Cougs Open Home Slate Wednesday Against No. 24 Gonzaga
Nov. 29, 2011
COUGARS BACK HOME TO HOST GONZAGA WEDNESDAY: Washington State University returns to Pullman after its 10-day 8,100 mile road trip to open its home schedule with a four-game homestand beginning Wednesday night against Gonzaga University. The game will follow the WSU men's game against Grambling State which begins at 5:30 p.m.
COMING UP: Washington State continues its homestand hosting San Diego State University 7 p.m. Friday before hosting UC Riverside Dec. 11 and University of Louisville Dec. 19.
LAST WEEKEND: Washington State closed out its 10-day 8,100 mile road trip by going 2-1 at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, beating Marquette, falling to Michigan and closing the trip with a win over Prairie View A&M Saturday.
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.
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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 11th among WSU's all-time leading scorers with 1,067 career points while Cook enters Wednesday's game against Gonzaga in 12th with 1,035.
ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University, out of the West Coast Conference, enters the game with a 3-1 record and ranked No. 24 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. The Zags return eight players including three starters off of last year's team that went 31-5 and reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Washington State leads the all-time series 17-5 with Gonzaga winning the last three meetings, including a pair of matchups last season. The last WSU win in the series came the last the time the Zags came to Pullman, 80-72 (12/1/01). Four players average in double-figures led by forward Kayla Standish at 18.8 ppg. Head coach Kelly Graves is in his 12th season at Gonzaga and owns a 235-120 mark at the school and a 301-146 career record in his 14 seasons a head coach.
COOK NAMED TO PARADISE JAM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior guard April Cook was named to the Paradise Jam's all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in Washington State's wins over Marquette and Prairie View A&M. The Carson, Calif. native scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the win over the Golden Eagles before capping the tournament with 11 points on five-of-six shooting in the win over PVAM.
COUGARS CLOSE OUT PARADISE JAM WITH ROUT OF PRAIRIE VIEW A&M: Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening. The Cougars shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game's first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
WSU FALLS TO MICHIGAN AT PARADISE JAM: Washington State University dropped a 69-39 contest to the University of Michigan in the second day of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Friday evening. Senior Jazmine Perkins led the Cougars with nine points and five rebounds and freshmen Tia Presley chipped in with eight points while making her first career start. The Wolverines hot shooting proved to be too much for the Cougars as Michigan finished the game shooting 51.1 percent from the field including nine three's, shooting 56.3 percent from behind the arc.
ROMBERG LEADS COUGS PAST MARQUETTE IN PARADISE JAM OPENER: Forward Sage Romberg scored a game-high 19 points to lead Washington State to a 65-52 victory over Marquette University in both teams' opening game of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament last Thursday. The Cougars had three players score in double figures and forced Marquette into 23 turnovers. Redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo knocked down three from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points while senior April Cook chipped in with 12 points. Romberg also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while senior Jazmine Perkins added five points and seven boards.
NOYES NAMED TO LADY LION CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior forward Carly Noyes received all-tournament team honors at the season-opening Lady Lion Classic after scoring 16 points and blocking four shots in the win over UNC Wilmington and scoring six points grabbing four rebounds against Penn State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEST PAC-10 FINISH IN 10 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 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.
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