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March 2, 2004

What's Happening:

Pacific-10 Conference Tournament
HP Pavilion
San Jose, Calif.

Friday, March 5
6 p.m.
No. 10 Washington State
vs.
No. 7 Oregon State

If Cougars Win:

Saturday, March 6
1:15 p.m.
vs. No. 2 Arizona

What's Happening: A new season begins for the Washington State women's basketball team (6-21, 2-16 Pac-10) at the third annual Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 5-8...the 10th seeded Cougars will tip-off the tournament against No. 7 seed Oregon State (14-13, 8-10 Pac-10), Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m...the winner of the WSU-OSU game will face No. 2 seed Arizona, Saturday, March 6 at 1:15 p.m.

Radio: Friday's contest - and any ensuing games the Cougars may play in San Jose - will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho with Kyle Rohrs calling the action... pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net...to access the audio link go to www.wsucougars.com... yahoo.com is charging a broadcasting fee this year.

About Oregon State: Shannon Howell leads the Beavers in scoring (15.7 points/game)...Brina Chaney is also averaging double figures in points (11.7 points/game)...Chaney also leads the team in rebounds (6.3/game)...the Beavers have lost four consecutive games...OSU is coming off a 67-66 loss to Stanford, Feb. 28...OSU's last win was against Washington State at Corvallis, 65-55, Feb. 14.

Earlier This Season Against Oregon State:

Feb. 14, 2004
OSU 65 WSU 55 at Corvallis, Ore.

Bianca McCall led the Cougars with a game-high 19 points while Charmaine Jones added 12...Kate Benz contributed a game-high 11 rebounds along with nine points for WSU....Brina Chaney led OSU with 13 points...the Cougars were done in by two categories that are normally strengths for them...two days after converting nine treys at Oregon - the most by the team since 2001 - the Cougars shot 2-of-20 from outside the arc at OSU...additionally, the Cougars, who entered the game second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, made good on 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) attempts from the charity stripe...conversely, OSU was a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line...ironically, the Cougars fared well in a category that has been a struggle for them, turnovers...with a season low 11 turnovers, WSU committed four fewer than OSU...down 31-24 at the half, WSU blitzed the Beavers with a 10-0 run in the opening 3:42 of the second half to gain a 34-31 lead...McCall accounted for half of the Cougars' points in the run...OSU responded with a 7-0 run of its own to retake the lead at 38-34 with 14:20 remaining...the run was broken by a Jones' 3-pointer, the first trey by the Cougars in 13 tries up to that point...up by three with 10:27 remaining the Beavers extended their advantage to double-digits at 57-45 with an 11-2 run...OSU extended its lead to 61-48 but a bucket by Benz, combined with a Jones' steal and Stephanie Singer 3-pointer brought the Cougars back to 61-53 with 2:44 remaining...after closing the gap to 61-54 with a McCall free throw, the Beavers erased any doubt as to the outcome with consecutive buckets by Anita Rivera and Krystal Turner.

Jan. 15, 2004
OSU 62 WSU 51 at Pullman, Wash.

Adriane Ferguson led WSU with 10 points and five rebounds...Lindsey Egeland added nine points and four rebounds to the Cougars' cause... Krystal Turner turned in a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon State...the Beavers were led by a game-high 14 points from Hollye Chapman while Brina Chaney added 12 for OSU... WSU jumped out of the gates quickly scoring the game's first eight points...OSU whittled away at the deficit but the Cougars held onto their lead for the majority of the first half...with WSU up 26-25 at the 3:26 mark, a Chapman bucket gave OSU its first lead of the game at 27-26 with 2:45 remaining in the first half...the Cougars went into the break with the lead however, as a Kolleen Horton lay-up with three seconds left gave WSU a 29-28 advantage at the half...that would be the score until Turner's bucket with 17:40 remaining gave Oregon State a 30-29 lead...although the Cougars would be within one on four occasions in the second half - the last being at 42-41 with 9:45 remaining - WSU never enjoyed the lead again for the remainder of the game...the Cougars shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) in the first half but cooled off to 7-of-25 (28 percent) in the second half...OSU was 9-of-25 (36 percent) in the first half and 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) in the second half.

