HOT COUGAR ACTION: Basketball Recaps And Baseball Previews

After a frustrating loss, the last thing I want to do is write about it. Craig somehow manages to recap every game and I don't see any point in rehashing what he already hashed. Instead, let's talk a little about the Cougar baseball team who begin their season tonight at 4:00 p.m.

The season starts against Mississippi State with J.D. Leckenby getting the first start of the year. If you weren't already aware, Nuss is the president of the unofficial J.D. Leckenby fan club. Instead of taking notes during the game, he will probably just keep writing I <3 Leckenby over and over.

I don't know nearly enough about the team to give an adequate preview, so instead I searched the interwebs for information and I found something interesting. It appears CougCenter readers are making a trend of becoming Internet famous. First Jeff Collier became a meme, now Brett Gleason (aka Brett the 49er) is being quoted in articles. What's next an official WYWSALO Google translation option?

"Taylor Ard is huge, and he is one of the three main components of the offense," said Gleason. "Jason Monda, who played center field last year, moved into left field this year. Donnie (Marbut, Washington State coach) said he is one of the most talented kids he has ever worked with. He is a force in the field, at the plate, and on the bases."

Scout.com: BASEBALL: WSU season begins, tourney bound?
PULLMAN – Despite losing their entire starting rotation as well as their closer, the Cougars are still one of the 64 teams that Baseball America magazine predicts will play in the NCAA tournament this year.

Know the Foe: Washington State Baseball - For Whom the Cowbell Tolls
Mississippi State fans have little time left to wait until they can celebrate the start of the Bulldog baseball season.

Cougar Baseball Opens Season at Mississippi State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State and Mississippi State have never met on a baseball diamond...Cougars were 26-28 last season under Donnie Marbut.

It appears the three game series against Mississippi State can be streamed via their HailStateTV service if you have a premium membership. A one month subscription can be purchased for $12.95 here. If you are in Pullman, or the surrounding area you can listen to the game on either 1150 AM or 105.3 FM. The radio broadcast can also be streamed via WSUCougars.com with a premium membership.

Men's Basketball

The game that was: Arizona 76, WSU 72 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 16, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — We're back with our game-in-review after Washington State's tough 76-72 loss to Arizona. Read on.

Late baskets give Arizona win over Cougars - Spokesman.com - Feb. 16, 2012
PULLMAN – All things considered, Washington State couldn’t have asked for much better circumstances down the stretch against Arizona on Thursday night.

Postgame Quotes - Washington State vs. Arizona - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU Head Coach Ken Bone On the game... "They (Cougars) worked hard, they followed the scout and we feel as a staff that they did the best they could, they really battled and we put ourselves in the position to win the game. Down the stretch Arizona made certain plays and we didn't, similar to the UCLA game we lost. Down the stretch they scored some baskets and we didn't. Talk about turning the page, we have a game in two days. We have to turn the page, be ready to practice tomorrow and get ready for Arizona State."

Postgame Notes - Washington State vs. Arizona - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Reggie Moore finished with a season-high 21 points...his previous season-high was 16 points, scored against Santa Clara on Dec. 11.

Wildcats win battle over WSU " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller was delighted that his team had just survived a ferocious battle with Washington State to remain in contention for the Pacific-12 Conference regular-season championship, but Miller could not help but feel sympathy for WSU star Brock Motum.

MBB: UA-WSU Highlights (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Ken Bone Post Game Press Conference 2/16 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Post Game Press Conference 2/16 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football

NK's Deeds staying at WSU " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — New Washington State football coach Mike Leach cleaned house after he was hired at the end of the 2011 season, and longtime football operations coordinator Shawn Deeds was one of the casualties.

Ryan Leaf coming to Missoula on book signing tour | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana
MISSOULA- It's been 14 years since quarterback Ryan Leaf thrilled Washington State University fans by leading the Cougars to a win in the legendary Rose Bowl game. And next month, just a few weeks beyond the anniversary of that big game, Leaf will be in Missoula to sign copies of his new book.

Women's Basketball

Arizona women rout Washington State 90-51 - seattlepi.com
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Erin Butler scored 21 points, leading four Arizona players in double figures, and the Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak in decisive fashion Thursday night with a 90-51 win over Washington State.

Cougars Drop Pac-12 Road Contest To Arizona - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
TUCSON, Ariz. - Washington State University dropped a 90-51 Pac-12 Conference decision to University of Arizona Thursday evening. The Cougars dropped to 10-16 overall and 4-10 in conference play while Arizona improved to 14-12 overall and 3-11 in the Pac-12. Sophomore forward Brandi Thomas led WSU with 14 points and senior guard Rosetta Adzasu added 10 points and five steals. The Wildcats shot 54.4 percent from the field including 11 from behind the arc.

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