Jan. 15, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team had a trio of double-digit scorers, and senior center Ebonee Coates tied the WSU single-game blocks record, as the Cougars knocked off Oregon State 65-52 in their Pacific-10 Conference home opener Thursday at Friel Court. WSU improved to 8-7 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers dropped to 10-5 this season and 1-4 in conference action.
"I love the fact that this young team came home and regrouped," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "It is so important to hold your home court in this conference. I thought our bench did an outstanding job. This is something to build on, no doubt about it."
Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins scored a game-high 21 points, her second 20-point game this season. Senior guard Katie Appleton finished with 14 points and freshman guard April Cook chipped in 13 points.
Appleton is now only 29 points shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. With two 3-pointers tonight, she increased her career total to 141, and needs only three more to become WSU's all-time leader in the statistical category.
Coates tied the school single-game record with six blocks against the Beavers. She also posted six blocks against Northwestern State, Dec. 17, 2006, and is now the only player in school history with multiple six-block games. Coates moved into third place on WSU's career blocks list with 85, passing Cassandra Overby (1981-84), who recorded 81 blocks during her Cougar career.
There were four lead changes in the first half, but on the last one - Appleton nailed her second 3-pointer of the game to put the Cougars up 22-19 - the Cougars took control and didn't let go. The Beavers were able to cut the lead back to one, but freshman guard April Cook hit a 3-pointer of her own right before time expired, and WSU entered halftime with a 26-22 lead.
Led by Coates, the Cougar defense dominated the inside in the first half, blocking seven shots. Coates had five blocks alone in the first half, while 6-foot-8 freshman Jessica Oestreicher recorded the first blocks of her WSU career, swatting two shots in the first stanza.
WSU would finish with nine blocks, one off the school record and the most since also recording nine against Idaho, Feb. 27, 2003.
The Cougars built their lead to 14 (47-33) with 11-minutes, 7-seconds remaining in the second half, but the Beavers were able to cut the lead to five on two occasions. WSU outscored the Beavers 12-4 in the final four and a half minutes, and the Cougars notched their first conference victory of the season.
WSU forced 24 turnovers, the eighth opponent this season to record 20-plus against the Cougars, and held the Beavers to 31 percent shooting (18-of-58), the lowest shooting percentage by a Cougar opponent this season.
Cook led the Cougars with a career-high seven assists, and freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
The Cougars close out their weekend home stand with Oregon, Saturday. Tip-off against the Ducks is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Friel Court.
WASHINGTON STATE 65, OREGON STATE 52
OREGON STATE (10-5, 1-4) Rhea, Talisa 6-19 4-9 19; Ducker, Tiffany 4-8 1-1 9; Davis, Brittney 2-8 3-4 9; Tilleman, Kirsten 2-5 2-2 6; Mitchell, Alex 2-9 0-0 4; Futch, Julie 1-1 0-0 3; Fox-Griffin, Cedes 1-6 0-0 2; Kennedy, Brittany 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 10-16 52.
WASHINGTON STATE (8-7, 1-3) Perkins, Jazmine 6-11 6-11 21; Appleton, Katie 5-11 2-2 14; Cook, April 6-16 0-0 13; Molzen, Heather 2-3 0-0 4; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-5 1-2 4; Oestreicher, Jessica 2-5 0-0 4; Coates, Ebonee 1-2 1-2 3; LeNoir, Danielle 0-4 2-2 2; Pettersen, Lexie 0-0 0-0 0; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 12-19 65.