Sage Romberg Podcast
Feb. 8, 2011
What's Happening: Coming off their first Pac-10 sweep in a decade, the Washington State Cougars (7-16, 5-6) travel to the Bay Area to face No. 3 Stanford (20-2, 11-0), Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., and Cal (14-8, 6-5), Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game at Cal will be televised nationally by FSN.
Listen In: Fans can listen to this weekend's games live on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR (104.3 FM) in the Pullman/Moscow area or at WSUCougars.com with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
Sage Romberg Pac-10 Player of the Week: Freshman guard/forward Sage Romberg was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 7 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday. Coming off the bench in each game, Romberg averaged 16 points and six rebounds leading the Cougars to a sweep of the Oregon schools at Beasley Coliseum. The weekend series sweep over the Oregon schools marked the first time the program swept a Pac-10 series since January 2001, when WSU defeated USC and UCLA at Beasley Coliseum. For more information on Romberg's accomplishments, including a podcast with her after Monday's practice, go to WSUCougars.com here HERE
Stanford series: Stanford has never lost to WSU in the program's 51 previous meetings. Earlier this season, Stanford defeated WSU 94-50 at Pullman, Jan. 16.
Cal series: Cal leads the all-time series with WSU 35-20. WSU won the first meeting between the programs earlier this season, which snapped a Cal 11-game win streak in the series. In that 77-63 win at Pullman, Jan. 14, WSU made a then season-high 12 three-point field goals and freshman Sage Romberg led a balanced WSU scoring effort with 13 points. Rosetta Adzasu and Katie Madison scored 11 points each and Ireti Amojo added 10 for WSU. The last time WSU swept a season series from Cal was in 1998.
On TV: Saturday's game at Cal will mark the Cougars' third appearance on TV this season. WSU's Jan. 14 vs. Cal in Pullman was shown on FSN Northwest and its Jan. 30 game at Washington was broadcast nationally on FSN.
Last Week Recap: For the first time since 2001, the Cougars swept a Pac-10 series by defeating Oregon State and Oregon at Beasley Coliseum. WSU began the week with a come-from-behind 67-64 win over the Beavers. The Cougars rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to capture the win, tying for the fourth largest comeback in school history. Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo led WSU with 17 points each and April Cook added a season-high 14 points. Two days later vs. Oregon, five Cougars scored in double figures, led by a career-high 17 points from Katie Madison, as WSU outscored the Ducks, 96-90. In addition to her point total, Madison just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Sage Romberg and Rosetta Adzasu scored 15 points each while Ireti Amogo contributed 13 points and Hana Potter added 11 to complete the double-digit scoring quintet for WSU.
Scoring Outburst: The 96 points scored by WSU vs. Oregon were the most by the team since a 96-77 victory over Appalachian State, Nov. 20, 1998, and the most in a Pac-10 game since the Cougars since a 102-69 win at Oregon, Jan. 20, 1991. The 96 points was aided by a school-record 15 3-point field goals.
Pac-10 Win Total: The five Pac-10 wins are the most for the Cougars this deep into a conference season since the program was 6-5 through 11 games during the 1995-96 season.
Tale of Two Halves: The Cougars have outscored their opponents in the second half in four consecutive games. When WSU led Oregon 46-43 at halftime, it broke a string of four games that the Cougars were outscored in the first half. In the last five games, WSU has been outscored 175-136 in the first half and outscored its opponents 204-175 in the second half.
Pac-10 Road Wins: The Cougars have captured two Pac-10 road wins this season: at Oregon State, Jan. 8 and at Arizona State, Jan. 20. The last time the program won more than two conference road games was during the 1997-98 season when it won four.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 18th toughest schedule in the nation. Thursday's game at Stanford will mark the fifth game against a ranked opponent for WSU this season. The Cougars have played four ranked opponents this season: No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22, No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26, No. 8 UCLA, Dec. 31 and No. 4 Stanford, Jan. 16. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
History Making Win: The Jan. 20 win at Arizona State marked the first time in school history that the Cougars notched road wins over the Sun Devils in consecutive years. Last year, WSU captured a 66-62 win over ASU, which at the time was the Cougars' first win in Tempe since Jan. 30, 1997.
The 900 Club: With 11 points at Washington, Jan. 30 April Cook moved up 15th position on the school's career point list. With 953 points, Cook has her sights on Heather Norman (1989-92), who is 14th on the list with 981 points. Cook's career point total currently is at 944. Right behind is Jazmine Perkins, whose career point total currently stands at 926 points, tied for 16th in school history with Alke Dietel (1998-2000).