Nov. 6, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State University women's basketball team opens its regular season against Portland Friday (Nov. 9) at 4 p.m., at Friel Court. The match-up with the Pilots is the first game of a double header with the WSU men's basketball team. For ticket information call 1-800-GO-COUGS.
THE COUGARS: The Cougars return three starters from last year's team: junior guard Katie Appleton (5-foot-8); junior center Ebonee Coates (6-4) and sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge (5-9). Appleton was WSU's second-leading scorer last season (8.1 ppg). Betteridge averaged 5.2 points per game and Coates added 4.3 points per game. Coates was also the Cougars' leading shot blocker in 2007, averaging more than a block per game (1.1 bpg). WSU also returns redshirt junior Sabrina Shired (6-4, center), junior Heather Molzen (6-3, forward/center) and sophomores Nakejia Kelly (5-7, guard) and Alexa Price (5-8, guard). New to this year's team are redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson (5-11, guard/forward) and freshmen Katie Calderwood (6-0, forward), Kezia Kelly (5-6, guard) and Jasmine Williams (5-9, guard).
LAST TIME OUT: WSU went 1-1 in its two exhibition games, defeating Southern Oregon 72-62 (Nov. 2), and falling to Alaska-Anchorage 70-64 (Nov. 5) in overtime. Appleton led the Cougar scoring attack in both games, scoring a game-high 20 points against the Raiders and 15 points against the Seawolves. Molzen recorded a double-double against SOU with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Dickerson posted a double-double against UAA with 11 points and 11 boards.
SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots won each of their two exhibition games, knocking off Concordia (Calif.) 101-42, Nov. 1, and Concordia (Ore.) 63-48, Nov. 5. Portland returns four starters from its 2006-07 squad that went 10-20, led by sophomore guard Laiken Dollente (5-8) earned All-West Coact Conference and WCC All-Freshman honors last season; senior center Rachel Warren (6-3) recorded a team-high six double-doubles in 2006-07; junior forward Allyson Sievers (6-2) was third on the team in rebounding last year; and junior guard/forward Karlie Burris (5-11) was second on the squad in field goal percentage, steals and assists.
THE SERIES: The Pilots lead the all-time series 3-1 and have won each of the last two contests. Portland won last year's game 67-56 at the Chiles Center.
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 theNCAA 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.
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.