March 1, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team (5-23 overall, 2-15 Pacific-10 Conference) closes out its regular season Sunday against No. 7 Stanford. The Cougars and Cardinal are slated to tip-off at noon.
Prior to the game the Cougars will host a Coaches' Corner. Contact Linda at 335-0276 for more information. Following the conclusion of the Stanford game, meet the coaching staff at the Hilltop Restaurant for the Third Half Rally.
THE COUGARS WSU is led by junior guard Katie Appleton, who ranked 13th in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring entering this week with 12.0 points per game.
Entering the week Appleton also ranked among the conference best in 3-point field goal percentage (third - 40.0 percent), 3-point field goals made (eighth - 1.54 per game), free throw percentage (ninth - 72.6 percent), minutes (ninth - 32.35) and steals (10th - 1.65 per game).
Junior forward Heather Molzen is second on the team in scoring at 7.1 ppg, while junior center Ebonee Coates leads the team in rebounding (6.3 boards per game). Freshman guard Kezia Kelly leads the team in assists with 2.4 per game.
LAST TIME OUT The Washington State women's basketball team fought hard against eighth-ranked California, but the Golden Bears escaped Friel Court with a 61-47 victory Friday night.
The Cougars forced No. 8 California into 23 turnovers, the second-most by the Golden Bears this season, and junior forward Heather Molzen led a trio of Cougar scorers in double figures with 14 points. Junior guard Katie Appleton added 12 points and freshman guard Kezia Kelly scored 10.
With the Cougars and Golden Bears tied at four with 17 minutes, 56 seconds left in the opening half, California put together a five-point run. California was able to build its lead to eight at 17-11 (11:56), but Kelly scored four consecutive points for the Cougars to cut the lead in half. The Golden Bears were once again able to build a lead, this time to 10 points, but the Cougars clawed back once again, cutting the lead back to four on two free throws from Appleton and consecutive lay-ups by Molzen. Despite forcing 13 first-half turnovers, WSU found itself down by eight heading into the break following two California lay-ups in the final 1:09.
California outscored WSU 15-6 to open the second stanza, building its lead to 17. Kelly sparked the beginning of a Cougar comeback, beating the shot clock with a reverse lay-up and going the length of the court for a fast break two WSU baskets later to cut the lead to 11 (44-33). A 3-pointer from Appleton off a steal from Jasmine Williams cut the lead to eight. After trading baskets, Appleton hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven (8:33). California scored the game's next five points however, putting the game out of reach.
SCOUTING STANFORD Stanford (26-3 overall, 15-2 Pac-10), the nation's seventh-ranked team, is coming off a 60-58 win over California this past week and a 20-point win over Washington (73-53), Friday.
Jayne Appel and JJ Hones each scored 16 points to lead Stanford over the Golden Bears, and Candice Wiggins (13 points) and Kayla Pedersen (10 points) also registered double-figures in scoring. Pedersen and Appel each pulled down 10 rebounds to give the Cardinal two players with double-doubles.
Against the Huskies Wiggins scored 22 points to lead the Cardinal, as Stanford, who went into intermission with just a two-point lead, dominated the second half for the victory.
Wiggins leads the Stanford scoring attack with 19.2 ppg, and entering Sunday's game needs 15 points to break Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 career scoring record of 2,414 points. Appel (14.6 ppg) and Pedersen (12.7 ppg) are also scoring in double figures for the Cardinal this season. Appel leads the team in rebounding at 8.8 boards per game, while Wiggins leads the team in assists at 2.9 per game.
THE SERIES Stanford won the previous meeting between the two schools earlier this season (105-47). The Cougars are looking for their first win over the Cardinal, as Stanford has won each of the 45 previous meetings.
NEXT UP After concluding its regular season against the Bay Area schools this week, the WSU women's basketball team heads to San Jose, Calif., for the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be held March 7-10 at HP Pavilion.