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Release: 12/06/2004
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Dec. 6, 2004

What's Happening:

Thursday, Dec. 9
at Fresno State (5-0)
7 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, Dec. 11
at San Diego State (2-1, as of 12/7)
2 p.m. Pacific

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (3-2) returns to the road this week for games at Fresno State (5-0) and San Diego State (2-1 pending 12/7 game at Nevada)...the Cougars face FSU, Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and SDSU, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the "Cougar Sports Pass." ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the "Cougar Sports Pass" either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.

About Fresno State: The Bulldogs 5-0 mark matches the best start in program history...FSU boasts three players who are averaging double figures in points...Aritta Lane (11.2 ppg), Amy Parrish (11.0 ppg) and Miranda Swearengin (10.2 ppg) make up the trio.

Series With Fresno State: Fresno State leads the all-time series with WSU 5-2...the teams last met in Pullman, Nov. 21, 2003...the Cougars scored a 69-51 win to open the 2003-04 season...the 2003 game was the team's first meeting since 1996...WSU has won the last two games in the series.

WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell On Fresno State: "We are going to have to focus on defense and rebounding. We can't allow them to have easy transition buckets. Our rebounding has been sporadic so we must be real solid and have back-to-back games with good rebounding. That is going to be a crucial point. We have got to keep them off the boards."

About San Diego State: After a season-opening loss at San Diego, the Aztecs have won two straight...SDSU plays at Nevada, Dec. 7...Michelle Elliott leads the team in scoring with a 14.5 points a game average.

Series With San Diego State: Saturday's game marks the third meeting between the two teams...SDSU has captured both previous meetings...the Aztecs captured a 63-58 win last year at Pullman...the 2003 meeting was the first game between the two teams since 1981.

Murrell On San Diego State: "I'm looking forward to playing them. They had a solid showing at our place last year. We really wanted that game. We hope to put back-to-back good road games together."

Home Sweet Home: After this week's road swing through Southern California the Cougars return home for a four-game homestand over the holidays...WSU hosts Eastern Washington, Dec. 18 and completes the non-conference portion of its schedule against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...the Cougars open Pac-10 play against the Arizona schools, Dec. 27 & 29.

Cougars Cruise To A Win Over Portland State: Emma Joneby scored a career-high 15 points to lead a balanced Washington State scoring attack in the Cougars' 69-39 win over Portland State at Friel Court, Dec. 3...Joneby led a quartet of Cougars who scored in double figures...Kate Benz (11 points), Adriane Ferguson (10 points) and Ariana Scales (10 points) completed the contingent...the Cougars out-rebounded PSU 54-31...Joneby led the team and just missed a double-double with a game-high nine boards...Benz (eight), Ferguson (six), Scales (five) and Jessica Perry (five) also garnered at least five rebounds.

Milestones From Portland State Win: The 39 points allowed by WSU against PSU were the fewest since Nov. 22, 1992 when the team defeated Gonzaga 88-37...the 30-point margin of victory was the largest for WSU since it defeated Wyoming 94-49, Nov. 24, 1998...the Cougars held PSU to 27.4 percent shooting from the field...that was the lowest shooting percentage from a Cougar opponent since Vermont (26.9 percent) in 2000.

Rebound Advantage: In their two home wins the Cougars have out-rebounded the opposition by over 20 in each game...in the Portland State win, WSU held a 54-31 (+23) advantage on the boards...against Boise State, the Cougars out-rebounded the Broncos 50-29 (+21)...prior to this season the last time Cougars out-rebounded an opponent by over 20 was against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003...WSU out-rebounded the Vandals 55-33 (+22) en route to an 82-53 win.

Murrell On The Team's Rebounding: "It's a sense of pride. Since we had that rebounding performance against Boise State, we've set a standard. There is a sense of pride now. They know that they can do it."

Big Assist: The 24 assists WSU recorded against Portland State were the most since the team tallied 24 assists in a 76-49 win over Samford, Dec. 29, 2000...the duo of Stephaine Singer and Jessica Perry combined for 15 assists against the Vikings...with 268 career assists, Perry is four assists shy of ninth place on the Cougars' all-time list in that category...Perry is 32 assists away from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau.

Cougars Open Season With Win: In the season opener for the Washington State women's basketball team, career-high efforts from Kate Benz, Emma Joneby and Jessica Perry propelled the Cougars to a 61-48 win over the Boise State Broncos, Nov. 19...Benz posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds...Joneby tallied her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 10 rebounds...last but not least, Perry recorded a career-high seven steals to go along with her seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

Consecutive Home Wins: With wins over Portland State and Boise State, the Cougars have won their first two home games...the last time the team won its first two home games was in November of 2001...the Cougars defeated Portland State, Nov. 26 and Gonzaga, Nov. 29...the 61-48 win over Boise State marked the second consecutive season home opening win for WSU...last season, WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51.

Cougars Take Second At St. Mary's Tournament: WSU took home the second place trophy at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...the Cougars opened the tournament with a 70-58 win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...with the game deadlocked at 28 at the half, WSU outscored the Gaels 42-30 in the second half...in the championship game the next day the Cougars fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 84-36.

Ferguson Posts Career-High At Nebraska: In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...sat out Boise State game with a concussion.

All-Tournament Ferguson: Ferguson remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...in the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels...once again, amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc...was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory...scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later...earned an all-tournament team selection...led Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament...the 10-point effort against Portland State marked the fourth consecutive double-digit scoring game for Ferguson.

Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby has made her mark early in the 2004-05 season...Joneby tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State...she just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...Joneby posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22.

