Jan. 14, 2003
Thursday, Jan. 16
at No. 6 Stanford (12-1, 4-0)
7 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, Jan. 18
at California (5-8, 1-3)
2 p.m. Pacific
Thursday, Jan. 23
vs. Oregon State
7 p.m. Pacific
What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (0-13, 0-5 Pac-10) returns to the road this week to face the Bay Area schools...the Cougars are at No. 6 (AP) Stanford (12-1, 4-0 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. and California (5-8, 1-3 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m...Stanford will mark the third ranked team the Cougars have faced this year and the second top six squad...WSU fell to No. 3 Louisiana State at the Florida International Tournament, Nov. 29 and lost to No. 18 Arizona, Jan. 9 at Pullman.
Catch The Cougars On The Radio: Next week's games at Stanford and Cal will be broadcast live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho in addition to being carried live on the net at wsucougars.com...Alex Webster will be calling the action with the pre-game airing at 6:45 p.m., Jan. 16 and 1:45 p.m., Jan. 18...all of the Cougars' Pac-10 road games will be aired live on KRPL during the 2002-03 season.
About Stanford: Four players are averaging double figures in points for the Cardinal...Nicole Powell leads the contingent with a 13.0 points/game average in four games...Powell missed the Cardinal's first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back, which she suffered in mid-October...Azella Perryman and Kelley Suminski are each averaging 12.5 points a game.
Stanford-WSU series: The Cougars will try for their first win in 35 meetings with Stanford...WSU notched a series-high 78 points against Stanford in Feb. 22, 2001 in Pullman and logged its smallest margin of defeat in the series (five points), Feb. 24, 2000 (78-73) at Maples Pavilion...last year, Stanford captured a 104-57 win at Pullman and a 76-50 triumph at Stanford.
About California: The Bears are led by Nihan Anaz (9.3 points/game) and Timea Ivanyi (9.1 points/game)...16 players have seen action in at least three games this season.
Cal-WSU series: Cal holds a 21-16 advantage over WSU...the Bears swept the season series last year capturing a 76-63 win at Berkeley and a 62-50 victory at Pullman...the Cougars' last win was a 74-59 triumph at Pullman, Feb. 24, 2001...that marked the last Pac-10 win for WSU to date.
Last Week: The Cougars dropped a pair of games to the Arizona schools last week at Pullman...Arizona defeated WSU 86-65, Jan. 9 despite 17 points from Bianca McCall...McCall followed that performance with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Cougars' 66-58 loss to Arizona State, Jan. 11...Jessica Perry poured in 20 points - just one shy from her career high - against the Sun Devils...the Cougars never trailed in the first half and held as much as a 10-point advantage before ending the opening 20 minutes with a 24-19 lead...WSU extended it halftime advantage to 33-24 with 16:32 remaining...however, a 16-5 Sun Devil run gave ASU its first lead of the game at 40-38 at the 11:20 mark...the Cougars responded with consecutive buckets by McCall and Perry to retake the lead at 42-40 with 10:36 remaining...trailing 43-42, the Sun Devils scored five consecutive points to take the lead for good at 47-43 at the 7:52 mark...WSU would get no closer than three points the rest of the way...the Cougars led for a total time of 29:54 against Arizona State...that was the longest duration WSU has led in a game since it held an advantage during a span of 31:32 over UCLA, Jan. 6, 2002...the Cougars fell to the Bruins 76-64 in that game.
"The kids worked really hard; I thought they did a great job," said WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell after the Arizona State game. "I thought Arizona State was on its heels most of the game.
"If we played this way in the preseason there is no way we would have gone 0-8," added Murrell. "We are getting better and I am excited about that. It's just not showing up in the win column."
Injury Update: Candace Fields is out 2-5 weeks with a left foot stress fracture...Kim Dugan is out for the rest of the season with a scaphoid fracture of her left wrist...Jessica Ottmar is out for the rest of the season with a right knee injury...Lindsey Bogachus is also out for rest of the season with a lower back disc injury.
