Jan. 7, 2008
FIRST GLANCE The Washington State women's basketball team (3-11 overall, 0-3 Pacific-10 Conference) continues its opening home stand of the conference season against USC and UCLA this week at Friel Court. The game with the Trojans is slated to tip-off Thursday (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m., while the game with the Bruins is at 2 p.m., Saturday (Jan. 12).
THE COUGARS The Cougars are led by 5-foot-8 guard Katie Appleton. The junior out of Big Bear Lake, Calif., ranks ninth in the conference in scoring at 12.8 points per game. She also ranks among the conference leaders in steals (fifth, 2.29 per game), 3-point field goal percentage (fourth, .408), 3-point field goals made (tied for ninth at 1.43 per game), and minutes (seventh, 32.86). Sophomore guard Alexa Price (5-8) also ranks among the Pac-10 best in 3-point shooting at 39.2-percent and 3-pointers made (tied for ninth at 1.43 per game). Junior center Ebonee Coates (6-4) leads the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. Since returning to the lineup against Boise State after missing the season's first seven games due to a foot injury, Coates, a native of Tacoma, Wash., is also posting 5.7 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT WSU dropped its Pacific-10 Conference home opener 61-46 to Washington Jan. 4, at Friel Court in the inaugural "Cougs Have Heart" basketball game. WSU was led by junior guard Katie Appleton who tied a game-high with 16 points. Appleton also led the team with five rebounds, while junior forward Heather Molzen led the Cougars with a career-high four assists. Freshman guard Jasmine Williams tied a career-high with 10 points.
SCOUTING USC The Trojans (9-6 overall, 2-2 Pac-10) are receiving votes in the AP poll this week after knocking off second-ranked Stanford 73-72, Jan. 6. USC also lost to then-No. 10 California last week (57-52). USC has two players scoring in double figures: junior center Nadia Parker ranks 15th in Pac-10 with 11.8 points per game, and redshirt junior guard Camille LeNoir ranks 16th at 11.1 ppg. Parker also leads the conference in field goal percentage at 61.2-percent and ranks 12th in rebounding (6.3 per game) and tied for sixth in blocks at 0.93 per game. LeNoir, second in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.79) and fourth in assists (4.21 per game), is the older sister of Danielle LeNoir, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play for WSU beginning next season.
SCOUTING UCLA The Bruins (7-8 overall, 2-2 Pac-10) are receiving votes in this week's AP poll after defeating then-No. 2 Stanford 69-56, Jan. 4. UCLA then lost in overtime (73-70) to 10th-ranked California, Jan. 6. Lindsey Pluimer leads the Bruin scoring attack at 14.0 points per game, ranking sixth in the Pac-10. The senior forward also ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game and leads the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting at 45.5-percent. Freshman forward Nina Earl is also scoring in double figures for UCLA at 10.7 ppg, while freshman guard Doreena Campbell leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.93).
THE SERIES The Cougars trail USC in the all-time series 11-32, with their last victory over the Trojans coming Jan. 4, 2001 (79-78) in Pullman. WSU trails UCLA in the all-time series 6-37. The Cougars' last victory over the Bruins came Jan. 6, 2001 (74-52) at Friel Court.
NEXT UP After a couple weeks at home the Cougars hit the road again to play Oregon (Jan. 17) and Oregon State (Jan. 19).
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE WSU Head Coach June Daugherty is doing just what she has done at each of her two previous stops: improve home attendance numbers. The Cougars currently rank third in the Pacific-10 Conference in home attendance, averaging 2,915 fans per home contest this season. Last season WSU averaged 500 fans per game.
APPLETON CLIMBS 3-POINT LIST Junior guard Katie Appleton's 3-pointer against California Dec. 30, moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the WSU career list. Appleton now has 91 career 3-pointers, passing former Cougar Julie Wright (1994-96).
WSU CAREER 3-PT FGs 1. Joanna Smith, 1997-2001 143 2. Heather Norman, 1989-92 133 3. Kelli Kronberger, 1993-96 124 4. Jennifer Kerns, 1996-2000 110 5. Tricia Lamb, 1998-2000 104 6. Susie Jarosch, 1991, 93-95 101 7. Alke Dietal, 1998-2000 99 8. Darci Wellsandt, 1990-93 95 9. Katie Appleton, 2006-Present 91
COATES SWATS WAY TO THE TOP Junior center Ebonee Coates' two first-half blocked shots against Stanford Dec. 28, moved her into sole possession of fifth place on the WSU all-time list for career blocks with 60. She moved up two places, passing Kate Benz (2004-07) and Keisha Moore (2005-06) who each had 59 on their Cougar careers.
WSU CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS 1. Holly Zapel, 1982-85 146 2. Janet Kusler, 1976-79 109 3. Cassandra Overby, 1981-84 81 4. Kathy Weber, 1991-92 74 5. Ebonee Coates, 2006-Present 61
AN ACCURATE DUO The Cougars boast two of the conference's most prolific 3-point shooters, with junior guard Katie Appleton and sophomore guard Alexa Price each ranking among the top 10 in shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Appleton ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference at 40.8-percent and Price ranks seventh at 39.2-percent.
BIG-TIME COMEBACK When WSU erased a 12-point deficit against San Jose State to claim a 78-72 overtime victory (Dec. 16), it marked one of the greatest come backs in school history. The 12-point deficit is tied for the seventh-highest total in school history overcome for a win, and is the biggest come back since Jan. 29, 2004 against California. WSU also overcame a 12-point deficit against the Golden Bears.
CAREER NIGHT Junior guard Katie Appleton's 29 points against San Jose State (Dec. 16) not only bested a career high she had set just three games earlier against Idaho (22 points; Nov. 28), it also marked the highest scoring output for a Cougar since Bianca McCall's 29 points at Stanford, Jan. 31, 2004.
HECKUVA HOMESTAND The Cougars' four-game nonconference home stand from Nov. 28 to Dec. 16 was a good one for Katie Appleton. The junior guard scored 20-plus points in three of the contests, twice setting career highs. Appleton set a career high with 24 points against Idaho (Nov. 28). She then scored 22 points against Boise State (Dec. 9) and followed it up with 29 points, another career high, against San Jose State (Dec. 16).
DAUGHERTY'S FIRST CLASS WSU Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 14. Her first recruiting class at WSU included five All-Americans and five individuals ranked by various publications. The future Cougars include: Katie Grad (Auburn, Wash.), Jessica Oestreicher (Redding, Calif.), April Cook (Long Beach, Calif.), Danielle Lenoir (Los Angeles), Lexie Pettersen (Spokane, Wash.), Rosie Tarnowski (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Jazmine Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.).
RECRUIT RANKINGS WSU's recruiting class has been gaining national recognition. Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while HoopGurlz.com ranked the Cougars' class No. 24 in the nation.
COUGARS ON TV Three of WSU's games this season are scheduled for live television broadcast. The Cougars' match up with Washington in Seattle (Feb. 3) is slated to air on FSN, while the home contests with Washington (Jan. 4) and Oregon State (Feb. 15) will air on FSN Northwest. WSU has had more games selected for television this season than in any other since 2001-02.