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Dec. 23, 2004

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Washington State Cougars (4-5)

What's Happening:

Monday, Dec. 27
vs. Arizona State (8-2)
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court
Pac-10 Opener

Wednesday, Dec. 29
vs. Arizona (8-2)
7 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court

What's Happening: The Washington State women's basketball team (4-5) begins the Pacific-10 Conference season hosting the Arizona schools...the Cougars face Arizona State (8-2), Monday, Dec. 27 and Arizona (8-2), Wednesday, Dec. 29...both games tip-off at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.

Dec. 27 Family Night: A family of four attending Monday's game vs. Arizona State can receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $15

Dec. 29 $1 Night: All general admission tickets for the Arizona contest are just $1 plus select concession items are only $1 as well.

Tickets: Tickets for all Cougar home games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.

Cougs On The Radio: All Cougar women's basketball games will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho during the 2004-05 season with Jon Jensen calling the action...broadcasts can also be heard live on the net at wsucougars.com with a subscription to the "Cougar Sports Pass." ...subscribers will have unprecedented access to live audio and video webcasting of Washington State athletic events as well as up-close access to Cougar student-athletes and coaches...Washington State fans can subscribe to the "Cougar Sports Pass" either monthly or annually...monthly fees are $6.95 per month or fans can subscribe annually at $49.95 for the entire year.

Kate's Chronicles: During the season, sophomore Kate Benz will chronicle her experiences with the WSU basketball team on the Cougars' athletic website wsucougars.com...click the link entitled "Kate's Chronicles" on the WSU women's basketball home page to read Kate's thoughts throughout the 2004-05 season.

Benz Posts Second-Best Career Effort: Kate Benz recorded virtually a career performance with 21 points and 15 rebounds against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...totals were the second most of her career in each category....scored a career-high 23 points in the season-opening 61-48 win over Boise State, Nov. 19...the sophomore from Portland, Ore. pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, 2003...the double-double was Benz's second consecutive and her third of the season...career double-double total has increased to six...Benz leads the team in rebounding (9.2/game) and is second in scoring (12.3 ppg).

Ado-Matic: Adriane Ferguson has scored in double figures in seven of eight games...the one game she did not reach double-digits was at Fresno State, Dec. 9 where she scored eight points...Ferguson leads the team averaging 13.4 points a game.

About Arizona State: The Sun Devils come to Pullman off a 61-50 win over No. 8 Connecticut, Dec. 21...Kylan Loney (11.6 ppg), Kristen Kovesdy (11.4 ppg) and Emily Westerberg (11.1 ppg) are averaging double digits in points per game...ASU's eight wins have all come by a double-digit margin.

Series With Arizona State: ASU leads the all-time series with WSU 24-12...the Cougars won the last meeting between the teams, 75-72 at Pullman, Feb. 28, 2004... the duo of Adriane Ferguson and Stephanie Singer combined for 32 points...Singer finished with 17 points, including five in the final 2:07 of the game, while Ferguson chipped in 15...the win snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Cougars to ASU.

About Arizona: The Wildcats play at Washington, Dec. 27 prior to their game against the Cougars...Dee-Dee Wheeler leads a trio of Wildcats scoring in double figures with a 18.0 points a game average...Shawntinice Polk (13.8 ppg) and Natalie Jones (10.8 ppg) complete the trio.

Series With Arizona: Arizona leads the series with WSU 19-17...the Wildcats have won the last six in the series...in the team's last meeting -- in Pullman, Feb. 26, 2004 -- the Cougars gave Arizona a battle before falling 77-72.

Cougars In Midst Of Four-Game Homestand: The Cougars' two-game slate against the Arizona schools concludes a four-game homestand for the team...WSU suffered narrow defeats to Eastern Washington, Dec. 18 (54-53) and Valparaiso, Dec. 21 (56-50) to begin the stretch.

Moore Makes Cougar Debut: In her debut with the Cougars, Keisha Moore scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...in the second half, Moore shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, Moore scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...Moore transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, Moore was not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which was Saturday, Dec. 18...she was able to practice with the team...in two seasons at Idaho Moore averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Perry Moves Up Career Assist List: With 277 career assists, Jessica Perry is in ninth place on the Cougars' all-time list in that category...Perry is eight assists shy of eighth position and 23 assists away from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau.

Home Success: With wins over Portland State and Boise State, the Cougars won their first two home games...the last time the team won its first two home games was in November of 2001 when it defeated Portland State, Nov. 26 and Gonzaga, Nov. 29 ...the 61-48 win over Boise State marked the second consecutive season home opening win for WSU...last season, WSU defeated Fresno State 69-51...in the two wins, the Cougars out-rebounded the opposition by over 20 in each game...in the Portland State win, WSU held a 54-31 (+23) advantage on the boards...against Boise State, the Cougars out-rebounded the Broncos 50-29 (+21)...prior to this season the last time Cougars out-rebounded an opponent by over 20 was against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003...WSU out-rebounded the Vandals 55-33 (+22) en route to an 82-53 win.

