Jan. 6, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Jazmine Perkins scored a season-high 24 points but it was a late 3-pointer by Nia Jackson that lifted Oregon to a 77-72 victory over Washington State in a Pacific-10 Conference game in front of 1,977 Thursday evening at McArthur Court.
With the score tied 70-70, Jackson's long three with the shot clock running out gave the Ducks the lead with 39 seconds remaining. WSU (2-13, 0-3) cut the deficit to one following an April Cook put-back, but four Oregon (10-4, 1-2) free throws in the final eight seconds sealed the victory.
"We would have liked to close the door (at McArthur Court) with a Cougar win," said WSU Head Coach June Daugherty. "The kids fought hard and really executed our game plan. Oregon can score so quickly and down the stretch we needed to move ball a little more than we did. Overall I'm excited about what I saw. We had a team that was ready to play tonight and had great contribution from everyone."
Perkins had the hot hand early as she scored 14 first-half points as the Cougars took a 39-37 lead into halftime. Trailing 20-19 midway through the first, Perkins connected on a 3-pointer to give WSU a 22-20 lead, a lead they didn't relinquish the rest of the half.
In the second half the Cougars extended their lead to 62-50 with 9:30 remaining following a Carly Noyes short jumper. Oregon found its way back into the game as it went on a 13-0 run over the next 3:25 to take a 63-62 lead, it's first since the 9:17 mark of the first half. WSU answered on its next possession as Sage Romberg hit a 3-pointer, one of her three on the night, to give WSU its final lead at 65-63.
The Cougars connected for a season-high 10 3-pointers, led by Perkins who had six. That mark is tied for sixth on WSU's single-game list and gives the junior 98 for her career, tied for ninth all-time with Cook. Noyes matched her season-high with eight rebounds to go with 13 points while Romberg finished with 13 points and a team-high five assists.
In the back-and-forth contest there were five ties and 12 lead changes. The game marked the late appearance by the Cougars at McArthur Court, as the Ducks move to the new Matthew Knight Center beginning Jan. 13.
The Cougars are next in action Saturday when they travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.