Nov. 29, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-4) looks to continue its winning ways, continuing its four-game home stand Saturday against Texas Tech (8-0), at 2 p.m. at Friel Court.
THE COUGARS: Junior guard Katie Appleton leads the Cougar scoring attack, averaging 11.5 points per game. Appleton is coming off a career night against Idaho in which she scored 24 points, her highest output as a Cougar. The 5-foot-8, Big Bear Lake, Calif., native tied a career high with five steals against the Vandals. She entered the week ranked second in the conference in steals, averaging 2.60 per game.
Redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson is WSU's second-leading scorer at 9.8 ppg. The 5-11 guard/forward has scored in double figures in two of WSU's last three games.
LAST TIME OUT: WSU got its four-game home stand started on the right foot Wednesday, knocking off Idaho 67-49 at Friel Court. Led by junior Katie Appleton's career-high 24 points, WSU improved to 2-4 on the season after claiming its first home victory since knocking off Northwestern State, Dec. 17, 2006. The 18-point margin of victory was the largest for the Cougars since a 74-51, 23-point win over Idaho State, Nov. 26, 2005.
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: The Lady Raiders have started their season a perfect 8-0, and have three players scoring in double figures. Erin Myrick leads Texas Tech with 13.8 points per game, while Dominic Seals (12.6 ppg) and Jordan Murphree (10.6 ppg) are also averaging double-digits. Seals also leads the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg).
THE SERIES: WSU and Texas Tech have met just once prior this Saturday's game. Nearly 16 years ago (Jan. 4, 1992), the Lady Raiders defeated the Cougars 75-63 at the Pac-10/SWC Challenge in Seattle.
THIRD HALF RALLY: Join the WSU women's basketball team at the Hilltop Restaurant immediately following the game against Texas Tech for the Third Half Rally. Refreshments and food will be available at the first of four Third Half Rallies this season. The Cougar women will also host a Third Half Rally following the UCLA game (Jan. 12), Oregon game (Feb. 17) and Stanford game (March 2).
NEXT UP: The Cougars host Western Athletic Conference schools Boise State (Dec. 9) and San Jose State (Dec. 16) to conclude their home preseason schedule.
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.