Jan. 5, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-12, 0-2 Pac-10) embarks on its first Pac-10 road trip of the season at Oregon (9-4, 0-2), Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (7-6, 0-2), Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m.
Listen In: Fans can listen to this weekend's game live on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR (104.3 FM) in the Pullman/Moscow area, or with a subscription to Cougar All Access at WSUCougars.com (click on the All Access button on the WSUCougars.com home page). Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action. Live video for Thursday's Oregon game will also be available at GoDucks.com.
Oregon Series History: Oregon leads the all-time series with WSU 55-12. The teams split the season series last year with each team winning on its home court. Oregon won a 98-92 shootout at Eugene, Jan. 3, 2010. The Cougars came back to capture a 67-53 win at Pullman, March 5, 2010. The Cougars' last win at Eugene occurred Feb. 12, 2009, a 58-45 victory.
Last Games at Mac Court: Thursday's game marks the next-to-last game to be played at Mac Court. The Ducks will move to Matthew Knight Arena, Jan. 23 vs. Oregon State.
Oregon State Series History: Oregon State leads the all-time series with WSU 45-24. OSU swept the 2010 season series, capturing a 63-49 win at Corvallis, New Year's Day and a 50-45 win at Pullman, March 7, 2010. The Cougars last defeated OSU, Jan. 9, 2009, a 65-52 win in Pullman. WSU's last win at Corvallis was a 58-41 victory, Dec. 21, 2006.
On The Road Again: The Cougars return to the road to play their 10th and 11th games of the season away from Pullman. The Cougars have only played five of their first 14 games at Beasley Coliseum.
Strength of Schedule: According to the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women's College Basketball Ratings, WSU has played the 10th toughest schedule in the nation. As of Jan. 5, the combined record of the Cougars' 13 non-conference opponents (they played Gonzaga twice) is 119-61 (.661). Only two of the Cougars' non-conference opponents (Long Beach State, 2-13; South Dakota State, 5-9) have a losing record.
Ranked Opponents: Last Sunday's game vs. No. 8 UCLA marked the third ranked opponent WSU faced this season. The Cougars hosted No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22 and played No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent since, Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
Last Game Recap: The Cougars opened Pac-10 play with a 72-57 defeat to USC, Friday, Dec. 31. Ireti Amojo scored a career-high 14 points to lead the Cougars while Hana Potter added 10. Two days later, WSU fell to No. 8 UCLA, 80-55. Once again, Amojo led WSU with 13 points. Amojo made a season-high four 3-point field goals vs. USC and UCLA.
Making Some Noyes: With 25 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes career total in that category stands at 82, placing her fourth on the school's career list. Noyes surpassed Cassandra Overby's 81 blocks for fourth place on the list with three blocks at San Diego State, Dec. 21. Noyes now sets her sight on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. With a 1.8 blocks per game average, Noyes is third in the Pac-10 in that category and her five blocks vs. Portland, Nov. 18 is the second-best single-game performance in the Pac-10 this season.
Cook Returns: After sitting out the Cougars' first four games with a sore back, junior point guard April Cook saw her first action of the season at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Hawaii, Nov. 26-28. WSU's leading scorer last season, Cook averaged 15 minutes and seven points in three games at the tournament. In 10 games, Cook is averaging 6.9 points a game. She is seven points shy of 900 for her career. Her current 893 points placed her 17th on WSU's career scoring list.
News & Notes: Carly Noyes is the only Cougar to start all 14 games...WSU has used six different starting combinations and nine players have started at least one game...four freshmen (Hana Potter, Sage Romberg, Brandi Thomas, and Ireti Amojo) have started a combined 30 games...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season...Rosetta Adzasu is third in the Pac-10 averaging 4.4 assists a game.