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WSU Returns Home To Face Portland State
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Release: 11/30/2004
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Nov. 30, 2004

What's Happening:

Friday, Dec. 3
vs. Portland State
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum

Next Up:

Thursday, Dec. 9
at Fresno State
7 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening: After spending Thanksgiving week on the road the Washington State women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Beasley Coliseum this week...the Cougars (2-2) face the Portland State Vikings (0-3, pending 12/1 game at Boise State) Friday, Dec. 3 at Friel Court...tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the "Cougar Sports Pass." ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the "Cougar Sports Pass" either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.

About Portland State: Heather Arns leads the Vikings averaging 15 points a game...PSU has dropped two games to Portland and one to Cal-Poly...the Cougars lead the all-time series 12-3...the teams last met Nov. 26, 2001, a 55-49 WSU win.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On This Week: "I'm excited to get back home. We've been gone for eight days. We'll take on a good opponent in Portland State."

Cougars Open Season With Win: In the season opener for the Washington State women's basketball team, career-high efforts from Kate Benz, Emma Joneby and Jessica Perry propelled the Cougars to a 61-48 win over the Boise State Broncos, Nov. 19...Benz posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds...Joneby tallied her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 10 rebounds...last but not least, Perry recorded a career-high seven steals to go along with her seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

Consecutive Home Opening Wins: The 61-48 win over Boise State marked the second consecutive season home opening win for WSU...last season, WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51...The 48 points allowed by WSU were the fewest since the team defeated Vermont 69-47, Nov. 26, 2000.

Coug Note: In the win over Boise State, the Cougars out-rebounded the Broncos 50-29 (+21)...the last time the Cougars out-rebounded an opponent by over 20 was against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003...WSU out-rebounded the Vandals 55-33 (+22) en route to a 82-53 win...the 48 points allowed by WSU were the fewest since the team defeated Vermont 69-47, Nov. 26, 2000.

Cougars Take Second At St. Mary's Tournament: WSU took home the second place trophy at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...the Cougars opened the tournament with a 70-58 win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...with the game deadlocked at 28 at the half, WSU outscored the Gaels 42-30 in the second half...in the championship game the next day the Cougars fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 84-36.

Murrell On The St. Mary's Thanksgiving Tournament: "St. Mary's was a great win. It was close in the first half and we just dominated in the second half. We never let the lead slip away. We really put a lot into it. The kids just didn't rebound after the win. I told them `you got to be excited about your win but you have to focus on Tennessee-Chattanooga the next night.' We just didn't rebound well. As far as rebounding meaning come from a good win and the next night just getting after it."

Ferguson Posts Career-High At Nebraska: In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...sat out Boise State game with a concussion.

All-Tournament Ferguson: Ferguson remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...in the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels...once again, amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc...was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory...scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later...earned an all-tournament team selection...led Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament.

Ferguson, Benz Head Pac-10: Adriane Ferguson leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made averaging 3.33 a contest...Kate Benz leads the conference in offensive rebounds averaging 3.75 a game...Benz is second in total rebounds (8.0/game) while Emma Joneby is third (7.5/game)...Joneby is second in defensive rebounds (5.5/game)...Ferguson sits in fourth on the scoring list with her 18.0 points a game average...Jessica Perry is tied for third in steals with 2.75/game.

Coug Note II: Charmaine Jones has picked up where she left off last year from the charity stripe...four games into the season the junior has made good on 17-of-18 free throw attempts (94.4 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...Jones is currently second in the Pac-10 in that category.

Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22.

For Three!: The Cougars converted 10 3-point field goals in the win over St. Mary's...that marked the most treys by the Cougars since WSU hit 12 in a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...it also marked the first time WSU hit double-digits in 3-point field goals in a game since the 2001 Oregon win, a span of 94 games.

Road Success: The win at St. Mary's marked the Cougars' fourth win in their last 16 road contests dating back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season...that equaled the number of road wins the Cougars achieved from Jan. 28, 1999 to the conclusion of the 2002-03 season, a span of 61 road games...the three road wins WSU captured last season were the most since the team won six in 1997-98.

Coug Note III: With 261 career assists, Jessica Perry is 11 assists shy of ninth place on the Cougars' all-time list in that category. ..Perry is 39 assists away from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau.

New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshmen, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10... the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.

Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.

A Look At The Cougs:

No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...as a senior averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for a El Cerrito High School (California) team that went 22-9... second leading scorer in the Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League...all-league first team selection.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)...261 career assists is No. 10 on the school's all-time list in that category...is 11 behind ninth position (272, Shelly Patterson 1981-83)...averaging 6.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 3.8 rebounds in four games.

No. 4 Ariana Scales: Begins first season with the Cougars...averaging 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds a game...scored eight points in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...set school records for points in a game (42), field goals made in a game (17), field goals made in a season (255), three-point baskets made in a season (75), and points in a season (654) at Cowley County CC.

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.

No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Averaging 4.8 points a game, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds a game...tallied five points and six rebounds in win over Boise State, Nov. 19...second on team in steals with seven.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Begins first season with the Cougars...seen action in all four WSU games...earned a first team All-Western Junior Athletic Conference selection at Odessa College...named outstanding sophomore of the year at Odessa.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...played five minutes versus Tennessee-Chattanooga...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: One of two seniors on the team (Perry)...posted a career-high in rebounds and has tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22...second on team in rebounds (7.5 rpg), third in field goal percentage (45.5 percent) and second in assists (2.5 apg).

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: One of three freshmen on the team...seen action in all four games...played a season high 17 minutes against Tennessee-Chattanooga...led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Only returning junior on team...third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) and rebounding (2.3 rpg)...coming off a 2003-04 season in which she tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (78 percent)...is 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) from the line, which is second in the Pac-10.

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: In first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22 scored a career-high 26 points, 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...followed Nebraska up with 18 points in the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26...earned all-tournament team selection at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic...scored in double-digits in all three games...sat out Boise State game with a concussion...leads team in scoring and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 18.0 points a game average...is 10-of-20 from 3-point territory.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Averaging 12.3 points and eight rebounds in four games... posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19... achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end...double-double was the fourth of career...leads the team in field goal percentage (57.1) and minutes played (35.2).

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Begins first season with WSU...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, is not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which is Saturday, Dec. 18...is able to practice with the team...in two season at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Allen played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

--wsucougars.com---
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