Jan. 14, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State made a season-high 12 three-point field goals and freshman Sage Romberg led a balanced WSU scoring effort with 13 points in the Cougars' 77-63 win over the California Bears in Pac-10 Conference women's basketball action, Friday at Beasley Coliseum.
The win was the second consecutive for the Cougars and improved their record to 4-13 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10. Cal dropped to 10-5 and 2-2 in conference play. In addition, the Cougars notched back-to-back conference wins for the first time since the 2000-01 season. WSU came into the game off a 58-50 win at Oregon State, Jan. 8.
"This was a great team victory for us," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "This is a great thing to build upon."
In addition to Romberg's scoring effort, her third consecutive game in double figures, Rosetta Adzasu and Katie Madison scored 11 points each and Ireti Amojo added 10 for WSU. Cal was led by Layshia Claredon's 13 points.
The Cougars scored the game's first seven points and bolted out to a 17-4 lead en route to a 42-27 halftime advantage. In the first half, the Cougars made 16-of-28 shots (57.1 percent) including six three-pointers.
However, WSU went cold at the onset of the second half and Cal was able to take advantage. The Bears went on a 11-0 run during the opening 5:05 of the second half to cut their deficit to 42-38.
WSU's first point of the second half came on an Ireti Amojo free throw with 14:55 remaining. Cal pulled to within 43-40, but that was as close as the Bears would get as Romberg scored the Cougars' first field goal of the half to extend WSU's lead to 45-40.
"For me that was the real test of this team," Daugherty said of the opening five minutes of the second half. "They answered the right way by going down on the defensive end and we were able to take away some of their penetration and help inside a little more. We tried to force them to put the ball where our help is located. When we did that, typically they either took a tough shot or we came up with a charge or a good rebound on the backside."
Up 49-43, the Cougars reignited the spark they opened the game with by hitting three treys in a span of a 1:05 to extend their advantage to 58-45 with 9:59 left. WSU led by as much as 21 at 70-49 before cruising the rest of the way to victory.
For the game, WSU shot 30-of-60 from the field including 12-of-28 from three-point territory.
With nine points, April Cook became the 17th player in program history to score 900 career points. Cook entered the game needing two points to reach the milestone and scored nine to place her career total at 907.
The last time WSU won consecutive conference games was in February, 2001. The Cougars defeated Arizona at home 93-86, Feb. 10 and then traveled to Eugene to defeat Oregon, 77-76, Feb. 15.
The Cougars return to action, Sunday, Jan. 16, vs. No. 4 Stanford. Tip is at 1 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.