Jan. 31, 2012
WASHINGTON STATE vs. USC
7 p.m. (PT) Thursday
Galen Center (10,258)
GAMETRACKER RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM
WSU HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR THURSDAY MATCHUP AGAINST USC: Washington State opens the second half of Pac-12 conference play in Los Angeles this week, matching up against USC, Thursday and UCLA, Saturday afternoon.
LAST WEEKEND: Washington State split its two home games against the Arizona schools last week, dropping a 63-46 decision to Arizona State University last Thursday before bouncing back with a 78-68 victory over University of Arizona last Saturday. Jazmine Perkins notched a double-double as five Cougars scored in double-figures in the win over Arizona, ending WSU's five-game losing streak.
COMING UP: The Cougars return to Pullman for a pair of home contests next week, facing off against Oregon State University Thursday, Feb. 9 and University of Oregon Saturday, Feb. 11.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men's and women's basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside' on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
ABOUT THE USC TROJANS: The University of Southern California, who will host UC Santa Barbara Tuesday evening, enters the week with a 10-9 overall record and 5-4 mark in Pac-12 play, one game ahead of Washington State in the conference standings. USC leads the all-time series 40-12 with the Cougs splitting the last two meetings in Los Angeles. The Trojans did beat WSU in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament last season in Los Angeles. USC has won 21 of the last 22 meetings with the Cougs taking a 64-52 decision Feb. 18, 2010. The Trojans have four players averaging in double figures led by Ashley Corral's 12.3 ppg. In conference games only, USC comes into the week tops in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting at 35.4. Head coach Michael Cooper is in his third season at USC and owns a 43-25 career record at the school.
PERKINS JOINS EGGART IN COUGAR RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins grabbed six rebounds in the win against Utah to reach 600 rebounds in her career and join Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) as the only players in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 steals in their careers. Eggart is WSU's women's career leader in points (1,967) and steals (377).
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters Thursday's game leading the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (+4.0), second in the conference with 214 steals and third with 10.2 spg. In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars are second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (24.3), third in steals (83, 9.2 spg) and fourth in scoring defense (58.6 ppg).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 8 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the eighth toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season's schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 59 in the second set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second week, No. 66 week three and No. 54 last week. Seven of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-35.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona Saturday. Earlier this season, the senior guard notched double-doubles in three straight games, helping Washington State go 2-1 during that stretch. Perkins scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State Dec. 22 then put up 15 points and recorded 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns the four three double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has eight in her career.
COUGARS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS UNDER DAUGHERTY: WSU's win over Arizona last Saturday was win No. 10 on the season, giving the Cougars their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 season. Both double-digit win campaigns have come under head coach June Daugherty, notching 11 in 2008-09.
COUGS OPENED CONFERENCE PLAY 3-0: Washington State opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State and a 60-43 win over Utah to notch its first 3-0 start in conference play since starting Northwest Women's Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The conference road sweep is the first for the Cougs since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95. The 3-1 start matches the 1995-96 team that dropped its conference opener at UCLA before beating USC, Oregon and Oregon State over its next three games.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year's first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins sits seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,197 career points while Cook enters Thursday's game at USC 11th with 1,103.
PERKINS NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Perkins had a pair of double-doubles in the opening weekend of Pac-12 action, leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins against University of Oregon and Oregon State University to post its first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2000-01 season. The Berkeley, Calif. native earned her first career weekly accolade after averaging 13.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the road sweep of UO and OSU, the first time the Cougars have swept a road series since 1994-95. Perkins had 15 points and 12 boards to go with four assists and four steals in a 75-47 win at Oregon and added an 11-point 15-rebound outing while playing a career-high 44 minutes in the 61-54 double-overtime thriller versus the Beavers. Perkins also hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds of double overtime to seal the win.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS AT OREGON: The Cougs made a season-high 10 three-pointers in the conference-opening win at Oregon Dec. 29. Senior guard Rosetta Adzasu hit all three of her 3-point attempts against the Ducks after coming into the game 0-2 in 3-point shooting this season. WSU has twice made nine 3-pointers in a game this year, both coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville.
COUGS NOTCH CONVINCING WIN IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Washington State's 75-47 victory over University of Oregon Dec. 29 was the first conference-opening win by the Cougars since beating Oregon State in Corvallis Dec. 21, 2006. The 28-point win is the largest margin of victory by a WSU team in conference play since beating the Ducks by 33, 102-69 in Eugene Jan. 20, 1991.
PRESLEY UP FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley has been named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points. The winner will be announced at a luncheon held Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
AMOJO OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Redshirt-sophomore guard Ireti Amojo will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Oregon last Thursday. Amojo entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent (21-42) and was second on the team at 9.0 ppg.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROUT OF UC RIVERSIDE: The 74-35 victory over UC Riverside Dec. 11 was the largest margin of victory by Washington State since beating University of Wyoming by 45, 94-49 Nov. 24, 1998. The 35 points allowed were the fewest scored by a WSU opponent since beating Alaska-Anchorage 76-35 Feb. 23, 1979.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam's all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State's wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT PARADISE JAM WITH ROUT OF PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, FINISH SECOND: Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening. The Cougars shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game's first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12: Washington State will have three Pac-12 Conference games televised on Fox Sports Net during the 2011-12 season. WSU's matchups against University of Washington, Jan. 14, at University of California, Jan. 22 and at Washington, Feb. 26 will all be televised on FSN.
FORMER COUGAR JESSICA OSTREICHER GRADUATES: Former Washington State University center Jessica Ostreicher said good bye to WSU, graduating last weekend with a degree in communications. The 6-8 Ostreicher played one season with the Cougs before a knee injury cut her WSU career short. Ostreicher continued to work with the Cougs, serving as the color commentator for the team's radio broadcasts the past two seasons and also hosting her own women's sports talk radio show.
COUGAR HOME GAMES TO BE WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women's basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. The only home game that will not be webcast this season will be the Jan. 14 televised matchup against University of Washington. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women's basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.