Feb. 16, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team kicks off a three-game road trip Thursday (Feb. 18), travelling to Los Angeles to take on USC. Tip-off between the Trojans and Cougars is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Galen Center.
The Cougars (6-18, 1-12 Pac-10) will be looking to bounce back after being swept by the Bay Area schools this past week, while the Women of Troy (13-10, 7-5 Pac-10) are looking to end a four-game slide.
The Cougars close out the week against UCLA Saturday (Feb. 20). Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.
Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM and on translator 105.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs has the call live from Los Angeles.
CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES
Although the Cougars are 1-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they have held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU had held second-half leads in eight of the team's 12 conference losses prior to finally breaking through against Arizona State (Feb. 6), including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock.
LAST TIME AGAINST USC
A halftime lead over the conference's second-place team fizzled away for WSU, and the Cougars fell 61-51 to USC Jan. 23, at Friel Court. Carly Noyes and April Cook each scored 10 points to lead the Cougars.
WSU held the Trojans without a field goal for the final four-and-half minutes of the opening half, entering intermission with a 32-27 advantage. USC chipped away at the Cougars' lead in the second half however, and WSU scored just four points over the game's final nine-plus minutes.
The Cougars will be looking for their first victory in the last 19 meetings with the Trojans, with the last win coming Jan. 4, 2001 in Pullman (79-78). WSU trails 11-37 in the all-time series, including a 4-20 mark on the road. WSU's last victory over the Trojans in Los Angeles came more than a decade ago (65-58; Jan. 28, 1999).
FRESHMAN IN FIRST
WSU freshmen KiKi Moore and Carly Noyes each lead the Pacific-10 Conference in a major statistical category. Moore ranks first in the conference in steals, averaging 3.1 per game. Noyes leads the Pac-10 in blocks, averaging 1.9 per game.