Nov. 17, 2011
WASHINGTON STATE vs. WISCONSIN
5 p.m. (PT), Friday
Kohl Center (17,122)
GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE LIVE RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM
F - #21 Rosie Tarnawski, 6-1, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa. - 8.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg
F - #33 Carly Noyes, 6-5, Jr., Moses Lake, Wash. - 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg
G - #11 Jazmine Perkins, 5-10, Sr., Berkeley, Calif. - 8.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.0 spg
G - #1 April Cook, 5-8, Sr., Carson, Calif. - 1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg
G - #3 Rosetta Adzasu, 5-5, sr., West Linn, Ore. - 8.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg
COUGARS OPEN 10-DAY ROAD TRIP AT WISCONSIN FRIDAY: Washington State University opens its 10-day road trip in Madison, Wis. against University of Wisconsin Friday evening. COMING UP: The Cougars continue their trip to the midwest with a Sunday afternoon matchup against South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. WSU then heads to the carribean for the Paradise Jam Tournament held in the U.S. Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving weekend.
LAST WEEKEND: Washington State opened its 2011-12 campaign by going 1-1 at the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State University last weekend. The Cougs kicked off their season by battling No. 12/14 Penn State Friday, holding the lead for much of the game before the Lady Lions used a late second half comeback to post a 72-60 win. WSU bounced back with a 72-60 victory over UNC Wilmington behind Carly Noyes' 16-point effort in Sunday's final game of the tournament.
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.
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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. This Sunday's exhibition against Lewis-Clark State will be webstreamed. 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.
ABOUT THE WISCONSIN BADGERS: The University of Wisconsin enters Friday's game against Washington State with a 1-2 mark in 2011-12, beating Milwaukee in its season opener, dropping its home opener to Oral Roberts and falling at Marquette Tuesday. This will be the inaugural meeting between the Cougars and Badgers. Wisconsin return eight letterwinners, including two starters off of last year's club that went 16-15 overall, tying for third in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-6 mark and reaching the second round of the postseason WNIT. Junior guard Taylor Wurtz paces the team with 15.3 ppg through the first three contests. Head coach Bobbi Kelsey is in her first season at Wisconsin after spending the past four seasons as an assistant at Stanford.
COUGARS BEAT UNC WILMINGTON BEHIND NOYES' 16 POINTS: Carly Noyes had 16 points to lead Washington State to a 72-60 victory over UNC Wilmington in the final game of the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State Sunday afternoon. Noyes scored 12 of her points in the second half and Rosetta Adzasu added 13 points while Sage Romberg and Jazmine Perkins each added eight. The Cougs began to pull away midway through the period, using some tough defense and hot shooting. WSU forced 27 turnovers and finished the game shooting 48.3 percent.
COUGARS DROP SEASON-OPENER AT NO. 12/14 PENN STATE: Washington State University had No. 12/14 Penn State University on the ropes until a late second half surge by the Lady Lions handed the Cougars a season-opening 72-60 defeat at the Lady Lion Classic Friday evening. WSU forced PSU into 24 turnovers and held a 60-59 lead with 7:12 remaining before the Lady Lions put the clamps down on the Cougar offense to come away with the win. Sage Romberg came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points while Philadelphia native Rosie Tarnowski scored 10 points. Jazmine Perkins and Ireti Amojo each added nine points as Perkins matched a career-high with a game-high 13 rebounds.
COUGARS HEAD TO VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament will feature Marquette University, University of Michigan, Prairie View A&M University and Washington State in the 12th annual tournament held Nov. 24-26, at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI. Three of the four participants earned postseason berths last season, with Marquette advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Prairie View A&M appearing in the NCAA Tournament's first round and Michigan appearing in the National Invitation Tournament. Marquette is making a return trip to the islands to defend its 2006 St. John Division championship.
PERKINS REACHES 1,000 Points, COOK CLOSING IN: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins scored 17 points in the opening-round loss to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament last season to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Her nine points against Penn State and eight points against UNC Wilmington pushed her career total to 1,026 career points, good for 11th on the school's all-time scoring list. Senior guard April Cook enters Friday's game at Wisconsin with 999 career points, needing just one more to become the 14th member of the Cougars 1,000-point club.
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.
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.
Best PAC-10 Finish in TEN 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 Coaches' 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.