Nov. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 12/14 PENN STATE
3 p.m. (PT), Friday
Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.
GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE LIVE RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM
COUGARS OPEN 2011-12 CAMPAIGN AGAINST PENN STATE:Washington State opens the 2011-12 season traveling to University Park, Pa. to take part in the Lady Lion Classic this weekend. The Cougars will matchup against the hosts Penn State University 3 p.m. (PST) Friday before playing the the winner/loser of the UNC Wilmington/Middle Tennessee State matchup Sunday.
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.
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.
COUGARS BENCH LEADS WSU PAST LEWIS-CLARK STATE: Washington State posted a 59-53 exhibition victory over Lewis-Clark State at Beasley Coliseum last Sunday. Senior guard Jazmine Perkins scored a team-high 12 points for the Cougars who received 32 points from their bench and forced 25 LCSC turnovers. Sophomore Brandi Thomas paced the WSU bench with nine points while redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo added seven points and sophomore Sage Romberg grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, both playing reserve roles.
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.
ABOUT THE PENN STATE LADY LIONS: This will be the inaugeral meeting between the two programs. Penn State University enters the season ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches preseason Poll. The Lady Lions return 10 players including four starters off of last year's club that went 25-10, finished second in the Big Ten Conference and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Guard Alex Bentley returns after finishing second on the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg while forward Mia Nickson also returns after finishing third on team in scoring at 10.5 ppg. PSU also returns its leading rebounder in center Nikki Greene (7.8 rpg). Head coach Coquese Washington enters her fifth season with the Lady Lions and owns a 66-60 career record.
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.