on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2006-07 season.