Cougars Open Season At Best Buy Classic In Minnesota
Nov. 8, 2012
COUGARS OPEN SEASON AT BEST BUY CLASSIC IN MINNESOTA: The Washington State women's basketball team kicks off its 2012-13 season with a pair of games at the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis this weekend. The Cougars will open against the hosts University of Minnesota Saturday at 10 a.m. (PT) before facing the winner/loser of South Dakota State University/Villanova University Sunday either at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. (PT).
NEXT UP: The Cougars return to Pullman to begin a three-game homestand next weekend, hosting Monmouth University Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. WSU will host University of Wisconsin Sunday, Nov. 18 and BYU Saturday, Nov. 24.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars during the regular season 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 @WSUWomensHoops. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html.
COUGARS PICKED 10TH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State University was picked tenth in 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll. The Cougars were placed ahead of the University of Oregon and University of Arizona who were voted No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Stanford was voted the preseason favorite after collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11).
WESTERN OREGON-WSU RECAP: Washington State saw 13 players register points in its 93-30 exhibition victory over Western Oregon University Saturday. The Cougars had three players scored in double figures, led by freshman guard Taylor Edmondson's 12 as fellow freshmen Mariah Cooks and Lia Galdeira each added 11 points. Galdeira also added five assists and five steals. Junior forward Hana Potter chipped in with nine points and sophomore forward Shalie Dheensaw posted eight points and nine rebounds for WSU who out-rebounded the Wolves 76-32 and registered 62 points from inside the paint. Freshman Dawnyelle Awa also dished out seven assists.
SIMON FRASER-WSU RECAP: Washington State posted a 67-52 exhibition victory over visiting Simon Fraser University at Beasley Coliseum Tuesday. The Cougars forced 33 turnovers behind 17 steals and held SFU to 30.0 percent shooting including 0-14 from behind the arc in the second half. WSU saw all 14 active players appear in the game as freshman guard Lia Galdeira led the way with 12 points, four rebounds and five steals. Seniors Katie Grad and Carly Noyes each added eight points while junior Hana Potter and freshmen Taylor Edmondson and Mariah Cooks all finished with seven.
POTTER, TINJUM RETURN TO HOME STATE: WSU junior forward Hana Potter and freshman forward Whitney Tinjum will be making their return to their home state this weekend. Potter is a native of St. Louis Park, Minn. roughly 15 minutes west from the Minnesota campus while Tinjum is from Stacy, Minn., about 40 minutes north of Minneapolis.
ABOUT MINNESOTA: University of Minnesota is coming off a 19-17 campaign that saw them capture the WBI Championship. The Golden Gophers return three if its tops four scorers from a season ago led by top scorer guard Rachel Banham (16.1 ppg). Minnesota has won all three of the previous meetings with Washington State, including a 83-57 win in Minneapolis in 2005, the last meeting. Head coach Pam Borton owns a 196-125 mark in her 10 seasons at Minnesota.
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: South Dakota State enters the 2012-13 season coming off of a 24-9 campaign including its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Jackrabbits return three starters from last year's team led by guard Ashley Eide's 10.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Head coach Aaron Johnston owns a 290-99 career record in his 12-plus seasons at SDSU. WSU has dropped its only two meetings with the Jackrabbits, both coming in the past two seasons including a 63-58 defeat in Brookings, S.D. last season.
ABOUT VILLANOVA: Villanova University went 19-15 last season including a run into the third round of the WNIT. Senior forward Laura Sweeney returns after leading the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg. Head coach Harry Perretta is in his 35th season at Villanova and owns a 617-393 career record. Washington State and Villanova have never faced each other.
ANOTHER CHALLENGING NONCONFERENCE SLATE IN 2012-13: Highlighted by home games against Wisconsin, BYU and Ohio State, WSU's 2012-13 nonconference schedule features games against nine teams that reached the postseason last year, including six NCAA Tournament teams and last year's WBI Champions, Minnesota in the season-opener.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
COUGARS SET SINGLE SEASON MARKS: As a team, WSU set the record for rebounds in a season with 1,267, grabbing nearly 100 more than the previous record. The Cougars scored the sixth-most points in a season, made the fourth most three's, recorded the fifth most assists and the second-most steals in single season history.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The games that will be televised will be WSU's game at UCLA, Jan. 11, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at University of Oregon on the Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on the Pac-12 Networks.
ADZASU INKS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT TO PLAY IN FINLAND: Former WSU guard Rosetta Adzasu recently signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland. Adzasu was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, appearing in 62 games and starting 26 while leading the team in assists the past two seasons. In just two seasons at WSU, the West Linn, Ore. native finished her career with 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals. As a senior, the 5-5 guard was second on the team with 7.4 ppg in conference play, posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and helped the Cougars reach the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State University closed out its 2011-12 season with a couple wins at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Cougars beat No. 6 Oregon State in the opening round, knocked off No. 3 seed USC on its home floor to advance to the semifinals held in the Staples Center. WSU then matched No. 2 seed California for 30 minutes before falling in its semifinal matchup.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013, and will deliver unprecedented national television exposure to its women's basketball teams and student-athletes. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. The 2013 tournament will be played March 7-10.
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State finished the season leading the conference in turnover margin (+3.2), second in three-point field goal defense (26.7) and in steals (328, 9.9 spg). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars were second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2) and in steals (166, 9.2).
COUGS WELCOME IN SIX FRESHMEN: Washington State welcomes in six freshmen this season. Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California.
COOK AND PERKINS EXIT AS MEMBERS OF 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Graduate guard April Cook became WSU's 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin last season. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins as the No. 12 and No. 13 players in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins finished her career seventh among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,288 career points while Cook is closed her career in eighth with 1,188.
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