Saturday, February 27, 2010

Koprivica Looks to Cement Legacy

It wasn't long ago that senior Nikola Koprivica couldn't even get into a game without being booed by fans. But under Ken Bone's coaching, Koprivica has blossomed. He leads the Pac-10 in three-point percentage, is fourth on the Cougars in scoring and second in rebounds.

A win tonight would cement Koprivica's legacy. A victory, over the Huskies on senior night, would be Nik's eighty-sixth as a Cougar, tying him with George Hamilton as the winningest WSU basketball player of all time.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Halve-Nots: Cougars Struggle in Second Halves

The Cougar men’s basketball team outscored opponents in the first half this weekend 78-52, yet managed to come home winless. The Cougars were leading Stanford by 15 and Pac-10 leader Cal by 11 at the half, but couldn’t hold on in either game to seal a victory. Both games were close late; Stanford’s Jeremy Green hit a game-winner with 4.6 seconds left to clinch a 60-58 Cardinal victory. Then on Saturday, Cal scored the final 15 points of the game, turning a one-point lead into an 86-70 rout with four minutes remaining.

Dropping both road games was crippling for the Cougars, who now sit 5-8 in conference play. This means Washington State is four games behind conference-leading Cal and in eighth place. With only five league games remaining, it appears the Cougars will need to start playing all 40 minutes, and enter the Pac-10 tournament hot in order to earn an automatic bid, likely their only ticket to the Big Dance.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lady Cougars Host National Power

On Saturday the Lady Cougars will have their hands full with the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Stanford, 21-1, routed the Cougars 80-43 in January. Game time is set for noon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Door Open for Pac-10 Title Push

The men's basketball team, coming off an impressive blowout win Saturday, is seventh in the conference, and trailing five schools, all 6-5 and tied for second place.

Washington State, 5-5, visits last-place Stanford Thursday.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cook'n Up Something Special

Watching April Cook play basketball is like walking down the Mall on an icy morning, and almost falling. You know the feeling? Cook is the future of Cougar women's basketball, and the Pac-10 recognized this when they named her the Pac-10 Player of the Week after her 33-point performance against Arizona.

Cook is only the second Lady Cougar to receive this award in more than a decade. Check out her Pac-10 Player of the Week highlight video on YouTube.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Recruit Promises Hurtlocker for Jake

"I came here for one reason: to knock Jake Locker on his ass." -Wazzu recruit & JC All-American Brandon Rankin

Lady Cougars Complete Comeback

The Lady Cougars secured their first Pac-10 win of the season on the road, 66-62, over Arizona State on Saturday.

Sophomore April Cook (left) led the Cougs with 33 points, and Washington State made major strides on defense, forcing 19 turnovers and holding the Sun Devils to 33-percent shooting.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Four Star Recruit Commits to Cougs

The biggest surprise in the 2010 signing class was linebacker C.J. Mizell, a four-star linebacker who'd originally committed to Florida.