Double-Digit McCall: Bianca McCall has scored in double-digits in 10 of 13 games this season...she leads the team with three double-doubles in points and rebounds...the most recent occurred against Arizona State, Jan. 11 (15 points, 14 rebounds)...McCall's other two double-doubles were an 18 point, 19 rebound performance vs. Wyoming, Nov. 22 and a 13 point, 10 rebound effort vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 4...McCall leads the team in scoring (12.4 points/game) and rebounding (8.1/game)...McCall is fourth in the conference in rebounding and 13th in scoring...her 4.00 offensive boards a game is second in the conference behind Shawntinice Polk of Arizona (4.29/game).
Perry Posting: After sitting out the first two games because of mononucleosis, Jessica Perry has started all 11 games since returning to action...her 20 points against Arizona State, Jan. 11 was just one shy of her career-high and was the highest point output by a Cougar this season...Perry's 3.73 assists per game ranks seventh in the conference and she is the team's third leading scorer (8.1 points/game)...Perry dished out a season-high nine assists twice (Washington, Dec. 28 and at Gonzaga, Dec. 11) ...against Montana, Dec. 14 Perry pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
Harris Joins Team: Holly Harris made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah, Dec. 21...Harris scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes of action versus the Utes...she pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against Arizona, Jan. 9...Harris is averaging 5.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in six games...Harris joined the team after a stellar run with the volleyball team this season...Harris was a member of a Cougar team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament...the Cougars were eliminated by Florida on the Gators' home floor in four games, Dec. 14...Harris earned a Pac-10 honorable mention selection in volleyball...she finished in the top seven on the school's career list in block assists (fifth - 333); total blocks (sixth - 384); and block solos (seventh - 53).
Montana Homecoming: Junior Lindsey Egeland turned in a solid performance in front of her hometown fans at Missoula, Mont...Egeland scored six points, pulled down a career-high six rebounds and dished out four assists against Montana, Dec. 14...Egeland, who was a four-year letterwinner at Missoula's Sentinel High School, is averaging 6.8 points a game...she is the only Cougar to have started all 13 games this season.
Access Denied!: The eight blocks against EWU were the most since the team tallied eight rejections at California, Feb. 9, 1991...last year, WSU set a single season school record with 106 blocks...the Cougars have tallied 44 blocks (3.38/game) this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10...Candace Fields (1.27 blocks/game) and Bianca McCall (1.15 blocks/game) rank third and fourth in the Pac-10, respectively.
McCall Threatens Rebounding Record Against Wyoming: Bianca McCall grabbed 19 rebounds to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history in the Cougars' 82-51 loss to the University of Wyoming, Nov. 22 at Friel Court...McCall's effort tied the junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., with three other Cougars (Janet Kusler, 1976; Gail Houser, 1977; Brittney Hawks, 2001) who hit the 19-rebound mark...Jennifer Grey holds the school record with 22 rebounds in a game, having done it twice in 1975...McCall's contribution wasn't limited to the boards as she scored 18 points tying her with Lindsey Egeland for the team high point total.
Fields Earns All-Tournament Honors At FIU Classic: Candace Fields earned an all-tournament team selection at the FIU/Herald Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 29-30 at Miami, Fla...in two games, Fields averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds...Fields recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against No. 3 LSU...Fields followed that with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds against Virginia Tech...her other double-double was a 12-point, 12-rebound performance against Montana last year...Fields is the team's second leading scorer (8.3 points/game).
Cougar Net Notes: WSU's strength of schedule ranking is currently second in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings... the Cougars' schedule was rated the seventh-toughest according to the Jan. 5 College Basketball News RPI report...the 19 turnovers WSU committed against Arizona tied for a season-low...the Cougars also committed 19 turnovers against Montana, Dec. 11...the last time WSU committed fewer than 19 turnovers was at Stanford, Feb. 16, 2002 (18)...eight Cougars have hit double-digits in points in at least one game...nine players have started at least one game...before the Dec. 14 Montana game, the opposition had shot no worse than 44.6 percent in the first six games...the Lady Griz shot 30.4 percent (21-of-69), a season-low by the opposition... the Cougars have been out-rebounded in 11 of 13 games...the two games in which WSU did out-rebound its opponent were against No.3 LSU (29-24) and Montana (46-40)...last year the Cougars were out-rebounded in all but three games.
