'Courtside with Coquese' focuses on Big Ten tournament

Teammates are recognized for their talents

University Park, Pa. – The Lady Lions head to Indianapolis for the 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament as the eighth seed. Coach Coquese Washington shares what it takes to win during these types of big events. The team challenges ninth-seeded Illinois and the winner of that game will go on to play top-ranked Ohio State. The Lady Lions finished the season tied for seventh.

As the bulk of the 2008-2009 season winds down, the Lady Lions move into the final stretch with a few Big Ten honors for the team. Lady Lion guard Tyra Grant finishes up her junior season with a selection to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media. On this episode of "Courtside with Coquese," Coach Washington and her players celebrate these accolades and reflect on Senior Day, which includes a big win in front of the hometown crowd last week against Northwestern.

"Courtside with Coquese" airs Friday at 10 p.m. on WPSU-TV and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also view selected show segments online at GoPSUsports.com and LadyLions.com. The full episode will also be available on Comcast Video On Demand in Pennsylvania beginning on Monday, March 9.

During this episode, we'll open up the family storybook again.  Sophomore guard Julia Trogele and her father share stories about her early beginnings with the sport and we'll learn about one of her favorite foods as a child.  Nutrition tips from Penn State sports nutritionist Kristine Clark and Basketball 101 round out the episode.

The program won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy in 2008 for best Sports Program/Series.

"Courtside with Coquese," is produced by WPSU-TV, central Pennsylvania's PBS-member station, which offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation's top women's basketball programs. "Courtside with Coquese" takes viewers on an all-access tour of the Lady Lion program including road trips, locker room access, features, game highlights and player interviews.

Coach Coquese Washington is in her second season as head coach of the Penn State Lady Lion Basketball Team. She came to Penn State from Notre Dame University, where she served as an assistant for eight seasons, most recently as associate head coach.  She is considered one of the top recruiters in the country and was instrumental in helping Notre Dame secure eight consecutive Top 25 recruiting classes, according to Blue Star Index.  Her 2009 recruiting class is ranked #7 by Blue Star Basketball and #13 by the All Star Girls Report.

WPSU-TV's commitment to high-quality sports programming has brought the station Mid-Atlantic Emmys, Communicator Awards, and other honors. Each year, the station produces and distributes a diverse range of Penn State athletic programming, including wrestling, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and sports magazine shows. In order to increase opportunities for fans to see the programming, WPSU-TV offers online streams of many of its productions, available at www.wpsu.org and www.gopsusports.com.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.


Last Updated February 15, 2010