Nov. 3, 2011
LEWIS-CLARK STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
1 p.m., Sunday
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum
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COUGARS TO HOST LEWIS-CLARK STATE FOR EXHIBITION: Washington State continues its preseason schedule with an exhibition contest against Lewis-Clark State College at Beasley Coliseum 1 p.m., Sunday.
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.
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.
COUGARS USE STRONG SECOND HALF TO POST EXHIBITION WIN: Washington State opened the second half with 26-4 run to pull away from Seattle Pacific University and post a 72-60 victory in exhibition play last Saturday. The Cougars defense ignited the second half surge, holding SPU to 24 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes and scoring 27 points off of 23 Falcon turnovers in the game. Freshmen point guard Tia Presley, out of Spokane, came off the bench to lead WSU with 14 points and four steals while sophomore Sage Romberg added 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven boards. Senior guard April Cook finished with 10 points while junior Carly Noyes and senior Jazmine Perkins each grabbed six rebounds. 11 players scored for the Cougars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Perkins enters her final season at WSU with 1,009 career points, good for 12th on the school’s all-time scoring list. Senior guard April Cook enters this season with 996 career points, needing just four more to become the 14th member of the Cougars 1,000-point club.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS’ REBRANDING: Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics’ branding master plan. Changes to the facility, which has been the primary practice gym for the men’s and women’s basketball programs for the past three seasons, were designed and implemented by Downstream, a nationally recognized leader in sports facility design and branding based out of Portland, Ore. The project is part of the athletics branding master plan, commissioned by WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and Senior Associate AD John Johnson, which Downstream is managing. The gym, located in the P.E. Building, between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other. The Washington State fight song surrounds the perimeter of the gym along with images of the ZZU CRU, the group that helps make up the Cougars’ student section, designed into the Washington State type as a way to remind the student-athletes of their support system. 16 banners of current student-athletes hang in the gym, eight men’s and eight women’s, along with words that represent the respective programs, additionally all current team members are showcased and will be updated annually. Changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12 Conference were also made. Last season, padding was added along the walls of the entire gym and a video system was implemented to help with film sessions for both programs.