March 5, 2012
GAME 31 (OPENING ROUND)
No. 11 Washington State vs. No. 6 Oregon State
7:15 p.m. • Wednesday
Galen Center (10,258)
• GAMETRACKER • RADIO - KQQQ 1150 AM, KHTR 104.3 FM • LIVE WEBSTREAM ON PAC-12 YOUTUBE
COUGARS FACE OREGON STATE IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT OPENER: Washington State University heads to Los Angeles to face Oregon State in Wednesday's opening round of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Tip off is slated for 7:15 p.m. at the Galen Center.
COMING UP: The winner of the WSU/OSU matchup will face No. 3 seed USC, 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Galen Center. Friday's semifinal matchups and Saturday's final will be played at the Staples Center.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman's KQQQ 1150 AM and 105.3 FM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT TO BE STREAMED ON YouTUBE: The Pac-12 Conference has partnered with YouTube to provide live streaming for the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament. Games that are not televised will be streamed live on the Conference's YouTube channel - YouTube.com/pac12conf. In addition, post-game press conferences for the semifinals and championship games - for both the men's and women's bracket - will be streamed live on YouTube. All live streams will be free of charge and no registration is necessary. To tune in, visit the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament page and click on the link or go to YouTube.com/pac12conf starting Wednesday and the page will automatically default to any live streams that are underway.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men's and women's basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside' on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS: Oregon State enters the Pac-12 tournament with an 18-11 overall record including a 9-9 mark in conference mark to earn a No. 6 seed. The Beavers have lost four of their last five including both games at Utah and Colorado last weekend. Washington State has won three of the last four meetings against Oregon State but split its two meetings this season, posting a 61-54 double overtime victory in Corvallis (Dec. 31) and dropping a 51-39 decision in Pullman (Feb. 9). The Beavers have two players averaging in double-figures, Earlysia Marchbanks and Ali Gibson at 12.1 and 12.0, respectively. Marchbanks paces the club in rebounding at 7.1 while Patricia Bright owns 101 blocks on the season. Head coach Scott Rueck is in his second year at Oregon State.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. OREGON STATE: WSU has won three of the last four meetings against Oregon State but split its two meetings this season, posting a 61-54 double overtime victory in Corvallis (Dec. 31) and dropping a 51-39 decision in Pullman (Feb. 9). The Beavers have won all three previous meetings against the Cougars in conference tournaments.
- 71-62 (March 9, 1979 - NCWSA Region IX Tournament - Bozeman, Mont.)
- 62-43 (March 5, 2004 - Pac-10 Tournament - San Jose)
- 77-38 (March 3, 2006 - Pac-10 Tournament - San Jose)
PERKINS BECOMES WSU'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN GAMES PLAYED: Jazmine Perkins became Washington State's career-leader in games played at Arizona State, coming off the bench to appear in career game No. 116. Perkins passed former Cougs Jennifer Kerns and Katie Appleton who each appeared in 115 games. Perkins has played in 119 career games and made 105 starts.
PERKINS CREATES HER OWN RECORD BOOK: Jazmine Perkins made three steals and grabbed four rebound to surpass the 700 career rebound plateau against UCLA to become the first player in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals. Perkins owns 1,262 points, 708 rebounds and 251 steals.
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters the Pac-12 tournament leading the conference in turnover margin (+2.8), second in three-point field goal defense (27.6) and third in steals (297, 9.9). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars are second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2) and in steals (166, 9.2).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 19 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the No. 19 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season's schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 123 in the latest set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second set, No. 66 the third set, No. 54 in the fourth, No. 59 in the fifth, No. 73, No. 94 and No. 110 last week. Nine of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-50.
COUGARS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS UNDER DAUGHERTY: WSU's win over Arizona was win No. 10 on the season, giving the Cougars their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 season. Both double-digit win campaigns have come under head coach June Daugherty, notching 11 victories this season and in 2008-09.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year's first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins sits seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,262 career points while Cook is ninth with 1,154.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon. The senior guard also recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds at USC and 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona. Earlier this season, Perkins notched double-doubles in three straight games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State, then putting up 15 points and recording 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns six of the seven double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has ten in her career.
COUGS OPENED CONFERENCE PLAY 3-0: Washington State opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State and a 60-43 win over Utah to notch its first 3-0 start in conference play since starting Northwest Women's Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The conference road sweep is the first for the Cougs since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95. The 3-1 start matches the 1995-96 team that dropped its conference opener at UCLA before beating USC, Oregon and Oregon State over its next three games.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS, TWICE: The Cougs matched a season-high 10 three-pointers in the win over UCLA, having set the top mark in the conference-opening win at Oregon. Rosetta Adzasu hit all three of her 3-point attempts against the Ducks after coming into the game 0-2 in 3-point shooting this season. Sage Romberg was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range against UCLA to pace WSU who had six players hit a three in the game. WSU has made nine 3-pointers in a game three times this year, coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville before hitting nine at USC.
