Nov. 22, 2011
PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
THURSDAY - 5 P.M. (PT)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. MARQUETTE
FRIDAY - 5 P.M. (PT)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. MICHIGAN
SATURDAY - 2:45 P.M. (PT)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
F - #21 Rosie Tarnowski, 6-1, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa. - 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 spg
F - #33 Carly Noyes, 6-5, Jr., Moses Lake, Wash. - 10.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.75 bpg
G - #11 Jazmine Perkins, 5-10, sr., Berkeley, Calif. - 10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.5 spg
G - #2 Ireti Amojo, 5-10, RS-SO., Berlin, Germany - 6.5 ppg, 1.8 Rpg, 1.3 Apg
PG - #1 April Cook, 5-8, sr., Carson, Calif. - 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg
COUGARS HEAD TO VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR PARADISE JAM: Washington State University heads to the Caribbean for the Paradise Jam Tournament held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Cougars are set to face Marquette Thursday, Michigan Friday and Prairie View A&M Saturday.
COMING UP: Following the trip, the Cougars will return to Pullman to open their home schedule with a four-game homestand beginning Wednesday night against Gonzaga University.
LAST WEEKEND: Washington State posted a 1-1 record on the road this past weekend, notching the program’s inaugural win over a Big Ten Conference opponent with a dominating 69-51 victory at Wisconsin last Friday and falling to South Dakota State 63-58 in Brookings, S.D. this past Sunday.
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.
ABOUT THE MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette returns five players including a pair of starters off a last year’s club that advanced to second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year with a 24-9 record including a 10-6 mark in the Big East Conference. The Golden Eagles enter Thursday’s matchup against Washington State with a 2-1 record after beating Mississippi Valley State and Wisconsin before falling to Georgia Tech last Saturday. This will be the inaugural meeting between the two programs. Forward Sarina Simmons paces the club with 19.0 ppg and 11.3 rpg while fellow post Katherin Plouffe chips in with 13.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg. Head coach Terri Mitchell is in her 16th season at Marquette and owns a 298-172 career mark at the school.
ABOUT THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES: Michigan returns nine players including four starters off last year’s club that went 17-13 overall, 10-6 in the Big Ten Conference and advanced to first round of the WNIT. The Wolverines come into the week with a 4-0 record and receiving votes in both major polls after beating Florida, Florida Atlantic, Utah and Seton Hall this past Sunday. This will be the inaugural meeting between the Wolverines and Cougars. Three players come into the week averaging double figures for Michigan led by Courtney Boylan’s 15.3 ppg and team-high 5.8 rpg. Head coach Kevin Borseth is in his fifth season at Michigan and owns a 71-61 record at the school and a 577-251 career record in 30 seasons.
ABOUT THE PRAIRIE VIEW A&M LADY PANTHERS: Prairie View A&M posted a 21-12 mark and reached the NCAA Tournament after winning the SWAC Tournament last season. The Lady Panthers enter the week with a 1-1 record after beating Rice in its season opener before falling at Miami last week. This will be the inaugural meeting between PVAM and the Cougars. Jeannette Jackson paces the club with 7.5 ppg. Head coach Toyelle Wilson is in her second year with the Lady Panthers and owns a 22-13 overall mark.
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.
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 last Friday. 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 now sits 11th among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,051 career points while Cook enters the week 13th with 1,009.
COUGARS HEAD TO VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament will feature Marquette University, University of Michigan, Prairie View A&M University and Washington State in the 12th annual tournament held this weekend at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI. Three of the four participants earned postseason berths last season, with Marquette advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Prairie View A&M appearing in the NCAA Tournament’s first round and Michigan appearing in the National Invitation Tournament. Marquette is making a return trip to the islands to defend its 2006 St. John Division championship.
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. This Sunday’s exhibition against Lewis-Clark State will be webstreamed. The only home game that will not be webcast this season will be the Jan. 14 televised matchup against University of Washington. The Feb. 11 meeting with University of Oregon will either be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access or televised by FSN. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12, MAYBE FOUR: 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. The home meeting against University of Oregon, Feb. 11 is another contest that could be picked up by FSN as part of the Pac-12’s selected wildcard slot.
SCHEDULE TO CHALLENGE COUGARS IN 2011-12: Washington State’s 2011-12 slate features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason a season ago, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants, and is highlighted by a trip to the Virgin Islands along with 18 games against the new-look Pac-12 Conference.
ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS RETURN: Washington State guards Jazmine Perkins, Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo each earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors last season. Perkins and Romberg each received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors with Romberg also garnering a spot on the All-Freshmen team and Amojo receiving All-Freshmen honorable mention accolades. Perkins picks up her fourth career all-conference honor after being named all-conference honorable mention, all-freshman and all-defensive honorable mention as a freshman.
WHAT THE COUGS RETURN: WSU welcomes back four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad that posted the most conference wins (6), the highest scoring average (63.0 ppg) and highest shooting percentage (.381) since 2000-01. The Cougars posted their highest finish since the 1997-98, tying for seventh after posting season sweeps over California and Oregon State and beating Oregon and Oregon State on the same weekend to record their first weekend sweep in conference play since 2001. WSU finished the year with a school-record 208 made three-point field goals and the second-most assists in program single-season history.
BEST PAC-10 FINISH IN 10 YEARS: The Cougars finished 2010-11 with a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and tied for seventh place with the Washington Huskies. The seventh place showing is the best for the program since the 1997-98 season and the six conference wins are the most since the 2000-01 season.
COUGARS PICKED SEVENTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON COACHES' POLL: Washington State was picked to finish seventh in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Collecting the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) was Stanford, who was picked the preseason favorite for the 11th year in a row by the coaches to win the Pac-12 title.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS’ REBRANDING: Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics’ branding master plan. Changes to the facility, which has been the primary practice gym for the men’s and women’s basketball programs for the past three seasons, were designed and implemented by Downstream, a nationally recognized leader in sports facility design and branding based out of Portland, Ore. The project is part of the athletics branding master plan, commissioned by WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and Senior Associate AD John Johnson, which Downstream is managing. The gym, located in the P.E. Building, between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other. The Washington State fight song surrounds the perimeter of the gym along with images of the ZZU CRU, the group that helps make up the Cougars’ student section, designed into the Washington State type as a way to remind the student-athletes of their support system. 16 banners of current student-athletes hang in the gym, eight men’s and eight women’s, along with words that represent the respective programs, additionally all current team members are showcased and will be updated annually. Changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12 Conference were also made. Last season, padding was added along the walls of the entire gym and a video system was implemented to help with film sessions for both programs.