Thursday, Feb. 23
7 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, Feb. 25
at No. 15 (AP) Stanford
2 p.m. Pacific
2006 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
March 3-6, 2006
San Jose, Calif.
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (8-17, 2-14 Pac-10) concludes the 2005-06 regular season on the road at the Bay Area schools...WSU faces California (16-10, 8-8) Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and No. 15 (AP) Stanford (19-6, 13-3) Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2005-06 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the "Cougar Sports Pass." ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the "Cougar Sports Pass" either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.
About California: The Bears are coming off a split at the Arizona schools last week...three Cal players are scoring in double digits led by Devanei Hampton (15.2 points/game)...Hampton's scoring output is seventh in the Pac-10...Alexis Gray-Lawson (14.5 points/game) and Ashley Walker (12.8 points/game) complete the trio.
Series With California: Cal leads the all-time series with WSU, 25-18...in the team's earlier meeting this season, Cal captured a 53-47 win at Pullman...Charmaine Jones (13 points) and Amanda DuRocher (11 points) led WSU...prior to that meeting, the programs met at the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament...the eighth-seeded Bears defeated No. 9 WSU 70-52 at San Jose.
About Stanford: After beginning the season 6-4, the Cardinal have won 13 of its last 15 games...Candice Wiggins leads the Pac-10 in scoring with a 21.4 points a game average...Brooke Smith is averaging 16.4 points a contest, which is sixth in the conference...Stanford has never lost to WSU in 41 previous meetings.
Ranked Opposition: Stanford will mark the fifth time the Cougars have faced an Associated Press ranked opponent this season...WSU fell to No. 19 Arizona State, 75-65, at Pullman, Jan. 26...the Cougars played three AP top-25 opponents in December...WSU lost to No. 11 Arizona State 72-47 at Tempe, New Years' Eve...the Cougars fell to No. 14 Minnesota 83-57 at Minneapolis, Dec. 10...in the conference opener against No. 10 Stanford, WSU fell to the Cardinal 76-56 at Pullman, Dec. 20...the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated was No. 22/19 (AP/USA Today) Arizona, 93-86, at Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001.
Benz Player Of The Week: For the first time in nine years, a Washington State Cougar earned Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week accolades...Kate Benz earned the honor for the week of Feb. 13-19 conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced, Feb. 20...the honor is the first for Washington State since Jan. 27, 1997 when Jade Hyett earned the award...it is the 10th all-time selection for WSU... Benz averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals in two games as the Cougars split their home weekend series with Oregon and Oregon State...for the week, Benz shot 52.1 percent from the field (12-of-23) and 75 percent (6-of-8) from the foul line...in the 68-53 win over Oregon, Feb. 18, Benz produced game-highs in points (17) and rebounds (12) in leading WSU to its eighth win of the season and its first over Oregon since the 2001 season...she shot 54.5 percent from the floor (6-of-11) and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe...in the first half, Benz nearly pulled down as many rebounds (eight) as the entire Ducks team (10)...two days earlier vs. Oregon State, Benz recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Moving Up: With 22 total rebounds last week, Benz increased her career rebound total to 670, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Entering the week, Benz needed just five boards to surpass Jeanne Eggart for fifth on the all-time list. She needs just 18 more boards to tie for fourth place on the WSU career charts (Jonni Gray, 1986-89)...the all-time career rebounding leader in WSU history is Cassandra Overby, who pulled down 875 rebounds from 1981-84...the defending Pac-10 rebound champion, Benz is once again setting the pace in the Pac-10 in rebounding with a 9.7 average...if the season ended today, Benz's 229 rebounds would place her eighth on the school's single-season rebounding list. Last year, Benz grabbed 254 rebounds, fifth best in school history...the single-season school record is 294 rebounds by Jennifer Grey (1975).
