March 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The Washington State women's basketball team hit a Pacific-10 Conference Tournament-record 13 3-pointers Thursday against Arizona, but the Wildcats ultimately won 79-72 in the opening round of the conference tournament at Galen Center. The Cougars finished the season with a record of 11-19, while the Wildcats improved to 12-18 and will face No. 1-seed Stanford in the second round.
Freshman guard April Cook led a contingent of Cougars scoring in double figures, posting a team-high 22 points. Cook completed her debut season with 405 points, and is just the third Cougar in NCAA history to surpass 400 points in her freshman season. She recorded five 20-point games this season, tied for second-most by a WSU freshman in NCAA history.
Senior guard Katie Appleton added 14 points and a team-high five assists in what turned out to be her final game as a Cougar. Her 115 career games are tied for the most in school history. She also completed her Cougar career ranked 10th all-time in scoring with 1,068 points, and first all-time in 3-pointers with 161.
Cook and Appleton each hit four 3-pointers against the Wildcats, a WSU Pac-10 Tournament record.
The Cougars set a Pac-10 Tournament record with eight first-half 3-pointers, building as much as an 11-point lead (18-17) with 8-minutes, 30-seconds remaining. Despite the performance from beyond the arc, the Wildcats were able to claw back and took their first lead of the game at 31-30 with 3:36 remaining. Cook put the Cougars back in the lead on WSU's next possession (32-31), but the Wildcats reclaimed the advantage and went into halftime up 37-35.
The teams swapped leads a couple times in the opening minutes of the second half, but with Arizona up 46-44, the Cougars went on a 12-4 run to go up 56-50. The Wildcats put together a run of their own however, gaining control with 6:52 remaining (63-60) and held on for the win.
Perkins, who is the first freshman in school history to start 30 games in a season, became WSU's highest-scoring freshman in NCAA history. She completed her debut campaign with 413 points, and her 24 double-digit scoring games this season are the most by a Cougar freshman in NCAA history.
Senior center Ebonee Coates became only the third women's basketball player in WSU history to block 100 shots in her career, eclipsing the mark with two against the Wildcats.
#9 ARIZONA 79, #8 WASHINGTON STATE 72
#9 ARIZONA (12-18, 4-14)
Ibekwe, Ify 10-19 3-9 23; Clements, Courtney 7-15 2-4 19; Njonkou, Amina 6-8 3-6 15; Frazier, Ashley 4-7 1-2 12; Thomas, Reiko 2-10 4-4 8; Bofia, Beatrice 1-2 0-0 2; Hill, Faihza 0-1 0-0 0; Hays, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-62 13-25 79.
#8 WASHINGTON STATE (11-19, 4-14)
Cook, April 6-20 6-9 22; Appleton, Katie 5-14 0-0 14; LeNoir, Danielle 4-8 0-0 10; Perkins, Jazmine 4-13 1-4 10; Molzen, Heather 3-6 0-0 7; Coates, Ebonee 3-3 0-0 6; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-2 0-0 3; Pettersen, Lexie 0-0 0-0 0; Oestreicher, Jessica 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 7-13 72.