Jan. 27, 2012
ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON STATE
1 p.m. (PT) Saturday
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
GAMETRACKER RADIO - KHTR 104.3 FM, KQQQ 1150 AM LIVE WEBCAST
COUGARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK SATURDAY AGAINST ARIZONA: Washington State will host Arizona 1 p.m. Saturday in Beasley Coliseum. The Cougs will look to bounce back from the tough loss to Arizona State Thursday and put an end to its five-game losing skid.
COMING UP: The Cougars head to Los Angeles next weekend to take on USC, Feb. 2 and UCLA, Feb. 4.
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.
WSU TO HOST NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY FREE SPORTS CLINIC: Cougar Athletics is hosting the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day free youth sports clinic this Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon. All girls in grades K-8 are welcome. All participants will be able to meet various Cougar student-athletes, learn new sports skills, and pick up healthy lunch and a Cougar t-shirt. Participants will also receive a Certificate of Participation which will allow them FREE admittance to the women's basketball game against Arizona. To register online, visit http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/ngwsd.html.
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.
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men's and women's basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside' on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS: The University of Arizona comes into Saturday's game against Washington State with a 13-7 overall record including a 2-6 mark in Pac-12 Conference play after dropping a 77-48 decision at Washington Thursday. The Wildcats have lost three straight and five of their last six. Arizona has won six straight against the Cougars and leads the all-time series with the Cougars 31-21 including a 15-11 mark in Pullman. Davellyn Whyte is second in the Pac-12 at 18.6 ppg and is second on the team with 6.5 rpg. The Wildcats lead the conference in three-point shooting at 35.6 percent. Head coach Niya Butts is in her fourth season at Arizona and owns a 47-48 career record at the school.
PERKINS JOINS EGGART IN COUGAR RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins grabbed six rebounds in the win against Utah to reach 600 rebounds in her career and join Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) as the only players in WSU history, men's or women's, to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 steals in their careers. Eggart is WSU's women's career leader in points (1,967) and steals (377).
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters Saturday's game third in the Pac-12 Conference with 203 steals and 10.2 spg. In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars are second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (24.3), third in scoring defense (57.4 ppg) and in steals per game (9.0).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 10 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to ncaa.org, Washington State has played the No. 10 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season's schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 54 in the second set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second week and No. 66 last week. Eight of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-35.
COUGS OPENED CONFERENCE PLAY 3-0: Washington State opened Pac-12 Conference play with a pair of wins at Oregon and Oregon State and a 60-43 win over Utah to notch its first 3-0 start in conference play since starting Northwest Women's Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The conference road sweep is the first for the Cougs since beating Arizona State and Arizona in 1994-95. The 3-1 start matches the 1995-96 team that dropped its conference opener at UCLA before beating USC, Oregon and Oregon State over its next three games.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year's first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins now sits seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,184 career points while Cook enters Saturday's game against Arizona 11th with 1,099.