Hawaii 21-B: Benz pulled down a total of 50 rebounds (for a 16.7 per game average) en route to earning an all-tournament team selection at the 27th Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 25-27...the junior from Portland, Ore., pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds -- just one shy of the school record -- in the Cougars' 74-51 win over Idaho State, Nov. 26...the WSU single-game school rebounding record is 22 - set by Jennifer Grey twice in 1975 and matched by Amy Saneholtz 20 years later...although Benz just missed the school's rebound mark, she did establish a WSU defensive rebound single-game standard with 17 (shattering the previous mark of 13 set by three players, including Benz) and the Wahine Classic record for rebounds in a game (previously 19)...Benz is just the third player to record 20 or more rebounds in a game in WSU history...along with Saneholtz's 1995 performance, Grey hit the 20-rebound barrier four times in 1975...Benz, whose previous career-high was 19 rebounds against San Diego State in 2003, had secured her 10th rebound just over 11 minutes in to the first half...Benz ended the first 20 minutes with 15 rebounds...with 12 points, Benz posted her 13th career double-double and her second of the season...sandwiched around the 21-rebound performance was a 15-rebound effort in a 68-63 loss to Hawaii, Nov. 25 and a 14-rebound game in a 65-64 win over Cal-State Northridge, Nov. 27.
Crazy Eights: The 68-53 win over Oregon, Feb. 18 was the Cougars' eighth win of the year...the Cougars won six games each of the two previous seasons...the last time the Cougars won more than seven games in a season was the 2000-01 campaign (11)... the 15-point margin was the largest margin of victory for the Cougars in a Pac-10 game since Feb. 24, 2001...that day, WSU defeated California 74-59...the win was the Cougars' first over Oregon since 2001.
20 Twice: Amanda DuRocher' pair of 20-point efforts (UCLA, Jan. 14; UW, Feb. 5) along with Katie Appleton's 20-point game (Boise State, Dec. 4) marks the first time two freshmen have scored 20 or more points in a game for WSU since the 1997-98 season...that year Alke Dietel and Tricia Lamb reached the 20-point plateau, Dietel four times.
20/20: Amanda DuRocher has scored in double figures 12 times this season... DuRocher has posted two 20-point games, most recently versus Washington, Feb. 5 and also against UCLA, Jan. 14...DuRocher shot 7-of-13 from the field against the Bruins, including three treys, en route to posting the second 20-point performance by a Cougar freshman this season (Katie Appleton scored 20 at Boise State, Dec. 4)...DuRocher's previous season-best scoring effort came at Boise State (19 points).
Beyond The Arc: The freshmen duo of Appleton (45) and DuRocher (44) have combined for 89 treys so far this season...duo is just two behind the school's standard for freshmen combined 3-pointers in a season, which is 91 set by Joanna Smith (69) and Jennifer Ludwicki (22) in 1996-97... both players have cracked the school's top 10 list in single-season 3-point field goals made...DuRocher is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goals made (1.83/game) while Appleton is seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal made (1.80/game).
Injury Update: Senior guard Charmaine Jones has missed the last 10 games with a right high ankle sprain sustained versus USC, Jan. 12...she is questionable for this week's games...sophomore Brynn Bemis sustained a left ankle subluxation at practice Jan. 31 and is out for the season ...junior guard Adriane Ferguson, who missed 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26, returned Jan. 19 at Oregon and has seen action in every game since.
Stratton Ends Career: Due to a right foot injury that occurred during the 2003-04 season, redshirt sophomore Nikki Stratton has decided to end her collegiate basketball career...Stratton redshirted the 2004-05 season for medical reasons and played 13 games this season, averaging 4.2 points a game...Stratton has an injury to a sesamoid bone on her right foot...she will remain with the team, possibly in a student-assistant capacity.
3 Games, 7 Days: WSU tipped off February with a busy slate, playing three road games in a seven-day span...the stretch began at Washington, Sunday, Feb. 5 in a game that was televised live on FSN...the Cougars headed right back on the road to Los Angeles for games at UCLA, Feb. 9 and USC, Feb. 11.
