Feb. 16, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team, coming off of its first Pacific-10 Conference victory in more than a year, closes its home stand against Oregon Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars and Ducks are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.
THE COUGARS The Cougars are led by Katie Appleton. The junior guard is WSU's only player averaging double figures (12.3 points per game). Appleton is also the team's top 3-point shooter (40.7 percent), and leads WSU in steals (1.70 per game) and free throw shooting (72.6 percent). Junior center Ebonee Coates leads the Cougars in rebounding (5.3 per game). Freshman guard Kezia Kelly leads the team with 2.32 assists per game.
LAST TIME OUT The Washington State women's basketball team, led by juniors Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen, posted its first Pacific-10 Conference victory in more than a year with a 56-52 win over Oregon State in the inaugural Pink Out Friday at Friel Court. Coates and Molzen each recorded double-doubles, the first of their careers, giving WSU a pair of players scoring and rebounding in double figures for the first time since Jan. 28, 2006 against Arizona. Coates scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, her second double-digit rebounding game of the season. Molzen added 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, as the Cougars improved to 4-20 on the season and 1-12 in the Pac-10. The Beavers dropped to 10-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play.
SCOUTING OREGON Sami Whitcomb's three-pointer with 1:26 remaining gave Washington its first lead of the second half, and the Ducks could not recover, falling 61-60 on Friday night at Bank of America Arena. The loss was the seventh straight for the Ducks. Sophomore guard Taylor Lilley is the Ducks' only double-digit scorer at 12.0 points per game. Lilly leads the team in 3-point shooting, hitting 35 percent of her attempts. Senior guard Kaela Chapdelaine leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.8 per game, and is also the team's assists leader (3.8 per game).
THE SERIES Earlier this season against the Ducks, WSU, then the third-best 3-point shooting team in the conference at 33.4 percent, hit just 7-of-25 (28.0 percent) attempts against Oregon, falling 64-45 at McArthur Court. However, the Cougar defense also stepped upheld the Ducks to just 14.3-percent from beyond the arc (3-of-21).
WSU has found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard in each of the last three meetings. The Cougars trail in the all-time series 10-51, with their last victory coming Feb. 18, 2006 (68-53).
NEXT UP The Cougar women hit the road for the final time before the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament next week, taking on the Arizona schools. WSU and Arizona State will meet Feb. 21, and then the Cougars take on Arizona Feb. 23.