Jones From The Line: Charmaine Jones has picked up where she left off last year from the charity stripe... Jones leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 22-of-24 free throw attempts (91.7 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent)...as a team the Cougars are first in the conference in free throw percentage (60-of-84, 71.4 percent).

For Three!: The Cougars converted 10 3-point field goals in the win over St. Mary's...that marked the most treys by the Cougars since WSU hit 12 in a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...it also marked the first time WSU hit double-digits in 3-point field goals in a game since the 2001 Oregon win, a span of 94 games...the 10 treys is tied for a Pac-10 single game high.

Road Success: The win at St. Mary's marked the Cougars' fourth win in their last 16 road contests dating back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season...that equaled the number of road wins the Cougars achieved from Jan. 28, 1999 to the conclusion of the 2002-03 season, a span of 61 road games...the three road wins WSU captured last season were the most since the team won six in 1997-98.

New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshmen, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10... the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.

Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.

Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.

A Look At The Cougs:

No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...made Cougar debut against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored four points in six minutes of action...as a senior averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for a El Cerrito High School (California) team that went 22-9... second leading scorer in the Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League...all-league first team selection.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)...268 career assists is No. 10 on the school's all-time list in that category...is four behind ninth position (272, Shelly Patterson 1981-83)...averaging 4.8 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals in five games.

No. 4 Ariana Scales: Begins first season with the Cougars...averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds a game...tallied a season-high 10 points against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored eight points in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...set school records for points in a game (42), field goals made in a game (17), field goals made in a season (255), three-point baskets made in a season (75), and points in a season (654) at Cowley County CC.

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.

No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 assists a game...tallied eight assists and six points in win over Portland State, Dec. 3......tallied five points and six rebounds in win over Boise State, Nov. 19...second on team in steals with eight.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Begins first season with the Cougars...seen action in all five WSU games...earned a first team All-Western Junior Athletic Conference selection at Odessa College...named outstanding sophomore of the year at Odessa.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...seen action against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Portland State...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: One of two seniors on the team (Perry)...tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State...just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds... posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: One of three freshmen on the team...seen action in all five games...played a season high 20 minutes against Portland State...posted a season-best eight points against the Vikings...grabbed five rebounds against Tenn-Chattanooga...led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Only returning junior on team...third on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg)... leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 22-of-24 free throw attempts (91.7 percent)...coming off a 2003-04 season in which she tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (78 percent).

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: With 10 points against Portland State, Dec. 3 extended streak of games scoring in double figures to four...in first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22 scored a career-high 26 points, 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...followed Nebraska up with 18 points in the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26...earned all-tournament team selection at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic...sat out Boise State game with a concussion...leads team in scoring and is third in the Pac-10 with 18.0 points a game average...is 11-of-24 from 3-point territory.

No. 32 Kate Benz: Averaging 12.0 points and eight rebounds in five games... posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19... achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end...double-double was the fourth of career...leads the team in field goal percentage (53.2) and minutes played (34.2)...second in the Pac-10 in rebounding.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Begins first season with WSU...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, is not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which is Saturday, Dec. 18...is able to practice with the team...in two season at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Allen played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

WSU Record:
Monday: 0-1
Tuesday: 0-0
Wednesday: 0-0
Thursday: 0-0
Friday: 3-0
Saturday: 0-1
Sunday: 0-0

At Home: 2-0
Away: 1-1
Neutral: 0-1

When Leading At Half: 1-0
When Trailing At Half: 1-2
When Tied at Half: 1-0

Scoring 60 or More Points: 3-1
Scoring Below 60 Points: 0-1

Holding Opponent Below 60 points: 3-0
Allow Opponent At or Above 60 points: 0-2

When Out-Rebounding Opponent: 2-1
When Out-Rebounded by an Opponent: 1-1

When Committing More Turnovers than Opponent: 2-2
When Committing Fewer Turnovers than Opponent: 1-0
When Committing Same Number of Turnovers as Opponent: 0-0
When Committing Fewer than 20 Turnovers: 1-1
When Committing 20-24 Turnovers: 2-1
When Committing 25 or More Turnovers: 0-0

When Shooting At or Above .400: 2-0
When Shooting Below .400: 1-2
When Opponents Shoot At or Above .400: 0-2
When Opponents Shoot Below .400: 3-0
When Shooting Better From the Field than the Opponent: 2-0
When Shooting Worse From the Field than the Opponent: 1-2

In Games Decided by 5 points or Fewer: 0-0
In Games Decided by 6-10 Points: 0-0
In Games Decided by 11-15 Points: 2-0
In Games Decided by 16-20 Points: 0-1
In Games Decided by More than 20 Points: 1-1

Pac-10 Individual Rankings:

Scoring
3. Adriane Ferguson 16.0 points/game
T13. Kate Benz 12.0 points/game

Free Throw Percentage
1. Charmaine Jones 91.7 percent (22-of-24)

3-Point FG Percentage
3. Adriane Ferguson 45.8 percent (11-of-24)

3-Point FG Made
2. Adriane Ferguson 2.75/game (11 total)

Rebounding
2. Kate Benz 8.0/game
3. Emma Joneby 7.8/game
14. Adriane Ferguson 5.3/game

Offensive Rebounds
1. Kate Benz 3.4/game

Defensive Rebounds
2. Emma Joneby 5.6/game
4. Kate Benz 4.6/game
T9. Jessica Perry 3.4/game

Assists
T3. Jessica Perry 5.0/game
9. Stephanie Singer 3.4/game

Steals
6. Jessica Perry 2.6/game

Assist/Turnover Ratio
6. Stephanie Singer 1.7
7. Jessica Perry 1.56

--wsucougars.com--
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