March 11, 2009
Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.) was named to each of the three postseason lists, garnering All-Freshman Team honors, as well as All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Defensive honorable mention. She is the first women's basketball player to be named to the All-Freshman Team since Alke Dietel in 1997-98.
Cook (Carson, Calif.) received All-Pac-10 honorable mention and All-Freshman honorable mention accolades.
Perkins ranks sixth in the conference in scoring (13.9 points per game), and is the highest-scoring freshman in the league. The scoring average also ranks sixth nationally amongst freshmen. She is only the second freshman in WSU NCAA history to score more than 400 points in her debut season, and is just one point shy of the school NCAA record set by Kristal Stahl in 1988-89.
Perkins also ranks third in the Pac-10 in steals (2.1 per game) and 14th in assists (2.6 pg), ranking first and second amongst conference freshmen, respectively. She scored 28 points against Northern Colorado (Nov. 28), tying WSU's NCAA single-game record. Perkins has started all 29 games this season, and has led the Cougars in scoring 15 times. She was also named Most Valuable Player at the odwalla Classic in San Francisco, Calif.
Cook is the second-highest scoring freshman in the league, averaging 13.7 ppg. The mark ranks eighth overall in the conference and seventh nationally amongst freshmen. Cook has recorded a team-high four 20-point games this season, tied for eighth-most in the Pac-10 and more than any other conference freshman.
Cook's 383 points this season rank third in WSU NCAA freshman history, and her 3-point field goal percentage (.328) and 3-point field goals made (1.4 pg) rank first and second amongst conference freshmen, respectively. She has started each of the 28 games she has appeared in this season, and has led the Cougars in scoring 14 times. She was named to the odwalla Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season.
Perkins and Cook are the first Cougar duo to receive recognition on the All-Pac-10 Team since Dietel and Yvonne Volkman were each named honorable mention in 1999-2000. They are also the first duo to receive All-Freshman accolades since Dietel and Tricia Lamb in 1997-98.
The Cougars open the first round of the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament against Arizona, Thursday at Galen Center in Los Angeles. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.