Jan. 11, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team (3-12 overall, 0-4 Pacific-10 Conference) concludes the opening home stand of its conference season against UCLA (8-8 overall, 2-3 Pac-10) Saturday, at Friel Court. The game with the Bruins will tip-off at 2 p.m.
COACHES' CORNER / THIRD HALF RALLY Coaches' Corner will be held an hour and a half before tip-off of the UCLA game Saturday. For $15, fans receive lunch prior to the game and have an opportunity to sit down with one of the WSU coaches. Contact Linda at 335-0276 if you plan on attending. Fans can also join the Cougar women for food and refreshments after the UCLA game at the Third Half Rally at the Hilltop Restaurant.
THE COUGARS The Cougars are led by 5-foot-8 guard Katie Appleton. The junior out of Big Bear Lake, Calif., ranks ninth in the conference in scoring at 12.6 points per game. She also ranks among the conference leaders in steals (fifth, 2.13 per game), 3-point field goal percentage (third, .412), 3-point field goals made (tied for ninth at 1.40 per game), and minutes (seventh, 33.20).Sophomore guard Alexa Price (5-8) also ranks among the Pac-10 best in 3-point shooting at 37.5-percent (T-8th) and 3-pointers made (tied for ninth at 1.40 per game). Junior center Ebonee Coates (6-4) leads the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. Since returning to the lineup against Boise State after missing the season's first seven games due to a foot injury, Coates, a native of Tacoma, Wash., is also posting 5.7 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT WSU received career nights from freshmen Katie Calderwood and Jasmine Williams Thursday night against USC, but the Trojans grabbed a late lead and held on for a 62-58 victory at Friel Court. Calderwood scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and Williams added a career-high 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Williams led WSU with eight boards, a career high, as WSU outrebounded the Trojans by a 42-31 margin. Sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge scored 12 points and junior guard Katie Appleton added 11 points on her 21st birthday, giving the Cougars four double-digit scorers for the first time this season.
SCOUTING UCLA The Bruins (8-8 overall, 3-2 Pac-10) are coming off a narrow victory over Washington, Thursday. UCLA was able to survive a second-half scoring drought that lasted more than five and a half minutes to earn a 59-57 victory over the Huskies. UCLA is receiving votes in this week's AP poll after defeating then-No. 2 Stanford 69-56, Jan. 4. UCLA then lost in overtime (73-70) to 10th-ranked California, Jan. 6. Lindsey Pluimer leads the Bruin scoring attack at 14.1 points per game, ranking sixth in the Pac-10. The senior forward also ranks tied for fifth in the conference in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game and leads the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting at 43.5-percent. Freshman forward Nina Earl is also scoring in double figures for UCLA at 10.4 ppg, while freshman guard Doreena Campbell ranks second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.77).
THE SERIES WSU trails UCLA in the all-time series 6-37. The Cougars' last victory over the Bruins came Jan. 6, 2001 (74-52) at Friel Court.
NEXT UP After a couple weeks of playing at home, the Cougars hit the road again to play Oregon (Jan. 17) and Oregon State (Jan. 19). Tip-off against both the Ducks and Beavers is 7 p.m.