Jan. 29, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team lost another close game, this time 76-70 in overtime to Washington in front of more than 2,000 fans Friday at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash.
Although the Cougars dropped to 5-15 overall - and 0-9 in the Pacific-10 Conference - the Cougars have held second-half leads in seven of the nine conference losses, including five games with leads in the final 10 minutes and three games with less than four minutes on the clock.
"The effort is there and the talent is there," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We're all ready for this team to take the next step. It's tough to walk away from an overtime game with a loss, but as we continue to go through these battles, we are getting closer and closer to where we need to be."
The Huskies outscored the Cougars 11-4 over the first four-plus minutes of the game, but the Cougars came storming back, building as much as a six-point lead (32-26) before entering halftime with a 34-29 advantage.
The Huskies scored seven-straight to start the second half, reclaiming the lead on a pair of free throws from Mackenzie Argens (36-34). The teams swapped leads a couple of times over the next two-plus minutes, and although the Huskies were out in front for a majority of the second half, the Cougars kept them within reach.
Down two with three-plus minutes left in regulation, Perkins nailed a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 58-57. WSU extended its lead to 60-57 with 2-minutes, 27-seconds left on the clock, but the Huskies scored the game's next five points, holding a 62-60 advantage with 21 seconds left in regulation. With eight seconds left, Moore found redshirt junior center Katie Madison under the basket, and she tied the game on a lay-up to send the teams to overtime for only the second time in the series history.
Washington jumped out to a three-point lead in overtime, but with 2:14 on the clock, the teams were once again tied (68-68). The Huskies' Christina Rozier scored the game's next four points before Moore cut the Cougars' deficit to two, stealing the ball from Sarah Morton and going the length of the floor for a fast-break lay-up. Rozier hit a jumper on the ensuing possession to extend Washington's lead to four (74-70), and the Huskies held on for the win.
Washington improved to 9-10 on the season and 4-5 in conference play.
Perkins led WSU with seven rebounds, while Moore and Madison each recorded a game-high four steals. Moore also led WSU with four assists, and fellow freshman Carly Noyes blocked a game-high two shots.
After playing each of the last three games at home, the Cougars return to the road next week to face Arizona and Arizona State. WSU squares off against the Wildcats Thursday (Feb. 4) at 6 p.m. (PT), before squaring off against the Sun Devils Saturday (Feb. 6) at noon.
WASHINGTON 76, WASHINGTON STATE 70
WASHINGTON (9-10, 4-5)
Whitcomb, Sami 10-17 10-13 32; Argens, Mackenzie 5-10 2-4 12; Rozier, Christina 4-10 0-0 8; Rogers, Regina 4-6 0-0 8; McLellan, Laura 2-8 4-5 8; Morton, Sarah 1-8 3-4 5; Williams, Mollie 1-1 0-0 2; Barlow, Charmaine 0-0 1-2 1; Anderson, Jeneva 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 20-28 76.
WASHINGTON STATE (5-15, 0-9)
Cook, April 6-13 1-2 17; Moore, KiKi 6-15 2-2 15; Perkins, Jazmine 5-14 2-2 13; Noyes, Carly 3-6 2-4 8; Madison, Katie 3-9 0-2 6; Pettersen, Lexie 2-2 1-1 6; LeNoir, Danielle 0-2 3-4 3; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-7 0-0 2; Grad, Katie 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 26-70 11-19 70.