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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/07/2003
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Jan. 7, 2003

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What's Happening:
Thursday, Jan. 9
vs. No. 18 Arizona (9-3, 3-1)
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Saturday, Jan. 11
vs. Arizona State (10-3, 2-2)
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court, Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

On Tap:
Thursday, Jan. 16
at No. 6 Stanford
7 p.m. Pacific
Stanford, Calif.

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-11, 0-3 Pac-10) returns home this week to face No. 18 (AP) Arizona (9-3, 3-1 Pac-10) Thursday, Jan. 9 and Arizona State (10-3, 2-2 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 11...both games tip-off at Friel Court at 7 p.m...Arizona will mark the second ranked team the Cougars have faced this year...WSU fell to No. 3 Louisiana State at the Florida International Tournament, Nov. 29.

About Arizona: The Wildcats have won five of their last six games with the only loss coming to No. 6 Stanford, 82-74...Shawntinice Polk leads the team averaging 18.8 points a game, which ranks second in the Pac-10...Polk also leads the conference in rebounding with a 12.2 per game average.

Arizona-WSU series: The Cougars lead in the all-time series with Arizona 17-15...the Wildcats have captured six of the last seven in the series...WSU's last win was a 93-86 triumph at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.

About Arizona State: After dropping their conference opening games to Stanford and California the Sun Devils rebounded with wins over the Oregon schools last weekend...Jill Noe leads the team in scoring with a 15.5 points a game average.

ASU-WSU series: The Cougars trail in the all-time series with ASU 21-11...the Sun Devils have won 10 consecutive games in the series...the Cougars' last win occurred March 1, 1997 at Pullman (84-70).

Last Week: The Cougars dropped a pair of games last weekend to the Los Angeles schools...WSU fell to USC 92-44, Jan. 3 and UCLA 93-51, Jan. 5...Bianca McCall recorded double-digits in points in each game...McCall scored 12 points versus USC and followed that up with 15 points against UCLA.

Justice Away From Team: Junior Ravon Justice has left the team indefinitely due to a death in the family and has returned home to Atlanta, Texas...Justice, who transferred to WSU from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, has missed the last three games...in six games this season Justice averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds a contest.

"We are saddened by Ravon's loss and her absence from our team," said WSU Coach Sherri Murrell.

Injury Update: Kim Dugan left Friday's USC game in the first half with a concussion and missed Sunday's UCLA contest...she is day-to-day...Candace Fields is also day-to-day with a left foot injury...Jessica Ottmar is out for the rest of the season with a right knee injury...Lindsey Bogachus is also out for rest of the season with a low back disc injury.

Double-Digit McCall: Bianca McCall has scored in double-digits in eight of eleven games this season...she leads the team with two double-doubles in points and rebounds (18 points, 19 rebounds vs. Wyoming, Nov. 22; 13 points, 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 4)...McCall leads the team in scoring (11.7 points/game) and rebounding (7.5/game)...McCall is sixth in the conference in rebounding and 15th in scoring...her 3.91 offensive boards a game is second in the conference behind Shawntinice Polk of Arizona (4.75/game).

Harris Joins Team: Holly Harris made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah, Dec. 21...Harris scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes of action... Harris is averaging 5.3 points in four games...Harris joined the team after a stellar run with the volleyball team this season...Harris was a member of a Cougar team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...the Cougars were eliminated by Florida on the Gators' home floor in four games, Dec. 14...Harris earned a Pac-10 honorable mention selection in volleyball...she finished in the top seven on the school's career list in block assists (fifth - 333); total blocks (sixth - 384); and block solos (seventh - 53).

Montana Homecoming: Junior Lindsey Egeland turned in a solid performance in front of her hometown fans at Missoula, Mont...Egeland scored six points, pulled down a career-high six rebounds and dished out four assists against Montana, Dec. 14...Egeland, who was a four-year letterwinner at Missoula's Sentinel High School, is averaging 6.9 points a game...she is the only Cougar to have started all 11 games this season.

Perry Posting: After sitting out the first two games because of mononucleosis, Jessica Perry has started all nine games since returning to action...Perry's 3.89 assists per game ranks sixth in the conference and she is the team's second leading scorer (7.7 points/game)...she scored a season-high 17 points versus Washington, Dec. 28...Perry also added a season-high tying nine assists against the Huskies... Perry turned in her first double-digit scoring effort of the season with 14 points against Eastern Washington, Dec. 4...she had a solid performance against Gonzaga, Dec. 11 recording nine points, nine assists and five steals against the Bulldogs...three days later at Montana, Perry pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

Access Denied!: The eight blocks against EWU were the most since the team tallied eight rejections at California, Feb. 9, 1991...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...the Cougars have tallied 37 blocks (3.36/game) this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10.

McCall Threatens Rebounding Record Against Wyoming: Bianca McCall grabbed 19 rebounds to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history in the Cougars' 82-51 loss to the University of Wyoming, Nov. 22 at Friel Court...McCall's effort tied the junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., with three other Cougars (Janet Kusler, 1976; Gail Houser, 1977; Brittney Hawks, 2001) who hit the 19-rebound mark...Jennifer Grey holds the school record with 22 rebounds in a game, having done it twice in 1975...McCall's contribution wasn't limited to the boards as she scored 18 points tying her with Lindsey Egeland for the team high point total.

