Dec. 20, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team (3-7) readies for its final tune-up before Pacific-10 Conference play, squaring off against Long Beach State (1-8), Friday at 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: Cougar women's basketball is back on KQQQ 1150 AM for the Long Beach State game after a one-game hiatus on 104.3 FM. Steve Grubbs will have the call live from Long Beach.
COUGARS ON THE WEB: BigWest.TV will stream the Cougars' game against Long Beach State live on their Web site. The game is available for $4.95. Log onto www.bigwest.org for more information.
THE COUGARS: Headed into this week Appleton ranked among the best in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring (fifth), 3-point shooting (second) and steals (first). Appleton currently averages 14.0 points per game and 2.70 steals per game. She is also shooting .469 from the 3-point line. Appleton and junior forward Heather Molzen each average a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore Colleen Betteridge ranked tied for 10th in the Pac-10 in assists headed into this week. She and freshman guard Kezia Kelly currently average 2.60 per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington State freshman forward Katie Calderwood tied a career high with 10 points, but the Cougars were unable get by the Lady Griz, falling 74-54 at Dahlberg Arena, Monday. Calderwood led the team in scoring for the first time in her career. Sophomore guard Alexa Price hit 3-of-8 from the 3-point line to rack up nine points, while junior forward Heather Molzen posted eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers, winless in each of their four home contests this season, are mired in a six-game losing streak. Long Beach State does boast a pair of players averaging double-digits in scoring: Karina Figueroa at 10.9 points per game and Tyresha Calhoun at 10.1 ppg. Courtney Jacob is averaging a team-best 4.6 rebounds per game while Lauren Sims is contributing 9.2 ppg on 13-of-31 shooting from 3-point range (.419).
THE SERIES: Long Beach State won the only previous meeting between the two schools, claiming an 86-45 victory way back on Nov. 28, 1982.
NEXT UP: After an 11-game nonconference slate and a brief break for Christmas, the Cougar women kick off their Pacific-10 Conference schedule on the road against Stanford (Dec. 28) and California (Dec. 30).
COUGS HAVE HEART: Washington State University will host the inaugural "Cougs Have Heart" Women's Basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, against the University of Washington at Beasley Coliseum. The game, sponsored by Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and The Hope Heart Institute, is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.
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.