March 9, 2010
Washington State will square off against Arizona in the opening round of the ninth annual State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, Thursday (March 11). Tip-off between the ninth-seeded Cougars and the eighth-seeded Wildcats is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
WSU (8-21, 3-15 Pac-10) and UA (13-16, 6-12 Pac-10) are meeting for the second-straight year in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Wildcats won last year's tournament match-up 79-72.
Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow or at wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs has the call live from Los Angeles.
CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES
Although the Cougars finished 3-15 in the Pac-10, they held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU held second-half leads in eight of the team's 15 conference losses, including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock.
THIS SEASON AGAINST THE WILDCATS
GAME ONE - April Cook scored 15 points and Carly Noyes pulled down 15 rebounds, but WSU was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 67-60 to Arizona Jan. 7, at Friel Court. Arizona jumped out to as much as a 14-point first-half lead (16-2), but the Cougars chipped away. Trailing by five with 8:49 remaining in the game, WSU cut the deficit to one (49-48). The Wildcats outscored the Cougars 14-6 over the next four minutes however, and held on for the win.
GAME TWO - Four Cougars scored in double figures, but the Cougars fell 73-66 to Arizona Feb. 4, at McKale Center. After entering halftime down by three (35-32), WSU scored six of the first eight points coming out of the break, claiming its first lead since the 16:18 mark in the first half. Once the Wildcats pushed ahead 45-44 with 15:31 remaining, they didn't let go. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 48 (13:04), but Arizona built as much as an 11-point lead and held on for the win.
After sweeping the 2008-09 series, the Cougars fell to Arizona 79-72 at the Pac-10 Tournament. This year, the Wildcats swept the season series, and the two teams will meet again in the conference tournament. WSU trails 21-28 in the all-time series, and has lost each of the last three meetings.
KiKi Moore has 103 assists in 2009-10, and is just the third Cougar freshman to record 100-plus in a single season in NCAA history. She is also the first since record-holder Jade Hyett posted 159 in 1995-96.
COOK SCORES 400...AGAIN
Sophomore guard April Cook has 401 points in 2009-10, and is the first Cougar to score 400 points in back-to-back seasons since Jenni Ruff accomplished the feat during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Cook scored 405 as a freshman in 2008-09.
NOYES CLAIMS TOP SPOT
Carly Noyes recorded two blocks against Oregon State (March 7), moving past Holly Zapel (Bertus) for first on the all-time single-season list (55). Zapel had held the record since 1984-85.