Oct. 15, 2009
In addition to the debut of Midnight Mayhem in Bohler Gym Friday at 9:30 p.m., the Washington State University women's basketball team is also preparing for its first official practice of the 2009-10 season Friday in Beasley Coliseum (5-7:30 p.m.).
The Cougars are looking to continue their successes from a year ago, facing top-notch competition in 2009-10. In all, WSU will play 11 of its 29 regular-season games against teams that reached the postseason just a year ago.
The Cougars will prepare for the 2009-10 regular season with a pair of exhibition games in Pullman, squaring off against Lewis-Clark State (Nov. 1; 2 p.m.) and Eastern Oregon (Nov. 8; 2 p.m.).
After opening the 2009-10 regular season at Friel Court against UC Davis (Nov. 15; 2 p.m.), the Cougars embark on what could be described as the biggest test before entering conference play. WSU will take a swing through the Midwest to play both Kansas State (Nov. 20; 5 p.m.) and Nebraska (Nov. 22; 12:05 p.m.). In 2009 Kansas State reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while Nebraska lost in the second round of the WNIT.
Continuing what will be the longest road trip of the season, the Cougars will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to play in the Lady Rebel Round-up hosted by UNLV. The Cougars kick off the Thanksgiving tournament with Bradley (Nov. 28; 2 p.m.), and then face either UNLV or Boise State (Nov. 29; 1:30 or 3:30 p.m.) in the second round.
After playing only one regular-season home game in November, the Cougars play host to four teams in December. Saint May's (Dec. 3; 6 p.m.) and Wyoming (Dec. 5; 2 p.m.) each travel to Pullman before the Cougars once again hit the road for a meeting against Montana State (Dec. 11; 6:05 p.m.) in Bozeman, Mont.
With two games against postseason teams already under their belt, the Cougars welcome the first to Pullman Dec. 13, playing WNIT-participant Portland at 1 p.m. at Friel Court.
For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the Cougars will host a game away from the friendly confines of Friel Court. WSU and San Francisco square off in the Tri-Cities Cougar Classic presented by Gesa Credit Union. The teams will play at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., in a doubleheader with the men's basketball team, which faces Portland State.
WSU closes its nonconference schedule - and 2009 - with a game against Nevada in Reno. The Cougars and Wolfpack are slated to tip-off at 7 p.m., Dec. 22.
For the first time in school history the Cougars will play a conference team on New Year's Day, kicking off the Pacific-10 Conference portion of their schedule with Oregon State (7 p.m.) in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers reached the third round of the WNIT last season, and are one of four Pac-10 teams coming off of a postseason appearance in 2009. WSU closes out the first conference road trip of the year in Eugene, playing Oregon Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.
Following nearly three weeks away from home, the Cougars host Arizona at Friel Court (Jan. 7; 6 p.m.), before playing three consecutive games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Arizona State closes out WSU's first conference home stand Jan. 9 at 2 p.m., before the Cougars travel to the Bay Area to face Stanford (Jan. 14; 7 p.m.) and California (Jan. 16; 2 p.m.). Stanford played in its second-consecutive Final Four last year, while Arizona State reached the Elite Eight and California reached the Sweet 16.
UCLA (Jan. 21; 6 p.m.), USC (Jan. 23; 2 p.m.) and Washington (Jan. 29; TBA) travel to Pullman for WSU's longest conference home stand, closing out the Cougars' first run through the Pac-10.
Just as the Cougars kicked off their first run through the Pac-10 on the road, the second run will also begin away from Pullman. WSU's second series against the Arizona schools will take place in the Grand Canyon State. WSU will play the Wildcats Jan. 4 (6 p.m.) and the Sun Devils Jan. 6 (noon).
With California and Stanford next up on the schedule, the Cougars will play their second three-game stretch of the season against NCAA Tournament teams. The Cougars and the Golden Bears tip-off Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., before a Valentine's Day game featuring the Cougars and Cardinal at noon.
WSU travels to Los Angeles to face the Trojans (Feb. 18; 7 p.m.) and Bruins (Feb. 20; 8 p.m.) a second time, before heading across the state to square off against the Huskies in Seattle (Feb. 27; 2 p.m.). The three-game road trip is the longest of the season during conference play for the Cougars.
The Cougars return home to close out the regular season against the Oregon schools, meeting up with the Ducks March 5 at 6 p.m., and the Beavers March 7 at 2 p.m.
The Pac-10 Tournament will once again be played at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. This year's tournament runs from March 11-14.