Oct. 31, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: Under the direction of the Cougars' new head coach June Daugherty, Washington State opens its 2007-08 season in the first of two exhibition contests against Southern Oregon at 7 p.m., Friday, at Bohler Gym.
The Cougars will also play host to Alaska-Anchorage at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, in the final tune-up before the regular season.
THE COUGARS: The Cougars return three starters from last year's team: junior guard Katie Appleton (5-foot-8); junior center Ebonee Coates (6-4) and sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge (5-9). Appleton was WSU's second-leading scorer last season (8.1 ppg). Betteridge averaged 5.2 points per game and Coates added 4.3 points per game. Coates was also the Cougars' leading shot blocker in 2007, recording more than a block per game (1.1 bpg). WSU also returns redshirt junior Sabrina Shired (6-4, center), junior Heather Molzen (6-3, forward/center) and sophomores Nakejia Kelly (5-7, guard) and Alexa Price (5-8, guard). New to this year's team are redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson (5-11, guard/forward) and freshmen Katie Calderwood (6-0, forward), Kezia Kelly (5-6, guard) and Jasmine Williams (5-9, guard).
SCOUTING SOUTHERN OREGON: The Raiders of NAIA Division II Southern Oregon return four of their five starters from the 2006-07 squad that went 18-11...senior Chelsey Zimmerman-Muri (5-8, guard) averaged 14 points per game last season and sophomore Jackie Speer (6-1, forward) nearly averaged a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds per game...head coach Lynn Kennedy is in his third year with the program and has amassed a record of 30-28.
SCOUTING ALASKA-ANCHORAGE: The Seawolves are the ninth-ranked team in the Division II Bulletin preseason top 25 and return their conference Player of the Year, Rebecca Kielpinski. The junior center (6-2), and Div. II Bulletin `Super 16' Preseason All-American, averaged 14.5 points per game last season and recorded a conference-best 10.8 rebounds per game. UAA also returns starters Jennifer Salazar (senior, 5-9, guard/forward) and Maria Nilsson (senior, 6-0, guard/forward). Head coach Tim Moser is in his second year with UAA, and led the team to a 23-6 record last season.
THE SERIES: The exhibition contest with the Raiders will be the first meeting in school history for WSU, while the Cougars have won eight of nine games against Alaska-Anchorage in the regular season.
REGULAR SEASON OPENER: After exhibition games against Southern Oregon and Alaska-Anchorage, the Washington State women's basketball team hosts Portland in its regular season opener at 4 p.m., Nov. 9, at Friel Court as part of a double header with the men's basketball team.
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 JOURNAL: 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: During the regular season, 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.
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.