Dec. 31, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team hosts Washington in its Pacific-10 Conference home opener. The Cougars (3-10 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) and Huskies (5-9 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) are slated to tip off Friday (Jan. 4) at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
The intrastate rivalry contest is also the inaugural "Cougs Have Heart" basketball game to raise awareness for heart disease. Sponsored by Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and The Hope Heart Institute, the first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a free exclusive "Cougs Have Heart" T-Shirt.
The WSU-UW match-up is the Cougars' first live telecast of the season. FSN's Cara Capuano and Craig Ehlo will call the game live for Fox Sports Northwest.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: Cougar women's basketball, normally heard on 1150 AM, will be broadcast on 104.3 FM for the game against Washington. Steve Grubbs will have the call live from Pullman.
NOT IN PURPLE ANYMORE: Friday's match-up between the Cougars and Huskies marks the first time WSU Head Coach June Daugherty will square off against her former team. Daugherty coached at Washington for 11 seasons, compiling a record of 191-139 and leading the Huskies to nine postseason appearances.
THE COUGARS: The Cougars are led by 5-foot-8 guard Katie Appleton. The junior out of Big Bear Lake, Calif., is averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game. Appleton scored a career-high 22 points against Idaho earlier this season, and then bested the total with a 29-point effort against San Jose State. Her 2.39 steals per game are among the best in the Pac-10, and her 42.9-percent shooting from the 3-point line also ranks among the league's best.
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: The Washington State women's basketball team completed its opening week of Pacific-10 Conference play against its second consecutive ranked opponent, falling to No. 11 California 99-44 at the Haas Pavilion, Dec. 30. Sophomore guard Alexa Price led the Cougars with a career-high 14 points after hitting each of her first four 3-point attempts. Junior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds, the most by a Cougar in a game this season.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies are led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (6-1) and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (5-10), who average 12.1 and 10.9, points respectively. Senior guard Emily Florence (5-5) is pulling down a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game, and leads the Huskies with 2.86 assists per game.
THE SERIES: WSU trails in the all-time series 17-55, and the Cougars have lost each of the last 24 contests. However, a common theme in the last 22 losses, June Daugherty is now the head coach for the Cougars, The Cougars' last victory came Feb. 25, 1995, two seasons before Daugherty began her 11-year stint with the Huskies.WSU posted a 72-67 victory in front of more than 1,200 Friel Court fans that day.
NEXT UP: The Cougars wrap up their three-game home stand next week against USC (Jan. 10) and UCLA (Jan. 12).