Milestones From Dec. 3 Portland State Win: The 39 points allowed by WSU against PSU were the fewest since Nov. 22, 1992 when the team defeated Gonzaga 88-37...the 30-point margin of victory was the largest for WSU since it defeated Wyoming 94-49, Nov. 24, 1998...the Cougars held PSU to 27.4 percent shooting from the field...that was the lowest shooting percentage from a Cougar opponent since Vermont (26.9 percent) in 2000.

Defensive Effort: The Cougars have held their opponents to under 60 points in three consecutive games and six overall...through nine games, WSU has held its opposition to an average of 59.1 points a contest.

Overcoming Deficits: The Cougars have overcome at least an eight-point deficit to take the lead in six games...WSU trailed by nine against Boise State and at Nebraska, 13 at Fresno State, eight at San Diego State, 13 versus Eastern Washington and eight against Valparaiso...the Cougars were able to secure wins against Boise State and San Diego State.

Big Assist: The 24 assists WSU recorded against Portland State were the most since the team tallied 24 assists in a 76-49 win over Samford, Dec. 29, 2000...the duo of Stephanie Singer and Jessica Perry combined for 15 assists against the Vikings.

Cougars Take Second At St. Mary's Tournament: WSU took home the second place trophy at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...the Cougars opened the tournament with a 70-58 win over St. Mary's, Nov. 26...with the game deadlocked at 28 at the half, WSU outscored the Gaels 42-30 in the second half...in the championship game the next day the Cougars fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 84-36.

Ferguson Posts Career-High At Nebraska: In her first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22, Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points with 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.

All-Tournament Ferguson: Ferguson remained as warm as the California weather at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College...in the first game against host St. Mary's, Nov. 26, scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels...once again, amassed her point total mainly from behind the arc...was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory...scored a team-high 10 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the championship game a day later...earned an all-tournament team selection...led Cougars to a second place finish at the tournament.

Road Success: The win at San Diego State, Dec. 11 marked the third road win of the season for WSU, matching last season's road win total... the three road wins are the most since the team won six in 1997-98...the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26 marked the Cougars' fourth win in their last 16 road contests dating back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season...that equaled the number of road wins the Cougars achieved from Jan. 28, 1999 to the conclusion of the 2002-03 season, a span of 61 road games.

Double Joneby: Senior Emma Joneby has made her mark early in the 2004-05 season...Joneby tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State, Dec. 3...she just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...she also just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against San Diego State...Joneby posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22... Joneby has reached double figures in scoring in five games this season...entered the season with four career double figure scoring games.

Jones From The Line: Charmaine Jones has picked up where she left off last year from the charity stripe... Jones leads the team in free throw percentage making good on 32-of-37 attempts (86.5 percent)...last year Jones was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent).

For Three!: The Cougars converted ten 3-point field goals in the win over St. Mary's...that marked the most treys by the Cougars since WSU hit 12 in a 77-76 win at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001...it also marked the first time WSU hit double-digits in 3-point field goals in a game since the 2001 Oregon win, a span of 94 games...the 10 treys is tied for a Pac-10 single game high.

New And Familiar Faces: Six newcomers, including three freshmen, join seven returning letterwinners to make up the 2004-05 Cougars...by class, the team is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Murrell Adds Trio To Program: The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Nov. 10... the class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.

Cougars Tour Italy: The Cougars compiled a 2-2 mark during their Italy tour May 17-28...during its trip, WSU toured historic cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Cervia, Udine, Verona, and Como...additionally the team went to Vatican City...other sites visited included the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, San Marco Square, and Lake Como...for a complete account of the team's trip to Italy go to wsucougars.com.

Murrell Member of National Committee: In addition to her WSU head coaching duties, Sherri Murrell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/Kodak All-American Team Selection Committee...Murrell serves as the representative for District 8, which encompasses the western part of the nation...the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams honor the 10 best collegiate women's basketball players in the nation...Murrell, along with the representatives from the other seven districts, select the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team from a list of finalists determined by WBCA member coaches....for more information on the All-American Team go to wbca.org.

A Look At The Cougs:

No. 1 Jordan McCormick: One of three freshmen on the team...tallied season-highs in points (seven) and minutes (eight) in the win at San Diego State, Dec. 11...accounted for the Cougars' final five points of the first half, which shaved an eight-point Aztecs' lead to three at the break... made Cougar debut against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored four points in six minutes of action.

