Feb. 11, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State Cougars (7-17, 5-7 Pac-10) conclude their Bay Area trip versus Cal (14-9, 6-6), Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game at Cal will be 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.
Cal series: Cal leads the all-time series with WSU 35-20. WSU won the first meeting between the programs earlier this season, which snapped a Cal 11-game win streak in the series. In that 77-63 win at Pullman, Jan. 14, WSU made a then season-high 12 three-point field goals and freshman Sage Romberg led a balanced WSU scoring effort with 13 points. Rosetta Adzasu and Katie Madison scored 11 points each and Ireti Amojo added 10 for WSU. The last time WSU swept a season series from Cal was in 1998.
On TV: Saturday's game at Cal will mark the Cougars' third appearance on TV this season. WSU's Jan. 14 vs. Cal in Pullman was shown on FSN Northwest and its Jan. 30 game at Washington was broadcast nationally on FSN.
Last Game Recap: Jazmine Perkins was perfect from the field en route to scoring 18 points in the Cougars' 100-59 loss to No. 3 Stanford, Thursday at Maples Pavilion. Perkins point total came on a 7-of-7 shooting performance from the field, the third best-shooting performance in school history. Only Janet Kusler (1979) and Amy Saneholtz (1994) bettered Perkins' effort as each shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the field. Perkins scored 16 points during the opening 20 minutes to help the Cougars stay with the third-ranked Cardinal for the majority of the first half. Down 26-25, Perkins hit a 3-point field goal to give WSU a 28-26 lead with 6:51 remaining. However, Stanford closed out the half on a 20-4 run to go into the break with a 46-32 lead.
The 900 Club: With her 18-point effort at Stanford, Jazmine Perkins moved up to 16th position on the school's career point list with 944 points and is just behind teammate April Cook's 955 career points. Cook and Perkins now set their sights on Heather Norman (1989-92), who is 14th on the list with 981 points. The duo is also moving up the school's career 3-point list. With 111 treys, Perkins is fourth on the list and is 13 away from Kelli Kronberger's 124 treys for third position. Cook is sixth on the all-time list with 107 and is three away from Jennifer Kerns (110) for fifth place.
Sage Romberg Pac-10 Player of the Week: Freshman guard/forward Sage Romberg was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 7 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday. Coming off the bench in each game, Romberg averaged 16 points and six rebounds leading the Cougars to a sweep of the Oregon schools at Beasley Coliseum. The weekend series sweep over the Oregon schools marked the first time the program swept a Pac-10 series since January 2001, when WSU defeated USC and UCLA at Beasley Coliseum. For more information on Romberg's accomplishments, including a podcast with her after Monday's practice, visit the women's basketball home page at WSUCougars.com.
Oregon sweep: For the first time since 2001, the Cougars swept a Pac-10 series by defeating Oregon State and Oregon at Beasley Coliseum, Feb. 3 & 5. WSU began the week with a come-from-behind 67-64 win over the Beavers. The Cougars rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to capture the win, tying for the fourth largest comeback in school history. Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo led WSU with 17 points each and April Cook added a season-high 14 points. Two days later vs. Oregon, five Cougars scored in double figures, led by a career-high 17 points from Katie Madison, as WSU outscored the Ducks, 96-90. In addition to her point total, Madison just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Sage Romberg and Rosetta Adzasu scored 15 points each while Ireti Amogo contributed 13 points and Hana Potter added 11 to complete the double-digit scoring quintet for WSU.
Scoring Outburst: The 96 points scored by WSU vs. Oregon were the most by the team since a 96-77 victory over Appalachian State, Nov. 20, 1998, and the most in a Pac-10 game since the Cougars since a 102-69 win at Oregon, Jan. 20, 1991. The 96 points was aided by a school-record 15 3-point field goals.
Pac-10 Win Total: The five Pac-10 wins are the most for the Cougars this deep into a conference season since the program was 6-6 through 12 games during the 1995-96 season.
Pac-10 Road Wins: The Cougars have captured two Pac-10 road wins this season: at Oregon State, Jan. 8 and at Arizona State, Jan. 20. The last time the program won more than two conference road games was during the 1997-98 season when it won four.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 18th toughest schedule in the nation. Thursday's game at 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.