Dec. 9, 2011
UC RIVERSIDE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
3:30 p.m. • Sunday
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
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F - #22 Sage Romberg, 6-1, So., McKinleyville, Calif. - 8.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 38.1% 3-pt
F - #33 Carly Noyes, 6-5, Jr., Moses Lake, Wash. - 8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg
G - #2 Ireti Amojo, 5-10, RS-So., Berlin, Germany - 8.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 51.7% 3-PT
G - #1 April Cook, 5-8, Sr., Carson, Calif. - 5.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 87.5% FT
PG - #10 Tia Presley, 5-8, Fr., Spokane, Wash. - 8.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.0 apg
COUGARS HOST UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY: Washington State University returns after an eight-day break for a matchup against UC Riverside 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars will follow WSU’s men’s game against Santa Clara University which begins at 1 p.m.
COMING UP: Washington State will take another seven days off following Sunday’s contest to focus on final exams before closing out its four-game homestand against University of Louisville Dec. 19.
LAST WEEKEND: Redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo knocked down four three’s and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Washington State University past San Diego State University 65-50 Dec. 2. The Cougars improved to 5-4 overall after playing their fifth game in nine days.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman’s KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season.
ABOUT THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with 1-6 overall mark after dropping a pair of road contests at Utah State and Boise State last weekend. The Highlanders return six letterwinners including two starters off of last year’s team that went 19-13, 11-5 in the Big West Conference and advanced to the WNIT. This will be the inaugural meeting between Washington State and UC Riverside. Natasha Hadley paces the Highlanders at 13.6 ppg with TreShont Nottingham and Jessica Ogunnorin chipping in at 11.7 ppg and 10.2 ppg, respectively. Head coach John Margaritis is in his eighth year at UCR and owns a 233-182 record at the school including three NCAA Tournament apperances and two WNIT appearances.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU’s 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year’s first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins now sits 11th among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,080 career points while Cook enters Sunday’s game against San Diego State in 12th with 1,045.
AMOJO’S 16 POINTS LEADS WSU PAST SAN DIEGO STATE: Redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo knocked down four three’s and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Washington State University past San Diego State University 65-50 Dec. 2. The Cougars improved to 5-4 overall after playing their fifth game in nine days. Ten different players scored for WSU as junior forward Carly Noyes added 10 points and senior guard Rosetta Adzasu added eight points and six rebounds. Amojo also grabbed a career-high seven boards while sophomore forward Sage Romberg chipped in with six points and seven rebounds.
COUGARS FALL TO NO. 24 GONZAGA IN FINAL SECONDS: WSU’s redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo hit a game-tying three with 10 seconds remaining but No. 24 ranked Gonzaga saw guard Taelor Karr race the length of the floor for the game-winning layup with three seconds remaining to hand the Cougs a heartbreaking 71-69 defeat Wednesday. WSU had three players finish in double figures in its home opener as freshman guard Tia Presley led the way with a team-high 16 points with Amojo and junior forward Carly Noyes each adding 12. Senior guard Jazmine Perkins had seven points, seven boards and made five steals while sophomore forward Sage Romberg added eight points, six rebounds and five steals.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam’s all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State’s wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
COUGAR HOME GAMES TO BE WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women’s basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. The only home game that will not be webcast this season will be the Jan. 14 televised matchup against University of Washington. The Feb. 11 meeting with University of Oregon will either be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access or televised by FSN. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women’s basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai’i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.
FSN TO TELEVISE THREE PAC-12 GAMES IN 2011-12, MAYBE FOUR: Washington State will have three Pac-12 Conference games televised on Fox Sports Net during the 2011-12 season. WSU’s matchups against University of Washington, Jan. 14, at University of California, Jan. 22 and at Washington, Feb. 26 will all be televised on FSN. The home meeting against University of Oregon, Feb. 11 is another contest that could be picked up by FSN as part of the Pac-12’s selected wildcard slot.
SCHEDULE TO CHALLENGE COUGARS IN 2011-12: Washington State’s 2011-12 slate features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason a season ago, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants, and is highlighted by a trip to the Virgin Islands along with 18 games against the new-look Pac-12 Conference.
ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS RETURN: Washington State guards Jazmine Perkins, Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo each earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors last season. Perkins and Romberg each received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors with Romberg also garnering a spot on the All-Freshmen team and Amojo receiving All-Freshmen honorable mention accolades. Perkins picks up her fourth career all-conference honor after being named all-conference honorable mention, all-freshman and all-defensive honorable mention as a freshman.
WHAT THE COUGS RETURN: WSU welcomes back four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad that posted the most conference wins (6), the highest scoring average (63.0 ppg) and highest shooting percentage (.381) since 2000-01. The Cougars posted their highest finish since the 1997-98, tying for seventh after posting season sweeps over California and Oregon State and beating Oregon and Oregon State on the same weekend to record their first weekend sweep in conference play since 2001. WSU finished the year with a school-record 208 made three-point field goals and the second-most assists in program single-season history.
BEST PAC-10 FINISH IN 10 YEARS: The Cougars finished 2010-11 with a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and tied for seventh place with the Washington Huskies. The seventh place showing is the best for the program since the 1997-98 season and the six conference wins are the most since the 2000-01 season.
COUGARS PICKED SEVENTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State was picked to finish seventh in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Collecting the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) was Stanford,who was picked the preseason favorite for the 11th year in a row by the coaches to win the Pac-12 title.