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Release: 02/18/2003
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Feb. 18, 2003

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What's Happening:
Thursday, Feb. 20
at Oregon
7 p.m.
Eugene, Ore.

Saturday, Feb. 22
at Oregon State
Noon
Corvallis, Ore.

On Tap:
Thursday, Feb. 27
vs. Idaho
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court
Pullman, Wash.

What's Happening: Coming off its first win of the season against California last week the Washington State women's basketball team (1-22, 1-14 Pac-10) travels south to face Oregon (10-13, 6-8 Pac-10) Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (12-11, 6-8 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon.

Radio: The Oregon and Oregon State games will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho in addition to being carried live on the net at wsucougars.com. Alex Webster will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 6:45 p.m., Feb. 20 and 11:45 a.m., Feb. 22. All of the Cougars' Pac-10 road games will be aired live on KRPL during the 2002-03 season.

About Oregon: The Ducks have won two straight with their latest win coming against Oregon State 68-58, Feb. 15...the team's longest winning streak has been two games (three times) while its longest losing streak has been three (twice)...Carolyn Ganes (11.9 points/game) and Brandi Davis (11.1 points/game) lead the team in scoring.

Oregon-WSU series: Oregon leads the all-time series with WSU 42-9...the Ducks have captured the last four in the series including a 73-69 win at Pullman, Jan. 25...the Cougars' last win was Feb. 15, 2001 a 77-76 triumph at Eugene...that marked the last road win for the Cougars, as the team has dropped its last 25 games away from Pullman.

The Last Time Out Versus Oregon: WSU fell to the Ducks 73-69...McCall just missed her fifth straight double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds and Lindsey Egeland added 14 points for WSU... the game was close throughout with neither team gaining more than a nine-point advantage...the Ducks held that nine-point lead of 66-57 with 4:30 remaining but five consecutive points by WSU brought the Cougars to within four at 66-62 with 3:19 left...Oregon extended its lead back to eight to 70-62 with 1:17 remaining but the Cougars shaved their deficit down to five at 71-66 with 19 seconds left...four consecutive free throws pulled WSU to within two at 71-69 with 10 seconds remaining...the Cougars gained possession of the ball with five seconds left as Charmaine Jones gathered a missed Alissa Edwards free throw...however, Edwards gained redemption as she stole the in-bounds pass, and after being fouled, sank two free throws to clinch the game for Oregon...WSU held as much as a six-point lead of 24-18 in the first-half thanks to an 11-0 run but Oregon rallied to end the first half with a 36-35 lead...Oregon shot 30-of-68 (44.1 percent) from the field while WSU was 26-of-60 (43.3 percent)... Oregon was led by Brandi Davis, who scored a game-high 24 points, including 19 in the first half.

About Oregon State: The Beavers have lost their last three games...Hollye Chapman (12.0 points/game) and Leilani Estavan (11.6 points/game) lead the team in scoring.

Oregon State-WSU series: The Beavers hold a 32-20 advantage in the all-time series with WSU...OSU has won seven in a row including a 65-62 win at Pullman, Jan. 23...the Cougars last win was at Pullman, Feb. 13, 1999 (70-52).

The Last Time Out Versus OSU: WSU fell to the Beavers 65-62... Bianca McCall recorded her fourth consecutive double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Charmaine Jones added a season-high 14 points to the Cougars' cause... the game was a tight affair featuring six lead changes and three ties in the second half alone... up 28-27 at the half, the Cougars upped their lead to as many as 10 points at 45-35 with 10:38 remaining...the Beavers went on a 12-2 run to tie matters up at 47 with 7:16 remaining; however, WSU responded with a 9-2 run of its own to re-establish its lead to 56-49 with 3:45 left...but then Oregon State's Hollye Chapman took over, scoring 10 of her team-high 16 points in those final minutes as the Beavers overtook WSU down the stretch...after each team traded baskets to make the score 58-51, the Beavers ripped off 10 consecutive points to open a 61-58 lead with 35 seconds remaining...the Cougars would pull to within one on two occasions but the Beavers held off WSU to capture the three-point victory.

WSU Coach Sherri Murrell On This Week's Games: "We are going to have to fight harder because we are on the road. Our team is going to have to play really well. We are back to teams that we came very close to so I expect two battles against the Oregon schools."

Cougars Break Losing Streak: Bianca McCall posted a game-high 20 points and Lindsey Egeland added 17 to lead the Washington State women's basketball team to a 67-64 win over the California Bears, Feb. 13.

The win snapped the Cougars' school record 45-game losing streak, which was the second longest in NCAA Division I history. It marked the first victory for the program since Nov. 29, 2001 when WSU defeated Gonzaga 80-72 at Pullman. It also halted a 34-game Pac-10 losing skid as the Cougars registered their first conference win since Feb. 24, 2001, a 74-59 triumph over, coincidentally, Cal in Pullman.

