Nov. 26, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team (1-4) returns to Pullman after three games on the road to face Idaho (0-5) in the first of four consecutive home games. The contest with the Vandals is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
THE COUGARS: Junior guard Katie Appleton and redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson are each averaging nine points per game this season to lead the Cougars. Appleton also currently ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference in steals with 2.60 per game. Junior center Heather Molzen is averaging a team-best five rebound per game.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars dropped each of their two games last weekend at the Junkanoo Jam basketball tournament in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. WSU fell to North Carolina State (77-51) in the opening round, and Alabama (66-37) in the second round.
SCOUTING IDAHO: The Vandals enter Wednesday's game having lost each of their first five games this season. Yinka Olorunnife, a freshman post from Windsor, Ontario, is the only Idaho player averaging double-digits in scoring at 11.6 points per game. Sophomore post Katie Madison (Brush Prairie, Wash.) is adding 9.6 points per contest.
THE SERIES: Wednesday's game marks the 38th time WSU and Idaho have met, with the Cougars holding a 24-13 edge in the series. The Vandals won the last match up 72-57, Dec. 20, 2003 on their home court. However, WSU has won six of the last seven meetings at Friel Court dating back to a 63-60 win, Dec. 19, 1986. The last time the Cougars and Vandals met at Friel Court, WSU came away with an 82-53 victory (Feb. 27, 2003).
NEXT UP: WSU continues its home stand this Saturday (Dec. 1) against Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders are a perfect 7-0 on the season thus far, entering Tuesday's game against Sam Houston State.
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: Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference.
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.
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.