Dec. 9, 2010
What's Happening: Coming off a brief two-game homestand, their longest of the season, the Washington State Cougars (2-7) return to the road to face Gonzaga (6-3), Saturday, Dec. 11 for a 2 p.m. tip. The game at Gonzaga will be the first of three consecutive road games for WSU. After a week off for finals, the Cougars embark on a two-game road trip to play their final non-conference games of the season at Wyoming (Dec. 18) and at San Diego State (Dec. 21).
Series History: Saturday's game will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between WSU and Gonzaga and the second this season. At the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 28, WSU fell to the Zags, 67-65, in a hard-fought battle. The game featured 10 ties, 16 lead changes, and no team had a lead larger than six points the entire game. The final tie came when, trailing 65-62, Ireti Amojo made a three-pointer to tie the game at 65 with 12 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon was fouled, and Redmon, who finished with a game-high 22 points, made both free throws to give Gonzaga the decisive margin of victory. Jazmine Perkins led WSU with 14 points. The Cougars leads the all-time series 17-4.
Listen In: Fans can listen to Saturday's game live on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR (104.3 FM) in the Pullman/Moscow area, or with a subscription to Cougar All Access at WSUCougars.com (click on the All Access button on the WSUCougars.com home page). Steve Grubbs will call the action.
Basketball Youth Day at the Spokane Arena: June Daugherty and the Cougars will join Ken Bone and the men's basketball team for Cougar Basketball Youth Day, Friday, Dec. 10 at the Spokane Arena. The clinic begins at 4 p.m. and is open to all kids ages 8-14. The clinic will precede the men's basketball game vs. Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. For more information call 1-800-GO-COUGS.
Homestand Recap: The Cougars split their two-game homestand vs. Nevada and South Dakota State. Against Nevada, Sunday, Dec. 5, WSU captured a 67-54 win to hand the Wolf Pack only their second loss of the season. Katie Madison and Ireti Amojo led a widespread scoring effort with 11 points each. April Cook added 10 points and Sage Romberg contributed nine points and 11 rebounds. Seven Cougars scored at least seven points in the win. Two days later, WSU fell to South Dakota State 72-61. Rosetta Adzasu led the Cougars with 10 points and Ireti Amojo added nine points.
Making Some Noyes: With 17 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes increased her career total in that category to 74, placing her fifth on the school's career list. Noyes surpassed Kathy Weber (1990-93) for fifth place on the list with three blocks vs. South Dakota State. With a 1.9 blocks per game average, Noyes ranks second in the Pac-10 in that category and her five blocks vs. Portland, Nov. 18 is the second-best single-game performance in the Pac-10 this season.
Cook Returns: After sitting out the Cougars' first four games with a sore back, junior point guard April Cook saw her first action of the season at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Hawaii. WSU's leading scorer last season, Cook averaged 15 minutes and seven points in three games at the tournament. In five games, Cook is averaging 17.6 minutes and 7.8 points a game.
News & Notes: Three Cougars (Sage Romberg, Carly Noyes, Rosetta Adzasu) have started all nine games...the three true freshman (Hana Potter, Sage Romberg, Brandi Thomas) have started at least two games this season. ...Romberg leads the team in scoring averaging 9.8 points per game...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season...Rosetta Adzasu's nine assists vs. Nebraska, Nov. 22 is tied with two other players as a Pac-10 game high this season.
Cougars on TV: WSU's Jan. 14 game versus California has been selected for broadcast by Fox Sports Northwest. The Cougars' match-up against the Golden Bears at Beasley Coliseum will tip at 5:30 p.m. It will mark the third appearance for the Cougars on television during the 2010-11 season. Two games have previously been selected for live national television broadcasts. The Cougars' match-ups at Washington (Jan. 30) and at California (Feb. 12) were selected as part of the Pac-10's 20-game package with FSN, and will be televised nationally.