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WSU Opens Season At Home Against Wyoming
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/19/2002
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Nov. 19, 2002

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What's Happening This Week:

Friday, Nov. 22
vs. Wyoming
7 p.m Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

On Tap:
Monday, Nov. 25
at Montana State
6 p.m. Pacific
Bozeman, Mont.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30
at Florida International/Herald
Thanksgiving Classic
Nov. 29
vs. Louisiana State 4 p.m. Pacific
Nov. 30
Consolation/Championship, 2/4 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening This Week: After completing the exhibition season with a 2-0 record the Washington State women's basketball team plays for real starting this week...WSU opens the regular season at home (Friel Court) against Wyoming, Friday Nov. 22 at 7 p.m...after Wyoming, the Cougars travel to Bozeman, Mont. for a date against Montana State, Monday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m., Pacific...after visiting Big Sky Country, WSU travels to the Sunshine State for the Florida International/Herald Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 29-30 at Miami, Fla...the Cougars open the tournament against Louisiana State, Friday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., Pacific.

About Wyoming: Like the Cougars, the Cowgirls prevailed in both their exhibition contests...Wyoming defeated the Colorado School of Mines 97-30 and Metropolitan State College 90-35...Wyoming brings back 13 letterwinners, including all five starters, from last years' 13-15 squad...leading the returning contingent is forward Carrie Bacon, a 2002 All-Mountain West Conference Second Team selection...Bacon led Wyoming in scoring (13.3 points/game), field goals (five per game) and blocks (.42 per game) last year.

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.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On The Win Over Denmark: "I was unhappy with the way we were playing defense. Denmark was getting a lot of free open shots on us and I felt we weren't crashing the boards that well. I got in their faces a little bit and told them I know they can do it and they came out and did it in the second half."

Murrell On Overcoming The 20-11 First Half Deficit: "I'm excited because they got down and they just chipped away. I told them the only way they are going to get back in the game is by their defense. We controlled the boards and a lot of steals created offensive points for us. I was really proud of them."

Cougar Net Notes: The crowd of 574 that attended the Lady Express exhibition, Nov. 9 was larger than any crowd that attended a Cougar home game last season...although it won't count officially, the double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds turned in by Candace Fields against Lady Express was not the first one in her collegiate career...Fields posted 12 points and 12 rebounds against Montana, Dec. 1, 2001...Fields averaged 13 points during the two-game exhibition slate.

Injury Update: Jessica Perry missed the Denmark exhibition and is out for at least the Wyoming contest with mononucleosis...Sarah Barrett also missed the Denmark exhibition and is questionable for Wyoming with a sprained right ankle, which occurred in practice...Ravon Justice has a torn right quadricep and is also questionable...Jessica Ottmar is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, begins her first season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19-11 record in 2002 was the most wins by the program since 1995...assistant Mark Lewis brings 17 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis arrives at the Palouse after serving as an assistant at Western Kentucky last season...prior to his time at WKU, Lewis spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland come to Pullman after serving as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season... Prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a team manager of the women's basketball team for five years.

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