Feb. 10, 2012
OREGON vs. WASHINGTON STATE
8 p.m. (PT) • Saturday
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
• GAMETRACKER • RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM • LIVE WEBCAST
WSU HOSTS OREGON SATURDAY FOR COUGS WAVE PINK: Washington State hosts Oregon, 8 p.m. Saturday for its annual Cougs Wave Pink game to support and encourage breast cancer awareness.
COUGS WAVE PINK: Washington State Washington State University will host its annual Cougs Wave Pink event Saturday. Cougs Wave Pink t-shirts will be given to the first 150 fans with additional t-shirts for sale for $10. $2 tickets will be available to all fans wearing Pink.
COMING UP: Next weekend the Cougars hit the road for two games, heading to the desert to face University of Arizona Thursday, Feb. 16 and Arizona State University Saturday, Feb. 18.
THURSDAY: WSU’s second-half offensive struggles allowed Oregon State to overcome a four-point halftime deficit and hand the Cougars a 51-39 defeat Thursday. Sage Romberg led the Cougs with her first career double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. WSU held OSU to 32.1 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers but struggled shooting in the second half, being held to 12.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman’s KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men’s and women’s basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside’ on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
ABOUT THE OREGON DUCKS: University of Oregon comes into Saturday’s game with a 13-11 overall record and a 5-7 mark in Pac-12 Conference play after dropping a 72-69 contest at Washington Thursday. WSU has won the past two meetings including a 75-47 decision in Eugene Dec. 29 but still trail in the all-time series 57-14. Oregon is led by Amanda Johnson’s 20.6 ppg who has played in 13 of the Ducks 24 games. Head coach Paul Westhead is in his third year at Oregon and owns a 44-44 record at the school.
PERKINS JOINS EGGART IN COUGAR RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins grabbed six rebounds in the win against Utah to reach 600 rebounds in her career and join Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) as the only players in WSU history, men’s or women’s, to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 steals in their careers. Eggart is WSU’s women’s career leader in points (1,967) and steals (377).
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters Saturday’s game leading the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (+3.6), second in three-point field goal defense (26.9) and second with 241 steals and fourth with 10.0 spg. In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars lead the conference in three-point field goal defense (22.5), are second in steals (110, 9.2) and fifth in scoring defense (59.8 ppg).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 10 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the tenth toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season’s schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 73 in the latest set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second week, No. 66 week three and No. 54 week four and No. 59 last week. Eight of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-45.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against USC last Thursday. The senior guard also recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona. Earlier this season, Perkins notched double-doubles in three straight games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State, then putting up 15 points and recording 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns all five double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has nine in her career.
COUGARS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS UNDER DAUGHERTY: WSU’s win over Arizona was win No. 10 on the season, giving the Cougars their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 season. Both double-digit win campaigns have come under head coach June Daugherty, notching 11 in 2008-09.
COUGS OPENED CONFERENCE PLAY 3-0: Washington State opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State and a 60-43 win over Utah to notch its first 3-0 start in conference play since starting Northwest Women’s Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The conference road sweep is the first for the Cougs since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95. The 3-1 start matches the 1995-96 team that dropped its conference opener at UCLA before beating USC, Oregon and Oregon State over its next three games.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU’s 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year’s first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins sits seventh among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,229 career points while Cook enters Saturday’s game against Oregon ninth with 1,140.
PRESLEY UP FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley has been named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points. The winner will be announced at a luncheon held Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
PRESLEY OUT INDEFINITELY WITH LEFT FOOT SPRAIN: Freshman point guard Tia Presley is out indefinitely with a left foot sprain. The Spokane native was averaging 5.8 ppg and was third on the team with 22 steals. Presley had appeared in all 21 games and started in eight of the Cougars nine Pac-12 contests before sustaining the injury prior to the road trip to Los Angeles last weekend.
AMOJO OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Redshirt-sophomore guard Ireti Amojo will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Oregon last Thursday. Amojo entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent (21-42) and was second on the team at 9.0 ppg.
FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12: Washington State will have three Pac-12 Conference games televised on Fox Sports Net during the 2011-12 season. WSU’s matchups against University of Washington, Jan. 14, at University of California, Jan. 22 and at Washington, Feb. 26 will all be televised on FSN.
FORMER COUGAR JESSICA OSTREICHER GRADUATES: Former Washington State University center Jessica Ostreicher said good bye to WSU, graduating last weekend with a degree in communications. The 6-8 Ostreicher played one season with the Cougs before a knee injury cut her WSU career short. Ostreicher continued to work with the Cougs, serving as the color commentator for the team’s radio broadcasts the past two seasons and also hosting her own women’s sports talk radio show.
COUGAR HOME GAMES TO BE WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women’s basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. The only home game that will not be webcast this season will be the Jan. 14 televised matchup against University of Washington. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women’s basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai’i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.