Seeing Double: Senior Keisha Moore and junior Kate Benz each scored a double-double in the Cougars' 84-77 victory over Arizona, Jan. 28...Moore had 28 points and 12 boards, both WSU career-bests, while Benz scored a career-high 24 points while also adding 11 rebounds... the duo led an offensive attack that scored the most points in a game since a 93-86 victory over, coincidentally, Arizona, Feb. 10, 2001 at Beasley...Benz has four double-doubles on the season and Moore has three... coincidentally, the other time the tandem of Moore and Benz tallied double-doubles in the same game this season came against Arizona at Tucson, Dec. 29...in that game, Benz had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Moore added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Moore Points: Keisha Moore has scored in double figures in 14 games this season, including seven of the last eight games...Moore has averaged 15.6 points over the last eight games...highlighted among those games was a career-best 28-point performance versus Arizona, Jan. 28...also grabbed 12 rebounds against the Wildcats to secure her second double-double of the season...latest double-double occurred at UCLA, Feb. 9 with 17 points and 11 rebounds...Moore reached double figures in four straight games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 7...during the stretch, Moore averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game...Moore secured her first double-double of the season, and her Cougar career, with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...two days later at Arizona State, Moore poured in a game-high 20 points...Moore leads the team in scoring (11.6 points/game)...is fourth in the conference in blocked shots (1.30); is ninth in free throw percentage (.767) and is ninth in rebounding (6.8/game).
Appleton Cup: Freshman Katie Appleton is averaging 8.9 points a game and has scored in double-digits in 11 games...scored 10 points in both games at the L.A. schools Feb. 9 and 11...averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over Cal State Northridge (Dec. 2) and Boise State (Dec. 4).
Double-Digit Jones: Prior to sustaining a high ankle sprain against USC, Jan. 12, senior Charmaine Jones returned to action in a big way by scoring a game-high 18 points (14 in the second half) in the 73-70 loss to Washington, Jan. 7...prior to the UW game, Jones missed the Cougars' last two games due to a concussion she sustained at Arizona Dec. 29...it was Jones' seventh double-digit scoring game of the season...Jones was as warm as the Hawaii weather at the Wahine Classic, Thanksgiving weekend...Jones scored in double figures in all three games of the tournament, averaging 14.7 points a contest.
Cougar Notes: WSU has played two overtime games this season...the last time the team played multiple overtime games in a season was the 1991-92 campaign...WSU played three extra sessions that season, going 2-1...with a 12-point effort at Eastern Washington, Jan. 3, Nikki Stratton became the ninth Cougar to score in double-digits in a game this season...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...Benz is the only player to start every game...the 6-1 start was WSU's best since beginning the 1994-95 season with a 7-1 mark...freshman Ebonee Coates is tied for 10th in the Pac-10 in blocks (.72/game).
Trifecta: The 66-57 victory over Pepperdine, Nov. 18 was the third consecutive season-opening victory for the Cougars...the last time the program strung together three straight season-opening wins was from the 1990-91 season through the 1992-93 campaign.
Third-Largest Attendance: The crowd of 6,532 at the Dec. 10 WSU-Minnesota game was the third-largest audience that the team has played in front of...the largest attendance figure at a WSU game was 6,746, Jan. 27, 1996 at Stanford...the second largest was 6,608, Feb. 26, 1994 at Washington.
Overtime Thriller: In the Cougars' 80-76 overtime win over Boise State, Dec. 4, the freshmen duo of Katie Appleton and Amanda DuRocher combined for 39 points... Appleton scored 20 points - including nine in overtime - while DuRocher contributed 19 points, a point total that was primarily accounted for by five 3-pointers...it was the program's first overtime win since Dec. 22, 1996 (coincidentally, defeated Boise State 79-78 at Boise).
Cougars Sweep Exhibition Slate: Propelled by a pair of 13-0 runs, the Cougars defeated Baden Sports 73-58 in an exhibition game Oct. 31 at Friel Court...junior Adriane Ferguson (Spokane, Wash.) led a quartet of Cougars who scored in double figures with 19 points...freshman Katie Appleton (14 points), junior Kate Benz (13 points) and senior Charmaine Jones (11 points) also reached double-digits in points...WSU made it two in a row with a 65-57 win over Lewis-Clark State Nov. 11 at Bohler Gym... Keisha Moore recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Adriane Ferguson added 14 points for WSU...Ferguson completed the exhibition season averaging 16.5 points a game.
