Feb. 27, 2010
The Washington State women's basketball team was unable to hold onto an early lead, falling 70-54 to Washington Saturday at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. Sophomore guard April Cook led the Cougars with 14 points.
WSU dropped to 7-20 on the season and 2-14 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Huskies improved to 10-16 overall and 5-11 in conference play.
"I thought our kids came out with a lot of fire and energy," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "With five minutes to go, we were still in this ballgame. We gave up too many easy baskets, and unfortunately weren't able to get over that hump."
The Cougars led for a majority of the first half, winning the tip and grabbing the advantage on their first possession. WSU built its lead to six points (18-12) with 10-minutes, 43-seconds left on the clock, but Washington owned the remainder of the opening period. The Huskies scored 17-straight as the Cougars were in the midst of a six-minute scoring drought, building a 13-point lead (34-21).
WSU went into halftime trailing 37-26, and the Huskies extended their lead to 14 in the opening minutes of the second stanza. The Cougars cut their deficit to six, but Washington pushed its lead back out to double figures. Again, WSU chipped away, getting within five (48-43) with 10:25 left on the clock. But the Huskies extended their lead back to double digits and ultimately held on for the win.
With two steals against the Huskies, freshman guard KiKi Moore claimed WSU's freshman NCAA single-season record. Moore has 86 steals this season, and moved past Jade Hyett (85) who had held the record since 1995-96.
Cook was the only Cougar in double figures, and she also led the team with four steals, tying her career high. Freshman center Carly Noyes scored eight points, pulled down a team-high six rebounds and blocked a game-high two shots.
The Cougars return home next week and will close out the regular season against Oregon (March 5) and Oregon State (March 7) at Friel Court. Tip-off against the Ducks is scheduled for 6 p.m., and tip-off against the Beavers - also the Cougars' Senior Night - is scheduled for 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON 70, WASHINGTON STATE 54
WASHINGTON STATE (7-20, 2-14)
Cook, April 4-11 5-7 14; Moore, KiKi 3-11 1-3 9; Noyes, Carly 4-7 0-4 8; Perkins, Jazmine 4-12 0-2 8; Madison, Katie 3-4 0-0 7; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-4 1-2 3; Pettersen, Lexie 1-1 0-0 2; LeNoir, Danielle 1-4 0-1 2; Grad, Katie 0-4 1-2 1; Waltenburg, Amy 0-1 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-59 8-21 54.
WASHINGTON (10-16, 5-11)
Rogers, Regina 9-14 5-7 23; Whitcomb, Sami 2-7 7-9 12; Kingma, Kristi 2-10 3-4 8; Morton, Sarah 2-4 2-2 8; Williams, Mollie 2-6 3-5 7; McLellan, Laura 2-3 0-0 4; Argens, Mackenzie 2-5 0-0 4; Rozier, Christina 0-1 2-2 2; Barlow, Charmaine 0-3 2-4 2; Mosiman, Sara 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 24-33 70.