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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Basketball Press Conference Recaps

Beyond Mike Leach's analysis of animal brawls, there wasn't much news coming out of Pullman Monday Tuesday. It was, however, a Monday during basketball season meaning both Ken Bone and June Daugherty conducted press conferences. Both coaches took a look back to the weekend against the Oregon schools before previewing the upcoming games against Colorado and Utah.

MBB: Ken Bone Press Conference! 1/3 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WBB: June Daugherty Press Conference! 1/3 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Sophomores shoot to head of the class - espnW
1. Jazmine Perkins, Washington State. The senior guard posted back-to-back double-doubles to lead the Cougars to their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2000-01. Washington State (8-6) has already matched its win total from last season. Perkins averaged 13 points and 13.5 rebounds in a road sweep of Oregon and Oregon State.

Cougars Hit the Road to Face Newest Pac-12 Foes - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS OPEN PAC-12 ROAD PLAY WITH NEWEST LEAGUE FOES, UTAH AND COLORADO: The Washington State University men's basketball team (9-5, 1-1) remains away from Pullman for its fourth and fifth-straight games as it heads to Salt Lake City and Boulder, Colo. to take on the Pac-12's newest members, Utah (3-10, 0-1) and Colorado (9-4, 1-0), Thursday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 7, respectively. The Cougars and Utes face-off Thursday at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT) at Huntsman Center, while they take on the Buffaloes Saturday at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT). Saturday's game can be seen on FSN. Both can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information.

Motum Stepped Up for Washington State - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
PULLMAN, Wash. - Brock Motum scored just 12 points against Oregon last week. Needless to say, he did much better against Oregon State, which was a big part of the reason the Cougars dismantled the Beavers last week.

Motum helps Cougars regain momentum
The Cougars (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12) avoided what junior forward Brock Motum called the "slippery slope." Yes, a home loss to Oregon State on the heels of falling badly to visiting Oregon could have delivered a huge dent to the Cougars' dreams following a six-game win streak entering conference play.

WSU Opens Three-Game Homestand Thursday Against Utah - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU OPENS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND THURSDAY AGAINST UTAH: Washington State University begins a three-game homestand Thursday against Pac-12 Conference newcomer University of Utah. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.