Feb. 8, 2011
WSU RETURNS HOME TO HOST STANFORD AND CALIFORNIA: Washington State men's basketball (16-7, 6-5) returns home to host its only February games at Beasley Coliseum as it takes on Stanford (12-10, 5-6), Thursday, Feb. 10 and California (13-10, 6-5), Saturday, Feb. 12. Thursday's game will tip at 7 p.m., while Saturday's is set for 3 p.m. Neither game will be televised, but both games can be seen via webcast at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 16-7 overall and tied with California for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 6-5 league mark.
WSU is 8-2 at Beasley Coliseum this year and 4-1 at home in Pac-10 play...the Cougs' two losses came against then-No. 5 Kansas State (Dec. 3) and league-leading Arizona (Jan. 22).
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.2 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 10th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-six in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 12th in the Pac-10 with 13.6 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 10.6 points per game while leading the team with 6.6 rebounds per game (10th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and is second in the league with 1.6 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the Stanford game due to a suspension, is adding 9.9 points per game, along with 3.9 assists.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
Washington State trails the all-time series against Stanford, 68-58.
The Cougars lead the series at home, 35-25, and 34-25 at Pullman.
WSU won the first meeting of the season, 61-58, Jan. 15 at Stanford.
Nine of the last 11 meetings between the Cougars and Cardinal have been decided by single digits.
Washington State has dropped nine of the last 13 meetings between the two teams, going back to March 10, 2005.
The Cougars have won the last two meetings at home, and three of the last four.
Last season WSU defeated Stanford at home, 77-73, Jan. 16, 2010...the two teams split the season series.
Prior to the first meeting this year, the home team had won the previous five matchup.
In the first meeting this year, Washington State defeated Stanford, 61-58, Jan. 15 at Maples Pavilion.
With five seconds to go in the game, Abe Lodwick hit two free throws to give WSU a 61-58 lead and the eventual victory.
WSU snapped a five-game losing streak at Stanford, notching its first win at Maples Pavilion since 2005.
For the fifth time this season both Klay Thompson (21) and Faisal Aden (20) reached the 20-point plateau (only Cougar duo to do it this year).
For the second year in a row the game at Stanford was decided by three points or less (two last year).
Reggie Moore did not play due to an indefinite suspension.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS:
Washington State trails the all-time series against California 71-46.
The Golden Bears have won the last five meetings, the last Cougar victory was at California, Feb. 28, 2008.
California leads the series 28-27 on the road and the series is tied at 27 at Pullman.
In the last meeting Washington State fell at California in overtime, 88-81, Jan. 13.
Klay Thompson tied the game at 74 with 15 seconds to go on a long 3-pointer, forcing overtime.
Thompson reached 30 points for the third time this season with 36 points...the most points by a Pac-10 player this season...his 36 points are both Pac-10 and season highs.
WSU played its second overtime game of the season...moved to 1-1 this season and 1-3 under second-year head coach Ken Bone in OT.
DeAngelo Casto had his second double-double of the season and the ninth of his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds...his 11 rebounds are a season-high.
Thompson's 12 field goals mark his Pac-10 high...he was perfect from the free throw line for the eighth time this season (7-for-7).
Patrick Simon scored a personal Pac-10 high eight points.
THOMPSON FOURTH ON SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,510 points and currently is fourth on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he just passed Mark Hendrickson in fourth.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 21.2 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,715 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 101-55 overall and 44-39 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 122-44 overall and 59-23 in league play.
The Cougars need one win to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.2 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 10th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 23rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.417) and 18th in 3-point field goals per game (3.0).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 are steals per game at 44th and assists per game at 93rd.
Washington State currently ranks seventh in the nation and first in the Pac-10 with a .381 field goal percentage defense.
No WSU team in the last 10 years has held an opponent to .381 or less shooting from the field at the end of the season.
In 2008-09, the Cougs led the nation in points allowed per game, but finished with a .387 field goal percentage defense, ranking 10th in the nation.
The only other WSU team to hold an opponent to a shooting clip under .400 was the 2005-06 squad that finished with a .389 mark.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALs:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just three games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 after the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 70 halves with at least 10 points, 35 times in the first half and 35 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 22 halves, 10 in the first and 12 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half six times, three in the first half, three in the second half.
In 19 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and nine so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 28 halves, 11 more than his freshman total and the same number as his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (12 halves), DeAngelo Casto (five halves), Reggie Moore (four halves), Brock Motum (two halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State bounced back with a 61-55 victory at Oregon State Saturday at Gill Coliseum.
WSU got its first series sweep of the season...improve to 2-4 on the road in Pac-10 play.
Faisal Aden tied his career high with seven rebounds (five in the first half)...he had five in WSU's last meeting with OSU Jan. 6...was the third Coug in double-figures with 10 points.
DeAngelo Casto got his third double-double of the season and 10th of his career...finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Reggie Moore led the Cougars with 14 points...was 6-for-7 from the free throw line.
Klay Thompson fouled out for the first time this season and third in his career...has fouled out once each season he played.
Thompson finished with six points...season low and second single-digit performance of the season...led team with five assists in 32 minutes.
Marcus Capers fouled out for the sixth time in his career and the second of the season.
WSU improved to 6-5 in Pac-10 play, matching its season total from last season...sixteen overall wins also match season total from last year.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 6.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year.
This season's midseason list contains student-athletes from nine different conferences, including three from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses