Feb. 23, 2011
WSU HEADS ACROSS STATE TO TAKE ON UW:
Washington State men's basketball (17-10, 7-8) looks to snap it's two-game losing streak as it heads to Seattle to take on Washington (19-8, 10-5), Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FSN.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 17-10 overall and is tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 with a 7-8 league mark....WSU is a half game out of fourth place, which USC and Oregon are tied at with 7-7 marks.
WSU is 4-6 on the road this season and 2-6 in Pac-10 play on the road this year...WSU has lost three of its last four Pac-10 road games and it's last road win came Feb. 5 at Oregon State.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.2 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 13th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 15th in the Pac-10 with 13.3 points per game...he's missed two games this season.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 11.4 points per game (20th in Pac-10) while leading the team with 6.4 rebounds per game (11th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and is third in the league with 1.6 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the game at Stanford due to a suspension, is adding 9.8 points per game, along with 3.6 assists (ninth in the Pac-10).
AGAINST THE HUSKIES:
Washington State trails the all-time series to Washington, 171-99, and trails 99-34 at UW.
The Huskies have won four of the last five meetings, as WSU snapped a four-game losing streak against UW earlier this season.
Prior to UW's win Jan. 3, 2009, WSU had won seven-straight over the Dawgs, including three games at Seattle.
The last time either team did not sweep the season series was the 2002-03 season in which each team won on its home court.
Last year UW swept the season series with a 59-52 victory at Pullman Feb. 27 and a 92-64 win at Seattle Jan. 30.
The Cougars defeated the Huskies, who were then ranked 18th in the country, 87-80, in the first meeting this season, Jan. 30 at Pullman.
The win was WSU's first over UW since March 8, 2008...first win against the Huskies for every member of the team (Lodwick and Enquist redshirted during the 2007-08 season).
Ken Bone got his first career win over the Huskies, 1-6 overall and 1-2 with the Cougars.
The win is WSU's second over a ranked opponent this season, defeated No. 15 Baylor Dec. 23...Cougars are 2-2 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 this season and 8-15 all-time against ranked Husky teams.
Cougars' 13 steals tie for their second-most this season...Huskies had a season-high 24 turnovers.
Reggie Moore scored a season-high 18 points...went 9-for-10 from the free throw line...added five assists in 36 minutes.
WSU scored a season Pac-10 most 87 points...previous was 84 against Oregon State...season high is 88 points against Idaho.
Washington State's 45 first half points are its second highest first half total of the season (scored 48 against Portland)...highest in Pac-10 play.
THOMPSON AGAINST THE DAWGS:
Prior to this season, Klay Thompson was averaging 7.3 points per game and 2.3 turnovers per game against the Huskies...he scored 29 points in his first four games against UW.
In the first game this season, Jan. 30, with 25 points, Thompson scored more than double what he scored in both games against Washington last season (12) and four points shy of his four-game total (29).
Thompson also shot just .212 (10-for-47) from the field in his first four games against the Huskies and .250 (5-for-20) from beyond 3-point range.
In the first meeting this season, Thompson shot .500 (9-for-18) from the field and .500 from 3-point range (3-for-6)...he also had five steals in the game.
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD LEADING SCORER:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,596 points and currently is third on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he scored 30 points at Arizona (Feb. 17) to pass Don Collins who has 1,563 points.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 21.0 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,660 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 102-58 overall and 45-42 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 124-46 overall and 61-25 in league play.
The Cougars need four wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.2 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 13th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 29th in 3-point field goal percentage (.415) and 15th in 3-point field goals per game (3.0).
Thompson also ranks in the top-100 in steals per game at 67th.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALS:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just four games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 during the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 73 halves with at least 10 points, 36 times in the first half and 37 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 24 halves, 10 in the first and 14 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half seven times, three in the first half, four in the second half.
In 20 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 10 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 31 halves.
Faisal Aden (13 halves), DeAngelo Casto (six halves), Reggie Moore (five halves), Brock Motum (three halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State fell at Arizona State, 71-69, Saturday, Feb. 19 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Klay Thompson led the team with 28 points, reached 20 points for the second-straight game.
With 12 points and 10 rebounds, DeAngelo Casto had his fourth double-double of the season and 11th of his career.
Freshman walk-on Will DiIorio played a career-high 20 minutes...he had a career-high two steals...played 13 minutes against Sacramento State Nov. 30.
WSU trailed at halftime for the fourth time in the last six games...trailed 40-28.
The Cougars had a season first-half high 12 turnovers...committed 11 against Kansas State in the first half Dec. 3.
Abe Lodwick scored a season high and tied his Pac-10 high with 11 points.
Faisal Aden didn't play due to his knee injury.
Thompson didn't start for just the second game of his career.
For just the second time this season, WSU was swept in a weekend series.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN AND NAISMITH MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason lists since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the Wooden midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year...the first to make the Naismith top-30 cut since Weaver in 2007-08.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) on both lists.
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses