Feb. 11, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University had five players score in double-figures but could not hold off a late comeback by University of Oregon and dropped a 67-62 Pac-12 Conference matchup Saturday evening.
The Cougars (10-15, 4-9 Pac-12) knocked down nine three-pointers and outrebounded Oregon 49-35 but could not hold off the Ducks who improved to 14-11 overall and 6-7 in conference play. Oregon hit 10 three's and shot over 46 percent in the second half to come from behind and post the conference victory. The Ducks made 15 trips to the free throw line while the Cougars were awarded just two.
Senior guard Jazmine Perkins posted her sixth double-double of the season and fifth of conference play with 10 points and 11 rebounds while just missing out on a triple-double with a career high eight assists. Junior forward Carly Noyes led WSU with 12 points and added a season-best nine boards. Senior guard Rosetta Adzasu added 11 points, five steals and five assists while sophomores Sage Romberg and Brandi Thomas each chipped in with 10 points. Adzasu and Romberg each hit three from behind the arc.
Washington State came out firing, knocking down three from behind the arc while the Ducks missed their first six shots. Perkins added a driving layin before Oregon scored five straight to cut the WSU lead to 11-9.
The Cougars countered with an 8-0 run as freshman forward Shalie Dheensaw's jumphook started the run. Noyes then added a layup, redshirt-junior Katie Grad hit a jumper from the left wing and Thomas capped the run with turnaround from the free throw line to open up a 19-9 WSU advantage.
Washington State would trade baskets with Ducks for the remainder of the half as Romberg and Thomas each added three's to keep the double-digit lead. WSU's advantage would grow to 29-15 after another three from Thomas, a Dheensaw baseline jumper and Perkins layup.
Oregon continued to keep things close with the three, cutting the Cougars lead to six with 3:06 remaining before Adzasu's second three of the game sent WSU into the half leading 36-27.
The Cougars shot 40.5 percent from the floor and knocked down six three's in the first 20 minutes. Oregon was limited to 3-of-20 from behind the arc while Thomas led WSU with eight points.
Both teams shot the ball well early in the second half as a three from Romberg and a baseline jumper for Noyes answered a pair of Oregon buckets. A pair of free throws and a three by the Ducks made it a four-point game at 16:06 mark.
Senior forward Rosie Tarnowski answered for the Cougs with a three, her fifth straight game with a three, and Adzasu followed with a long two from the top of the key to open up a nine-point lead.
Oregon would start its comeback with a 9-2 run to cut the WSU lead to 48-46 with 11:15 remaining. Perkins answered with a coast-to-coast layup and Noyes again connected from the baseline to give the Cougs a five-point advantage with just under eight minutes remaining.
The Ducks would turn to its senior leader Amanda Johnson to lead them down stretch. Johnson's three cut the WSU lead to 52-50. Perkins followed with a steal and layup and Noyes would hit a jumper from the free throw line but the Ducks countered with back-to-back three's and a pair of free throws to take a four-point lead with 3:01 remaining.
Perkins then made another steal and Adzasu knocked down a three to cut the Oregon lead to 60-59 with 2:08 to go. The Cougars got a defensive stop on the ensuing possession and then got the ball to Noyes who knocked down the go-ahead baseline jumper with 1:31 left.
Johnson would again step up for the Ducks and hit a three from the top of the key to regain the lead. Romberg was fouled on the Cougars next trip down, earning WSU's first two free throws of the game. Romberg hit one of two from the line to make it a one-point Oregon lead with 34 seconds to go. The Ducks then made a pair of free throws to go ahead by three. WSU saw a couple shots hit off the front rim and bounce off and Oregon eventually come away with the rebound. Johnson would seal the game with two more free throws as she scored 16 of Oregon's final 20 points.
The Cougars hit the road next week, traveling to Arizona to face University of Arizona Thursday and Arizona State Saturday.
Perkins eight assists are a career-high...Perkins notched her tenth career double-double...Adzasu has made all six of her three-point attempts against Oregon this season...Thomas matched a career-high with seven boards...Tarnowski has hit a three in five straight games...WSU's lone two free throws came with 34 seconds left in the game.