Jan. 27, 2004
Thursday, Jan. 29
Saturday, Jan. 31
at No. 8 (AP) Stanford
Thursday, Feb. 5
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (4-14, 0-9 Pac-10) continues its stretch of three consecutive road games this week. ...the Cougars are at California (9-9, 2-7 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m...two days later WSU is at No. 8 (AP) Stanford (15-3, 8-1 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m...the Cougars return home Thursday, Feb. 5 when they take on USC for a 7 p.m. game at Friel Court.
Radio: This week's game will be carried live on KRPL-AM radio (1400) from Moscow, Idaho...Alex Webster returns as the play-by-play announcer for the Cougar women's basketball team...all Cougar Pac-10 road games are aired live with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes prior to tip-off...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net...to access the audio link go to www.wsucougars.com...yahoo.com is charging a broadcasting fee this year.
About California: Cal has dropped its last five games...the Bears almost pulled off a road win against UCLA in its last game...Cal fell to the Bruins 67-66...three players are averaging double-digits in points...Nihan Anaz leads the trio with a 16.2 average...Leigh Gregory (11.0 points/game) and LaTasha O'Keith (10.3 points/game) complete the trio.
Series With Cal: The Bears hold a 23-17 advantage with WSU in the all-time series...in the team's first meeting this year, the Bears captured a 85-71 victory at Pullman, Jan. 4...Anaz poured in 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting to lead the Bears...WSU's last win in the series was Feb. 24, 2001, a 74-59 triumph at Pullman...the Cougars' last win at Berkeley was Jan. 24, 1998 (72-65).
About Stanford: The Cardinal is coming off a 59-56 upset loss at USC, Jan. 25...the loss snapped a eight-game winning streak...Nicole Powell leads the team in scoring (21.8 ppg)...Powell is averaging 24.7 points in conference games...she is the only player on the team averaging double figures in points...the Cardinal is leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense allowing 57.3 points a game.
Series With Stanford: Stanford is 37-0 all-time versus WSU...in the team's first meeting this season, the Cardinal bested the Cougars 90-69...Kelley Suminski led Stanford with 22 points and 10 assists...Stanford shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field in the first half.
WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell on This Week's Games: "As always we have to come out fighting. We took a step backward on those two games against Cal and Stanford at home but I feel like we have taken 10 steps forward since then. We have to look at ways to make sure that we're playing better and better because it is getting toward tournament time."
Last Week's Recap: WSU fell to Washington 72-54 at Seattle, Jan. 24...the freshmen duo of Kate Benz and Stephanie Singer combined for 25 points...Benz turned in a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Singer added 10 points for WSU...the Huskies opened up as much as a six-point lead in the early going and enjoyed a 14-9 advantage at the 12:22 mark of the first half...a battle of runs between the two teams ensued for the remainder of the half as the Cougars put together runs of 7-0 and 17-5...the initial 7-0 run, sparked by four points from Charmaine Jones and a Jessica Perry trey, gave WSU its first lead of the game at 16-14 at the 9:20 mark...after taking a full timeout to regroup, UW did just that going on an 18-0 run in just over a four minute span to open a 16-point advantage at 32-16 with 5:10 remaining...the Cougars recovered with their 17-5 run, which began with seven consecutive points, to pull to within four at 37-33 with 1:31 left...the Huskies went into the half with a 41-33 lead as they scored the final four points of the opening 20 minutes of play...WSU began the final 20 minutes with a 7-0 run to slice its deficit to one at 41-40 with 17:44 remaining...consecutive buckets by Andrea Lalum sparked an 11-2 Husky run that re-established Washington's double-digit advantage at 52-42 with 12:45 left...WSU would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Benz Making Her Mark: Freshman Kate Benz turned in her first double-double (and the team's first) this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds against UW, Jan. 24... Benz has reached double-digits in scoring five times this season including three of the last four games...Benz leads the teams in rebounds and is ninth in the Pac-10 averaging 6.1 boards a game...her 2.33 offensive rebounds is seventh in the conference...is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with .61 blocks/game...she pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming.
Murrell on Benz: "Kate is a type of kid that says 'Okay, what do you want me to do?' She can't wait to do the next best thing for her team or her coaches. She said the other day 'I would love to score two points in every game if we won.' The unselfishness of her is a trait that, to me, is what we are building our program around."
Fabulous Frosh: The freshmen quartet of Kate Benz, Adraine Ferguson, Stephanie Singer and Nikki Stratton have played in a combined 67 games this season...the trio of Benz, Ferguson and Singer have played in all 18 games while Stratton has seen action in 13...Benz has started every game while Ferguson has started 15...Singer has been part of the starting five in the last four contests...Along with Benz's five games in double figures, Ferguson and Singer have reached double-digits in points four times this season...Stratton just missed her first double-digit point game with nine points against Oregon, Jan. 17.
