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WSU Opens Season At Home Against Boise State
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Release: 11/16/2004
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What's Happening:
Friday, Nov. 19
vs. Boise State (Regular Season Opener)
6 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
Pullman, Wash.

Monday, Nov. 22
at Nebraska
5 p.m. Pacific
Lincoln, Neb.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 26-27
at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic
hosted by St. Mary's College
Moraga, Calif.
Friday, Nov. 26
at St. Mary's
7 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, Nov. 27
vs. Tenn.-Chattanooga or NW State
5 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team opens the 2004-05 season at home against Boise State, Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m...the Boise State contest is the opening game of a doubleheader with the men's team...the Cougar men face Montana State following the women's game.

Road Swing Ahead: After hosting Boise State, the Cougars embark on a Thanksgiving road trip...WSU is at Nebraska, Monday, Nov. 22 for a 5 p.m. Pacific tip-off...after the Huskers, the Cougars head to the Bay Area for the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's College, Nov. 26 & 27...the Cougars begin the event against St. Mary's, Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m...depending on the outcome of that game, WSU will face either Tennessee-Chattanooga or Northwestern State, Saturday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the "Cougar Sports Pass." ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the "Cougar Sports Pass" either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On Friday's Game: "I'm looking forward to playing Boise State and it's good to be at home. I hope we get a good crowd based on it being Apple Cup weekend. Preseason is real important for our program right now. We need to get wins in the preseason because it is such a tough Pac-10 Conference."

Murrell On Her Goals For The Season: "We want to get out of the cellar in the Pac-10. I don't like moral victories anymore; none of this `rah rah, yeah we did well' moral victory of losing by two or five to Arizona. We want to win those games. That might be saying a lot this being my third year here. We are ready to slay some people in the sense of we are the underdog. We want to get out of the cellar in the Pac-10 and continue to recruit."

About Boise State: Like the Cougars, the Broncos swept their two-game exhibition schedule, defeating Albertson 81-54, Nov. 9 and Northwest Nazarene 74-64, Nov. 13...Tasha Harris led the Broncos averaging 13 points a contest in the exhibition schedule...the Broncos return 10 letterwinners from last year's 9-20 squad..

Series Versus Boise State: The Broncos lead the all-time series with WSU 16-14...the Cougars have won the last four meetings in the series...the team's last meeting was Dec. 1997, a 65-57 win at Pullman...Boise State's last win was Nov. 28, 1993, a 77-61 triumph at Boise.

About Nebraska: By the time WSU faces Nebraska, the Huskers will have already played three games...prior to its Nov. 19 game against Northern Colorado, Nebraska defeated Western Illinois 74-71 in the WNIT first round and then fell to No. 10 Notre Dame 73-57 in the second round of the WNIT...the Huskers return five letterwinners and one starter from last year's 18-12 WNIT team.

Series Versus Nebraska: Monday's game marks the second meeting between the two universities...in the team's only other meeting, the Huskers captured a 64-56 win at Pullman last Dec. 4...Jessica Perry led WSU with 14 points.

About St. Mary's: St. Mary's opened the season with a 87-72 loss to No. 24 Arizona in the opening round of the WNIT, Nov. 12...St. Mary's faces UC Riverside (Nov. 19) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 21) prior to its tournament...the Gaels return 13 letterwinners and all five starters from last year's 15-14 team.

Series Versus St. Mary's: The Gaels hold a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series with WSU...the team's last meeting was Dec. 30, 1999, an 83-59 St. Mary's win at Pullman...a year earlier, the Cougars fell 78-73 at St. Mary's.

New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshman, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Last Home Opener: WSU will attempt to make it two consecutive home opening victories when it faces Boise State...last year WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51 at Friel Court, Nov. 21.

Injury Report: Jordan McCormick is out with a left ankle sprain...Crystal Blue returned to practice Monday and is questionable for Boise State....Blue had surgery to her left toe in October.

Cougars Sweep Exhibition Slate: The Cougars tuned up for the regular season by sweeping their two-game exhibition schedule....led by Kate Benz, who recorded a double-double of 16 points and 23 rebounds, the Cougars defeated Team Concept 67-46, Nov. 6 at Bohler Gym...Benz led of trio of Cougars who scored in double figures as the senior duo of Emma Joneby and Jessica Perry tallied 11 points each...Benz's rebound performance would have been a single-game school record if it had occurred in the regular season...the sophomore from Portland, Ore., tallied 18 defensive and five offensive boards in leading the Cougars to 54-36 rebounding...the Cougars played their first game at Bohler Gym since Dec. 10, 1996 when the team faced Stanford...the team followed up the Team Concept win with a 75-54 win over Baden Sports, Nov. 13...Benz repeated her double-double effort of a week ago with 17 points and 10 rebounds...Benz led a quartet of Cougars who scored in double figures...Charmaine Jones (12 points), Adriane Ferguson (11 points) and Joneby (10 points) completed the group.