Series with OSU: The Beavers lead the all-time series with WSU 35-20...OSU has captured the last 10 meetings...the Cougars last win was Feb. 13, 1999, a 70-52 triumph at Pullman.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell on Oregon State: "The Stanford game was a great game. They played really well. I always felt that they were one of the top four teams in the conference. They haven't shown that as of late but they are a scary team. They have weapons at each position. We are going to have our hands full."

Cougars Capture Win Over Arizona State: Bianca McCall scored 18 points and the freshmen duo of Adriane Ferguson and Stephanie Singer combined for 32 points to lead the Cougars to a 75-72 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils, Feb. 28 at Friel Court.

Singer finished with 17 points, including five in the final 2:07 of the game, while Ferguson chipped in 15 for WSU. Charmaine Jones and Nikki Stratton added nine points to the Cougars' cause.

Coming off a 24-point, 18-rebound performance against Arizona, two days earlier, McCall also added six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.

"This is a great win," McCall said. "I can't really describe my emotions right now. I am just taking it all in. We had the determination that we knew we were winning this game and we just finished it."

The Cougars never trailed in capturing their sixth win of the season. It wasn't easy however, as WSU held off a second-half Sun Devil rally.

Up 26-25 at the 4:27 mark of the first half, the Cougars ended the opening 20 minutes on a 16-2 run, which was capped by a 3-pointer from Ferguson with five seconds left. The Cougars forced ASU into 16 first-half turnovers.

Trailing by 15 at the half, the Sun Devils gradually chipped away at the Cougars' lead and tied the game at 63 on a 3-pointer by Loney with 5:48 remaining.

The Cougars responded immediately as Ferguson converted a 3-pointer of her own to put WSU on top for good at 66-63 with 5:22 left. Ferguson's trey sparked a 7-0 WSU run as the Cougars held a 70-63 lead with 4:04 left.

Five consecutive ASU points brought the Sun Devils to within two at 70-68 with 2:43 left but Singer made good on a 3-point play to extend the Cougars' lead back to five at 73-68.

Once again, ASU threatened with a 4-0 run to close the gap to one with 18 seconds left. However, Singer clinched the win with a pair of free throws to provide the final winning margin.

Murrell on Last Week: "It was exciting. Bianca stepped up and she had a supporting cast of young kids around her. You want to go into the (Pac-10) Tournament feeling good. We haven't put many streaks together this year with wins but it does make you feel better and it does give you that extra confidence. Hopefully, the experience we had will help us."

McCall Ends Regular Season Strongly: Bianca McCall ended the regular season in style averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds in two games against the Arizona schools last week...for the week, McCall shot at a 51.7 percent clip, shooting 50 percent or better in each game...overall, she was 15-of-29 from the field...converted 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe...tallied four straight double-digit games in points and she has reached the double figure mark in eight of her last nine games...in those eight games has averaged 19.9 points a game...has averaged 20 .8 points in her last four games....recorded a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a near-upset of Arizona...tallied game-highs in both categories....the 18 boards, which tied for 10th on the school's all-time single game rebounding list, was the top rebounding performance by a Pac-10 player for the week and was just one shy from her career-high...24 points tied for her second-best career scoring effort...recorded a double-double in the second half alone with 14 points and 11 rebounds...scored 18 points to lead WSU to a 75-72 upset of Arizona State...contributed in every category as she added six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks...assists and steal totals were career-highs...has 10 career double-doubles...recorded 16 games scoring in double figures this season and 37 in her career...has four 20-point plus games this season and 10 career...tallied a game-tying high 22 points against Washington, Feb. 21...came off the bench to average 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games at Cal and Stanford, Jan. 29 & 31...scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in the win at Cal, Jan. 29....also added three blocks, two assists and a steal in the 64-59 win over the Bears...11 points, six rebounds and two blocks came in the second half sparking the Cougars' win...leads the Cougars in scoring (12.8 points/game) and is second in rebounds (6.0/game)...returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....ranks 11th in the conference in scoring and is eighth in rebounds...is also sixth in blocks (.88/game) and offensive rebounds (2.56/game).

Career-High Effort For McCall at Stanford: Bianca McCall poured in a career-high 29 points (previous high was 24 points at Cal, Jan. 18, 2003) against Stanford, Jan. 31...made a career-high 11 field goals en route to posting the game-high point total... the 29-point effort was the highest point total by a Cougar since Feb. 24, 2000 when Alke Dietel scored 30 points at, coincidentally, Stanford.

