March 2, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team closes out its regular season at home this weekend, squaring off first against Oregon Friday at Friel Court. Tip-off between the Cougars and Ducks is scheduled for 6 p.m.
WSU (7-20, 2-14 Pac-10) is looking to halt a two-game skid, while Oregon (16-12, 7-9 Pac-10) has lost four-straight.
The Cougars will then play host to Oregon State Sunday, in the team's final regular season game of 2009-10. The Cougars and Beavers will are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.
The Cougars' match-up with Oregon will be streamed live at wsucougars.com. Webcasts are available for the cost of a subscription to Cougar All-Access and will feature exclusive audio play-by-play and color commentary from students at the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The game against Oregon State (March 7) will also be webcast.
Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM and on translator 105.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at wsucougars.com. Steve Grubbs has the call live from Pullman.
CLOSE CONFERENCE GAMES
Although the Cougars are 2-14 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they have held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU has held second-half leads in eight of the team's 14 conference losses, including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock.
LAST TIME AGAINST OREGON
April Cook and KiKi Moore each scored 24 points, but WSU fell 98-92 to Oregon Jan. 3 at McArthur Court. A high-octane, back-and-forth opening half saw three lead changes and four ties in the first 10 minutes of action. With the Cougars up 19-18 with 11:01 left in the half, Oregon went on a 21-4 run over the next four minutes to build a 16-point lead. The Cougars scored 10-straight in the final two-plus minutes, including two 3-pointers from Moore, to close the gap before intermission (51-46).
WSU cut Oregon's lead to two at 66-64 with 12:40 remaining in the game, but a 7-0 run by the Ducks extended their lead back to nine. The Cougars put together a run of their own, outscoring the Ducks 16-2 to build a five-point advantage (80-75). Another run by the Ducks (9-0) reclaimed the lead in the home team's favor, and though WSU was able to get back to within one, the Ducks held on for the win.
The Cougars will be looking to split the regular season series with Oregon for the second-straight year. The Cougars trail 11-55 in the all-time series, including a 6-25 mark at home. WSU will be looking for its first home victory over Oregon since Feb. 18, 2006 (68-53).