Kate's Chronicles: During the season, junior Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website wsucougars.com...click the link entitled "Kate's Chronicles" on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2005-06 season.
A Look at the 2005-06 Cougars:
No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Due to a right foot injury that occurred during the 2003-04 season, has decided to end her collegiate basketball career...scored a career-high 12 points playing a career-high 20 minutes at Eastern Washington, Jan. 3...entire point total at Eastern came in the second half...seen action in 13 games...scored nine points versus USC, Jan. 12...scored eight points in nine minutes including two 3-pointers against Cal State Northridge at home Dec. 2...averaged 4.2 points a contest...redshirted last season for medical reasons.
No. 11 Crystal Blue: Seen action in 24 games, starting 13...scored a game-tying high 17 points in the win over Oregon, Feb. 18...played a career-high 33 minutes and scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting against UCLA, Feb. 9...had career-high five assists against both ASU and Arizona, Jan. 26 and 28...scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds Jan. 21 at Oregon State...recorded 10 points and six rebounds versus UCLA, Jan. 14...had career-highs of 18 points and six rebounds Nov. 27 against Cal State Northridge at Wahine Classic...scored eight points in Northridge rematch at home Dec. 2...scored seven points against St. Mary's at home, Nov. 20...averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds a game...one of three seniors on the team...transfer from Odessa College.
No. 12 Brynn Bemis: Seen action in nine games... sustained a left ankle subluxation at practice Jan. 31 and is out for the season...played a career-high 11 minutes against both Arizona State, Jan. 26 and Eastern Washington, Jan. 3...had a career-high three assists against ASU...scored three points against the Eagles...played in four games last season... walked on the team in November 2004...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team.
No. 13 Katie Appleton: Started 24 of 25 games...fifth on the team in scoring (8.9 points per game)...also averaging 3.3 rebounds a game... is seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal made (1.80/game)...scored 10 points at UCLA, Feb. 9 and USC, Feb. 11...played a season-high 39 minutes against Oregon State Jan. 21...averaged 11 points in two games against the Oregon schools on the road Jan. 19 and 21...shot 60 percent from the field (6-of-10) and poured in 20 points, including nine in overtime, in win against Boise State, Dec. 4...had 10 points and seven rebounds in home victory against Cal State Northridge, Dec. 2...reached double figures in scoring in 11 games...one of five freshmen on the team...from Big Bear Lake, Calif.
No. 14 Amanda DuRocher: Played in 24 games, starting 15...averaging 8.3 points a game...has 12 double-digit scoring efforts this season...is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goals made (1.83/game)...latest effort came at USC, Feb. 11 with 15 points, including four 3-pointers...led team against UW, Feb. 5 with 20 points...was second 20-point game of season...scored a game-high 16 points against Arizona State, Jan. 26...scored 14 points at Oregon State, Jan. 21...poured in 20 points against UCLA, Jan. 14...shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three treys vs. the Bruins...injured right wrist during the win over Boise State, Dec. 4...missed Minnesota game due to injury...scored 19 points including five 3-pointers against Boise State...scored 11 points in three consecutive games from Dec. 20-29...12-point effort versus Washington, Jan.7...one of five freshmen on the team...from Spanaway, Wash...led Bethel High in scoring each of her three years on varsity team.
No. 22 Dani Montgomery: Seen action in all 25 games, starting five...averaging 3.8 points a game...bested previous career-high of eight points (against Portland in 2004) with 12 points in win over Idaho State, Nov. 26...made 6-of-9 field goals against the Bengals...had seven points at USC, Feb. 11...pulled down a season-best five rebounds at UCLA, Feb. 9...scored 10 points versus UW, Jan. 7...eight points at Minnesota, Dec. 10...averaging 3.7 points a game...played in 24 games as a freshman, starting three.
