Jan. 13, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougars' attempt to upset the 10th-ranked Stanford Cardinal fell short, 63-55 Saturday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars (5-13 overall, 1-7 Pacific-10 Conference) were led by its two young players sophomore Amanda DuRocher and freshman Marisa Stotler with 17 points each. In addition to Stotler's 17 points, she also scrapped for five steals. DuRocher finished the game on 3-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
No. 10 Stanford's (14-3 overall, 7-0 Pac-10) JJ Hones led three Cardinal players in double digits with 17 points. Brooke Smith added 12 points and 10 assists and was one rebound shy of a triple-double. Jayne Appel added 10 more points for the Cardinal.
The Cougar defense forced Stanford, the conference's best turnover team at 14.6 per game, to turn the ball over six more times than its average. In addition to the scrappy floor play, the Cougars held the Cardinal to nine points under its game average of 72.9.
For the second straight game, the Cougars got off to a slow start as they were held scoreless for the first four minutes of the first half. Stotler stopped the Cardinal 10-0 run with a turn-around jumper. However, Stanford would continue to build on its lead and reached as high as 16 points at 22-6 with 8:01 left in the first half. WSU would trim the lead to eight after closing the half on a 12-4 run giving the Cardinal a 28-20 halftime advantage.
In the second half, WSU got within six points of the Cardinal on three different occasions. After a Dani Montgomery jumper, the Cougars again cut the Cardinal lead to six with 16:00 remaining, but Stanford 45-35 lead with 9:14 to play after a Hones three-pointer. Later in the half, Hones hit another three to give Stanford an 18 point advantage with 5:56 left to play. After a Jillian Harmon jumper, Stanford's lead increased to a game high of 20 with just over three minutes to play. The Cougars would not go quietly as they clawed back and ended on a 12-0 run to finish the game.
The Cougars will now prepare for its rival week game against the Washington Huskies. The Cougars are set to take on the Huskies in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at 1 p.m.