A Loooong Holiday Weekend: Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a little longer than WSU anticipated...the Cougars already had a long day of traveling in store for them, Sunday, Dec. 1 as they were returning to Pullman from Miami, Fla...that day was made longer when the plane bound for Pullman, which was scheduled to arrive in Pullman at 6 p.m. was unable to land in the city due to fog...the plane turned around and returned to Seattle, landing at 7:30 p.m...the airline arranged a bus for the Palouse-bound passengers, which departed Sea-Tac airport at 10:30 p.m...five hours later, at 3:30 a.m., the bus arrived at the Pullman-Moscow airport...in all, the Cougars' return trip from Miami lasted a total of 25 hours from its 5:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) departure from the Miami hotel to the arrival at the Pullman airport.
Exhibition Round-Up: The Cougars recorded two wins in their exhibition slate...the first victory was an 82-57 victory over P & P Lady Express, Nov. 9...the Cougars made it two in a row with a 76-53 win over Denmark, Nov. 16...four Cougars scored in double figures in the win over Lady Express and three had double-doubles in points and rebounds...Candace Fields (16 points, 10 rebounds), Lindsey Egeland (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Bianca McCall (11 points, 12 rebounds) recorded double-doubles...Sarah Barrett added 13 points to complete the double-digit scoring quartet...in the win over Denmark, WSU came back from a 20-11 deficit in the game's opening 7:35... the Cougars rallied with an 11-0 run, which was capped by a trey from Egeland, to take a 22-20 lead at the 7:51 mark of the first half...both Egeland and McCall accounted for all the points in the run...Egeland led the Cougars with 20 points, including 13 in the second half...McCall recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds... Egeland (16.0 points, 10.5 rebounds) and McCall (15 points, 13 rebounds) averaged a double-double during the two-game exhibition season.
Cougars Add Three During Early Signing Period: WSU Coach Sherri Murrell signed three players - Vasha Adams, Adriane Ferguson and Nicole Stratton - to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.
Ferguson, a 6-foot guard from Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., becomes the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985 (Lynda Clegg, Central Valley). Stratton is a 5-foot-11 guard from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Adams is a 6-foot-1 forward from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.
Ferguson enters her senior season coming off consecutive All-GSL First Team selections. Her first team nod as a sophomore marked only the sixth time that a sophomore earned a first team selection in GSL history. Her 15.2 points per game average was the third best in the GSL last year. She also started for the Spokane Stars AAU team this past summer averaging 8.1 points a squad that compiled a 33-6 record.
Stratton, whose sister, Jessika, is a guard at Baylor University, earned an All-State Honorable Mention selection last year and was an all-league second team pick the past two years. Last year, Stratton led Coronado in points (14 per game), assists (six per game) and steals (five per game). Additionally, Stratton served as a torch-bearer for the Winter Olympics flame's journey to Salt Lake City.
Adams, who will transfer to WSU from Clarendon College, entered her sophomore season as the third ranked power forward in All-Star Girls Report's pre-season junior college player rankings. In addition, Adams was No. 34 in the publication's junior college overall player pre-season rankings.
Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, begins her first season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19-11 record in 2002 was the most wins by the program since 1995...assistant Mark Lewis brings 17 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis arrives at the Palouse after serving as an assistant at Western Kentucky last season...prior to his time at WKU, Lewis spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland come to Pullman after serving as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a team manager of the women's basketball team for five years.
2003 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
March 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.
Fresh off its inaugural run and gaining in popularity, the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament moves to San Jose, Calif. HP Pavilion at San Jose will serve as home to the five-session, nine-game event.
Eugene, Ore., was the site of the first-ever Pac-10 tournament in 2002, setting the stage for the league's premier women's sporting event. The total tournament attendance was 27,415 for an average of 5,483 per session. All 10 Pac-10 teams participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion will be determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.
Tickets for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament are available now at www.pac-10.org, www.real-sports.com or by calling (800) 650-0122 or (408) 924-7434.
Fri., March 7
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, TBA
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, TBA
Sat., March 8
Game 3: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.
Sun., March 9
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Mon., March 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)