"When you get punched in the head 21 times it's fun to get that one blow back," said WSU coach Sherri Murrell, who recorded her first career coaching victory as a Cougar. "It's been two years for our players. It's been a long time coming and I am so proud of them.

"We've been way too close all season long. It is great for this program," added Murrell. After concluding the opening 20 minutes with a 29-25 lead, WSU quickly opened up a 38-29 advantage at the 17:11 mark of the second half.

Cal scored 11 of the next 16 points to pull within 43-40 at the 12:56 mark. WSU extended its lead back to seven at 49-42 but a 9-2 Cal run brought the Bears back to 51-49 with 6:20 left. On three occasions Cal pulled to within one and finally took the lead at 58-57 courtesy of a Leigh Gregory bucket with 2:04 left.

But McCall immediately responded with a three-pointer that gave the Cougars a 60-58 lead.

"I was open," said McCall of her three-pointer. "I do work on the shot in practice. It was a big shot and I was ready to take it. I wanted the win."

McCall also added eight boards and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

The Bears tied it at 60 on a Kiki Williams' basket but an Egeland trey propelled WSU to a lead it would not relinquish at 63-60 with 1:15 left.

A pair of Williams' free throws brought Cal to within 63-62 but four free throws (two each by McCall and Egeland) gave the Cougars a five-point advantage at 67-62.

A bucket by Cal's Renee Wright sliced the Cougars' lead to 67-64 but WSU was able to run the clock out when in bounding the ball.

WSU shot 24-of-52 (46.2 percent) for the game including 12-of-24 in the second half. Cal was even better in the second half with a 14-of-25 (56 percent) performance but was 10-of-29 in the first half.

In addition, the Cougars were 14-of-18 from the line including 10-of-11 in the second half.

"We've been in this position too many times and came up short," said Egeland. "When we hit that 10-minute mark in the second half, we all looked at each other because we know that is the time when teams go on runs. We all said we are winning this game. We weren't panicking or anything. We were just ready to get it done."

Murrell On Defeating Cal: "The rewards come to those that won't quit and it really showed that we haven't quit. We were in a close game and we knew what we needed to do to win a close game. I was really proud of the team. We took from that game how to win."

Strength Of Schedule: WSU's strength of schedule ranking is currently third in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings...the combined win-loss record of Cougar opponents is 249-135...that makes for a winning percentage of .648...12 of the Cougars' opponents are rated in the top 100 of the organization's RPI ratings: LSU (No. 4), Stanford (No. 15), Utah (No. 23), Virginia Tech (No. 24), Arizona (No. 33), Washington (No. 34), USC (No. 53), Wyoming (No. 57), Montana State (No. 62), UCLA (No. 78), Oregon (No. 88), Montana (No. 100).

Double-Digit McCall: Bianca McCall has scored in double-digits in 17 of 23 games this season...the 6-foot-1 junior forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., has recorded seven double-doubles in points and rebounds this season, which ranks third in the Pac-10...her five 20-point games is seventh in the conference...she leads the Cougars in points (13.3/game) and rebounds (8.1/game)...in addition, McCall has averaged 13.9 points in conference games... McCall is in the top 10 in the conference in five categories...she is second in offensive rebounds (3.57/game), third in total rebounds and blocks (1.39/game), fourth in defensive rebounds (4.57/game) and ninth in scoring.

McCall Threatens Rebounding Record Against Wyoming: Bianca McCall grabbed 19 rebounds to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history in the Cougars' 82-51 loss to the University of Wyoming, Nov. 22 at Friel Court...McCall's effort tied the junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., with three other Cougars (Janet Kusler, 1976; Gail Houser, 1977; Brittney Hawks, 2001) who hit the 19-rebound mark...Jennifer Grey holds the school record with 22 rebounds in a game, having done it twice in 1975...McCall's contribution wasn't limited to the boards as she scored 18 points tying her with Lindsey Egeland for the team high point total.

20/Perry: After sitting out the first two games because of mononucleosis, Jessica Perry has started all 21 games since returning to action...at Stanford, Jan. 16, Perry poured in a career-high 25 points on a career-best nine field goals...Perry also posted a career-high tying five steals against the Cardinal...Perry's 25 points followed up a 20 point-effort against Arizona State, Jan. 11, which was just one shy of her career-high at the time... Perry leads the team in assists (3.38/game) and she is the team's second leading scorer (9.0 points/game)...Perry dished out a season-high nine assists twice (Washington, Dec. 28 and at Gonzaga, Dec. 11) ...against Montana, Dec. 14 Perry pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

Access Denied!: The eight blocks against EWU were the most since the team tallied eight rejections at California, Feb. 9, 1991...that is tied for the Pac-10 best this season...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...with 77 blocks, the Cougars have averaged 3.45 a game, which ranks third in the conference.