Benz Baskets: Freshman Kate Benz turned in her ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 10 points against UW, Feb. 21...averaged a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in two games at the Oregon schools, Feb. 12 & 14...recorded a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds at Oregon, Feb. 12...two days later pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and chipped in nine points at Oregon State...recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA, Feb. 8...that marked her third double-double in a five-game span... is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in that category...point total against UCLA was a season-high...scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Stanford, Jan. 31...turned in her first double-double this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds against UW, Jan. 24...leads the team in rebounds (6.6/game) and is second in scoring (9.0 points/game)...in conference games only, is averaging 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a game... is ranked among the top 10 in the Pac-10 in three categories: sixth in rebounds, seventh in offensive rebounds (2.56/game), and eighth in defensive rebounds (4.07/game).

Benz Establishes Rebound Mark: Kate Benz pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming.

Fabulous Frosh: The freshmen quartet of Kate Benz, Adriane Ferguson, Stephanie Singer and Nikki Stratton have played in a combined 101 games this season...the duo of Benz and Singer have played in every game... Ferguson has seen action in 25 games while Stratton has seen time in 22...Benz has started every game, Ferguson 18 games, Singer nine and Stratton five...along with Benz's nine games scoring in double figures, Ferguson has hit double figures six times, Singer six and Stratton twice...the quartet had an significant impact in the win over Arizona State, Feb. 28...the trio of Ferguson, Singer and Stratton combined for 41 of the Cougars' 75 points in the victory...Benz pulled down a game-high seven rebounds against the Sun Devils.

Point Barrier Broken: The Cougars registered back-to-back 70-point games against the Arizona schools last week...WSU scored a then season-high 72 points in nearly pulling off an upset of Arizona, Feb. 26...two days later, the Cougars established another season-high with 75 points in the win over Arizona State, Feb. 28...the last time the Cougars scored 70 or more points in consecutive games was Feb. 22 & 24, 2001 against Stanford and Cal.

Cougar Notes: The Feb. 28 win over Arizona State marked the first win for the Cougars when allowing the opposition above 60 points this season...WSU book-ended its regular season with home victories...the Cougars began the campaign with a 69-51 win over Fresno State, Nov. 21 and ended the season with a 75-72 win over Arizona State, Feb. 28...coincidentally, WSU tallied a season-high 16 steals in each win.

Crashing the Boards: The Cougars have out-rebounded their opponents in 13 games... that are the most games that WSU has out-rebounded an opponent since its 1991 NCAA Tournament season (18)...last year, WSU out-rebounded its opponents in four games...for the season, opposition has only out-rebounded WSU by a 981-972 margin.

Making Good From the Charity Stripe: The Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (374-of-516, 72.5 percent)...Charmaine Jones has converted 67-of-86 (77.9 percent) from the charity stripe, which is sixth in the conference...Jones has hit a perfect 6-of-6 from the line twice (at UCLA, Jan. 9 and at Cal, Jan. 29).

Milestones From the Cal Win: The come from behind win at Cal, Jan. 29 marked the Cougars' first Pac-10 road win since Feb. 15, 2001, when WSU defeated Oregon 77-76, a span of 27 Pac-10 road games...in addition, the 12-point deficit the Cougars overcame tied for the seventh greatest comeback in school history...WSU was down 42-30 with 15:10 remaining in the game...coincidentally, one of the previous 12-point comebacks was at California, Feb. 22, 1997...the Cougars rallied to capture an 83-70 win that day.

Exceeding the Past Two Seasons: With six wins this season, the Cougars have exceeded their combined win total over the past two seasons (4)...WSU won two games each in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 campaigns.

Back to Defense: The Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points five times this season with the most recent occurrence coming at Cal, Jan. 29...WSU is 5-0 when holding the opposition to under 60 points and 1-21 when allowing at or above 60 points...the Cougars held the opposition to under 60 points in four of the season's first six games...in 28 games last season, the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points three times...the 49 points allowed by the Cougars against Utah Valley State were the fewest allowed by the team since a 55-49 win over Portland State, Nov. 26, 2001...WSU held two opponents (Fresno State, .291; Utah Valley State, .288) to under 30 percent field goal percentage...the last time WSU held two opponents under 30 percent field goal percentage in the same season was in 2000-01...WSU held American (.263) and Vermont (.269) to under 30 percent that season.