Fields Earns All-Tournament Honors At FIU Classic: Candace Fields earned an all-tournament team selection at the FIU/Herald Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 29-30 at Miami, Fla...in two games, Fields averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds...Fields recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against No. 3 LSU...Fields followed that with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds against Virginia Tech...her other double-double was a 12-point, 12-rebound performance against Montana last year...Fields is the team's second leading scorer (8.3 points/game)...in addition, Fields leads the team in blocks with a 1.27 average, which is fourth in the Pac-10.

Cougar Net Notes: WSU's strength of schedule ranking is currently third in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings...the Cougars' schedule was rated the seventh-toughest according to the Jan. 5 College Basketball News RPI report...eight Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...nine players have started at least one game...before the Dec. 14 Montana game, the opposition had shot no worse than 44.6 percent in the first six games...the Lady Griz shot 30.4 percent (21-of-69)...the 19 turnovers WSU committed against Montana were the fewest this season...the last time WSU committed fewer than 19 turnovers was at Stanford, Feb. 16, 2002 (18)...the Cougars are averaging 26.2 turnovers this season... the Cougars have been out-rebounded in 9 of 11 games...the two games in which WSU did out-rebound its opponent were against No.3 LSU (29-24) and Montana (46-40)...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games.

A Loooong Holiday Weekend: Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a little longer than WSU anticipated...the Cougars already had a long day of traveling in store for them, Sunday, Dec. 1 as they were returning to Pullman from Miami, Fla...that day was made longer when the plane bound for Pullman, which was scheduled to arrive in Pullman at 6 p.m. was unable to land in the city due to fog...the plane turned around and returned to Seattle, landing at 7:30 p.m...the airline arranged a bus for the Palouse-bound passengers, which departed Sea-Tac airport at 10:30 p.m...five hours later, at 3:30 a.m., the bus arrived at the Pullman-Moscow airport...in all, the Cougars' return trip from Miami lasted a total of 25 hours from its 5:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) departure from the Miami hotel to the arrival at the Pullman airport.

Exhibition Round-Up: The Cougars recorded two wins in their exhibition slate...the first victory was an 82-57 victory over P & P Lady Express, Nov. 9...the Cougars made it two in a row with a 76-53 win over Denmark, Nov. 16...four Cougars scored in double figures in the win over Lady Express and three had double-doubles in points and rebounds...Candace Fields (16 points, 10 rebounds), Lindsey Egeland (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Bianca McCall (11 points, 12 rebounds) recorded double-doubles...Sarah Barrett added 13 points to complete the double-digit scoring quartet...in the win over Denmark, WSU came back from a 20-11 deficit in the game's opening 7:35... the Cougars rallied with an 11-0 run, which was capped by a trey from Egeland, to take a 22-20 lead at the 7:51 mark of the first half...both Egeland and McCall accounted for all the points in the run...Egeland led the Cougars with 20 points, including 13 in the second half...McCall recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds... Egeland (16.0 points, 10.5 rebounds) and McCall (15 points, 13 rebounds) averaged a double-double during the two-game exhibition season.

Cougars Add Three During Early Signing Period: WSU Coach Sherri Murrell signed three players - Vasha Adams, Adriane Ferguson and Nicole Stratton - to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.

Ferguson, a 6-foot guard from Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., becomes the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985 (Lynda Clegg, Central Valley). Stratton is a 5-foot-11 guard from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Adams is a 6-foot-1 forward from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.

Ferguson enters her senior season coming off consecutive All-GSL First Team selections. Her first team nod as a sophomore marked only the sixth time that a sophomore earned a first team selection in GSL history. Her 15.2 points per game average was the third best in the GSL last year. She also started for the Spokane Stars AAU team this past summer averaging 8.1 points a squad that compiled a 33-6 record.

Stratton, whose sister, Jessika, is a guard at Baylor University, earned an All-State Honorable Mention selection last year and was an all-league second team pick the past two years. Last year, Stratton led Coronado in points (14 per game), assists (six per game) and steals (five per game). Additionally, Stratton served as a torch-bearer for the Winter Olympics flame's journey to Salt Lake City.

Adams will transfer to WSU from Clarendon College and will reunite with current WSU guard Ravon Justice as both were teammates at Clarendon last year.

Adams entered her sophomore season as the third ranked power forward in All-Star Girls Report's pre-season junior college player rankings. In addition, Adams was No. 34 in the publication's junior college overall player pre-season rankings.

2003 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
March 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.

Fresh off its inaugural run and gaining in popularity, the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament moves to San Jose, Calif. HP Pavilion at San Jose will serve as home to the five-session, nine-game event.

Eugene, Ore., was the site of the first-ever Pac-10 tournament in 2002, setting the stage for the league's premier women's sporting event. The total tournament attendance was 27,415 for an average of 5,483 per session. All 10 Pac-10 teams participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion will be determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.

Tickets for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament are available now at www.pac-10.org, www.real-sports.com or by calling (800) 650-0122 or (408) 924-7434.

Fri., March 7
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, TBA
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, TBA
Sat., March 8 Game 3: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.
Sun., March 9
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Mon., March 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

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