Feb. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON STATE (10-15, 4-9 Pac-12) vs. ARIZONA (13-12, 2-11 Pac-12)
6 p.m. (PT) Thursday
McKale Center (14,545)
GAMETRACKER RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM
COUGARS HEAD TO DESERT TO TAKE ON ARIZONA, THURSDAY: Washington State University opens a three-game road stretch with a trip to the desert to face University of Arizona 6 p.m. (PT) Thursday in Tucson and Arizona State University 1 p.m. (PT) Saturday in Tempe.
COMING UP: The Cougars will play their final road contest next weekend, heading to Seattle to take on University of Washington Sunday, Feb. 26. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men's and women's basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside' on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
COUGAR HOME GAMES WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women's basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12: Washington State will have three Pac-12 Conference games televised on Fox Sports Net during the 2011-12 season. WSU's matchups against University of Washington, Jan. 14, at University of California, Jan. 22 and at Washington, Feb. 26 will all be televised on FSN.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS: University of Arizona enters the week with a 13-12 overall record including a 2-11 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. The Cougars beat the Wildcats 78-68 in Pullman earlier this season but Arizona still leads the all-time series 31-22 including a 14-10 mark in Tucson. Davellyn Whyte is second in the conference in scoring at 17.3 ppg and is second on the team with 6.4 rpg. Head coach Niya Butts is in her fourth season at Arizona and owns a 47-49 career record at the school.
PERKINS JOINS EGGART IN COUGAR RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins grabbed six rebounds in the win against Utah to reach 600 rebounds in her career and join Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) as the only players in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 steals in their careers. Eggart is WSU's women's career leader in points (1,967) and steals (377).
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters the week leading the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (+3.2), second in three-point field goal defense (26.9), tied of second in steals (251) and third with 10.0 spg. In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars lead the conference in three-point field goal defense (23.2), are third in steals (120, 9.2) and fifth in scoring defense (60.4 ppg).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 14 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the No. 14 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season's schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 90 in the latest set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second set, No. 66 the third set, No. 54 in the fourth, No. 59 in the fifth and No. 73 last week. Nine of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-50.
COUGARS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS UNDER DAUGHERTY: WSU's win over Arizona was win No. 10 on the season, giving the Cougars their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 season. Both double-digit win campaigns have come under head coach June Daugherty, notching 11 in 2008-09.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year's first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins sits seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,239 career points while Cook enters Thursday's game against Arizona ninth with 1,140.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon Saturday. The senior guard also recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds at USC and 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona. Earlier this season, Perkins notched double-doubles in three straight games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State, then putting up 15 points and recording 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns six of the seven double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has ten in her career.
COUGS OPENED CONFERENCE PLAY 3-0: Washington State opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State and a 60-43 win over Utah to notch its first 3-0 start in conference play since starting Northwest Women's Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The conference road sweep is the first for the Cougs since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95. The 3-1 start matches the 1995-96 team that dropped its conference opener at UCLA before beating USC, Oregon and Oregon State over its next three games.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS AT OREGON: The Cougs made a season-high 10 three-pointers in the conference-opening win at Oregon Dec. 29. Senior guard Rosetta Adzasu hit all three of her 3-point attempts against the Ducks after coming into the game 0-2 in 3-point shooting this season. WSU has made nine 3-pointers in a game three times this year, coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville before hitting nine at USC last Thursday.
COUGS NOTCH CONVINCING WIN IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Washington State's 75-47 victory over University of Oregon Dec. 29 was the first conference-opening win by the Cougars since beating Oregon State in Corvallis Dec. 21, 2006. The 28-point win is the largest margin of victory by a WSU team in conference play since beating the Ducks by 33, 102-69 in Eugene Jan. 20, 1991.
PRESLEY UP FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley has been named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points. The winner will be announced at a luncheon held Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
PRESLEY OUT INDEFINITELY WITH LEFT FOOT SPRAIN: Freshman point guard Tia Presley is out indefinitely with a left foot sprain. The Spokane native was averaging 5.8 ppg and was third on the team with 22 steals. Presley had appeared in all 21 games and started in eight of the Cougars nine Pac-12 contests before sustaining the injury prior to the road trip to Los Angeles last weekend.
AMOJO OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Redshirt-sophomore guard Ireti Amojo will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Oregon last Thursday. Amojo entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent (21-42) and was second on the team at 9.0 ppg.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROUT OF UC RIVERSIDE: The 74-35 victory over UC Riverside Dec. 11 was the largest margin of victory by Washington State since beating University of Wyoming by 45, 94-49 Nov. 24, 1998. The 35 points allowed were the fewest scored by a WSU opponent since beating Alaska-Anchorage 76-35 Feb. 23, 1979.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam's all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State's wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT PARADISE JAM WITH ROUT OF PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, FINISH SECOND: Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening. The Cougars shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game's first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
FORMER COUGAR JESSICA OSTREICHER GRADUATES: Former Washington State University center Jessica Ostreicher said good bye to WSU, graduating last weekend with a degree in communications. The 6-8 Ostreicher played one season with the Cougs before a knee injury cut her WSU career short. Ostreicher continued to work with the Cougs, serving as the color commentator for the team's radio broadcasts the past two seasons and also hosting her own women's sports talk radio show.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women's basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.