Murrell On What She Is Most Encouraged About From The Exhibition Season: "We took care of the ball (in the second exhibition game). The second team that we played was much better than the first team. We only had 11 turnovers and we caused 17. I was real impressed with that. I keep telling the kids that you lose games because of rebounds, turnovers and free throw shots. All three of those categories we did well in."

Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10.. the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.

Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.

Milestones Set In 2003-04:

*The come from behind win at Cal, Jan. 29 marked the Cougars' first Pac-10 road win since Feb. 15, 2001, when WSU defeated Oregon 77-76, a span of 27 Pac-10 road games...in addition, the 12-point deficit the Cougars overcame tied for the seventh greatest comeback in school history...WSU was down 42-30 with 15:10 remaining in the game...coincidentally, one of the previous 12-point comebacks was at California, Feb. 22, 1997...the Cougars rallied to capture an 83-70 win that day.

*The win against Fresno State, Nov. 21 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, Nov. 24 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, Nov. 26, 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.

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.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third 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 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third 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 Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Allen played two seasons 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.

A Look At The Cougs:

No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...as a senior averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for a El Cerrito High School (California) team that went 22-9... second leading scorer in the Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League...all-league first team selection.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)...243 career assists is No. 10 on the school's all-time list in that category...averaging 7.3 points in 82 career games...scored in double figures in 23 career games...posted four games of 20 points or more...career assist average of 2.96 a game.

No. 4 Ariana Scales: Begins first season with the Cougars...averaged 20.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game for a Cowley County CC team that went 23-9 in 2003-04...earned a second team All-Region VI selection and an All-Jayhawk Conference First Team accolade...set school records for points in a game (42), field goals made in a game (17), field goals made in a season (255), three-point baske ts made in a season (75), and points in a season (654).

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.

No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Begins sophomore season at WSU...played in all 28 games, starting 10 ...averaged 4.8 points a game...averaged 12.7 points over final three games...reached double figures in points seven times including final three games of season...scored a season-high 17 points against Arizona State (Feb. 28)...previous season-high was 12 points at Arizona State (Dec. 27)...turned in 11-point effort against Oregon State at the Pac-10 Tournament (March 5)...flirted with a triple double vs. Arizona (Feb. 26)...tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against the Wildcats...rebounds and assists against Arizona were season-highs...led team averaging 2.4 assists a game...second on team with 15 treys.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Begins first season with the Cougars...enrolled at WSU in spring 2004 and sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules...averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists at Odessa College in 2002-03...shot 45 percent from the field including 37 percent from three-point territory...earned a first team All-Western Junior Athletic Conference selection...named outstanding sophomore of the year.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: One of two seniors on the team (Joneby)...played in 80 career games at WSU averaging 2.5 points a contest...career average of 3.1 rebounds a game...two-time All-Pac -10 Academic Honorable Mention selection.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: One of three freshmen on the team... led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior... averaged 14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals for the Comets, who won the SOC with a 13-1 record and a 19-7 overall... posted the first triple-double in school history -- and the first in 22 years in Oregon 4A competition -- Feb. 10 against North Medford recording 13 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Only returning junior on team...played in 48 career games averaging 5.5 points a contest...played in all 28 games last year... third on the team with a 6.5 points a game average ...scored a career-high 19 points at Stanford (Jan. 31)...led team from the charity stripe shooting 71-of-91 (.780)...tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in that category.

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Begins sophomore season at WSU...played in 26 games, starting 18 last year...hit double-digits in scoring six times...scored a season-high 15 points vs. Arizona State (Feb. 28)...tallied 13 point games twice (San Diego State, Dec. 22; at USC, Jan. 11)...pulled down a season-high eight rebounds twice (Nebraska, Dec. 4; at USC, Jan. 11)...averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds a game...averaged 8.8 points in the last five games played.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Begins sophomore season at WSU...earned an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention selection last year...led team in rebounds (6.7/game) and was second in scoring (8.8 points/game)...sixth in the conference in rebounds...pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State (Dec. 22) tying for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game...tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left...recorded third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 8)...marked third double-double in a five-game span...tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in that category...point total against UCLA was a season-high...averaged a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in two games at the Oregon schools (Feb. 12 & 14)...recorded a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 12)...two days later, pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and chipped in nine points at Oregon State...scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Stanford (Jan. 31)...turned in first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against UW (Jan. 24)...in conference games only, averaged 9.5 points a game...ranked among the top 10 in the Pac-10 in four categories: rebounds (sixth), offensive rebounds (2.57/game, sixth), defensive rebounds (4.07/game, 10th) and blocks (.57, 10th)...second on team with 1.3 steals a game.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Begins first season with WSU...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, is not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which is Saturday, Dec. 18...is able to practice with the team...in two season at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

--wsucougars.com---
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