Nov. 18, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State rode the crest of the senior-freshman scoring duo of Charmaine Jones and Katie Appleton in its 66-57 dousing of the Pepperdine Waves in non-conference women's basketball action at Beasley Coliseum, Friday.
Jones, a senior from Los Angeles, led all scorers with 19 points while Appleton, a freshman from Big Bear Lake, Calif., added 15 points in her Cougar debut. Sherriel Boyd led Pepperdine with 13 points.
The win was the third consecutive season-opening victory for the Cougars. The last time the program strung together three straight season-opening wins was from the 1990-91 season through the 1992-93 campaign.
Another player making her debut as a Cougar, Ebonee Coates, pulled down a game-tying high eight rebounds and also added four blocks, just one shy of cracking the school's all-time top 10 list for most blocks in a game.
The Cougars started off slowly, missing six of their first nine shots. With the game tied at eight at the 15:12 mark of the first half, WSU went over a six-minute span of being shutout on the scoreboard; however, Pepperdine could not take advantage of the Cougars' drought, scoring only three points during that time.
Down 11-8, back-to-back 3-pointers from Appleton and Jones gave the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish at 14-11 with 8:41 left. WSU extended its advantage to as much as 13 before going into half with a 33-22 advantage.
Despite the cold shooting performance during the opening minutes, WSU shot 50 percent (11-of-22) in the first half while Pepperdine, which began the game making four of its first seven shots, went into the locker room shooting 9-of-31 (29 percent) from the field. WSU's lead grew to as much as 17 in the second half and never fell below what ended up being the final scoring margin.
For the game, WSU shot over 40 percent (17-of-42, 40.6 percent) while holding Pepperdine below 30 percent (21-of-71, 29.6 percent).
Along with Appleton and Coates, three other freshmen - Amanda DuRocher, Heather Molzen and Sabrina Shired - saw action for the Cougars. Combined, the quintet averaged 18.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in the game.
WSU won despite being without the services of Keisha Moore, who, as a result of playing in an exhibition game at Idaho in fall 2003 prior to transferring to WSU, will miss the Cougars' opening homestand against Pepperdine and St. Mary's due to NCAA transfer rules.
WSU continues its homestand against St. Mary's, Sunday, Nov. 20. Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.