Back to Defense: The Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points four times in the season's first six games...in 28 games last season, the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points three times...the 49 points allowed by the Cougars against Utah Valley State were the fewest allowed by the team since a 55-49 win over Portland State, Nov. 26, 2001...WSU held two opponents (Fresno State, .291; Utah Valley State, .288) to under 30 percent field goal percentage...the last time WSU held two opponents under 30 percent field goal percentage in the same season was in 2000-01...WSU held American (.263) and Vermont (.269) to under 30 percent that season.
Shooting High and Lows: The 58 percent shooting percentage (29-of-50) against California, Jan. 4 marked the highest shooting percentage from WSU since Jan. 13, 1997 when the Cougars were 37-of-58 (63.8 percent) from the field in a 109-79 win over Southern Utah...conversely, the team's 21.2 percent (11-of-52) shooting performance against San Diego State, Dec. 22 was the worst percentage from the Cougars since the team went 12-of-69 (17.4 percent) from the field in a 57-33 loss at Oregon State, Dec. 28, 2001.
McCall 20/20: Bianca McCall recorded her first 20-point game of the season with 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27...that marked her seventh career 20-point game...McCall leads the Cougars in scoring (9.8 points/game) and is second in rebounds (5.3/game)...she returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... McCall scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....McCall is ninth in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.19/game), 18th in points and 19th in total rebounds.
Cougar Notes: With 221 career assists, Jessica Perry is just five assists shy of breaking into the school's all-time top 10 list in that category...Kelli Kronberger (1993-96) is 10th on the list with 226 assists...with 52 career blocks, Candace Fields is fifth on the school's all-time list in that category...Fields' four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...Fields is sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.75/game)...Fields' 16 points at UCLA, Jan. 9 was a season-high...two players (Lindsey Egeland, Kate Benz) have started all 18 games...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...nine players have scored in double figures in at least one game...the Cougars have out-rebounded their opponents in eight games...last year, WSU out-rebounded its opponents in four games...the Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (240-of-327, 73.4 percent)...Charmaine Jones is 36-of-47 (.766) from the charity stripe, which is ninth in the conference...the 31 free throws against San Diego State, Dec. 22 is a Pac-10 high this season for all games.
For Three!: The eight treys by the Cougars against Nebraska, Dec. 4 were the most by the team since WSU made eight in an 86-65 loss to Arizona last season in Pullman...Lindsey Egeland's perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range in the win over Utah Valley State, Dec. 6 marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman.
Road Warriors: The Nov. 24 Wyoming game began a stretch of three road games over the course of six days...along with the trip to Laramie, Wyo., WSU traveled to Cheney, Wash. for a game at Eastern Washington before going south to Waco, Texas for a game at Baylor...the road trek encompassed 4,628 air miles, 780 bus miles, six motels and four states.
Equaling the Past Two Seasons: With four wins this season, the Cougars have matched their combined win total over the past two seasons. (2001-02: 2-27; 2002-03: 2-26).
First Time Since...
*The win against Fresno State marked the first season-opening triumph for WSU since three years ago to the day. The Cougars captured a 59-52 win at American University, Nov. 21, 2000 to open the 2000-01 campaign.
* The win at Wyoming improved the Cougars' record to 2-0 marking the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that WSU began a season with consecutive victories. The Cougars opened up that season with five straight wins.
* The Wyoming victory also marked the first road win for WSU since a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001, a span of 28 games.
* The win at Eastern Washington, which followed up the road triumph at Wyoming, marked the second road win for WSU in the span of three days. The last time WSU won two consecutive road games was in 1997 when the Cougars followed up a win at, coincidentally, Wyoming, Nov. 23. with a victory at Gonzaga, Nov. 28.
Double Doubleheaders: The Cougars have been part of four men's/women's basketball doubleheaders this season...WSU was part of the opening act at Eastern Washington and was in the finale at Baylor, vs. Utah Valley State and at Utah...the Cougars were 2-2 in the doubleheader games scoring wins over Eastern Washington and Utah Valley State.
Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.
Moore Transfers: Keisha Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from J.W. North High School (Riverside, Calif.), has elected to transfer to the Washington State women's basketball program from the University of Idaho, WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced, Dec. 22...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules; Moore is not eligible to play for the Cougars until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester...she is allowed to practice with the team however....Moore is not the only player to join the Cougars as Crystal Blue - a 5-foot-10 guard from Seattle Wash., who signed with the team last spring - has been declared academically eligible and can practice with the team as well... Blue will be eligible to compete in the 2004-05 season.
Cougars Ink Shired: Sabrina Shired, a 6-foot-4 center from Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.), signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 12...as a junior at Casa Grande, Shired averaged seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in leading her team to the playoffs...that followed up a sophomore season in which she averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a contest...Shired earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001. She participated in the adidas All-Star Camp and the Triple Threat Basketball Club last summer.