For Three!: The nine treys by the Cougars at Oregon, Feb. 12 were the most by the team since WSU made 12 in a 77-76 win at, coincidentally, Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...Lindsey Egeland's perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range in the win over Utah Valley State, Dec. 6 marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman.

Cougar Notes, Part Two: With 243 career assists, Jessica Perry is 10th on the school's all-time list in that category... with 54 career blocks, Candace Fields is fifth on the school's all-time list in that category...her four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...Fields entered season with two career 3-pointers...she has converted three treys this season including one in each of the last two games...two players (Lindsey Egeland, Kate Benz) have started all 27 games...11 players have started at least one game for WSU...10 players have scored in double figures in at least one game... WSU finished the season averaging 624 fans per home game...that is an increase from last year's 518 average.

Egeland Earns Academic Honor: Lindsey Egeland was chosen to the 2004 Academic All-America Women's Basketball District VIII University Second Team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), Feb. 20...Egeland's honor adds to the growing list of accolades for the senior from Missoula, Mont...Egeland, who carries a 3.82 GPA in bio-engineering, is a 2003 All-Pac-10 Academic First Team selection as well as a 2002 All-Pac-10 Academic Second Team selection...is a 3-time United States Scholastic Achievement and All-American WSU Top 50 Student-Athlete (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04)...has made the President's Honor Roll every semester at WSU (minimum 3.75 GPA/semester) and is a Cougar Pride Academic Salute honoree...she was also selected outstanding sophomore in the biological systems engineering department...CoSIDA members in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia were responsible for voting.

Murrell Donates $1,000 to Charity: WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell donated $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, a local organization also known as the Bosom Buddies, Feb. 23...Murrell announced prior to Feb. 21 WSU-UW game that she will donate $1,000 to a charity if 1,000 or more people attended the game...a total of 1,360 people attended Saturday's contest, marking the largest audience to witness a WSU home game in 11 years...Nancy Wexler, the group's treasurer and breast cancer survivor, accepted a check of $1,000 from Murrell...the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse was founded in March 1995, by Roberta McFadden and Darlene Ames...mission is to support and enhance the well-being of any woman or man with a personal history of breast cancer and educate the community about this illness and its possible treatments...the group participates in different projects to educate the community about breast cancer, its treatments and the challenges of life after breast cancer...the local group also produces a resource guide and it is available at hospitals and local doctors' offices throughout the Palouse region...the attendance figure was the largest audience to witness a WSU home game since March 13, 1993 when 1,458 fans saw the Cougars play Washington...Murrell formally presented her $1,000 donation to Wexler and the Bosom Buddies foundation prior to Thursday's game against Arizona.

Murrell on the Charity Donation: "I chose Bosom Buddies because of the positive influence it has on the lives of people affected by breast cancer. I personally know how it helped Nancy Wexler, a fifth generation Pullman resident and a staunch Cougar supporter. I hope the donation can help others like her here in Pullman."

Road Warriors: The Nov. 24 Wyoming game began a stretch of three road games over the course of six days...along with the trip to Laramie, Wyo., WSU traveled to Cheney, Wash. for a game at Eastern Washington before going south to Waco, Texas for a game at Baylor...the road trek encompassed 4,628 air miles, 780 bus miles, six motels and four states.

First Time Since...

*The win against Fresno State, Nov. 21 marked the first season-opening triumph for WSU since three years ago to the day. The Cougars captured a 59-52 win at American University, Nov. 21, 2000 to open the 2000-01 campaign.

* The win at Wyoming, Nov. 24 improved the Cougars' record to 2-0 marking the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that WSU began a season with consecutive victories. The Cougars opened up that season with five straight wins.

* The Wyoming victory also marked the first road win for WSU since a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001, a span of 28 games.

* The win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26, which followed up the road triumph at Wyoming, marked the second road win for WSU in the span of three days. The last time WSU won two consecutive road games was in 1997 when the Cougars followed up a win at, coincidentally, Wyoming, Nov. 23. with a victory at Gonzaga, Nov. 28.

