Feb. 11, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team returns to Friel Court to host the Oregon schools this week. First up: Oregon State (Friday at 7 p.m.) in the inaugural Pink Out game to support the fight against breast cancer. The first 500 fans will receive a free Pink Out t-shirt. The game will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest, WSU's third live television broadcast of the season. The Cougars will then play host to Oregon Sunday at 2 p.m.
ON THE RADIO The Cougars' game this Friday will be broadcast live on 104.3 FM. Steve Grubbs will have the call live from Pullman.
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 (4.7 per game), while junior forward Heather Molzen ranks second on the team in both scoring (6.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.4 per game). Freshman guard Kezia Kelly leads the team with 2.29 assists per game.
LAST TIME OUT WSU fell to both UCLA (68-56) and USC (64-46) on the road this past week. The Cougars kept it close for most of the game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, but the Bruins were able to pull away late in the second half to claim the victory. Against the Trojans WSU had two players score in double figures at the Galen Center, but a first-half deficit was too much to overcome as the Cougars fell.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE The Beavers, in the midst of a six-game losing streak, boast a trio of players scoring in double figures: Ashley Allen (16.2 points per game), Brittney Davis (13.4 ppg) and Talisa Rhea (10.8 ppg). Rhea, the Beavers' biggest 3-point threat (41.2 percent), hit a school record eight threes against the Cougars in this season's previous meeting. Tiffany Ducker is the squad's top rebounder, averaging 6.8 boards per game, and Cedes Fox-Griffin leads the team with five assists per game.
THE SERIES WSU dropped its game against Oregon State (60-35) earlier this season. In this season's previous meeting (Jan. 19), the Cougars were unable to overcome a slow start against the Beavers, ultimately falling 60-35 at Gill Coliseum. OSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead, holding the Cougars scoreless for the first 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the game. WSU finally got on the board at with 12:32 on the clock when sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge hit the second of two free throws. Junior guard Katie Appleton recorded the Cougars' first field goal at 10:03. The Beavers' 3-point shooting kept the Cougars from cutting into their lead, as they connected on 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) attempts from beyond the arc.
The Cougars have dropped each of the last two meetings and trail in the all-time series 22-42. WSU's last victory over the Beavers (58-41; Dec. 21, 2006) was also its last conference victory.
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.