Jan. 20, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ireti Amojo and Jazmine Perkins scored 16 points each and Sage Romberg added 12 to lead the Washington State Cougars to a 70-65 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils, Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The win was the third in the last four games for WSU (5-14, 3-4 Pac-10) with the only defeat in the stretch coming to No. 4 Stanford. In addition, for the first time in school history, the Cougars notched consecutive road wins against the Sun Devils. Last year, WSU captured a 66-62 over ASU, which at the time was the Cougars' first win in Tempe since Jan. 30, 1997.
"It was just a great team effort," June Daugherty said. "We grew up a lot in the last few weeks and we took another step today."
The Cougars shot a season-best 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field including a blistering 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from 3-point territory, also a season best. Both Amojo and Perkins made four 3-point field goals.
Conversely, the Sun Devils shot 37.9 percent from the field (22-of-58).
"(The Sun Devils) play the best man-to-man defense in the league and we were able to negate some of that by keeping our dribble alive, setting a lot of great screens, getting a lot of dribble motion, and really moving their defense out of position," Daugherty said.
"And we stayed patient," Daugherty added. "That's something we haven't done in the past. When we stayed patient and moved the ball off the screens we were able to get some easy looks and that helped us gain some confidence early. " Up 33-29 at the half, the Cougars immediately extended their advantage to 36-29 on a Perkins' 3-pointer, one of 11 the Cougars made in the game.
However, with WSU leading 39-32 just over a minute into the half, ASU went on an 8-0 run to take a 40-39 lead at the 17:00 mark. It was the Sun Devils first lead since 11-10 with 12:50 remaining in the first half.
The lead proved to be short-lived as an April Cook basket gave WSU the lead right back. And although Arizona State regained the lead 42-41, Romberg converted from beyond the arc to immediately put the Cougars back on top at 44-42.
Arizona State tied the game at 44 with 14:05 left but WSU responded with an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 55-46 with 7:51 left.
ASU pulled to within two twice during the last two minutes, the final time at 67-65 with 26 seconds left.
An ASU foul put Romberg to the line for a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left and the freshman converted both attempts to extend WSU's lead to 69-65. Another freshman, Hana Potter, provided the final scoring margin with a free throw with 11 seconds left.
Perkins' 16 points increased her career total in that category to 902. She became the 18th player in program history to eclispe the 900-point mark. Just last week against Cal, Jan. 14, April Cook became the 17th player in program history to reach 900 career points.
The Cougars return to action at Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 22, for a 1 p.m. Pacific Time tip.