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Cougar Women Head to Desert to Face Arizona
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/24/2009
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Feb. 24, 2009

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FIRST GLANCE
The Washington State women's basketball team (10-16, 3-12) hits the road for the final time during the 2008-09 regular season, traveling to the desert to face off against Arizona (10-15, 3-11) Thursday at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT).

The Cougars will then head to Tempe, Ariz., to square off against Arizona State, Saturday at 3 p.m. (PT).

LOOKING FOR THE SWEEP
The Cougars will be looking to sweep a single-season series against a conference opponent for the first time since 2000-01, when WSU defeated Oregon 67-64 at home (Jan. 20), and 77-76 on the road (Feb. 15). The last time the Cougars swept their season series against Arizona was in 1995-96, winning 71-65 in Pullman (Feb. 3), and 76-67 in Tucson (Feb. 29).

LISTEN/WATCH
Fans can listen to the match-up live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow, or at www.wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs will call the game live from McKale Center. Fans can also watch the game live on GameTracker.

HIGH SCORING FRESHMEN
Freshmen guards Jazmine Perkins (338 points) and April Cook (307 points) entered last week ranked seventh and 15th, respectively, in freshmen scoring nationally. WSU was the only school in the country with two freshmen ranking in the top 20.

APPLETON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior guard Katie Appleton scored eight points against Arizona State (Jan. 29), bringing her career total to 1,000. She is only the 12th women's basketball player in school history to reach the milestone.

NATION'S BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS
With five more victories already in 2008-09 than in all of last season, the Cougars entered this week ranked tied for 18th nationally amongst teams making the greatest turnarounds this season.

FROSH ONE-TWO PUNCH
Not only does Cougar freshman Jazmine Perkins rank fifth in scoring average in the Pacific-10 Conference at 14.2 ppg, she is the highest-scoring freshmen in the league and ranks fifth nationally amongst frosh. April Cook ranks second amongst Pac-10 freshman - and ninth overall - at 13.4 ppg, a mark that ranks eighth nationally. WSU is the only school in the country with two freshmen ranking in the top 10.

LAST MEETING
Led by freshman Jazmine Perkins' first career double-double, the Washington State women's basketball team knocked off Arizona 68-58 Jan. 31 at Friel Court. Perkins scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down a team- and career-high 10 rebounds. The Cougars came back from 13 points down to win the game, the fourth-largest deficit overcome in school history, and the largest in conference play since overcoming a 16-point deficit at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001.

THE SERIES
The Cougars have won each of the last two meetings with Arizona, including earlier this season in Pullman (68-58). WSU defeated the Wildcats last season in Tucson (67-54), the team's first road victory over the Wildcats in more than a decade. WSU trails in the all-time series 20-23, and is 9-11 on the road.

OPPONENT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Though the Cougars rank seventh during the Pacific-10 Conference season in defensive field goal percentage (.438), each of WSU's last four opponents have failed to shoot above 40.0 percent from the field. The last four Cougars opponents have combined for a shooting percentage of 35.4 (80-of-226).

--wsucougars.com--
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