Jan. 31, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Led by freshman Jazmine Perkins' first career double-double, the Washington State women's basketball team knocked off Arizona 68-58 Saturday at Friel Court. WSU improved to 9-11 on the season and 2-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Wildcats dropped to 8-12 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-10.
Perkins scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down a team- and career-high 10 rebounds. She also recorded three assists and a steal.
Freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski and senior guard Katie Appleton also scored in double figures for the Cougars. Tarnowski came off the bench to score 12 points, going 4-for-4 on 3-point attempts, and added nine rebounds and a team-high two blocks. Appleton scored 15 points, moving into a tie for 10th place on WSU's career scoring list (Linda Wulff, 1982-85) with 1,015 points.
"It's thrilling to have this kind of a comeback in a game," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We're playing tougher, we're playing with a lot more poise and there is no quit in this team. To get it done in the Pac-10 is very, very exciting. It's definitely a great step in the right direction."
WSU scored first in the opening half, but the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to grab a 10-point lead. Arizona built its lead to 12 points on a few occasions, but the Cougars were able to cut the lead back to four (29-25) with 1-minute, 10-seconds remaining before halftime. The Wildcats scored five points in the final 49 seconds however, and entered intermission with a 34-25 lead.
The visitors added four points to their lead in the first 25 second of the second half, but it was all Cougars from there. WSU outscored Arizona 24-10 over the next nine-plus minutes, reclaiming the lead at 49-48 with 10:23 left in the game. The two teams swapped leads four more times, but when WSU grabbed the lead at 54-52 on an Appleton 3-pointer with 7:18 left, the team held on for good.
The Cougars outscored the Wildcats 43-24 in the second half on 52 percent shooting (13-of-25), including 72.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line (8-of-11). WSU shot 47.8 percent from the 3-point line on the game (11-of-23).
WSU's comeback from 13 points down is tied for the fourth-largest deficit overcome in school history, and is the largest comeback in conference play since overcoming a 16-point deficit at Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001.
The Cougars continue their four-game homestand next week, playing host to No. 9 Stanford Friday, Feb. 6, and No. 7 California Sunday, Feb. 8.
WASHINGTON STATE 68, ARIZONA 58
ARIZONA (8-12, 1-8)
Ibekwe, Ify 9-16 0-2 18; Clements, Courtney 6-12 0-0 15; Frazier, Ashley 2-11 1-2 7; Thomas, Reiko 2-8 2-4 7; Bofia, Beatrice 3-5 0-1 6; Hill, Faihza 1-2 0-0 3; Njonkou, Amina 1-2 0-0 2; Hays, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 3-9 58.
WASHINGTON STATE (9-11, 2-7)
Perkins, Jazmine 6-12 2-6 17; Appleton, Katie 4-9 4-4 15; Tarnowski, Rosie 4-7 0-2 12; Kelly, Kezia 3-5 0-0 6; Molzen, Heather 3-6 0-0 6; LeNoir, Danielle 1-6 3-5 5; Pettersen, Lexie 1-3 0-0 3; Oestreicher, Jessica 1-1 0-0 2; Coates, Ebonee 1-2 0-1 2; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 9-18 68.