Nov. 6, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's basketball team hosts its second and final exhibition game this Sunday (Nov. 9) against Concordia (Ore.). Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Friel Court.
Five Cougars scored in double figures in the team's first exhibition game, a 101-64 victory over Showtime Basketball. Freshmen Rosie Tarnowski (14 points), April Cook (12) and Katie Grad (11) each scored in double digits in their first action as Cougars, and seniors Katie Appleton and Heather Molzen each scored 14 points, tying Tarnowski for the team lead.
The Cougars amassed 22 steals and scored 54 points off of 35 Showtime turnovers.
WSU loses only one player from its roster at the end of last season, and returns five players that started 20-or-more games in 2007-08: senior guard Katie Appleton, sophomore forward Katie Calderwood, sophomore guard Jasmine Williams, sophomore guard Kezia Kelly and senior forward Heather Molzen.
Appleton was named All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention last season, after averaging 12.0 points per game in 2007-08, a mark that ranked 12th in the conference. Kelly was named Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention after starting 25 games. She led the Cougars with 66 assists on the season.
The Cougars also welcome seven freshmen to the program this year, a group that ranked as high as No. 16 (Blue Star Basketball) among the nation's top recruiting classes, and the second-highest among Pac-10 schools. HoopGurlz.com tabbed the recruiting class at No. 24. Each of the freshmen were McDonald's All-America nominees, and two led their prep squad to state championship titles.
WSU begins its regular season on the road against Texas Tech, Nov. 16 at noon. The Cougars' first regular season home game will be held Nov. 23 against Montana State at 3 p.m.