June 17, 2003
Following are highlights from the Washington State Cougars' 2002-03 season:
Bianca McCall was named an All-Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball honorable mention selection... McCall led the Cougars in points (13.1/game) and rebounds (8.1/game) and scored in double-digits in 21 of 28 games.
McCall's nine double-doubles was third in the Pac-10... at one point - from Jan. 11 to Jan. 25, - McCall ran together a string of five consecutive double-doubles...additionally, her six 20-point games finished tied for eighth in the conference.
McCall concluded the season ranked in the top 10 in the conference in five categories...she was second in offensive rebounds (3.71/game) and blocks (1.46/game), fourth in total rebounds (8.0 rpg), sixth in defensive rebounds (4.39/game) and 10th in scoring (13.1 ppg).
In her first game as a Cougar, McCall made an impression in the school record books against Wyoming, Nov. 22...McCall grabbed 19 rebounds against the Cowgirls to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history.
Jessica Perry recorded three games of 20 points or more including a career-high 25 points at Stanford, Jan. 16... Perry finished the season ninth in the conference in assists (3.27) and steals (1.92/game).
From Jan.11 to Jan. 30 - a span of six games - the Cougars had a player score at least 20 points in a game...Bianca McCall reached 20 or more points in the final four games of that stretch while Jessica Perry scored 20 or better in the first two...McCall's streak began at California, Jan. 18 (24 points) and continued against Oregon State (20 points), Oregon (20 points) and concluded against UCLA, Jan. 30 (21 points)...prior to McCall's streak, Perry scored 20 and 25 points against Arizona State, Jan. 11 and Stanford, Jan. 16, respectively...the six-game streak marked the longest run since a six-game stretch during the 1995-96 season.
The nine blocks versus Idaho, Feb. 27 marked the second-best single-game performance by a Pac-10 team in that category in 2002-03 (11, Arizona vs. Cal, March 1)...the nine rejections were one shy of the school record, which was set on three occasions, the last being Nov. 27, 1982 against Simon Fraser...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...with 97 blocks, the Cougars averaged 3.46 a game, which was third in the conference.
The Cougars entered their Pac-10 Tournament game against USC, March 7 with the fifth toughest schedule in the nation according to the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association)/Summerville RPI strength of schedule ratings...that ranking had been as high as second at one point in the season.
In 2001-02, one conference game (Washington, 75-68, Jan. 25, 2002) was decided by fewer than 10 points, in 2002-03 that number was five... the Cougars out-rebounded their opponents in seven games in 2002-03...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games... ten Cougars hit double-digits in points in at least one game in 2002-03.