Feb. 20, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team recorded a season-high 23 steals, but the Cougars ultimately fell 93-58 to UCLA Saturday at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Freshman center Carly Noyes led the Cougars with 15 points and tied for the team high with five rebounds, and sophomore guard Danielle LeNoir recorded a career-high eight steals.
The Cougars dropped to 7-19 in 2009-10 and 2-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Bruins improved to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play.
"I thought we handled their runs in the first half," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "But we ran out of gas in the second half, and they were more physical than we were in the trenches. We need to learn from this game and do a much better job of boxing out."
The Cougars grabbed the early advantage and led by as many as six points, but UCLA, led by sophomore guard Rebekah Gardner, came storming back. Gardner surpassed her career high with 17 first-half points as the Bruins built a 16-point lead (38-22).
The Cougars cut that deficit in half prior to intermission, as LeNoir keyed a 13-5 Cougar run to close the first period. The sophomore from Los Angeles tied her season high with eight points, all of which were scored over the final two minutes of the opening period, and the Cougars entered the break trailing by eight (43-35).
The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Bruins led by double figures for virtually the entire second period.
Though the Bruins turned the ball over a season-high 36 times, they shot 58.1 percent from the floor (36-of-62). At the other end, WSU turned the ball over 38 times, but shot just 40 percent on the game (22-of-55).
Sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins added 12 points, and freshman guard KiKi Moore recorded seven steals. Moore leads the conference and entered this week ranked 11th-nationally in the statistical category.
Noyes also recorded two blocks, bringing her season total to 51. The conference leader in the statistical category is just the second Cougar in school history to record 50-or-more in a single season, and trails WSU's single-season leader Holly Zapel (55; 1984-85) by just four.
The Cougars conclude a three-game conference road trip next week, travelling cross-state to face Washington. Tip-off against the Huskies is scheduled for 2 p.m., Feb. 27 at Bank of America Arena.
UCLA 93, WASHINGTON STATE 58
WASHINGTON STATE (7-19, 2-13)
Noyes, Carly 7-10 1-1 15; Perkins, Jazmine 4-10 3-4 12; LeNoir, Danielle 3-7 0-2 8; Madison, Katie 1-3 3-4 6; Cook, April 2-11 1-4 5; Grad, Katie 2-4 0-0 5; Pettersen, Lexie 2-4 0-0 4; Moore, KiKi 1-6 0-0 3; Waltenburg, Amy 0-0 0-0 0; Tarnowski, Rosie 0-0 0-2 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 8-17 58.
UCLA (18-7, 11-3)
Gardner, Rebekah 7-10 2-2 19; Dixon, Jasmine 6-10 4-7 16; Earl, Nina 6-10 1-1 13; Campbell, Doreena 3-4 6-6 13; Alexander, Moniquee 4-4 3-4 11; Morris, Darxia 3-6 0-0 7; Tukiainen, Erica 3-5 0-0 6; Nzekwe, Christina 2-2 0-0 4; Walker, Markel 2-5 0-2 4; Taka, Allison 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Mariah 0-4 0-0 0; Shepard, Jackie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-62 16-22 93.