Dec. 11, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State University women's basketball team will play host to San Jose State University Sunday (Dec. 16), at 2 p.m. at Friel Court...the game with the Spartans marks the final home nonconference game for the Cougars.
THE COUGARS: The Cougars are led by junior Katie Appleton's 13.0 points per game...the 5-foot-8 junior ranks eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring, and her .435 3-point field goal percentage (10-of-23) ranks fifth...Appleton's 2.88 steals per game lead the Pac-10...sophomore guard Alexa Price also ranks in the top 10 in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage...she ranks seventh at .421 (8-of-19)...sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge ranks ninth in the conference with 3.13 assists per game and her assist to turnover ratio of 1.67 ranks third.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Katie Appleton scored a game-high 22 points against Boise State University, but the Cougar women's basketball team dropped a tough game 71-64 at Friel Court, Dec. 9...WSU held an 11 point lead at halftime (37-26), and led for a majority of the second half...the Broncos' Brittany Moore sunk two free throws with 4:35 remaining in the game, giving Boise State the lead for good.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans (1-8) are led by junior guard Natalie White's 15.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game...White has led the team in scoring in seven of the squad's nine games...SJSU is 1-5 on the road, nabbing its only victory this season at Cal State Northridge (59-55)...the Spartans are coming off consecutive losses since the win, including a 23-point defeat (74-51) at the hands of San Francisco, Dec. 9.
THE SERIES: The Cougars won each of the last four meetings between the two schools to take a 4-3 lead in the all-time series...WSU won last year's meeting 72-61 at The Event Center...the last time the Spartans were victorious was Jan. 28, 1984, a 78-69 victory at San Jose.
NEXT UP: After playing each of the last four games at home, WSU hits the road for four consecutive games. The Cougars close out their nonconference schedule against Montana (Dec. 18) and Long Beach State (Dec. 22) next week, and then travels to the Golden State to play Stanford (Dec. 28) and California (Dec. 30) to kick off the Pacific-10 Conference season.
DAUGHERTY'S FIRST CLASS: WSU Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 14. Her first recruiting class at WSU included five All-Americans and five individuals ranked by various publications. The future Cougars include: Katie Grad (Auburn, Wash.), Jessica Oestreicher (Redding, Calif.), April Cook (Long Beach, Calif.), Danielle Lenoir (Los Angeles), Lexie Pettersen (Spokane, Wash.), Rosie Tarnowski (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Jazmine Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.).
RECRUIT RANKINGS: WSU's recruiting class has been gaining national recognition. Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while HoopGurlz.com ranked the Cougars' class No. 24 in the nation.
COUGAR HEAD COACH June Daugherty: With a career record of 314-213 entering this season, veteran coach June Daugherty is exactly what the Cougars needed. The first-year WSU head coach has a proven history of turning programs around. At Boise State (1989-96) she compiled a record of 123-74, led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, achieved their first-ever national ranking and won their first regular season conference title. At Washington (1996-2006) Daugherty led the Huskies to the Pacific-10 Conference title in 2001, their first since 1990. She also led Washington to nine postseason appearances in 11 seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT appearances, making it all the way to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 2001.
JUNE'S BLOG: Check in with WSU head coach June Daugherty all season long at www.wsucougars.com. Daugherty will be posting regular updates to her blog throughout the 2007-08 season. To access June's Journal, click the link on the women's basketball page.
THIRD HALF RALLY: Join the WSU women's basketball team at the Hilltop Restaurant for the Third Half Rally following select games this season. Refreshments and food will be available following the UCLA game (Jan. 12), Oregon game (Feb. 17) and Stanford game (March 2)
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 2007-08 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.
COUGARS ON TV: Three of WSU's games this season are scheduled for live television broadcast. The Cougars' match up with Washington in Seattle (Feb. 3) is slated to air on FSN, while the home contests with Washington (Jan. 4) and Oregon State (Feb. 15) will air on FSN Northwest. WSU has had more games selected for television this season than in any other since 2001-02.
COUGS ON THE INTERNET: Stay up-to-date on all Cougar women's basketball action...releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly at www.wsucougars.com.