Jan. 7, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-13, 0-3 Pac-10) concludes its first Pac-10 road trip of the season at Oregon State (7-7, 0-3), Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m.
Listen In: Fans can listen to Saturday's game live on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR (104.3 FM) in the Pullman/Moscow area, or with a subscription to Cougar All Access at WSUCougars.com (click on the All Access button on the WSUCougars.com home page). Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
Oregon State Series History: Oregon State leads the all-time series with WSU 45-24. OSU swept the 2010 season series, capturing a 63-49 win at Corvallis, New Year's Day and a 50-45 win at Pullman, March 7, 2010. The Cougars last defeated OSU, Jan. 9, 2009, a 65-52 win in Pullman. WSU's last win at Corvallis was a 58-41 victory, Dec. 21, 2006.
On The Road Again: The Oregon State game will mark the Cougars' 11th game of the season away from Pullman. The Cougars have only played five of their first 15 games at Beasley Coliseum.
Last Game Recap: The Cougars fell to Oregon, 77-72, Thursday, Jan. 8 in the next-to-last game to be played at Mac Court. Jazmine Perkins scored a season-high 24 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers. WSU held a 62-50 lead with 9:50 remaining but a 13-0 Oregon run brought the Ducks back into the game. Tied at 70, Oregon's Nia Jackson converted a long 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Ducks in the lead for good with 39 seconds left.
Perkins' Treys Ranks High In the Pac-10: Jazmine Perkins six 3-point field goals vs. Oregon, Jan. 6 ties a Pac-10 high this season. In addition, her 14 3-point field goal attempts vs. the Ducks is a Pac-10 high. As a team, WSU has the Pac-10's top two 3-point field goal attempts in a game with 37 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 26 and 35 at Oregon, Jan. 6.
Strength of Schedule: According to the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women's College Basketball Ratings, WSU has played the 10th toughest schedule in the nation. As of Jan. 5, the combined record of the Cougars' 13 non-conference opponents (they played Gonzaga twice) is 119-61 (.661). Only two of the Cougars' non-conference opponents (Long Beach State, 2-13; South Dakota State, 5-9) have a losing record.
Ranked Opponents: Last Sunday's game vs. No. 8 UCLA marked the third ranked opponent WSU faced this season. The Cougars hosted No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22 and played No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent since, Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
Making Some Noyes: With 25 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes career total in that category stands at 82, placing her fourth on the school's career list. Noyes surpassed Cassandra Overby's 81 blocks for fourth place on the list with three blocks at San Diego State, Dec. 21. Noyes now sets her sight on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. With a 1.7 blocks per game average, Noyes is third in the Pac-10 in that category and her five blocks vs. Portland, Nov. 18 is the second-best single-game performance in the Pac-10 this season.
Cook Returns: After sitting out the Cougars' first four games with a sore back, junior point guard April Cook saw her first action of the season at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Hawaii, Nov. 26-28. WSU's leading scorer last season, Cook averaged 15 minutes and seven points in three games at the tournament. In 11 games, Cook is averaging 6.7 points a game. She is just two points shy of 900 for her career.
News & Notes: Carly Noyes is the only Cougar to start all 15 games...WSU has used six different starting combinations and nine players have started at least one game...four freshmen (Hana Potter, Sage Romberg, Brandi Thomas, and Ireti Amojo) have started a combined 32 games...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season.