Jan. 8, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington State freshman Jazmine Perkins scored a team-high 14 points in front of a hometown crowd, but the Cougars fell 68-45 to ninth-ranked California Thursday at Haas Pavilion. WSU dropped to 7-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Golden Bears improved to 12-2 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.
Perkins, a former standout at Berkeley High School, also led the Cougars with six rebounds and two steals, and tied for the team lead with two assists. She entered today's game ranked tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring and first among conference freshman at 14.7 points per game, and has now scored in double figures in 12 of her first 13 career games with the Cougars.
"We played a top 10 team in their house, and our student-athletes put 40 minutes together for the first time all season," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "I am so proud of them for that. There were a lot of opportunities to fold the tent, but we didn't. I am very encourages by what we saw tonight."
The Golden Bears led by as many as 17 in the first half, but the Cougars clawed back on a 10-2 run near the end of the period to get back to within nine. Two free throws by California's Ashley Walker pushed the margin back to 11, and WSU entered intermission trailing 38-27.
WSU shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the first half (12-of-28), the team's best mark since shooting 45.5 percent against San Francisco in the fifth game of the season.
Though WSU cooled off in the second half - the Cougars shot 8-of-32 from the floor - the team only turned the ball over four times, and remained pretty even with the ninth-ranked team in the country for most of the second stanza until California closed the game on a 12-2 run during the game's final three-plus minutes.
Senior guard Katie Appleton also scored in double figures for the Cougars, chipping in 11 points. She now needs only 45 points to become the 12th player in WSU history to reach 1,000 career points.
WSU will remain in the Bay Area to take on Stanford Saturday at Maples Pavilion. The Cougars and Cardinal are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA 68, WASHINGTON STATE 45
WASHINGTON STATE (7-6, 0-2 Pac-10) Perkins, Jazmine 7-20 0-1 14; Appleton, Katie 3-7 4-4 11; Cook, April 4-13 0-0 8; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-7 0-0 4; Pettersen, Lexie 1-2 0-0 2; Molzen, Heather 1-4 0-1 2; LeNoir, Danielle 1-2 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie 1-4 0-0 2; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Jasmine 0-0 0-0 0; Coates, Ebonee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-60 4-6 45.
CALIFORNIA (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) Walker, Ashley 11-18 3-3 25; Gray-Lawson, Alexis 3-10 2-2 10; Adrian, Kelsey 3-5 0-0 8; Morris, Casey 2-5 4-4 8; Vital, Natasha 3-8 0-2 8; Greif, Lauren 3-4 1-3 7; Hampton, Devanei 1-7 0-0 2; Sneed, Shantrell 0-0 0-0 0; Federico, Rachelle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 10-14 68.