Feb. 27, 2009
The Washington State women's basketball team (11-16, 4-12) plays its final road game of the 2008-09 regular season, squaring off against No. 24 Arizona State (21-6, 13-2) Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. (PT).
The Cougars will close out their regular season at home next week against cross-state rival Washington. Tip-off against the Huskies is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Friel Court, and the game will be televised by FSN Northwest.
Fans can listen to the match-up live on KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman/Moscow, or at www.wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs will call the game live from Wells Fargo Arena. Fans can also watch the game live on GameTracker.
APPLETON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior guard Katie Appleton scored eight points against Arizona State (Jan. 29), bringing her career total to 1,000. She is only the 12th women's basketball player in school history to reach the milestone.
NATION'S BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS
With six more victories already in 2008-09 than in all of last season, the Cougars entered this week ranked tied for 18th nationally amongst teams making the greatest turnarounds this season.
FROSH ONE-TWO PUNCH
Not only did Cougar freshman Jazmine Perkins enter this week ranked fifth in scoring average in the Pacific-10 Conference at 14.2 ppg, she was the highest-scoring freshmen in the league and ranked fifth nationally amongst frosh. April Cook ranked second amongst Pac-10 freshman - and ninth overall - at 13.4 ppg, a mark that ranked eighth nationally. WSU was the only school in the country with two freshmen ranking in the top 10.
Katie Appleton scored eight points in a 66-47 loss to Arizona State Jan. 31 at Friel Court, becoming the 12th individual in school history to reach 1,000 points in her career. Turnovers plagued the Cougars in the first half, as WSU's 18 in the opening stanza turned into 16 points for the Sun Devils. Despite the turnovers and what was as much as a 12-point Arizona State advantage, the Cougars entered halftime down by single-digits. The Cougars were able to cut the lead to five, but ASU held on for the win.
The Cougars trail 12-33 in the all-time series against the Sun Devils, and have lost each of the last nine meetings between the two schools. WSU's last victory came Feb. 28, 2004, a 75-72 win in Pullman. The Cougars' last victory on the road came more than 12 years ago, an 86-78 win Jan. 30, 1997.
OPPONENT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Though the Cougars ranked seventh during the Pacific-10 Conference season at the beginning of this week in defensive field goal percentage (.438), each of WSU's last five opponents have failed to shoot above 40.0 percent from the field. The last four Cougars opponents have combined for a shooting percentage of 34.1 (99-of-290).