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WSU Continues Midwest Road Swing at South Dakota State
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Release: 11/19/2011
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Nov. 19, 2011

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Probable Starters
F - #21 Rosie Tarnowski, 6-1, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa. - 7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.7 spg
F  - #33 Carly Noyes, 6-5, Jr., Moses Lake, Wash. - 9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg
G - #11 Jazmine Perkins, 5-10, sr., Berkeley, Calif. - 11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 spg
G - #2 Ireti Amojo, 5-10, RS-SO., Berlin, Germany - 8.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 Apg
PG - #1 April Cook, 5-8, sr., Carson, Calif. - 4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg

WSU CONTINUES MIDWEST ROAD SWING AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: Washington State University continues its trip to the midwest with a stop in Brookings, S.D. to face South Dakota State University Sunday at noon.

COMING UP: Following the game at South Dakota State, the Cougars will head to the Caribbean for the Paradise Jam Tournament held in the U.S. Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving weekend. WSU will face Marquette Thursday, Michigan Friday and Prarie View A&M Saturday.

LAST WEEKEND: Washington State opened its 2011-12 campaign by going 1-1 at the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State University last weekend. The Cougs kicked off their season by battling No. 12/14 Penn State Friday, holding the lead for much of the game before the Lady Lions used a late second half comeback to post a 72-60 win. WSU bounced back with a 72-60 victory over UNC Wilmington behind Carly Noyes’ 16-point effort in Sunday’s final game of the tournament.

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COUGARS CRUISE PAST WISCONSIN ON COOK’S MILESTONE NIGHT: Four players scored in double-figures and senior guard April Cook surpassed the 1,000 career point mark as Washington State opened its 10-day road trip with a 69-51 victory over Wisconsin Friday evening. The Cougars shot 58 percent in the game and 62.5 percent in the second half while holding the Badgers to 33.3 percent shooting for the game. Jazmine Perkins led the Cougs with 16 points, six boards and four assists while Ireti Amojo added 12 points in her first start of the season. Freshmen Tia Presley came off the bench to register 11 points and Cook, who entered the game with 999 career points, finished her milestone-night with 10.

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 Friday. Cook joins 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 now sits 11th among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,042 career points while Cook enters Sundays game 13th with 1,009.

ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS: South Dakota State University enters Sunday’s matchup against the Cougars with a 2-1 mark, beating St. Cloud State and Utah State before dropping a 59-49 decision at Middle Tennessee Thursday. This will be just the second meeting between the two programs as SDSU claimed the inaugural meeting last season 72-61 in Pullman. The Jackrabbits return nine players, including three starters off of last year’s club that went 19-14, claiming the Summit League Conference tournament and advancing the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. Jill Young and Ashley Eide pass SDSU in scoring at 14.0 ppg and 13.3 ppg, respectively. Head coach is in his 12th season with the Jackrabbits and owns a 268-91 career record, all at SDSU.

COUGARS BEAT UNC WILMINGTON BEHIND NOYES’ 16 POINTS: Carly Noyes had 16 points to lead Washington State to a 72-60 victory over UNC Wilmington in the final game of the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State Sunday afternoon. Noyes scored 12 of her points in the second half and Rosetta Adzasu added 13 points while Sage Romberg and Jazmine Perkins each added eight. The Cougs began to pull away midway through the period, using some tough defense and hot shooting. WSU forced 27 turnovers and finished the game shooting 48.3 percent.

COUGARS DROP SEASON-OPENER AT NO. 12/14 PENN STATE: Washington State University had No. 12/14 Penn State University on the ropes until a late second half surge by the Lady Lions handed the Cougars a season-opening 72-60 defeat at the Lady Lion Classic Friday evening. WSU forced PSU into 24 turnovers and held a 60-59 lead with 7:12 remaining before the Lady Lions put the clamps down on the Cougar offense to come away with the win. Sage Romberg came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points while Philadelphia native Rosie Tarnowski scored 10 points. Jazmine Perkins and Ireti Amojo each added nine points as Perkins matched a career-high with a game-high 13 rebounds.

COUGARS HEAD TO VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament will feature Marquette University, University of Michigan, Prairie View A&M University and Washington State in the 12th annual tournament held Nov. 24-26, at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI. Three of the four participants earned postseason berths last season, with Marquette advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Prairie View A&M appearing in the NCAA Tournament’s first round and Michigan appearing in the National Invitation Tournament. Marquette is making a return trip to the islands to defend its 2006 St. John Division championship.

COUGAR HOME GAMES TO BE WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women’s basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on during the 2011-12 season. This Sunday’s exhibition against Lewis-Clark State will be webstreamed. The only home game that will not be webcast this season will be the Jan. 14 televised matchup against University of Washington. The Feb. 11 meeting with University of Oregon will either be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access or televised by FSN. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.

FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12, MAYBE FOUR: 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. The home meeting against University of Oregon, Feb. 11 is another contest that could be picked up by FSN as part of the Pac-12’s selected wildcard slot.

SCHEDULE TO CHALLENGE COUGARS IN 2011-12: Washington State’s 2011-12 slate features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason a season ago, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants, and is highlighted by a trip to the Virgin Islands along with 18 games against the new-look Pac-12 Conference.

ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS RETURN: Washington State guards Jazmine Perkins, Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo each earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors last season. Perkins and Romberg each received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors with Romberg also garnering a spot on the All-Freshmen team and Amojo receiving All-Freshmen honorable mention accolades. Perkins picks up her fourth career all-conference honor after being named all-conference honorable mention, all-freshman and all-defensive honorable mention as a freshman.

WHAT THE COUGS RETURN: WSU welcomes back four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad that posted the most conference wins (6), the highest scoring average (63.0 ppg) and highest shooting percentage (.381) since 2000-01. The Cougars posted their highest finish since the 1997-98, tying for seventh after posting season sweeps over California and Oregon State and beating Oregon and Oregon State on the same weekend to record their first weekend sweep in conference play since 2001. WSU finished the year with a school-record 208 made three-point field goals and the second-most assists in program single-season history.

BEST PAC-10 FINISH IN 10 YEARS: The Cougars finished 2010-11 with a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and tied for seventh place with the Washington Huskies. The seventh place showing is the best for the program since the 1997-98 season and the six conference wins are the most since the 2000-01 season.

COUGARS PICKED SEVENTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Washington State was picked to finish seventh in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Collecting the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) was Stanford, who was picked the preseason favorite for the 11th year in a row by the coaches to win the Pac-12 title.

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