Nov. 2, 2012
WESTERN OREGON vs. WASHINGTON STATE
12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS HOST WESTERN OREGON SATURDAY FOR EXHIBITION: Washington State women's basketball continues its preseason schedule with another home exhibition against Western Oregon University 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: The Cougars open their 2012-13 season next weekend at the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis hosted by the University of Minnesota. WSU will face Minnesota Saturday, Nov. 10 and the winner/loser of South Dakota State/Villanova Sunday, Nov. 11.
TUESDAY RECAP: Washington State posted a 67-52 exhibition victory over visiting Simon Fraser University at Beasley Coliseum Tuesday. The Cougars forced 33 turnovers behind 17 steals and held SFU to 30.0 percent shooting including 0-14 from behind the arc in the second half. WSU saw all 14 active players appear in the game as freshman guard Lia Galdeira led the way with 12 points, four rebounds and five steals. Seniors Katie Grad and Carly Noyes each added eight points while junior Hana Potter and freshmen Taylor Edmondson and Mariah Cooks all finished with seven.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars during the regular season 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 2012-13 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS PICKED 10th IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State University was picked tenth in 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll. The Cougars were placed ahead of the University of Oregon and University of Arizona who were voted No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Stanford was voted the preseason favorite after collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11).
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The games that will be televised will be WSU's game at UCLA, Jan. 11, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at University of Oregon on Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on Pac-12 Networks.
ANOTHER CHALLENGING NONCONFERENCE SLATE IN 2012-13: Highlighted by home games against Wisconsin, BYU and Ohio State, WSU's 2012-13 nonconference schedule features games against nine teams that reached the postseason last year, including six NCAA Tournament teams and last year's WBI Champions, Minnesota in the season-opener.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
ABOUT WESTERN OREGON: Western Oregon University is an NCAA Division II school out of Monmouth, Ore. that competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and went 7-21 last season including 6-12 in conference play. Greg Bruce enters his sixth season as the Wolves' head coach. WOU returns five letterwinners from 2011-12 led by the lone senior Lorrie Clifford who average 7.8 ppg and dished out a team-high 57 assists. WSU and Western Oregon have met four previous times with the Cougars holding a 3-1 advantage. Washington State won the last meeting, 74-51 in 1978 in Oregon.
COUGARS SET SINGLE SEASON MARKS: As a team, WSU set the record for rebounds in a season with 1,267, grabbing nearly 100 more than the previous record. The Cougars scored the sixth-most points in a season, made the fourth most three's, recorded the fifth most assists and the second-most steals in single season history.
ADZASU INKS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT TO PLAY IN FINLAND: Former WSU guard Rosetta Adzasu recently signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland. Adzasu was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, appearing in 62 games and starting 26 while leading the team in assists the past two seasons. In just two seasons at WSU, the West Linn, Ore. native finished her career with 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals. As a senior, the 5-5 guard was second on the team with 7.4 ppg in conference play, posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and helped the Cougars reach the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State University closed out its 2011-12 season with a couple wins at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Cougars beat No. 6 Oregon State in the opening round, knocked off No. 3 seed USC on its home floor to advance to the semifinals held in the Staples Center. WSU then matched No. 2 seed California for 30 minutes before falling in its semifinal matchup.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013, and will deliver unprecedented national television exposure to its women's basketball teams and student-athletes. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. The 2013 tournament will be played March 7-10.
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State finished the season leading the conference in turnover margin (+3.2), second in three-point field goal defense (26.7) and in steals (328, 9.9 spg). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars were second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2) and in steals (166, 9.2).
COUGS WELCOME IN SIX FRESHMEN: Washington State welcomes in six freshmen this season. 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.
PERKINS CREATES HER OWN RECORD BOOK: Jazmine Perkins made three steals and grabbed four rebound to surpass the 700 career rebound plateau against UCLA to become the first player in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals. Perkins finished her career with 1,288 points, 728 rebounds and 259 steals.
FINAL RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State finished the season No. 106 in the RPI rankings released by NCAA.com, up 50 spots from last season. Seven of the Cougars opponents finished in the top 50.
COOK AND PERKINS EXIT AS MEMBERS OF 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Graduate guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin last season. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins as the No. 12 and No. 13 players in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins finished her career seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,288 career points while Cook is closed her career in eighth with 1,188.