March 2, 2011
What's Happening: The Washington State Cougars (8-20, 6-10 Pac-10) end the 2010-11 regular season at USC (16-11, 8-8), Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and at No. 9 UCLA (24-3, 14-2), Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Thursday's USC game will also be streamed online live at usctrojans.com. The Cougars will remain in L.A. for the Pac-10 Tournament, March 9-12.
Listen In: Fans can listen to Thursday's USC game on Pullman's KQQQ 1150 AM while Saturday's UCLA game can be heard on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM). In addition, both games will be broadcast at WSUCougars.com with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs and Jessica Oestreicher will call the action.
USC series: USC leads the all-time series with WSU 38-12. Earlier this season, on New Year's Eve, USC defeated the Cougars 72-57, in Pullman. Last season, the programs split the season series with each team winning on the other's home floor. USC defeated the Cougars 61-51 in Pullman, Jan. 23 and WSU avenged that loss with a 64-52 win at Los Angeles, Feb. 18. That win ended an 18-game losing streak to the Trojans.
UCLA series: The Bruins lead the all-time series with WSU 44-6. UCLA has won the last 21 games in the series, including an 80-55 win this season in Pullman, Jan. 2. The Cougars' last win was Jan. 6, 2001, a 74-52 victory in Pullman.
Ranked Opponents: According to the website rpiratings.com, WSU has played the 21st toughest schedule in the nation. Saturday's game at No. 9 UCLA will mark the sixth game against a ranked opponent for the Cougars this season. Previously, the Cougars have faced: No. 21 Nebraska, Nov. 22, No. 14 North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Nov. 26, No. 8 UCLA, Dec. 31 and No. 4/3 Stanford, Jan. 16 and Feb. 10. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Cougars defeated No. 22/19 Arizona, 93-86, in Pullman.
Winning in the Pac-10: The Cougars' six Pac-10 wins are the most for the program since the 2001 season. The last time the program had more victories this deep into a conference season was during the 1995-96 campaign when the Cougars were 7-9 through 16 games.
Nearing 1,000 points: The duo of April Cook and Jazmine Perkins are nearing the 1,000 career point mark. Cook's point total is at 977 points while Perkins point total stands at 967. Cook and Perkins rank 15th and 16th, respectively on the school's career point list. Heather Norman (1989-92) is 14th on the list with 981 points. The duo is also moving up the school's career 3-point list. With 113 treys, Perkins is fifth on the list and is 11 away from Kelli Kronberger's 124 treys for third position. Cook is tied for sixth on the all-time list with Jennifer Kerns with 110 treys.
Making Some Noyes: With 41 blocks this season, sophomore Carly Noyes career total in that category stands at 98, placing her fourth on the school's career list. Noyes surpassed Cassandra Overby's 81 blocks for fourth place on the list with three blocks at San Diego State, Dec. 21. Noyes now sets her sights on Ebonee Coates' 101 blocks for third position on the list. Noyes 41 blocks this season is already tied for fourth-best on the school's single-season list with Janet Kusler (1978-79) and Bianca McCall (2002-03). She holds the No. 1 spot with 57 blocks last year.