Dec. 12, 2009
The Washington State women's basketball team (4-4) returns home to square off against Portland (6-3), Sunday. Tip-off against the Pilots is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Friel Court.
The Cougars are coming off a 73-61 victory over Montana State Friday in Bozeman, Mont., the team's first road win of 2009-10.
Fans can listen to the game against the Pilots live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow, or at www.wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs has the call live from Bozeman.
WSU AGAINST THE WCC
The Cougars' game against the Pilots is the second of three games in December against the West Coast Conference. WSU fell 80-70 to Saint Mary's Dec. 3, and will also play San Francisco Dec. 19 in Kennewick, Wash.
WSU boasts a 29-17 record against the WCC, including a 13-7 mark at home.
Entering this week, WSU ranked among the nation's top 25 in the following statistical categories:
Turnover Margin...+6.57; 14th
The Cougars will be looking for their first win over the Pilots in 24 years, and only their second win in the all-time series. WSU trails the all-time series 1-4, and has lost each of the last three meetings. A win against Portland this year would mark the first victory at home for the Cougars.
WSU at Home...0-2
WSU on the Road...1-2
Most WSU Points...84; Nov. 29, 1985
Fewest WSU Points Allowed...67; Nov. 22, 2006
Widest WSU Victory...13 (84-71); Nov. 29, 1985
Longest WSU Winning Streak...1; 1985
Last WSU Win...Nov. 29, 1985 (84-71)
Last WSU Home Win...N/A
Last WSU Road Win...Nov. 29, 1985 (84-71)
NATION'S YOUNGEST TEAMS
With only 10 years of returning NCAA basketball experience, the Cougar women's basketball team is the sixth-youngest in the country according to a poll of the nation's Sports Information Directors.
Freshman guard KiKi Moore recorded eight steals against Saint Mary's (Dec. 3), setting WSU's NCAA freshman record. Moore also tied the previous record of seven in just her second game as a Cougar. Moore leads the Pac-10 in steals, averaging 4.4 per game, and entered this week ranked fourth nationally.
DAUGHERTY NEARING 600
WSU's meeting against Portland will be the 596th game of June Daugherty's coaching career. Daugherty will reach 600 games coached against Oregon (Jan. 3).