May 11, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - A year after Washington State women's basketball player Adriane Ferguson toured Italy with the Cougars, the incoming junior from Spokane, Wash. is returning to the European continent.
Ferguson will be a member of an Athletes in Action team that will tour Spain from May 19 to June 3. The AIA team, comprised of past and present Division I players, will play club teams in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia before returning to the United States.
"I am looking forward to being challenged," Ferguson said of the upcoming trip. "The experience of playing under international rules, facing international competition as well as playing with other Division I athletes across the nation will be fun. I am also looking forward to being challenged by continuing my spiritual walk with God during this experience."
Last May, the Cougars took a 12-day tour of Italy. While abroad, the Cougars competed against four Italian teams and tour historic sites and cities throughout the country.
Ferguson is coming off a sophomore season in which she was second on the team in scoring (9.5 points per game). In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half. The first half point total exceeded her previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004). Ferguson converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.
The Mead High School graduate remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College. Ferguson earned an all-tournament team selection in leading the Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament.
In the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, Ferguson scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels. Once again, Ferguson amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc as she was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory. Ferguson scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later.
Ferguson, who carries a 3.62 GPA in sport management, also earned a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Second Team selection as well as a Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention accolade for the 2004-05 season.
Athletes in Action is the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. They exist to use the platform of sports to share their faith in Jesus Christ. For more information on AIA visit www.aia.com