Dec. 2, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo knocked down four three's and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Washington State University past San Diego State University 65-50 at Beasley Coliseum Friday evening.
The Cougars improved to 5-4 overall after playing their fifth game in nine days while the Aztecs, who have posted wins over No. 18 DePaul and Washington, saw their record slip to 4-3. Ten different players scored for WSU as junior forward Carly Noyes added 10 points and senior guard Rosetta Adzasu added eight points and six rebounds. Amojo also grabbed a career-high seven boards while sophomore forward Sage Romberg chipped in with six points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Brandi Thomas finished with seven points.
The Cougars jumped to an early lead and never looked back, scoring 14 for the game's first 16 points that included a 12-0 run. Romberg got things started with a jumper from the left elbow and Noyes followed with baseline jumper. Perkins hit a pair of free throws, sophomore forward Hana Potter hit a nice jumphook, sophomore guard Brandi Thomas added a jumper from the right wing and senior guard Rosetta capped the run with a coast-to-coast layup.
Washington State later opened its lead up to 20 after another bucket from Noyes, two layups from Perkins and a fastbreak layup by Thomas gave the Cougs a 31-11 advantage at the 4:14 mark.
The Cougs received another driving layup from Adzasu just before the half to send them into the break leading 35-16. WSU held the Aztecs to 20.0 percent shooting as nine Cougars recorded points through the first 20 minutes.
San Diego State opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt but the Cougs came right back with an 11-0 run on a pair of Amojo three's, a pull-up jumper from Adzasu and a long three from Thomas that give the Cougs their largest lead of the game, 51-28 at the 10:22 mark.
The Aztecs continued to battle and hang around, eventually pulling within 11 after a 14-4 run during a four minute stretch to cut the Cougar lead to 55-44 with 5:09 remaining.
Following the SDSU run, the Cougs put the game away as Romberg hit a runner in the lane before Amojo again caught fire from the outside, hitting a three and then answering an Aztec three with a pair of free throws and her fourth and final trey of the night from the top of the key to seal up the win for Washington State.
The Cougs held San Diego State's Courtney Clements, who came into the week leading the Mountain West Conference in scoring at 19.2 ppg, to just 13 points after being shutout in the first half. The Aztecs shot 28.6 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers.
Washington State will take eight days off before hosting UC Riverside Sunday, Dec. 11.