Indeed, Jazmine Perkins, April Cook and Rosie Tarnowski are giving the Cougar women a flavor of the 2004-05 WSU men's team which featured three freshmen named Weaver, Low and Cowgill.
Perkins and Cook rank among the Pac-10 top ten scorers.
ESPN's Hays also praised Katie Appleton. And while June Daugherty no doubt would love for the team captain to be a freshman, Hays is a bit off in his math -- Appleton is a senior, not a freshman.
Four other Cougar freshmen to keep an eye on, though, are Danielle Lenoir, Lexie Pettersen, Jessica Oestreicher and Katie Grad. Lenoir is contributing solid minutes to the Cougars this season – an average of 15 per game – and Pettersen, the Pride of Spokane, has seen time in every game so far. The 6-8 Oestreicher is now back in action after missing the first 11 games following knee surgery. Grad is redshirting this year with a foot injury.
• The CouGals are 7-7 this season. That's already two more wins than they had all of last season.
• The marketing folks at WSU have come up with a list of the top 10 reasons to attend Cougar women's games at Friel Court this season. One of them is most unique in college basketball: The lights are off and there's a drum line for player introductions.
• The Cougs are back home this week after three consecutive road games to start the Pac-10 season. They'll take on Oregon State at 7pm tonight (Thursday) and Oregon at 2 pm on Saturday. "We're excited," Coach Daugherty told reporters of the return to Friel. "We need our sixth man out there. We're really excited to come out and play in front of our home fans."
• The Cougars' Feb. 20 contest against USC and March 6 game vs. Washington will be televised on FSN. Both games tip off at 7 pm at Friel Court.
• A new booster organization -- The Cougar Pawz Club -- has beenlaunched at WSU to support the women's basketball team. There are three levels of membership, ranging from $100 to $500. Some of the perks include opportunities to visit with players, chalk talks with Coach Daugherty and her staff, an official t-shirt and more. The money will help support the team in a variety of ways, including summer foreign tours and academic assistance. To join, call 509-335-0276.