Oct. 29, 2012
SIMON FRASER vs. WASHINGTON STATE
7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS HOST SIMON FRASER TUESDAY FOR EXHIBITION: Washington State women's basketball hosts Simon Fraser University in an exhibition matchup 7 p.m., Tuesday at Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: WSU continues its preseason schedule with another home exhibition against Western Oregon University 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars open their 2012-13 season Nov. 10-11 at the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis hosted by the University of Minnesota, WSU's first opponent.
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 2012-13 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS PICKED 10th IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State University was picked tenth in 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll. The Cougars were placed ahead of the University of Oregon and University of Arizona who were voted No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. WSU returns three starters from last year's squad that advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and finished the season with 13 victories, the most by a Cougar team since 1995-96. Stanford was voted the preseason favorite after collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11).
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The games that will be televised will be WSU's game at UCLA, Jan. 11, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at University of Oregon on Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on Pac-12 Networks.
ANOTHER CHALLENGING NONCONFERENCE SLATE IN 2012-13: Highlighted by home games against Wisconsin, BYU and Ohio State, WSU's 2012-13 nonconference schedule features games against nine teams that reached the postseason last year, including six NCAA Tournament teams and last year's WBI Champions, Minnesota in the season-opener.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
COUGARS SET SINGLE SEASON MARKS: As a team, WSU set the record for rebounds in a season with 1,267, grabbing nearly 100 more than the previous record. The Cougars scored the sixth most points in a season, made the fourth most three's, recorded the fifth most assists and the second most steals in single season history.
ABOUT SIMON FRASER: Simon Fraser University is a Division II school that competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and went 17-11 last season including 11-7 in conference play. Bruce Langford is in his 11th season as head coach of the Clan. SFU beat Douglas 101-40 in an exhibition game last Friday. Erin Chambers and Carla Wyman each tallied 25 points while Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe added 16 points and 13 rebounds. These two programs have met before with WSU holding a 7-4 advantage in the series. The last meeting was in 1982.
ADZASU INKS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT TO PLAY IN FINLAND: Former WSU guard Rosetta Adzasu recently signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland. Adzasu was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, appearing in 62 games and starting 26 while leading the team in assists the past two seasons. In just two seasons at WSU, the West Linn, Ore. native finished her career with 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals. As a senior, the 5-5 guard was second on the team with 7.4 ppg in conference play, posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and helped the Cougars reach the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State University closed out its 2011-12 season with a couple wins at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Cougars beat No. 6 Oregon State in the opening round, knocked off No. 3 seed USC on its home floor to advance to the semifinals held in the Staples Center. WSU then matched No. 2 seed California for 30 minutes before falling in its semifinal matchup. Noyes, Perkins Receive All-Conference Honors: Carly Noyes and Jazmine Perkins each received All-Pac-12 Conference recognition. Perkins received All-Pac-12 honorable mention and All-Defensive Team honorable mention, as voted on by the Pac-12 coaches and was also placed on the All-Defensive First Team by the Pac-12's women's basketball media members. The Berkeley, Calif. native earns her third career all-conference honorable mention accolade and second career all-defensive team honor. Noyes picked up her first career all-conference accolade, earning all-defensive team honorable mention. The junior forward led the Cougs with 11 blocks while matching up against the opponent's top low post players during conference play. Washington State has had multiple players receive all-conference recognition in each of head coach June Daugherty's five seasons at WSU.
PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013, and will deliver unprecedented national television exposure to its women's basketball teams and student-athletes. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. The 2013 tournament will be played March 7-10.
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State finished the season leading the conference in turnover margin (+3.2), second in three-point field goal defense (26.7) and in steals (328, 9.9 spg). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars were second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2) and in steals (166, 9.2).
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State welcomes in six freshmen this season. Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alexas Williamson from California.
PERKINS CREATES HER OWN RECORD BOOK: Jazmine Perkins made three steals and grabbed four rebound to surpass the 700 career rebound plateau against UCLA to become the first player in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals. Perkins finished her career with 1,288 points, 728 rebounds and 259 steals.
COOK AND PERKINS EXIT AS MEMBERS OF 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Graduate guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin last season. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins as the No. 12 and No. 13 players in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins finished her career seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,288 career points while Cook is closed her career in eighth with 1,188.