Double Doubleheaders: The Cougars have been part of four men's/women's basketball doubleheaders this season...WSU was part of the opening act at Eastern Washington and was in the finale at Baylor, vs. Utah Valley State and at Utah...the Cougars were 2-2 in the doubleheader games scoring wins over Eastern Washington and Utah Valley State.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.

Moore Transfers: Keisha Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from J.W. North High School (Riverside, Calif.), has elected to transfer to the Washington State women's basketball program from the University of Idaho, WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced, Dec. 22...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules; Moore is not eligible to play for the Cougars until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester...she is allowed to practice with the team however....Moore is not the only player to join the Cougars as Crystal Blue - a 5-foot-10 guard from Seattle Wash., who signed with the team last spring - has been declared academically eligible and can practice with the team as well... Blue will be eligible to compete in the 2004-05 season.

Cougars Ink Shired: Sabrina Shired, a 6-foot-4 center from Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.), signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 12...as a junior at Casa Grande, Shired averaged seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in leading her team to the playoffs...that followed up a sophomore season in which she averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a contest...Shired earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001. She participated in the adidas All-Star Camp and the Triple Threat Basketball Club last summer.

Westside Clinic a Success: The fall coaching clinic that Murrell conducted with her coaching staff and team proved to be a success as it drew approximately 150 coaches and student-athletes to Redmond High School, Nov. 1...the clinic featured on court demonstrations in a live practice setting with the team...coaches were able to ask questions as the drills were being conducted...this was the second consecutive year that Murrell has conducted a fall clinic...last year's clinic was in downtown Seattle with special guest speaker Lin Dunn, the former head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her second season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 122-105 in her eight-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 18 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his second season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their second season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Allen joins the Cougar staff as director of basketball operations...Allen played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

Internet: WSU women's basketball releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

A Look At The Cougs:

No. 3 Jessica Perry: Played in 26 games, starting 19...averaging 5.8 points a game...scored a season-high 18 points against Stanford, Jan. 2...has reached double figures in points eight times, the latest being an 11-point effort at Oregon, Feb. 12...tied a career-high with nine rebounds against UCLA, Feb. 7...leads team in assists (2.42/game) and steals (1.6/game)...243 career assists is No. 10 on the school's all-time list in that category.

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Freshman has seen action in 22 games averaging 3.0 points a contest...started last five games...averaging 7.6 points in last five games...scored a season-high 11 points against UW, Feb. 21...made first start as a Cougar at Oregon, Feb. 12 where she recorded 10 points...also dished out a season-high five assists...a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., garnered first team All-State recognition posting a 16 points per game average while leading the state of Colorado with an assist average of 6.1 per outing in her senior year at Coronado High School.

No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Freshman has played in all 27 games, starting nine ...averaging 4.5 points and 2.40 assists a game...has reached double figures in points six times including the last two games...averaging 13.5 points in last two games...coming off a season-high 17 points against ASU, Feb. 28...previous season-high was 12 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27...flirted with a triple double vs. Arizona, Feb. 26...tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against the Wildcats...rebounds and assists against Arizona were season-highs...from Marist High School out of Eugene, Ore., where she received first team All-State honors while putting up 15 points per game and dishing out seven assists in her senior year.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: Played in 24 games, starting one...averaging 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds a game...recorded season highs in points (five) and rebounds (four) in the season-opening win over Fresno State, Nov. 21...scored a career-high 12 points four times, the last being Feb. 3, 2003 at Arizona.

No. 21 Lindsey Egeland: Started all 27 games...one of only two players (Benz) to start every game...averaging 4.8 points game...has reached double figures in scoring four times...most recent was 10-point effort at California, Jan. 29...scored a season-high 14 points against Utah Valley State, Dec. 6...perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range vs. Utah Valley State marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman...leads team with 18 treys...named to the 2004 Academic All-America Women's Basketball District VIII University Second Team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America)...walked-on the team as a freshman in 2000 and has worked her way into a starting position.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Played in all 27 games, starting one...averaging 6.5 points a game, which is third on the team...scored a career-high 19 points at Stanford, Jan. 31...is 67-of-86 (.779) from the charity stripe, which is sixth in the Pac-10...reached double figures in points five times...recorded nine points on five other occasions...played a vast amount as a freshman seeing action in 20 games including the final 19 games of the 2002-03 season.

