Community service takes center court on 'Courtside with Coquese'

February 19, 2009

Full coverage of the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State

University Park, Pa. – The Lady Lions take teamwork and togetherness out of the gym and into the community on this week’s episode of "Courtside with Coquese." The show also focuses on the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone event at the Bryce Jordan Center, proudly supported by Mimi Barash Coppersmith.  A record number of fans attended the game, which was associated with getting the word out about breast cancer awareness.

We also take a look at the other ways the Lady Lions give back to the community, including a feature on the Washington’s Whoopsters basketball clinic, which helps the littlest of Lady Lion fans learn basic court skills. And the players have proven to be leaders both on and off the court as they show their support for Penn State’s annual Dance Marathon.

"Courtside with Coquese" airs at 10 p.m. Friday on WPSU-TV and 9:30 p.m. Sunday  on the Big Ten Network. The episode will also air in HD on WPSU-PBS THE WORLD at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Fans can also view selected show segments online at and  The full episode will also be available on Comcast Video On Demand in Pennsylvania beginning on Monday, Feb. 23.

During this week's episode of "Courtside with Coquese," Lady Lion assistant coach Kia Damon breaks down the team’s transition game in the latest "Basketball 101" segment.

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.  That is a feat only accomplished by two other programs in the country.

WPSU-TV's commitment to high-quality sports programming has brought the station Mid-Atlantic Emmys, Communicator Awards, and other honors. 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 and

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.


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Last Updated March 19, 2009