20 In A Row: Before its loss to USC, Feb. 1 Washington State had a player score at least 20 points in six consecutive games...Bianca McCall reached 20 or more points in four consecutive games...the streak began at California, Jan. 18 (24 points) and continued against Oregon State (20 points), Oregon (20 points) and concluded against UCLA, Jan. 30 (21 points)...prior to McCall's streak, JessicaPerry scored 20 and 25 points against Arizona State, Jan. 11 and Stanford, Jan. 16, respectively...the six-game streak marked the longest run since a six-game stretch during the 1995-96 season.

Harris Joins Team: Holly Harris posted a season-high 15 points against Arizona State, Feb. 6...she made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah, Dec. 21...Harris scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes of action versus the Utes...Harris pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against USC, Feb. 1...she is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 14 games...Harris joined the team after a stellar run with the volleyball team...she was a member of a Cougar team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...the Cougars were eliminated by Florida on the Gators' home floor in four games, Dec. 14...Harris earned a Pac-10 honorable mention selection in volleyball...she finished in the top seven on the school's career list in block assists (fifth - 333); total blocks (sixth - 384); and block solos (seventh - 53).

Montana Homecoming: Junior Lindsey Egeland turned in a solid performance in front of her hometown fans at Missoula, Mont., Dec. 14...Egeland scored six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists against Montana...Egeland, who was a four-year letterwinner at Missoula's Sentinel High School, is averaging 6.8 points a game...she is the only Cougar to have started all 23 games this season.

Fields Earns All-Tournament Honors At FIU Classic: Candace Fields earned an all-tournament team selection at the FIU/Herald Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 29-30 at Miami, Fla...in two games, Fields averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds...Fields recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against No. 3 LSU...Fields followed that with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds against Virginia Tech...her other double-double was a 12-point, 12-rebound performance against Montana last year...Fields is the team's third leading scorer (7.4 points/game).

Cougar Net Notes: The crowd of 697 that attended the Jan. 25 game versus Oregon was the largest to witness a WSU home game since 712 came to see the Cougars defeat California, 74-59, Feb. 24, 2001...the Cougars have averaged an attendance of 501 in their 12 home games...last season, one conference game (Washington, 75-68, Jan. 25, 2002) was decided by fewer than 10 points, this season that number is five through 15 games...the 12 turnovers WSU committed against Oregon State was a season-low...that marked the fewest turnovers since the team committed 10 against Michigan, Dec. 7...Ten Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...in addition, 10 players have started at least one game...the line-up of Jessica Perry, Bianca McCall, Lindsey Egeland, Jami Clevenger and Holly Harris has started the last six games...before the Dec. 14 Montana game, the opposition had shot no worse than 44.6 percent in the first six games...the Lady Griz shot 30.4 percent (21-of-69), a season-low by the opposition... the Cougars have been out-rebounded in 18 of 23 games...the four games in which WSU did out-rebound its opponent were against No.3 LSU (29-24), Montana (46-40), Oregon (43-39) and UCLA (48-38)...one game (Oregon State, Jan. 23) both teams tied with 41 boards...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games.

A Loooong Holiday Weekend: Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a little longer than WSU anticipated...the Cougars already had a long day of traveling in store for them, Sunday, Dec. 1 as they were returning to Pullman from Miami, Fla...that day was made longer when the plane bound for Pullman, which was scheduled to arrive in Pullman at 6 p.m. was unable to land in the city due to fog...the plane turned around and returned to Seattle, landing at 7:30 p.m...the airline arranged a bus for the Palouse-bound passengers, which departed Sea-Tac airport at 10:30 p.m...five hours later, at 3:30 a.m., the bus arrived at the Pullman-Moscow airport...in all, the Cougars' return trip from Miami lasted a total of 25 hours from its 5:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) departure from the Miami hotel to the arrival at the Pullman airport.

Cougars Add Three During Early Signing Period: WSU Coach Sherri Murrell signed three players - Vasha Adams, Adriane Ferguson and Nicole Stratton - to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.

Ferguson, a 6-foot guard from Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., becomes the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985 (Lynda Clegg, Central Valley). Stratton is a 5-foot-11 guard from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Adams is a 6-foot-1 forward from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.

Ferguson enters her senior season coming off consecutive All-GSL First Team selections. Her first team nod as a sophomore marked only the sixth time that a sophomore earned a first team selection in GSL history. Her 15.2 points per game average was the third best in the GSL last year. She also started for the Spokane Stars AAU team this past summer averaging 8.1 points a squad that compiled a 33-6 record.

Stratton, whose sister, Jessika, is a guard at Baylor University, earned an All-State Honorable Mention selection last year and was an all-league second team pick the past two years. Last year, Stratton led Coronado in points (14 per game), assists (six per game) and steals (five per game). Additionally, Stratton served as a torch-bearer for the Winter Olympics flame's journey to Salt Lake City.

Adams, who will transfer to WSU from Clarendon College, entered her sophomore season as the third ranked power forward in All-Star Girls Report's pre-season junior college player rankings. In addition, Adams was No. 34 in the publication's junior college overall player pre-season rankings.

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