Jan. 3, 2012
UTAH (7-5, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (8-6, 2-0 Pac-12)
7 p.m. (PT) • Thursday
BEASLEY Coliseum (11,671)
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WSU OPENS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND THURSDAY AGAINST UTAH: Washington State University begins a three-game homestand Thursday against Pac-12 Conference newcomer University of Utah. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU HOSTING ELEMENTARY FOOD DRIVE: Washington State University will be hosting an Elementary Food Drive at both women’s basketball games against Utah and Colorado this week. All Moscow and Pullman elementary students who bring in a non-perishable food item will receive a free ticket to the game. We will split the food donations between the Moscow and Pullman food banks.
COMING UP: Washington State University hosts the other Pac-12 Conference newcomer University of Colorado 1 p.m. Saturday. Colorado enters the week undefeated at 12-0 including 1-0 in conference play.
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. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
PERKINS NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday. Perkins had a pair of double-doubles in the opening weekend of Pac-12 action, leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins against University of Oregon and Oregon State University to post its first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2000-01 season. The Berkeley, Calif. native earned her first career weekly accolade after averaging 13.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the road sweep of UO and OSU, the first time the Cougars have swept a road series since 1994-95. Perkins had 15 points and 12 boards to go with four assists and four steals in a 75-47 win at Oregon and added an 11-point 15-rebound outing while playing a career-high 44 minutes in the 61-54 double-overtime thriller versus the Beavers Saturday. Perkins also hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds of double overtime to seal the win.
STARTING 2-0 IN CONFERENCE PLAY: Washington State University opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State last weekend to notch its first 2-0 start in conference play since beating UCLA and USC in the 2000-01 season. The Cougs also recorded their first conference road sweep since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95.
THREE STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins has notched double-doubles in the last three games, helping Washington State go 2-1 during that stretch. Perkins scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State Dec. 22 then put up 15 points and recorded 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon last Thursday in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in last Saturday’s double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns the only three double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has seven in her career.
COUGARS SIT NO. 39 IN FIRST RPI RANKINGS: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an even tougher Pac-12 slate ahead, Washington State University sits No. 39 in the first set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Tuesday. Nine of WSU’s opponents sit ahead of them including seven in the top-30.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS AT OREGON: The Cougs made a season-high 10 3-pointers in last Thursday’s conference-opening win at Oregon. Senior guard 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. WSU has twice made nine 3-pointers in a game this year, both coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville.
COUGS NOTCH CONVINCING WIN IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Washington State University’s 75-47 victory over University of Oregon last Thursday was the first conference-opening win by the Cougars since beating Oregon State in Corvallis Dec. 21, 2006. The 28-point win is the largest margin of victory by a WSU team in conference play since beating the Ducks by 33, 102-69 in Eugene Jan. 20, 1991.
PRESLEY UP FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley has been named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points. The winner will be announced at a luncheon held Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROUT OF UC RIVERSIDE: The 74-35 victory over UC Riverside Dec. 11 was the largest margin of victory by Washington State University since beating University of Wyoming by 45, 94-49 Nov. 24, 1998. The 35 points allowed were the fewest scored by a WSU opponent since beating Alaska-Anchorage 76-35 Feb. 23, 1979.
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 now sits ninth among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,115 career points while Cook enters Thursday’s game against Oregon in 12th with 1,054.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam’s all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State’s wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT PARADISE JAM WITH ROUT OF PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, FINISH SECOND: Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening. The Cougars shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game’s first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.