March 6, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State Cougars (8-22, 6-12 Pac-10) will face the USC Trojans (18-11, 10-8), Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m. in an opening round game of the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Wednesday's game will mark the second time the programs have met in the Pac-10 Tournament. USC defeated WSU, 53-46, in an opening round game of the 2003 tournament.
Best Finish in Pac-10: The Cougars finished the regular season with a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and tied for seventh place with the Washington Huskies. The seventh place showing is the best for the program since the 1997-98 season and the sixth conference wins are the most since the 2000-01 season. The Huskies claimed the seventh seed in the tournament as a result of their two victories over the Cougars during the regular season.
Listen In: Fans can listen to the Pac-10 Tournament games on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM) or KQQQ 1150 AM. In addition, fans can listen at WSUCougars.com with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
USC Series: USC leads the all-time series with WSU 39-12. USC swept the season series over WSU, capturing a 72-57 win in Pullman, New Year's Eve and outlasting the Cougars at the Galen Center, March 3, 74-67. Last season, the programs split the season series with each team winning on the other's home floor. USC defeated the Cougars 61-51 in Pullman and WSU avenged that loss with a 64-52 win at Los Angeles. That win ended an 18-game losing streak to the Trojans.
USC Season Series Recap:
Dec. 31: The Cougars opened Pac-10 play with a 72-57 defeat to USC at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. Ireti Amojo scored a career-high 14 points to lead the Cougars while Hana Potter added 10 points for WSU. The Cougars held an early lead at 8-4 following Amojo's three-pointer just over four minutes into the contest. The teams traded baskets during the first 15 minutes and WSU pulled within two at 24-22 with 5:30 remaining after a Carly Noyes layup. USC scored the final 11 points of the half to take a 35-22 lead heading into the second half. The Cougars cut the lead to eight on several occasions in the second but drew no closer.
March 3: The Cougars battled the Trojans throughout in a 74-67 defeat at the Galen Center. Jazmine Perkins led a trio of WSU players who scored in double figures with 20 points. Ireti Amojo and Sage Romberg added 11 points each. The Cougars held a 58-51 with 8:04 left with a Perkins' trey; however, USC used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 58 with 5:55 remaining. WSU regained the lead at 61-60 with 4:27 left but a jumper by USC's Kari LaPlante sparked a 6-0 run that gave USC a 66-61 lead with 2:59 left. The Cougars pulled to within three on several occasions, the final being 70-67. Down by that score, WSU had a chance to tie but April Cook's 3-point attempt fell off the mark with 19 seconds left. USC hit four free throws down the stretch to provide the game's final margin.
Tournament History: Since its inception in 2002, the Cougars have not won a Pac-10 Tournament game in nine tries.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 19th toughest schedule in the nation. Last Saturday's game at No. 9 UCLA marked the sixth game against a ranked opponent for the Cougars this season. Previously, the Cougars have faced: No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22, No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26, No. 8 UCLA, Dec. 31 and No. 4/3 Stanford, Jan. 16 and Feb. 10. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
Nearing 1,000 Points: The duo of April Cook and Jazmine Perkins are nearing the 1,000 career point mark. Perkins enters Wednesday's game with 992 career points while Cook has 988 career points. Both Perkins and Cook moved past Heather Norman (981 points; 1989-92) on the school's career list last week and now rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the list. The duo is also moving up the school's career 3-point list. With 117 treys, Perkins is fifth on the list and is seven away from Kelli Kronberger's 124 treys for third position. Cook is sixth on the all-time list with 112 treys.
Road Warriors: The win at Cal, Feb. 12, marked the Cougars third Pac-10 road victory this season. The last time the program won more than two conference road games was during the 1997-98 season when it won four.
Making Some Noyes: With 42 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes career total in that category stands at 99, placing her fourth on the school's career list. Noyes surpassed Cassandra Overby's 81 blocks for fourth place on the list with three blocks at San Diego State, Dec. 21. Noyes now sets her sights on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. Noyes 42 blocks this season is already good for fourth-best on the school's single-season list. She holds the No. 1 spot with 57 blocks last year.
News & Notes: Carly Noyes is the only Cougar to start all 30 games...10 players have started at least one game...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season. Perkins 20 points vs. USC, March 3 was the second time she has scored at least 20 points in a game this season. Perkins poured in 24 points at Oregon, Jan. 6. Three other players have reached the 20-point mark this season for WSU: Rosetta Adzasu (20 points at Portland, Nov. 18), Sage Romberg (21 points at Oregon State, Jan. 8) and Ireti Amojo (21 points at Arizona, Jan. 22).
Sage Romberg Pac-10 Player of the Week: Freshman guard/forward Sage Romberg was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 7. Coming off the bench in each game, Romberg averaged 16 points and six rebounds leading the Cougars to a sweep of the Oregon schools at Beasley Coliseum. The weekend series sweep over the Oregon schools marked the first time the program swept a Pac-10 series since January 2001, when WSU defeated USC and UCLA at Beasley Coliseum. For more information on Romberg's accomplishments, including a podcast with her after Monday's practice, visit the women's basketball home page at WSUCougars.com.
Oregon sweep: For the first time since 2001, the Cougars swept a Pac-10 series by defeating Oregon State and Oregon at Beasley Coliseum, Feb. 3 & 5. WSU began the week with a come-from-behind 67-64 win over the Beavers. The Cougars rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to capture the win, tying for the fourth largest comeback in school history. Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo led WSU with 17 points each and April Cook added a season-high 14 points. Two days later vs. Oregon, five Cougars scored in double figures, led by a career-high 17 points from Katie Madison, as WSU outscored the Ducks, 96-90. In addition to her point total, Madison just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Sage Romberg and Rosetta Adzasu scored 15 points each while Ireti Amogo contributed 13 points and Hana Potter added 11 to complete the double-digit scoring quintet for WSU.
Scoring Outburst: The 96 points scored by WSU vs. Oregon were the most by the team since a 96-77 victory over Appalachian State, Nov. 20, 1998, and the most in a Pac-10 game since the Cougars since a 102-69 win at Oregon, Jan. 20, 1991. The 96 points was aided by a school-record 15 3-point field goals.