Dec. 24, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team begins its Pacific-10 Conference season on the road against Stanford, the nation's second-ranked team. The Cougars (3-8 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) and Cardinal (10-1, 0-0 Pac-10) are slated to tip-off Friday at 7 p.m., at Maples Pavilion.
THE COUGARS: WSU is led by junior guard Katie Appleton, who ranks seventh in the conference with 13.4 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding; pulling down 5.3 boards per game, and is first in the conference in steals with 2.82 per game. Her 3-point field goal percentage (.432) is fourth in the conference. Sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge is averaging a team-best 2.73 assists per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a late charge by WSU and 16 points from sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge, the Cougars were unable to knock off Long Beach State Dec. 21, falling 61-55 at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. Betteridge's 16 points tied her career high she set against UCLA last season (Dec. 29, 2006). She finished the night with four 3-point field goals, also a career high. Freshman guard Jasmine Williams pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Cougars.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal received one first place vote in this week's AP Top 25, ranking second in the country behind only Connecticut. The Cardinal knocked off then-No. 1 Tennessee last week, posting a 73-69 victory in overtime. Stanford's only loss this season came against the nation's current top-ranked team, Connecticut. The Cardinal, an undefeated 4-0 at home, is led by senior guard Candice Wiggins, who ranks second in the Pac-10 with 18.3 points per game. Sophomore forward/center Jayne Appel is fourth in the conference with 16.1 ppg, and freshman forward Kayla Pedersen ranks ninth in the league with 12.6 ppg. Appel and Pedersen rank second and third in the conference with 9.4 and 8.7 rebounds, respectively.
THE SERIES: The Cougars have yet to defeat Stanford in 44 games all-time. WSU is 0-22 on the road against the Cardinal.
NEXT UP: After facing off against the No. 2 Cardinal, WSU travels to Berkeley, Calif., to face off against 11th-ranked California. The Golden Bears enter this week with a record of 9-2.
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.
APPLETON CLIMBING 3-POINT LIST: Junior guard Katie Appleton's 3-pointer against Long Beach State Dec. 21, placed her in a tie for 10th on the Cougars' all-time career list. Appleton now has 87 career 3-pointers, and with one more will move into a tie for ninth.
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.