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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Travel Across Cascades To Face UW
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/20/2004
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What's Happening:

Saturday, Jan. 24
At Washington
2 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Fox Sports Net

Up Next:

Thursday, Jan. 29
at California
7 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Saturday, Jan. 31
at Stanford
2 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's basketball team (4-13, 0-8 Pac-10) embarks on the road to face its in-state rival, the Washington Huskies (10-7, 3-5 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. ...Saturday's game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net with Tracy Warren and Mary Murphy calling the action...Washington marks the first of three road games for the Cougars as the team is at California, Jan. 29 and Stanford, Jan. 31.

Radio: The Washington game will be carried live on KRPL-AM radio (1400) from Moscow, Idaho...Alex Webster returns as the play-by-play announcer for the Cougar women's basketball team...all Cougar Pac-10 road games are aired live with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes prior to tip-off...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net...to access the audio link go to www.wsucougars.com...yahoo.com is charging a broadcasting fee this year.

About Washington: The Huskies swept the Oregon schools last week...prior to its sweep, UW had lost three straight games...Giuliana Mendiola (19.4 ppg) and Andrea Lalum (16.9 ppg) lead the Huskies' attack...Mendiola and Lalum rank second and fourth in the conference, respectively in scoring...as a team the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (75.1 ppg)...Washington leads the series with WSU 47-17 and have captured the last 16 games...the Cougars' last win was Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 triumph at Pullman...WSU's last win in Seattle was Jan. 9, 1993 (75-72).

Last Week's Recap: The Cougars dropped a pair of games to the Oregon schools at Pullman last week...WSU fell to Oregon State 62-51, Jan. 15 and Oregon 60-50, Jan. 17... Adriane Ferguson scored 10 points against Oregon State marking her second consecutive double-digit point effort, and the fourth overall this season... Kate Benz scored a season-high tying 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Oregon...Benz matched her season-high point total, which was previously set, Nov. 24 at Wyoming...she has reached double-digits in points four times this season including two of the last three games.

Freshmen Force: The freshmen quartet of Kate Benz, Adraine Ferguson, Stephanie Singer and Nikki Stratton have played in a combined 63 games this season...the trio of Benz, Ferguson and Singer have played in all 17 games while Stratton has seen action in 12...Benz has started every game while Ferguson has started 14 games...Singer has been part of the starting five in the last three contests...the quartet were responsible for 36 of the team's 50 points (72 percent) against Oregon, Jan. 17...Benz and Ferguson have reached double-digits in points four times this season while Singer has hit the mark three times...Stratton just missed her first double-digit point game with nine points against Oregon.

Back to Defense: The Cougars returned to previous defensive form against the Oregon schools last week...WSU held OSU to 62 points and allowed 60 to Oregon, marking the lowest point total allowed by the Cougars in the last 11 games ...the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points four times in the season's first six games...in 28 games last season, the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points three times...the 49 points allowed by the Cougars against Utah Valley State were the fewest allowed by the team since a 55-49 win over Portland State, Nov. 26, 2001...WSU held two opponents (Fresno State, .291; Utah Valley State, .288) to under 30 percent field goal percentage...the last time WSU held two opponents under 30 percent field goal percentage in the same season was in 2000-01...WSU held American (.263) and Vermont (.269) to under 30 percent that season.

Shooting High and Lows: The 58 percent shooting percentage (29-of-50) against California, Jan. 4 marked the highest shooting percentage from WSU since Jan. 13, 1997 when the Cougars were 37-of-58 (63.8 percent) from the field in a 109-79 win over Southern Utah...conversely, the team's 21.2 percent (11-of-52) shooting performance against San Diego State, Dec. 22 was the worst percentage from the Cougars since the team went 12-of-69 (17.4 percent) from the field in a 57-33 loss at Oregon State, Dec. 28, 2001.

Benz Makes a Mark In Record Book: Freshman Kate Benz pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...the WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions....last year Bianca McCall also grabbed 19 rebounds in a game as she hit the number against Wyoming....Benz leads the team in rebounding (5.8/game), which is 11th in the Pac-10.

McCall 20/20: Bianca McCall recorded her first 20-point game of the season with 20 points at Arizona State, Dec. 27...that marked her seventh career 20-point game...McCall leads the Cougars in scoring (10.2 points/game) and is second in rebounds (5.3/game)...she returned to the court against Utah, Dec. 13 after missing the previous two games recovering from a concussion sustained in the second half of the Nov. 29 loss at Baylor... McCall scored 13 points (all in the second half) in the 59-58 win at Eastern Washington, Nov. 26...the last two points of the 13 were the most dramatic as McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones miss with 3.9 seconds left propelled the Cougars to victory....McCall is 10th in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.27/game), and blocks (.60/game), 18th in total rebounds and 19th in points.

