Dec. 17, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team (3-6) kicks off its four-game road trip with a game against Montana (6-3) at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont. The Cougars and Lady Griz are slated to tip-off at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: Cougar women's basketball, normally heard on 1150 AM, will be broadcast on 104.3 FM for the game against Montana. Steve Grubbs will have the call live from Missoula. 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. A subscription is $6.95 per month.
THE COUGARS: Junior Katie Appleton leads the Cougar scoring attack with 14.8 points per game, good for fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Her 3-point shooting percentage (.519) ranks second in the conference. The 5-foot-8 guard also leads the Cougars in rebounding, pulling down 5.2 boards per game, and her 2.78 steals per game are tops in the Pac-10.
With 2.89 assists per game, sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge leads WSU and ranks tied for 10th in the Pac-10.
LAST TIME OUT: Led by the shooting of junior guard Katie Appleton, the WSU women's basketball team defeated San Jose State University 78-72 in overtime Sunday at Friel Court. Appleton scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left that ultimately sent the game into overtime. With the Cougars up by two points in the overtime period, Appleton once again came up big, hitting a jumper to put WSU up by four at 1:46. It would be free throws for the Cougar offense from that point on, as WSU claimed a 78-72 overtime victory.
SCOUTING MONTANA: The Lady Griz, victorious in each of their last three games, are led by Mandy Morales and Sonya Rogers. The duo, both junior guards, average 19.8 and 13.9 points per game, respectively. Senior forward Johanna Closson leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 boards per game, and nearly averages in double-figures, scoring 9.4 points per game.
THE SERIES: The Cougars are looking to halt a seven-game losing skid to the Lady Griz and trail in the all-time series 17-20. Montana won last year's match-up 70-64 in Pullman.
NEXT UP: WSU closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule at Long Beach State, Friday. The Cougars and 49ers are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
COUGS HAVE HEART: Washington State University will host the inaugural "Cougs Have Heart" Women's Basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, against the University of Washington at Beasley Coliseum. The game, sponsored by Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and The Hope Heart Institute, is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.
DAUGHERTY'S FIRST CLASS: WSU Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 14. Her first recruiting class at WSU included five All-Americans and five individuals ranked by various publications. The future Cougars include: Katie Grad (Auburn, Wash.), Jessica Oestreicher (Redding, Calif.), April Cook (Long Beach, Calif.), Danielle Lenoir (Los Angeles), Lexie Pettersen (Spokane, Wash.), Rosie Tarnowski (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Jazmine Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.).
RECRUIT RANKINGS: WSU's recruiting class has been gaining national recognition. Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while HoopGurlz.com ranked the Cougars' class No. 24 in the nation.
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 the NCAA 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.
THIRD HALF RALLY: Join the WSU women's basketball team at the Hilltop Restaurant for the Third Half Rally following select games this season. Refreshments and food will be available following the UCLA game (Jan. 12), Oregon game (Feb. 17) and Stanford game (March 2)
COUGARS ON TV: Three of WSU's games this season are scheduled for live television broadcast. The Cougars' match up with Washington in Seattle (Feb. 3) is slated to air on FSN, while the home contests with Washington (Jan. 4) and Oregon State (Feb. 15) will air on FSN Northwest. WSU has had more games selected for television this season than in any other since 2001-02.
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.