March 2, 2012
USC vs. WASHINGTON STATE
1 p.m. • Saturday
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
• GAMETRACKER • RADIO - KQQQ 1150 AM, 105.3 FM • LIVE WEBSTREAM
COUGARS HOST USC SATURDAY FOR SENIOR DAY: Washington State University will close out its regular season hosting USC, 1 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum. Prior to the game, the Cougars will recognize seniors Rosetta Adzasu, April Cook, Jazmine Perkins and Rosie Tarnowski.
COMING UP: Next week, Washington State will head to Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament held at the Galen Center and Staples Center. The Cougars will play in the opening round Wednesday at the Galen Center. Tournament seedings will be announced Sunday. Washington State will be playing either as the No. 10 or No. 11 seed. WSU heads into Saturday tied with Colorado for the No. 10 seed at 5-12 in conference and the Buffs own the tiebreaker, having beat the Cougars 57-56 in Pullman earlier this season. Colorado hosts Oregon State Saturday.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman's KQQQ 1150 AM and 105.3 FM 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.
COUGAR HOME GAMES WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women's basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
ABOUT THE USC TROJANS: USC enters Saturday's regular season finale with a 17-11 overall record and 11-6 in the Pac-12 Conference after beating University of Washington 62-55 in Seattle Thursday. With the win, the Trojans locked up the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in next week's Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. USC leads the all-time series 41-12 against the Cougars after holding off a late WSU comeback and posting a 67-62 win in Los Angeles last month. Briana Gilbreath's 12.3 ppg paces the four Trojans who average in double-figures. Head coach Michael Cooper is in his third season at USC.
PERKINS BECOMES WSU'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN GAMES PLAYED: Jazmine Perkins became Washington State's career-leader in games played at Arizona State, coming off the bench to appear in career game No. 116. Perkins passed former Cougs Jennifer Kerns and Katie Appleton who each appeared in 115 games. Perkins has played in 118 career games and made 104 starts.
PERKINS CREATES HER OWN RECORD BOOK: Jazmine Perkins made three steals and grabbed four rebound to surpass the 700 career rebound plateau against UCLA to become the first player in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals. Perkins owns 1,262 points, 701 rebounds and 251 steals.
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters Saturday leading the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (+3.0), tied for second in three-point field goal defense (25.0) and third in steals (289, 10.0). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars are second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2) and in steals (158, 9.3).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 19 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the No. 19 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. 123 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 set, No. 66 the third set, No. 54 in the fourth, No. 59 in the fifth, No. 73, No. 94 and No. 110 last week. Nine of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-50.
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 victories this season and in 2008-09.
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 1,262 career points while Cook is ninth with 1,146.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon. The senior guard also recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds at USC and 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 six of the seven double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has ten in her career.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS, TWICE : The Cougs matched a season-high 10 three-pointers in the win over UCLA Thursday, having set the top mark in the conference-opening win at Oregon. Rosetta Adzasu hit all three of her 3-point attempts against the Ducks after coming into the game 0-2 in 3-point shooting this season. Sage Romberg was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range against UCLA to pace WSU who had six players hit a three in the game. WSU has made nine 3-pointers in a game three times this year, coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville before hitting nine at USC.
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.
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.
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.