Nov. 17, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore guard Katie Appleton led five Washington State Cougars in double figures with 16 points as WSU defeated the Sacramento State Hornets, 79-65, Friday at Beasley Coliseum.
Appleton was 4-for-6 from the floor and shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She also tacked on three assists, two steals and six rebounds on the night.
The Cougars shot 47.3 percent from the field with the help of seniors Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson. Ferguson ended the first half scoring six of the final seven points for the Cougars, who went into halftime holding a 32-25 lead.
Benz dropped 10 of her 14 points in the second half, and ended the night with nine rebounds giving her a career total of 719 rebounds, just eight shy of tying the third place mark of 327 set by Jenni Ruff.
Freshman Nakejia Kelly added 13 points for the Cougars on 4-for-8 shooting and recorded an assist and two steals.
Dani Montgomery scored 11 points off the bench for WSU. Montgomery shot 7-for-8 from the charity line as WSU shot 25 second half free throws.
"I'm happy we won," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. "I'm glad we put some points up, because that was a problem we had against Wake Forest.. We had to run a smaller lineup, so a lot of our points had to come from the outside and I'm really proud that we had the percentage we did from the outside."
The Cougars trailed parts of the first half, but tied the game 20. A Colleen Betteridge layup sparked a 12-5 run to close out the half leading 32-25.
WSU came out the second half scoring 12 points in a span of three minutes giving them a 46-36 lead with 14:24 left to play. From that point on, Sacramento State never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The Hornets were led by senior guard Kim Sheehy, who held the game high point total at 17. She was accompanied by Atty Boyer, Ali Mollet and Stephanie Cherry, each adding 10 points.
The Cougars will prepare for two road games as they travel to Portland to take on the Pilots, Wednesday Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., and then travel to Santa Clara to play the Broncos, Saturday Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.