Jan. 8, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman Sage Romberg scored a season-high 21 points and the Cougar allowed just two field goals over the final 10 minutes, 56 seconds as Washington State earned a hard-fought 58-50 victory over Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
With the win the Cougars (3-13, 1-3) pick up their first conference win of the season and their first conference road win since defeating USC Feb. 18, 2010.
Trailing by three with just under 11 minutes remaining in the second half, WSU went on an 18-3 run over the next eight minutes to build a 13-point lead. Romberg did much of the damage as she scored seven while Carly Noyes added five. Noyes, who was held without a point or rebound in the first half, had eight points and three rebounds to spark the Cougars' second-half effort.
"This is a tough game because we like to play up-tempo and Oregon State likes to pressure you, sit back in their zone and make you take tough shots," said WSU Head Coach June Daugherty. "It was a test to see if we could settle down and play at a high level against a defense that is already set. Today was the best we have executed against that type of defense and we were able to some get open looks.
"Sage had a great second half and Carly really got it going for us inside and it was a great team effort, but those two particularly really stepped it up," Daugherty continued.
The Cougar defense stiffened in that stretch as it did not allow a Beaver field goal for more than 10 minutes, erasing a three-point deficit en route to the eight-point win.
In the second half the Cougar defense held OSU to 20 percent field goal shooting, including just 17 percent from three-point range. By the time the Beavers finally connected with less than 30 seconds remaining, the game was out of reach.
For the second straight game the Cougars started slow as Oregon State took a 7-0 lead in the opening four minutes. Ireti Amojo put the WSU on the board at the 13:30 mark. That began an 8-0 run over the next three minutes and Amojo added a 3-pointer and Brandi Thomas added a traditional three-point play.
It was a game of runs in the first half as there were five ties and four lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. Amojo and freshman Romberg each had eight points in the first half while the Cougar defense forced 11 Beaver turnovers.
For the game the Cougars shot 38 percent (19-50) from the field compared to 31 percent (18-58) for the Beavers. In addition to Romberg's point total, she also added a team-best seven rebounds, Amojo finished with 11 points while Jazmine Perkins led the team with four assists. Perkins' first-half 3-pointer gave her 870 points for her career, passing Amy Saneholtz (1993-97) for 18th place on the all-time scoring list.
The Cougars return to Beasley Coliseum Friday when they host California at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN Northwest.