No. 3 Jessica Perry: One of two seniors on team (Joneby)... with 277 career assists is in ninth place on the Cougars' all-time list in that category...is eight assists shy of eighth position and 23 assists away from becoming only the eighth person in school history to reach the 300 career assist plateau...averaging 4.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals in nine games.

No. 4 Ariana Scales: Begins first season with the Cougars...averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds a game...tallied a season-high 10 points against Portland State, Dec. 3...scored eight points in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...set school records for points in a game (42), field goals made in a game (17), field goals made in a season (255), three-point baskets made in a season (75), and points in a season (654) at Cowley County CC.

No. 5 Nikki Stratton: Is redshirting the 2004-05 season for medical reasons... has an injury to a sesamoid bone under her right big toe, which occurred last season.

No. 10 Stephanie Singer: Averaging 4.3 points and 3.8 assists a game...scored a season-high 12 points at Fresno State, Dec. 9...hit consecutive second half treys to give WSU its first lead of the game against the Bulldogs...dished out a career-high nine assists against the Bulldogs...tallied eight assists and six points in win over Portland State, Dec. 3...tallied five points and six rebounds in win over Boise State, Nov. 19.

No. 11 Crystal Blue: Begins first season with the Cougars...started her first game as a Cougar against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...played a season-high 19 minutes against the Crusaders...seen action in all nine WSU games...earned a first team All-Western Junior Athletic Conference selection at Odessa College...named outstanding sophomore of the year at Odessa.

No. 12 Brynn Bemis: One of three freshmen on team...walked on to the team in early November...seen action against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Portland State...goalkeeper for the Cougar soccer team...played in one match registering two saves...four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer at Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

No. 15 Emma Joneby: Scored in double digits in five games this season, exceeding her career total of four games entering this season...tallied a career-high 15 points in the win over Portland State...just missed a double-double against the Vikings with nine rebounds...also just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against San Diego State...posted career-highs in rebounds and tallied a double-double in each of the Cougars' first two games...recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19...scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Nebraska, Nov. 22.

No. 22 Dani Montgomery: One of three freshmen on the team...seen action in all nine games...played a season high 20 minutes against Portland State...posted a season-best eight points against the Vikings...grabbed five rebounds against Tenn-Chattanooga...led Crater High School (Medford, Ore.) to the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) championship and was named the league's player of the year as a senior.

No. 23 Charmaine Jones: Only returning junior on team...third on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg)... leads the team in free throw percentage making good on 32-of-37 attempts (86.5 percent)...last year was eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage making good on 71-of-91 attempts (78 percent).

No. 24 Adriane Ferguson: Scored in double figures in seven of eight games played...in first game of the year at Nebraska, Nov. 22 scored a career-high 26 points, 19 coming in the first half...first half point total exceeded previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004)...converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players...followed Nebraska up with 18 points in the win at St. Mary's, Nov. 26...earned all-tournament team selection at Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic...sat out Boise State game with a concussion...leads team in scoring (13.4 ppg).

No. 32 Kate Benz: Averaging 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds a game...recorded two consecutive double-doubles...tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds against Valparaiso, Dec. 21...totals were second-best career effort in each category...tallied second double-double of season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...posted a double-double with a career-high 23 points along with 11 rebounds in the win over Boise State, Nov. 19... achieved her point total on 10-of-14 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half...of her 11 rebounds, nine were on the offensive end.

No. 41 Keisha Moore: Begins first season with WSU...recorded seven rebounds versus Valparaiso, Dec. 21...in her debut with the Cougars, scored 11 points, including 10 in the second half, against Eastern Washington, Dec. 18...in the second half shot 5-of-8 from the field...during a 15-0 WSU second half run, scored six straight points to bring the Cougars from a 37-30 deficit to within one at 37-36...transferred to WSU from the University of Idaho...because of NCAA Division I transfer rules, is not eligible to play until the day after the conclusion of the 2004 fall semester, which is Saturday, Dec. 18...is able to practice with the team...in two seasons at Idaho averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Coaching Staff: Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons, is in her third season as head coach of the Cougars...while at Pacific, Murrell coached the Tigers to a 68-46 record including a 40-20 mark in Big West Conference play...the Tigers' 19 wins in 2002 were the most wins by the program since 1995...Murrell has a mark of 128-127 in her nine-year coaching career...assistant Mark Lewis brings 19 years of coaching experience to the program... Lewis, who is in his third season at WSU, spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State...assistants Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland also return for their third season as Cougars...both served as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season...prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season...preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998... before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a women's basketball team manager for five years...Sarah Holland is in her second year as director of basketball operations...Allen played two seasons for the Dayton Flyers after transferring from Arizona State...while at ASU, Allen was selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after the 2000 campaign.

--wsucougars.com--
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