Feb. 24, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State Cougars (8-19, 6-9 Pac-10) conclude a three-game homestand by hosting the Washington Huskies (10-14, 5-10), Saturday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. start time is a change from the previously scheduled 7:30 p.m. tip in order to accommodate TV. The game will be televised live by FSN Northwest.
Cougs Have Heart: In addition to senior day, Saturday's game will be the Cougs Have Heart game in support of sudden cardiac arrest awareness. The first 250 fans at Beasley will receive a Cougs Have Heart shirt and free player trading cards. In addition, fans wearing crimson will receive $3 general admission. There will also be a postgame autograph session with Coach June Daugherty and the players.
Fourth Time TV: Saturday's game will mark the fourth appearance for the Cougars on television during the 2010-11 season. The Jan. 14 game versus California was broadcast on FSN Northwest and match-ups at Washington (Jan. 30) and at California (Feb. 12) were televised nationally by FSN.
Listen In: Fans can listen to Saturday's games live on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR (104.3 FM) in the Pullman/Moscow area or at WSUCougars.com with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
Washington series: The Huskies lead the all-time series with WSU 62-17 and have won the last 31 in a row. WSU's last victory over the Huskies came Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 win in Pullman. Earlier this season, UW defeated WSU 64-52, Jan. 30, at Seattle. The Huskies held a 38-22 halftime advantage and enjoyed an 18-point lead at 51-33 with 10:34 remaining. But Washington's shooting became frigid and the Huskies did not make a dent in the scoreboard in over seven minutes. In that time, WSU was able to take advantage with a 13-0 run to pull within 51-46. The run was broken by Kristi Kigma's trey with 3:16 remaining and sparked a Washington run of 13-6 to end the game.
Last Week Recap: WSU dropped a pair of games to the Arizona schools last week. The Cougars fell to Arizona, 78-61, Feb. 17 and Arizona State, 55-47 Feb. 19. WSU and Arizona were tied at 52 with 9:41 remaining but the Wildcats went on a 14-0 run to take a 66-52 lead with 5:07 left and cruised to the win. Two days later, WSU fell victim to another late opponent run versus Arizona State. WSU led 44-38 with 6:12 left when Arizona State used a 9-0 run to take a 47-44 lead with 3:25 remaining. WSU battled back to tie the game at 47 at the 2:01 mark, the seventh deadlock of the contest, but the Sun Devils scored the final eight points of the game, six coming by free throws, to secure the win.
Road Warriors: The win at Cal, Feb. 12, marked the Cougars third Pac-10 road victory this season. The last time the program won more than two conference road games was during the 1997-98 season when it won four.
Winning in the Pac-10: The Cougars' six Pac-10 wins are the most for the program since the 2001 season. The last time the program had more victories this deep into a conference season was during the 1995-96 campaign when the Cougars were 7-8 through 15 games.
Nearing 1,000 points: The duo of April Cook and Jazmine Perkins are nearing the 1,000 career point mark. Cook's point total is at 976 points while Perkins point total stands at 963. Cook and Perkins rank 15th and 16th, respectively on the school's career point list. Heather Norman (1989-92) is 14th on the list with 981 points. The duo is also moving up the school's career 3-point list. With 113 treys, Perkins is fifth on the list and is 11 away from Kelli Kronberger's 124 treys for third position. Cook is tied for sixth on the all-time list with Jennifer Kerns with 110 treys.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 17th toughest schedule in the nation. The Feb. 10 game at No. 3 Stanford marked the fifth game against a ranked opponent for WSU this season. The Cougars have played four ranked opponents this season: No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22, No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26, No. 8 UCLA, Dec. 31 and Stanford, Jan. 16 and Feb. 10. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.