Nov. 18, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington State Cougars rallied from a 52-30 halftime deficit to pull within six points late in the second half but fell to the Portland Pilots 91-80 in non-conference women's basketball action Thursday at the Chiles Center.
Portland shot a blistering 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) from the field including 8-12 from three-point territory en route to taking a 52-30 halftime lead.
The Cougars opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the Portland's lead to 14 at 52-38. Portland was able to extend its back to over 20 and held a 75-54 advantage with just under nine minutes left.
The Cougars whittled their deficit to 15 at 83-68 with 5:50 left and pulled to within single-digits at 85-79 with 1:17 left after a Hana Potter bucket. However, Portland was able to make its free throws down the stretch to withstand the Cougars' comeback attempt.
"It's great to see our people play hard (in the second half) but we did not play hard, did not play smart in the first half and that's where the big deficit came," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We have to learn and right now it's a tough lesson."
Rosetta Adzasu led a quartet of Cougars who scored in double figures with 20 points. The freshman duo of Potter, who started her first career game, and Sage Romberg combined for 31 points. Potter scored 17 while Romberg added 14, her second double-digit scoring effort in three games this season.
"I thought Sage and Hana responded pretty well," Daugherty said. "You see how competitive and talented they are. It's a very positive silver lining in this game tonight."
Carly Noyes added 12 points for WSU. In addition, with five blocks, Noyes increased her in that category to 66 and is just one behind Bianca McCall for sixth on the school's all-time list. Noyes' five blocks is just one behind the school single-game record.
Natalie Day led Portland with 25 points while Nakeisha Brown added 22 for the Pilots.
In the second half, WSU shot 19-of-39 (48.7 percent) from the field while Portland was 11-of-34 (32.4 percent). For the game, Portland was 12-of-25 from beyond the arc while WSU was 3-of-16.
WSU returns to action, Monday, Nov. 22 for its home opener vs. Nebraska. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.