PERKINS NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Perkins had a pair of double-doubles in the opening weekend of Pac-12 action, leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins against University of Oregon and Oregon State University to post its first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2000-01 season. The Berkeley, Calif. native earned her first career weekly accolade after averaging 13.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the road sweep of UO and OSU, the first time the Cougars have swept a road series since 1994-95. Perkins had 15 points and 12 boards to go with four assists and four steals in a 75-47 win at Oregon and added an 11-point 15-rebound outing while playing a career-high 44 minutes in the 61-54 double-overtime thriller versus the Beavers. Perkins also hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds of double overtime to seal the win.
COUGS NOTCH CONVINCING WIN IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Washington State's 75-47 victory over University of Oregon Dec. 29 was the first conference-opening win by the Cougars since beating Oregon State in Corvallis Dec. 21, 2006. The 28-point win is the largest margin of victory by a WSU team in conference play since beating the Ducks by 33, 102-69 in Eugene Jan. 20, 1991.
PRESLEY NAMED A FINALIST FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley was named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points.
PRESLEY OUT INDEFINITELY WITH LEFT FOOT SPRAIN: Freshman point guard Tia Presley is out indefinitely with a left foot sprain. The Spokane native was averaging 5.8 ppg and was third on the team with 22 steals. Presley had appeared in all 21 games and started in eight of the Cougars nine Pac-12 contests before sustaining the injury prior to the road trip to Los Angeles last weekend.
AMOJO OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Redshirt-sophomore guard Ireti Amojo will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Oregon last Thursday. Amojo entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent (21-42) and was second on the team at 9.0 ppg.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROUT OF UC RIVERSIDE: The 74-35 victory over UC Riverside Dec. 11 was the largest margin of victory by Washington State since beating University of Wyoming by 45, 94-49 Nov. 24, 1998. The 35 points allowed were the fewest scored by a WSU opponent since beating Alaska-Anchorage 76-35 Feb. 23, 1979.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam's all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State's wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT PARADISE JAM WITH ROUT OF PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, FINISH SECOND: Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening. The Cougars shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game's first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
FORMER COUGAR JESSICA OSTREICHER GRADUATES: Former Washington State University center Jessica Ostreicher said good bye to WSU, graduating last weekend with a degree in communications. The 6-8 Ostreicher played one season with the Cougs before a knee injury cut her WSU career short. Ostreicher continued to work with the Cougs, serving as the color commentator for the team's radio broadcasts the past two seasons and also hosting her own women's sports talk radio show.
SCHEDULE CHALLENGED COUGARS IN 2011-12: Washington State's 2011-12 slate featured 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason a season ago, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants, and is highlighted by a trip to the Virgin Islands along with 18 games against the new-look Pac-12 Conference.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women's basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.
ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS RETURN: Washington State guards Jazmine Perkins, Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo each earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors last season. Perkins and Romberg each received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors with Romberg also garnering a spot on the All-Freshmen team and Amojo receiving All-Freshmen honorable mention accolades. Perkins picks up her fourth career all-conference honor after being named all-conference honorable mention, all-freshman and all-defensive honorable mention as a freshman.
WHAT THE COUGS RETURN: WSU welcomes back four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that posted the most conference wins (6), the highest scoring average (63.0 ppg) and highest shooting percentage (.381) since 2000-01. The Cougars posted their highest finish since the 1997-98, tying for seventh after posting season sweeps over California and Oregon State and beating Oregon and Oregon State on the same weekend to record their first weekend sweep in conference play since 2001. WSU finished the year with a school-record 208 made three-point field goals and the second-most assists in program single-season history.
BEST PAC-10 FINISH IN 10 YEARS: The Cougars finished 2010-11 with a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and tied for seventh place with the Washington Huskies. The seventh place showing is the best for the program since the 1997-98 season and the six conference wins are the most since the 2000-01 season.
COUGARS PICKED SEVENTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State was picked to finish seventh in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll. Collecting the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) was Stanford, who was picked the preseason favorite for the 11th year in a row by the coaches to win the Pac-12 title.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING: Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan. Changes to the facility, which has been the primary practice gym for the men's and women's basketball programs for the past three seasons, were designed and implemented by Downstream, a nationally recognized leader in sports facility design and branding based out of Portland, Ore. The project is part of the athletics branding master plan, commissioned by WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and Senior Associate AD John Johnson, which Downstream is managing. The gym, located in the P.E. Building, between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other. The Washington State fight song surrounds the perimeter of the gym along with images of the ZZU CRU, the group that helps make up the Cougars' student section, designed into the Washington State type as a way to remind the student-athletes of their support system. 16 banners of current student-athletes hang in the gym, eight men's and eight women's, along with words that represent the respective programs, additionally all current team members are showcased and will be updated annually. Changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12 Conference were also made. Last season, padding was added along the walls of the entire gym and a video system was implemented to help with film sessions for both programs.