Dec. 29, 2010
What's Happening: After a season-long 10 days off, the Washington State women's basketball team (2-10) opens Pac-10 play at home vs. USC (8-3), Friday, Dec. 31 and No. 8/9 UCLA (10-1 pending 12/31 game at Washington), Sunday, Jan. 2. Both games tip-off at 1 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
Tickets: Cougar Athletics is running a New Year's ticket special for this weekend's games with half-priced general admission adult tickets. For tickets 1-800-GO-COUGS or visit WSUCougars.com HERE
Listen In: Fans can listen to this weekend's games 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 will call the action.
USC Series History: USC leads the all-time series with WSU 37-12. Last season, the programs split the season series with each team winning on the other's home floor. USC defeated the Cougars 61-51 in Pullman, Jan. 23 and WSU avenged that loss with a 64-52 win at Los Angeles, Feb. 18. That win ended an 18-game losing streak to the Trojans. The last time the Cougars defeated USC in Pullman was Jan .4, 2001, a 79-78 victory.
UCLA Series History: The Bruins lead the all-time series with WSU 43-6. UCLA has won the last 20 games in the series. The Cougars' last win was Jan. 6, 2001, a 74-52 victory in Pullman.
Home Sweet Home: This weekend's games will mark only the fourth and fifth home games for the Cougars this season. During its 12-game non-conference schedule, WSU played only three games at Beasley Coliseum (Nebraska, Nevada, and South Dakota State).
Strength of Schedule: According to the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women's College Basketball Ratings, WSU has played the 13th toughest schedule in the nation. As of Dec. 28, the combined record of the Cougars' 11 non-conference opponents (they played Gonzaga twice) is 86-50 (.632). Only two of the Cougars' non-conference opponents (Long Beach State, 2-11; South Dakota State, 4-8) have a losing record.
Ranked Opponents: UCLA will mark the third ranked opponent WSU takes on 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. When WSU takes on No. 8 UCLA, Sunday it will attempt to capture its first win over 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 increased her career total in that category to 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. Noyes now sets her sight on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. With a 2.1 blocks per game average, Noyes ranks second 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 eight games, Cook is averaging 7.6 points a game.
News & Notes: Three Cougars (Sage Romberg, Carly Noyes, Rosetta Adzasu) have started all 12 games...the three true freshman (Hana Potter, Sage Romberg, Brandi Thomas) have started a combined 26 games...Carly Noyes leads the team with a 9.4 points a game average...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season...Rosetta Adzasu's nine assists vs. Nebraska, Nov. 22 is tied with two other players as a Pac-10 game high this season. Adzasu is third in the Pac-10 averaging 4.6 assists a game.