Feb. 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Washington State University dropped a Pac-12 Conference matchup 73-52 to UCLA Saturday afternoon.
Seniors April Cook and Jazmine Perkins led the Cougars (10-13, 4-7 Pac-12) with 13 points while UCLA improved to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in conference play. WSU was held to 27.7 percent shooting by the Bruins who out-rebounded the Cougars 50-28 and scored 38 points from inside the paint.
Redshirt-junior Katie Grad got the Cougar offense going with a pair of layins before the Bruins put together a 9-2 run to take an early 11-6 lead.
UCLA would add a 6-0 spurt to open up a 17-8 advantage at the 9:38 mark before Cook, playing in front of her hometown crowd, caught fire hitting a three from the top of the key.
Sophomore guard Brandi Thomas followed with a jumper from the left elbow before senior forward Rosie Tarnowski added a high-arcing three from the left wing that sparked a 15-4 run for the Cougars. Cook knocked down another three and a baseline jumper and Perkins scored the next seven points on a fastbreak layup, a three from the right corner and pair of free throws to open up a 28-26 lead for WSU with 1:52 left in the half.
The Bruins would pick up a big shot late as Markel Walker hit a three in the final seconds to send UCLA into the half leading 29-28. The Bruins shot 46.2 percent in the first half while Cougs hit four three's and forced UCLA into 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The Bruins opened the second with eight straight points before Thomas countered with a long three and Dheensaw followed with a pair of jumpers. Perkins then drove the lane and got her runner in the lane to fall while she was fouled and went on to hit the free throw to the cut the UCLA lead to 41-38 with remaining.
Thomas would add another three but the Bruins continued to win the battle for the boards down low, using a 16-3 run to pull away from the Cougars.
Thomas finished with eight points for the Cougars. UCLA was led by Markel Walker's triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
Washington State returns to Pullman to host the Oregon schools next week, Oregon State Thursday and Oregon, Saturday.