March 10, 2009
The Washington State women's basketball team (11-18, 4-14) earned the No. 8 seed headed into this week's Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, and will face No. 9 seed Arizona (11-18, 4-14) in the opening round Thursday at Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Cougars and Wildcats will tip-off at 8:15 p.m.
WSU's No. 8 seed is its highest since the inception of the Pac-10 Tournament in 2002. Should the Cougars advance, they will face the tournament's top seed, Stanford, Friday at 5 p.m.
Fans can listen to the match-up live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow, or at www.wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs will call the game live from Galen Center. Fans can also watch the game live on GameTracker.
APPLETON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior guard Katie Appleton scored eight points against Arizona State (Jan. 29), bringing her career total to 1,000. She is only the 12th women's basketball player in school history to reach the milestone.
NATION'S BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS
With six more victories already in 2008-09 than in all of last season, the Cougars enter this week ranked tied for 26th nationally amongst teams making the greatest turnarounds this season.
FROSH ONE-TWO PUNCH
Not only does Cougar freshman Jazmine Perkins rank sixth in scoring average in the Pacific-10 Conference at 13.9 ppg, she is the highest-scoring freshmen in the league and ranks fifth nationally amongst frosh. April Cook ranks second amongst Pac-10 freshman - and eighth overall - at 13.7 ppg, a mark that ranks ninth nationally. WSU is the only school in the country with two freshmen ranking in the top 10.
ONE POINT AWAY
Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins became only the second women's basketball player in WSU NCAA history to amass 400 points in her debut season, eclipsing the mark against Washington (March 6). She now has 403 points this season, one shy of WSU's NCAA freshman record, set by Kristal Stahl in 1989.
THREE WINS, ONE OPPONENT
The Cougars will be looking to knock off a Pac-10 opponent three times in a season for the first time since the conference added women's basketball in 1986-87. Portland State was the last team to fall three times in the same season to WSU (1981-82).
THIS SEASON'S MEETINGS
The Cougars won each of the two previous meetings with the Wildcats this season, sweeping the series for the first time since 1995-96. WSU defeated Arizona 68-58 in Pullman (Jan. 31), and 63-56 in Tucson (Feb. 26). Freshman Jazmine Perkins recorded her first career double-double in the first meeting, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Fellow freshman Danielle LeNoir led the Cougars in the second meeting, hitting 9-of-10 free throws en route to a career-high 15 points.
The Cougars have won each of the last three meetings with the Wildcats, including each of the two meetings this season. The Cougars have also won each of the last two games on the road, though this will be the first match-up between the schools played on a neutral court. WSU trails 21-23 in the all-time series.