Nov. 29, 2006
This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (1-4) returns home for a pair of games against Big Sky Conference opponents...the Cougars face Montana State, Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Eastern Washington, Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m...both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
The Ring's The Thing: Sam Dial Jewelers will be giving away a $13,500 diamond ring to one lucky Cougar basketball fan...the only chance to enter the drawing will be at the Dec. 2 women's basketball game versus Eastern Washington at 2 p.m...the winner will be drawn at the Dec. 5 men's basketball game versus Gonzaga at 7 p.m...features a 1.2 carat diamond center stone...has eight side stones with an additional carat weight of .33 carats...the ring is 14 karat yellow and white gold.
Tune In For Cougar Women's Basketball on Radio and Internet: Cougar women's basketball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2006 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...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...subscription is $6.95 per month.
Double Stotler: Freshman Marisa Stotler posted a pair of double-doubles last week...at Portland, Stotler tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds and followed up that performance with 25 points and 10 rebounds in only 19 minutes of play against Santa Clara...Stotler is one of only six players in the Pac-10 who have registered multiple double-doubles...Stotler's point total was the most by a Cougar since Keisha Moore scored 28 against Arizona, Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Impact: Stotler became the third Cougar freshman to reach double figures in points this season...Nakejia Kelly scored in double digits three times this season while Colleen Betteridge has reached double digits once.
Scouting Montana State: The Bobcats enter Thursday's game with a 2-3 record...Rebecca Mercer leads the team with a 13.4 points per game average...Bobcat assistant coach Amy Saneholtz played for WSU from 1994-97...Saneholtz shares the WSU single-game rebounding record with 22 and is currently the 15th all-time leading scorer at WSU with 869 points.
Series With Montana State: WSU leads the all-time series against MSU 14-12, but the Bobcats have won the last three in the series...Cougars' last win occurred in 1989...in team's last meeting MSU defeated WSU 81-55 at Bozeman.
Scouting Eastern: EWU is 3-3 pending a Nov. 29 game at Idaho...Joanna Chadd leads the team with a 13.0 points a game average.
Series With Eastern: WSU leads the all-time series 24-10...Eastern has captured three of the last four games in the series including two straight...in the last meeting, Eastern defeated WSU 57-54 at Cheney.
Benz Moves Up Career Rebound List: Kate Benz career rebound mark now stands at 727...she is tied for third position on the all-time list (727; Jenni Ruff, 1993-96)...next up for Benz is Janet Kusler (1976-79) who is second on the all-time list with 853 rebounds...Benz also has 855 career points, No. 17 on the WSU career scoring list and just one point shy of 16th position and 14 away from 15th place, currently held by Montana State assistant coach Amy Saneholtz.
Ferguson Returns: Adriane Ferguson's 14 points against Sacramento State marked the senior's first double-digit point game since the Spokane, Wash., native scored 10 points versus Hawaii, Nov. 25, 2005...in her next game against Idaho State, Ferguson broke her right fifth (pinky) finger and missed the next 12 games of the season.
Cougar Tracks: The 79 points scored by WSU against Sacramento State were the most scored by the Cougars since an 84-77 win over Arizona, Jan. 28, 2005.
Home Opening Triumph: With the win over Sacramento State, Nov. 17, the Cougars' extended their home opener winning streak to four...the last home opening loss came against Wyoming during the 2002-03 season as WSU fell to the Cowgirls, 82-51.
Cougars Win Exhibition: The Cougars defeated Lewis-Clark State in exhibition play, 73-67, Nov. 3 in Bohler Gymnasium...senior Adriane Ferguson led the Cougars with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior Kate Benz added 13 points for WSU.