March 4, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State Cougars (8-21, 6-11 Pac-10) end the 2010-11 regular season at No. 9 UCLA (25-3, 15-2), Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. After Saturday's game, the Cougars will remain in L.A. and begin preparation for the Pac-10 Tournament, which opens Wednesday, March 9 at the Galen Center.
Listen In: Fans can listen to Saturday's game on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM) in addition at WSUCougars.com with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
UCLA series: The Bruins lead the all-time series with WSU 44-6. UCLA has won the last 21 games in the series, including an 80-55 win this season in Pullman, Jan. 2. The Cougars' last win was Jan. 6, 2001, a 74-52 victory in Pullman.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 21st toughest schedule in the nation. Saturday's game at No. 9 UCLA will mark the sixth game against a ranked opponent for the Cougars this season. Previously, the Cougars have faced: No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22, No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26, No. 8 UCLA, Dec. 31 and No. 4/3 Stanford, Jan. 16 and Feb. 10. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
Nearing 1,000 points: The duo of April Cook and Jazmine Perkins are nearing the 1,000 career point mark. With her 20-point effort at USC, Perkins increased her point total to 987. With nine points vs. USC, Cook increased her career total to 986. Both Perkins and Cook moved past Heather Norman (981 points; 1989-92) on the school's career list and now rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the list. The duo is also moving up the school's career 3-point list. With 116 treys, Perkins is fifth on the list and is eight away from Kelli Kronberger's 124 treys for third position. Cook is sixth on the all-time list with 112 treys.
Making Some Noyes: With 41 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes career total in that category stands at 98, 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 sights on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. Noyes 41 blocks this season is already tied for fourth-best on the school's single-season list with Janet Kusler (1978-79) and Bianca McCall (2002-03). She holds the No. 1 spot with 57 blocks last year.
News & Notes: Carly Noyes is the only Cougar to start all 29 games...10 players have started at least one game...eight Cougars (Cook, Amojo, Madison, Perkins, Adzasu, Romberg, Noyes Potter) have scored in double-digits in at least one game this season. Perkins 20 points vs. USC was the second time she has scored at least 20 points in a game this season. Perkins poured in 24 points at Oregon, Jan. 6. Three other players have reached the 20-point mark this season for WSU: Rosetta Adzasu (20 points at Portland, Nov. 18), Sage Romberg (21 points at Oregon State, Jan. 8) and Ireti Amojo (21 points at Arizona, Jan. 22).