Nov. 11, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State University women's basketball team (0-1) continues its non-conference schedule, Tuesday, hosting Santa Clara (0-1) at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will also travel to Cheney, Wash., this week for their first road game of the season. WSU and Eastern Washington square off Sunday (Nov. 18) at 2:05 p.m., at Reese Court.
THE COUGARS: The Cougars return three starters from last year's team: junior guard Katie Appleton (5-foot-8); junior center Ebonee Coates (6-4) and sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge (5-9). Appleton was WSU's second-leading scorer last season (8.1 ppg). Betteridge averaged 5.2 points per game and Coates added 4.3 points per game. Coates was also the Cougars' leading shot blocker in 2007, averaging more than a block per game (1.1 bpg). WSU also returns redshirt junior Sabrina Shired (6-4, center), junior Heather Molzen (6-3, forward/center) and sophomores Nakejia Kelly (5-7, guard) and Alexa Price (5-8, guard). New to this year's team are redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson (5-11, guard/forward) and freshmen Katie Calderwood (6-0, forward), Kezia Kelly (5-6, guard) and Jasmine Williams (5-9, guard).
LAST TIME OUT: WSU fell in its regular season opener to Portland (70-40), Nov. 9 at Friel Court. Junior guard Katie Appleton scored a game-high 12 points and recorded a game-high five steals. Redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson pulled down a game-high seven rebounds to go with nine points and two blocks, while sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge led the team with four assists.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: Santa Clara also dropped its season opener last week, falling to Nevada 62-51, Nov. 9. The Broncos were led by junior guard Elizabeth Doran, who registered 16 points. Senior guard Chandice Cronk added 12 points, while senior forward Jen Gottschalk pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
THE SERIES: The Cougars and Broncos are an even 3-3 in the all-time series dating back to 1980. Santa Clara has won each of the last two meetings, including an 80-72 victory last season at the Leavey Center. WSU is 1-2 against the Broncos at home.
COUGAR HEAD COACH June Daugherty: With a career record of 314-213 entering this season, veteran coach June Daugherty is exactly what the Cougars needed. The first-year WSU head coach has a proven history of turning programs around. At Boise State (1989-96) she compiled a record of 123-74, led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, achieved their first-ever national ranking and won their first regular season conference title. At Washington (1996-2006) Daugherty led the Huskies to the Pacific-10 Conference title in 2001, their first since 1990. She also led Washington to nine postseason appearances in 11 seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT appearances, making it all the way to theNCAA Women's Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 2001.
JUNE'S BLOG: Check in with WSU head coach June Daugherty all season long at www.wsucougars.com. Daugherty will be posting regular updates to her blog throughout the 2007-08 season. To access June's Journal, click the link on the women's basketball page.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar women's basketball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2007-08 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, live in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...in addition, the radio broadcasts of away games are live on the Internet...go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month.
COUGS ON THE INTERNET: Stay up-to-date on all Cougar women's basketball action...releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly at www.wsucougars.com.