Westside Clinic A Success: The fall coaching clinic that Murrell conducted with her coaching staff and team proved to be a success as it drew approximately 150 coaches and student-athletes to Redmond High School, Nov. 1...the clinic featured on court demonstrations in a live practice setting with the team...coaches were able to ask questions as the drills were being conducted...this was the second consecutive year that Murrell has conducted a fall clinic...last year's clinic was in downtown Seattle with special guest speaker Lin Dunn, the former head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her second season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 122-105 in her eight-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 18 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his second season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their second season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Allen joins the Cougar staff as director of basketball operations...Allen played two season for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.
Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.
Internet: WSU women's basketball releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.
A Look At The Cougs:
No. 3 Jessica Perry: Played in all 18 games, starting 14...second on team averaging 26.7 minutes a game...averaging 7.6 points a game, which is third on the team...scored a season-high 18 points against Stanford, Jan. 2...has reached double figures in points seven times, which is second on the team...leads team in assists (2.7/game) and steals (1.7/game)...221 career assists is just five assists shy of breaking into the school's all-time top 10 list in that category...Kelli Kronberger (1993-96) is 10th on the list with 226 assists.
No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Freshman has seen action in 13 games averaging 1.8 points a contest...scored a season-high nine points against Oregon, Jan. 17...a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., garnered first team All-State recognition posting a 16 points per game average while leading the state of Colorado with an assist average of 6.1 per outing in her senior year at Coronado High School.
No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Freshman has played in all 18 games...started last four games...averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 assists a game...has reached double figures in points four times...scored a season-high 12 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27... from Marist High School out of Eugene, Ore., where she received first team All-State honors while putting up 15 points per game and dishing out seven assists in her senior year.
No. 15 Emma Joneby: Played in 17 games, starting one...averaging 1.1 points a game...recorded season highs in points (five) and rebounds (four) in the season-opening win over Fresno State, Nov. 21...scored a career-high 12 points four times, the last being Feb. 3, 2003 at Arizona.
No. 21 Lindsey Egeland: Started all 18 games...one of only two players (Benz) to start every game...leads team averaging 27.3 minutes a game...averaging six points game...has reached double figures in scoring three times...scored a season-high 14 points against Utah Valley State, Dec. 6...perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range vs. Utah Valley State marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman...leads team with 16 treys... walked-on the team as a freshman in 2000 and has worked her way into a starting position.
No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Played in all 18 games, starting one, averaging 5.7 points a game...is 36-of-47 (.766) from the charity stripe, which is ninth in the conference...scored a season-high 11 points against Stanford, Jan. 2...recorded nine points on four occasions... played a vast amount as a freshman seeing action in 20 games including the final 19 games of the 2002-03 season.
No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Freshman has played in all 18 games, starting 15...hit double-digits in scoring four times including a season-high 13 points twice (San Diego State, Dec. 22; at USC, Jan. 11)...pulled down eight rebounds twice (Nebraska, Dec. 4; at USC, Jan. 11)...averaging 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds a game...a graduate of Mead High School of Spokane, Wash., became the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985.
No. 32 Kate Benz: Freshman turned in her first double-double (and the team's first) this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds against UW, Jan. 24... has reached double-digits in scoring five times this season including three of the last four games...leads the teams in rebounds and is ninth in the Pac-10 averaging 6.1 boards a game...her 2.33 offensive rebounds is seventh in the conference... is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with .61 blocks/game...pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming.
No. 34 Kim Dugan: Seen action in 16 games, starting two...averaging 3.3 points a game...scored a season-high 10 points at Arizona, Dec. 29...tied a career-high with three treys against the Wildcats...scored seven points on two occasions...career-high point total is 12 at Gonzaga. Dec. 11, 2002.
No. 35 Bianca McCall: Senior recorded her first 20-point game of the season with 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27...that marked her seventh career 20-point game...leads the Cougars in scoring (9.8 points/game) and is second in rebounds (5.3/game)...returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....is ninth in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.19/game), 18th in points and 19th in total rebounds... named a 2003 All-Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball honorable mention selection... led the Cougars in points (13.1/game) and rebounds (8.1/game) and scored in double-digits in 21 of 28 games in 2002-03.
No. 42 Jami Clevenger: Seen action is seven games...averaging .6 points a contest and 1.1 rebounds a game... started 17 of the 27 games in 2002-03 averaging 3.1 points a game.
No. 43 Kolleen Horton: Seen time in 15 games...averaging 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds a game...scored a season-high six points against Utah Valley State, Dec. 6...pulled down a season-high six rebounds at Idaho. Dec. 20...played a season-high 21 minutes against the Vandals.
No. 44 Candace Fields: Played in 16 games, starting eight...averaging 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds a game...recorded a season-high 16 points (just three off career-high) at UCLA, Jan. 9...pulled down a season-high eight rebounds twice... with 52 career blocks, is fifth on the school's all-time list in that category...her four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...is sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.75/game).