Jan. 23, 2009
The Washington State women's basketball team (8-9, 1-5 Pacific-10 Conference) closes out its trip to Los Angeles with USC (10-7, 4-2 Pac-10) Saturday at Galen Center, the site of the 2009 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. Tip-off against the Trojans is scheduled for 1 p.m.
WSU will return home next week to begin a four-game homestand against Arizona State (Jan. 29), after playing five of its first seven conference games on the road.
Fans can listen to the match-up live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow, or at www.wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs will call the game live from Los Angeles. Fans can also watch the game live on GameTracker.
APPLETON CLAIMS 3-POINT RECORD
With four 3-point field goals against UCLA (Jan. 22), senior guard Katie Appleton passed Joanna Smith (143; 1997-2001) to become WSU's career leader in the statistical category. Appleton now has 145 career 3-pointers. She is also only 16 points shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to amass 1,000 career points.
BATTLE OF THE LeNOIRS
When the Cougars take on the Trojans, it will mark the first time sisters Danielle and Camille LeNoir will have played with or against each other during their playing careers. Danielle, a Cougar freshman, was in eighth grade when Camille, a Trojan senior, was a senior in high school. Both graduated from Narbonne High in Los Angeles.
NATION'S BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS
With three more victories already in 2008-09 than in all of last season, the Cougars rank tied for 11th nationally amongst teams making the greatest turnarounds this season.
FROSH ONE-TWO PUNCH
Not only does Cougar freshman Jazmine Perkins rank fifth in scoring in the Pacific-10 Conference at 14.5 ppg, she is the top freshmen in the league and entered this week ranked fifth nationally amongst freshmen. April Cook ranks second amongst Pac-10 freshman - and eighth overall in the conference - at 13.2 ppg.
The Cougars' last victory over the Trojans came Jan. 4, 2001, a streak of 15 consecutive losses. WSU trails USC in the all-time series 11-34, and is 4-19 against the Trojans on the road.
The Cougars have added two televised games to the 2008-09 schedule. WSU's home games against USC (Feb. 20) and Washington (March 6) will each be televised by FSN Northwest. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.