Dec. 4, 2007
FIRST GLANCE: The Washington State women's basketball team (2-5) will play host to the Broncos of Boise State (4-3) Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Friel Court...the game is part of a double-header with the men's team, which hosts Portland State at 5:30 p.m.
DAUGHERTY AND THE BRONCOS: WSU Head Coach June Daugherty's first head coaching job was with Boise State...she coached the Broncos from 1989-1996, accumulating a record of 123-74...Daugherty led the Broncos to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, their first national ranking and their first regular season conference championship.
"I have great memories from Boise State," Daugherty said. "The fans were great to myself and my family...A lot of great friends and great times, but you have to put that on the shelf when you get ready to play them."
THE COUGARS: WSU is led by junior guard Katie Appleton, who ranks 12th in the Pacific-10 Conference averaging 11.7 points per game...the 5-foot-8 native of Big Bear Lake, Calif., also ranks second in the conference in steals (2.57)...Appleton and junior center Heather Molzen (6-3; Lakeside, Calif.) average a team-best 4.7 rebounds per game...sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge (5-8; Seattle) ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and leads the Cougars with 3.43 assists per game.
"We are really excited about being back in the gym (this week) and focusing on Cougar basketball." Daugherty said. "With all of the traveling the past couple weeks and focusing our attention to playing high-level teams like North Carolina State, Alabama and Texas Tech, we are turning our attention back to getting better as a team."
LAST TIME OUT: Katie Appleton and Jasmine Williams each scored in double figures against Texas Tech Dec. 1, but the Lady Raiders were victorious 89-45 at Friel Court...Appleton's 15 points were a team high, marking the third time this season the 5-foot-8 guard has led the Cougars in scoring...Williams' 10 points, highlighted by her first two career 3-pointers, marked the first career double-digit game for the 5-9 guard.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos are currently 4-3 on the season, though will play host to Washington Friday before their game against the Cougars...though Boise State is a perfect 3-0 at home, away from the Taco Bell Arena the team is 1-3...junior guards Tasha Harris and Jessica Thompson lead the team in scoring, averaging 18.3 and 14.6 points per game, respectively.
"They are a well coached team, they play a pretty challenging schedule and they have shown great signs of improvement," Daugherty said. "They are going to be a very good test. We're going to have to get ready this week to play a very good team."
THE SERIES: The Cougars have won each of the last six meetings between the two schools dating back to a 66-65 victory Dec. 8, 1994, though WSU and Boise State are an even 16-16 all-time...the last time the Broncos were victorious over WSU (77-61; Nov. 28, 1993), current WSU head coach June Daugherty was the head coach of the Broncos...WSU holds a 9-5 record when playing in Pullman.
NEXT UP: WSU continues its nonconference schedule with another team from the Western Athletic Conference, playing host to San Jose State, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Friel Court.
DAUGHERTY'S FIRST CLASS: WSU Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 14. Her first recruiting class at WSU included five All-Americans and five individuals ranked by various publications. The future Cougars include: Katie Grad (Auburn, Wash.), Jessica Oestreicher (Redding, Calif.), April Cook (Long Beach, Calif.), Danielle Lenoir (Los Angeles), Lexie Pettersen (Spokane, Wash.), Rosie Tarnowski (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Jazmine Perkins (Berkeley, Calif.).
RECRUIT RANKINGS: WSU's recruiting class has been gaining national recognition. Blue Star Basketball ranked Daugherty's inaugural recruiting class as the 16th-best in the country, and second-best in the Pacific-10 Conference, while HoopGurlz.com ranked the Cougars' class No. 24 in the nation.
COUGAR HEAD COACH June Daugherty: With a career record of 314-213 entering this season, veteran coach June Daugherty is exactly what the Cougars needed. The first-year WSU head coach has a proven history of turning programs around. At Boise State (1989-96) she compiled a record of 123-74, led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, achieved their first-ever national ranking and won their first regular season conference title. At Washington (1996-2006) Daugherty led the Huskies to the Pacific-10 Conference title in 2001, their first since 1990. She also led Washington to nine postseason appearances in 11 seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT appearances, making it all the way to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship's Elite Eight in 2001.
JUNE'S BLOG: Check in with WSU head coach June Daugherty all season long at www.wsucougars.com. Daugherty will be posting regular updates to her blog throughout the 2007-08 season. To access June's Journal, click the link on the women's basketball page.
THIRD HALF RALLY: Join the WSU women's basketball team at the Hilltop Restaurant for the Third Half Rally following select games this season. Refreshments and food will be available following the UCLA game (Jan. 12), Oregon game (Feb. 17) and Stanford game (March 2)
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar women's basketball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2007-08 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, live in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial)...in addition, the radio broadcasts of away games are live on the Internet...go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month.
COUGARS ON TV: Three of WSU's games this season are scheduled for live television broadcast. The Cougars' match up with Washington in Seattle (Feb. 3) is slated to air on FSN, while the home contests with Washington (Jan. 4) and Oregon State (Feb. 15) will air on FSN Northwest. WSU has had more games selected for television this season than in any other since 2001-02.
COUGS ON THE INTERNET: Stay up-to-date on all Cougar women's basketball action...releases, statistics, and notes are loaded weekly at www.wsucougars.com.