Jan. 6, 2007
Tucson, Ariz. - Sophomore Katie Appleton scored a game-high 22 points in a losing effort against the Arizona Wildcats, 59-57, Saturday afternoon at the McKale Center.
Washington State's (5-11 overall, 1-5 Pac-10) final possession had the Cougars down by two with only seconds left, and an Amanda DuRocher's desperation three-point attempt came up short resulting in a two-point outcome in favor of Arizona (7-10 overall, 1-4 Pacific-10 Conference).
Joy Hollingsworth led three Wildcats in double-digits with 18 points. Amina Njonkou scored 13 and Ashley Whisonant chipped in 11 points for Arizona.
In addition to Appleton's 20 points, Washington State's Marisa Stotler added 10 points and five rebounds.
Arizona shot 1-for-11 from the free-throw line in the last minute of the game. WSU cut the Arizona lead to four at 57-53 after an Ebonee Coates lay-in with one-minute remaining. WSU quickly fouled Arizona's Hollingsworth with :52 left and Hollingsworth went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. From that point on, Arizona would shoot nine more free-throws missing all of them. The Cougars cut the lead to two with :23 left after a Nakejia Kelly lay-in. WSU's last two possession had them down by two, due to the miss free-throws from the Wildcats, but the two attempted three-pointers would not fall for WSU as Arizona hung onto the two-point victory.
The Wildcats erased an eight-point deficit set by the strong first half from the Cougars as Arizona opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32.
In the first half, the Cougars started slow and found themselves down 6-0 with 17:20 left to play until halftime. Appleton got the Cougars out of a slump with back-to-back three-pointers and followed it up with a jumper giving the Cougars an 8-6 advantage with 14:42 left in the half. The Cougars would eventually give up their lead after a Joy Hollingsworth three-pointer, which put Arizona ahead 13-12 with 9:03 remaining. The Cougars would come roaring back with a trey of their own from Appleton giving WSU a 15-13 lead with 8:48 in the half. WSU built its lead to game-high of 11-points at 27-16 at the 4:14 mark. Back-to-back baskets by Arizona cut the WSU lead and the Cougars headed into halftime with an eight-point advantage at 32-24.
WSU out shot the Wildcats 61-50, but only scored one more basket than Arizona. WSU and Arizona both committed 22 turnovers.
WSU travels back home to host two more Pac-10 games against the California Bears and the Stanford Cardinal.