Feb. 9, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team concludes a three-game road trip by taking on the USC Trojans Sunday (Feb. 10) at 12:30 p.m., at the Galen Center.
ON THE RADIO The Cougars' game against USC will be back on KQQQ 1150 AM after being on a sister station for the UCLA game. Steve Grubbs has the call live from Los Angeles.
THE COUGARS WSU is led by junior guard Katie Appleton, the Cougars' lone double-digit scorer at 12.8 points per game. As of Thursday Appleton ranked 11th in the conference in scoring. Appleton also ranked among the Pac-10 best before Friday's game against UCLA in free throw percentage (ninth; .722), steals (eighth; 1.86 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (fifth; .397). Junior center Ebonee Coates leads the team in rebounding at 4.7 boards per game.
LAST TIME OUT The Washington State women's basketball team kept it close for most of the game against UCLA Friday night at Pauley Pavilion, but the Bruins were able to pull away late in the second half to claim a 68-56 victory. Junior guard Katie Appleton's 18 points and eight rebounds led the Cougars in each statistical category. Down by as many as six points in the game's opening minutes, WSU went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead (15-14) at the 11 minute, 43 second mark. A 9-0 run put the Bruins up by eight (29-21), marking the sixth lead change of the opening stanza, but the Cougars were able to cut the lead to three before intermission (33-30). UCLA scored the first four points of the second half to take a seven point lead, but WSU climbed back once again, tying the game at 39-39. From that point on UCLA steadily broke away, however, building as much as a 13-point lead to close out the game.
SCOUTING USC The USC women's basketball team avenged a poor outing on the road against Washington with a 68-52 victory over the visiting Huskies on Friday night at the Galen Center. The Trojans had four players finish in double figures for the first time since Dec. 21, getting a team-high 14 points from Nadia Parker, a career-high 13 from Simone Jelks, and 10 apiece from Hailey Dunham and Heather Oliver.
The Women of Troy boast a couple of players scoring in double figures in junior center Nadia Parker (11.2 ppg) and junior guard Camille LeNoir (10.6 ppg). Parker ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 6.5 rpg.
THE SERIES The Cougars dropped the first meeting against USC earlier this season in Pullman.
In the first meeting with USC, the Cougars led for a majority of the first half, and entered the break with an 11-point lead. WSU built its lead to 13 points in the opening minutes of the second half, but USC climbed back into the game with a couple of scoring runs, tying the game at 56-56 with 1:19 remaining. The Trojans regained the lead at 59-56 with 43 seconds left and held on for a 62-58 win. The Cougars trail in the all-time series with the Trojans 11-33, and have lost each of the last 14 meetings. WSU's last victory over the Women of Troy came Jan. 4, 2001 (79-78) in Pullman. The Cougars' last victory over USC on the road came Jan. 28, 1999 (65-58).
NEXT UP WSU returns to Friel Court next week after being on the road for each of its last three games. The Cougars' match-up with Oregon State (Friday, Feb. 15) will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest, and is the inaugural Pink Out game to support the fight against breast cancer. The Cougars close out their home series with Oregon Sunday, Feb. 17.