Feb. 5, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team closes out its swing through the desert Saturday (Feb. 6), squaring off against Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Tip-off between the Cougars and Sun Devils is scheduled for noon (PT), and the game will be televised live by FSN.
The Cougars (5-16, 0-10 Pac-10) are still looking for their first conference victory, while the Sun Devils (14-7, 6-4 Pac-10) have won six of their last seven.
WSU's match-up with Arizona State will be televised live by FSN, the Cougars' fourth television appearance in 2009-10. Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Tracy Warren (analyst) will call the game from Tempe.
Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM and on translator 105.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs has the call.
CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES
Although the Cougars are 0-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they have held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU has held second-half leads in eight of the team's 10 conference games, including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock. WSU, the sixth-youngest team in the country, is 0-9 in games decided by nine-or-fewer points in 2009-10.
LAST TIME AGAINST ASU
After fighting back to claim a late lead over the nation's 24th-ranked team, the Washington State women's basketball team fell 64-59 to Arizona State Jan. 9 at Friel Court. ASU led for nearly all of the first half, but the Cougars came roaring back in the second, tying the game at 39 (14:43) before finally regaining their first lead in nearly 28 minutes on a 3-pointer from Katie Grad. The Cougars had held on to the lead for more than four minutes, but ASU held the Cougars to just three points over the final three minutes, preventing WSU from notching its first win over a ranked opponent in nearly nine years.
The Cougars will be looking for their first victory over the Sun Devils in nearly six years, a streak of 11 consecutive losses. WSU's last victory over Arizona State came Feb. 28, 2004, a 75-72 win in Pullman. The Cougars are 12-35 all-time against ASU and 3-19 when playing on the road. WSU's last victory in Tempe came Jan. 30, 1997, more than 13 years ago.
Freshman guard KiKi Moore leads the Pacific-10 Conference and entered this week ranked 13th nationally in steals (3.1). She also currently ranks fourth in the league in assists (3.5) and is tied with Stanford's Jayne Appel for 15th in scoring at 13.0 points per game.
A NEW LEADER
Freshman center Carly Noyes recorded her 12th multiple-block game of the season Thursday at Arizona, passing Holly Zapel (Bertus) to become WSU's NCAA leader in blocks for a freshman (37). Zapel (35; 1981-82) had held the record for more than 27 seasons. Noyes' season total is also the fourth-most by a Cougar - freshman, sophomore, junior or senior - in NCAA history.