Cougar Notes: With 220 career assists, Jessica Perry is just six assists shy of breaking into the school's all-time top 10 list in that category...Kelli Kronberger (1993-96) is 10th on the list with 226 assists...with 52 career blocks, Candace Fields is fifth on the school's all-time list in that category...Fields' four blocks against California, Jan. 4 was a career-high...Fields is sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks (.80/game)...Fields' 16 points at UCLA, Jan. 9 was a season-high...two players (Lindsey Egeland, Kate Benz) have started all 17 games...10 players have started at least one game for WSU...nine players have scored in double figures in at least one game...the Cougars have out-rebounded their opponents in seven games...last year, WSU out-rebounded its opponents in four games...the Cougars are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (232-of-317, 73.2 percent)...Charmaine Jones is 34-of-45 (.756) from the charity stripe, which is eighth in the conference...the 31 free throws against San Diego State, Dec. 22 is a Pac-10 high this season for all games.

For Three!: The eight treys by the Cougars against Nebraska, Dec. 4 were the most by the team since WSU made eight in an 86-65 loss to Arizona last season in Pullman...Lindsey Egeland's perfect 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range in the win over Utah Valley State, Dec. 6 marked the first time a Cougar was perfect from behind the arc with a minimum of four attempts since Tricia Lamb (4-of-4) Feb. 13, 1999 against Oregon State at Pullman.

Road Warriors: The Nov. 24 Wyoming game began a stretch of three road games over the course of six days...along with the trip to Laramie, Wyo., WSU traveled to Cheney, Wash. for a game at Eastern Washington before going south to Waco, Texas for a game at Baylor...the road trek encompassed 4,628 air miles, 780 bus miles, six motels and four states.

Equaling the Past Two Seasons: With four wins this season, the Cougars have matched their combined win total over the past two seasons. (2001-02: 2-27; 2002-03: 2-26).

First Time Since...

*The win against Fresno State marked the first season-opening triumph for WSU since three years ago to the day. The Cougars captured a 59-52 win at American University, Nov. 21, 2000 to open the 2000-01 campaign.

* The win at Wyoming improved the Cougars' record to 2-0 marking the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that WSU began a season with consecutive victories. The Cougars opened up that season with five straight wins.

* The Wyoming victory also marked the first road win for WSU since a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001, a span of 28 games.

* The win at Eastern Washington, which followed up the road triumph at Wyoming, marked the second road win for WSU in the span of three days. The last time WSU won two consecutive road games was in 1997 when the Cougars followed up a win at, coincidentally, Wyoming, Nov. 23. with a victory at Gonzaga, Nov. 28.

Double Doubleheaders: The Cougars have been part of four men's/women's basketball doubleheaders this season...WSU was part of the opening act at Eastern Washington and was in the finale at Baylor, vs. Utah Valley State and at Utah...the Cougars were 2-2 in the doubleheader games scoring wins over Eastern Washington and Utah Valley State.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.

Moore Transfers: Keisha Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from J.W. North High School (Riverside, Calif.), has elected to transfer to the Washington State women's basketball program from the University of Idaho, WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced, Dec. 22...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules; Moore is not eligible to play for the Cougars until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester...she is allowed to practice with the team however....Moore is not the only player to join the Cougars as Crystal Blue - a 5-foot-10 guard from Seattle Wash., who signed with the team last spring - has been declared academically eligible and can practice with the team as well... Blue will be eligible to compete in the 2004-05 season.

Cougars Ink Shired: Sabrina Shired, a 6-foot-4 center from Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calif.), signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 12...as a junior at Casa Grande, Shired averaged seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in leading her team to the playoffs...that followed up a sophomore season in which she averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a contest...Shired earned Sonoma County League Freshman of the Year honors and was selected as the California Intercollegiate Federation Woman of the Year in 2001. She participated in the adidas All-Star Camp and the Triple Threat Basketball Club last summer.

Westside Clinic A Success: The fall coaching clinic that Murrell conducted with her coaching staff and team proved to be a success as it drew approximately 150 coaches and student-athletes to Redmond High School, Nov. 1...the clinic featured on court demonstrations in a live practice setting with the team...coaches were able to ask questions as the drills were being conducted...this was the second consecutive year that Murrell has conducted a fall clinic...last year's clinic was in downtown Seattle with special guest speaker Lin Dunn, the former head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her second 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 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 122-105 in her eight-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 18 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his second season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their second season as Cougars...both served 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 women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Allen joins the Cougar staff as director of basketball operations...Allen played two season for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.

Internet: WSU women's basketball releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

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