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Freshman has played in 25 games, starting 18...hit double-digits in scoring six times...coming off a season-high 15 points vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28...tallied 13 point games twice (San Diego State, Dec. 22; at USC, Jan. 11)...pulled down a season-high eight rebounds twice (Nebraska, Dec. 4; at USC, Jan. 11)...averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game...averaging 10 points in the last four games...a graduate of Mead High School of Spokane, Wash., became the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Turned in her ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 10 points against UW, Feb. 21...averaged a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in two games at the Oregon schools, Feb. 12 & 14...recorded a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds at Oregon, Feb. 12...two days later pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and chipped in nine points at Oregon State...recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA, Feb. 8...that marked her third double-double in a five-game span... is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in that category...point total against UCLA was a season-high...scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Stanford, Jan. 31...turned in her first double-double this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds against UW, Jan. 24...has the team's only double-doubles this season...leads the team in rebounds (6.6/game) and is second in scoring (9.0 points/game)...in conference games only, is averaging 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a game...is ranked among the top 10 in the Pac-10 in three categories: sixth in rebounds, seventh in offensive rebounds (2.56/game), and eighth in defensive rebounds (4.07/game)...pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming.

No. 34 Kim Dugan: Seen action in 17 games, starting two...has not seen action since Jan. 31 against Stanford after having an emergency appendectomy, Feb. 2...averaging 3.1 points a game...scored a season-high 10 points at Arizona, Dec. 29...tied a career-high with three treys against the Wildcats...scored seven points on two occasions...career-high point total is 12 at Gonzaga. Dec. 11, 2002.

No. 35 Bianca McCall: Ended the regular season in style averaging 21.5 points and 12 rebounds in two games against the Arizona Schools last week...for the week, shot at a 51.7 percent clip, shooting 50 percent or better in each game...overall, was 15-of-29 from the field...converted 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe...tallied four straight double-digit games in points and she has reached the double figure mark in eight of her last nine games...in those eight games has averaged 19.9 points a game...has averaged 20 .8 points in her last four games....recorded a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a near-upset of Arizona...tallied game-highs in both categories....the 18 boards was the top rebounding performance by a Pac-10 player for the week and was just one shy from her career-high...24 points tied for her second-best career scoring effort...recorded a double-double in the second half alone with 14 points and 11 rebounds...scored 18 points to lead WSU to a 75-72 upset of Arizona State...contributed in every category as she added six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks...assists and steal totals were career-highs...has 10 career double-doubles...recorded 16 games scoring in double figures this season and 37 in her career...has four 20-point plus games this season and 10 career...tallied a game-tying high 22 points against Washington, Feb. 21...poured in a career-high 29 points (previous high was 24 points at Cal, Jan. 18, 2003) against Stanford, Jan. 31...made a career-high 11 field goals en route to posting the game-high point total... the 29-point effort was the highest point total by a Cougar since Feb. 24, 2000 when Alke Dietel scored 30 points at, coincidentally, Stanford...came off the bench to average 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games at Cal and Stanford, Jan. 29 & 31...scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in the win at Cal, Jan. 29....also added three blocks, two assists and a steal in the 64-59 win over the Bears...11 points, six rebounds and two blocks came in the second half sparking the Cougars' win...leads the Cougars in scoring (12.8 points/game) and is second in rebounds (6.0/game)...returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....ranks 11th in the conference in scoring and is eighth in rebounds.

No. 42 Jami Clevenger: Seen action is 10 games...averaging .4 points a contest and 1.2 rebounds a game... started 17 of the 27 games in 2002-03 averaging 3.1 points a game.

No. 43 Kolleen Horton: Seen time in 17 games...averaging 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds a game...scored a season-high six points against Utah Valley State, Dec. 6...pulled down a season-high six rebounds at Idaho. Dec. 20...played a season-high 21 minutes against the Vandals.

No. 44 Candace Fields: Played in 25 games, starting 10...averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game...recorded a season-high 16 points (just three off career-high) at UCLA, Jan. 9...pulled down a season-high eight rebounds twice... with 54 career blocks, is fifth on the school's all-time list in that category...her four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...entered season with two career 3-pointers...has converted three treys this season including one in each of the last two games.

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