No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Has missed the last 10 games with a right high ankle sprain sustained versus USC, Jan. 12...she is questionable for this week's games...returned to action against UW, Jan. 7 after missing the two previous games due to concussion sustained at Arizona, Dec. 29...started all 11 games prior to injury...scored a game-high 18 points, including 14 in the second half, against UW...scored 19 points against Pepperdine Nov. 18...hit 9-of-9 free throws and dished out three assists against the Waves...had six assists Nov. 20 against St. Mary's...16 points against Hawaii Nov. 25...averaging 9.9 points per game...scored in double-digits seven times.
No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Team co-captain with fellow junior Kate Benz... returned to action Jan. 19 at Oregon after missing 12 games with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger sustained against Idaho State, Nov. 26...has not missed a game since...made four starts in four appearances prior to injury...scored five points against USC, Feb. 11...team-high 12-point and nine-rebound performance against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds a game.
No. 31 Heather Molzen: Seen action in 14 games...two blocks against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...seven rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 25...averaging 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds a contest... 4-year letter winner and starter at El Capitan High, where she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a senior...one of five Cougar freshmen...from Lakeside, Calif.
No. 32 Kate Benz: Co-captain of team with junior Adriane Ferguson...started all 25 games...earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, Feb. 20...first Cougar in nine years to garner award...posted two double-doubles against the Oregon schools, Feb. 16 & 18...tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds in win over Ducks, Feb. 18...leads the conference in rebounds (9.7/game) this season...also leads the conference in defensive rebounds (6.32)... has 670 rebounds, which is fifth all-time in school history. ...led the Pac-10 in rebounding in 2004-05, becoming the first player in WSU women's basketball history to do so...recorded fourth double-double of the season against Arizona, Jan. 28. with 24 points and 11 boards...point total was career-high... previous career-high point total was 23 against Boise State, Nov. 19, 2004...had 14 points against Oregon Jan. 19...posted third double-double of season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29... ...became third player in school history to record a 20-rebound game with 21 rebounds versus Idaho State, Nov. 27...total was just one off the school record...has been a starter in every game in career...11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals against St. Mary's, Nov. 20....15 rebounds against Hawaii, Nov. 25...along with 21 rebounds, tallied 12 points against Idaho State to earn another double-double...12 rebounds vs. Cal, Dec. 22...scored a season-high 12 points three times this season...averaging 9.2 points a game.
No. 34 Ebonee Coates: Played in all 25 games, starting four...had first career double-digit scoring game against Arizona State, Jan. 26, with 10 points...pulled down seven rebounds against USC Feb. 11...had seven points against Oregon, Jan. 19...recorded eight rebounds and four blocks against Pepperdine in Nov. 18 season-opening home victory...had 12 rebounds against St. Mary's, Nov. 20...averaging 2.8 points and 3.3 rebounds a game...from Tacoma, Wash., where she played at Curtis High...is 10th in the Pac-10 in blocks (.72)...one of five Cougar freshmen.
No. 41 Keisha Moore: Scored in double figures in 14 games this season, including seven of the last eight games...averaged 15.6 points over the last eight games...tallied 12 points and seven rebounds in win over Oregon,. Feb. 18...posted WSU career-highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona, Jan. 28...point total came on 9-of-13 shooting from the field...had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead team in each category against USC, Feb. 11...also led team against UCLA, Feb. 9, when she had 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists...one of three Cougars to score 14 points at Oregon State, Jan. 21...prior to Jan. 14 UCLA game had scored in double-figures in four consecutive games...during the stretch, averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game...scored a then WSU career-high 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 31...secured her first double-double of the season-and her Cougar career-with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona, Dec. 29...tied a WSU career-high with 11 rebounds versus Stanford, Dec. 20...leads the team in scoring (11.6 points/game)...is fourth in the conference in blocked shots (1.30); is ninth in free throw percentage (.767) and is ninth in rebounding (6.8/game).
No. 55 Sabrina Shired: Made 17 appearances, including first career WSU start at Minnesota, Dec. 10...recorded five points and five rebounds at Oregon State, Jan. 21...had five points and five rebounds Jan. 21 at Oregon State...scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 4...averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds a contest... one of five freshmen on the team (redshirt)... from Petaluma, Calif.