March 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The Washington State Cougars battled the USC Trojans throughout in a 74-67 defeat Thursday at the Galen Center.
The loss dropped WSU to 8-21 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10 Conference. USC improved to 17-11 and 9-8 in the conference.
Jazmine Perkins led a trio of WSU players who scored in double figures with 20 points. Ireti Amojo and Sage Romberg added 11 points each. In addition, April Cook added nine points for WSU. Perkins and Cook increased their career point total to 987 and 986, respectively, coming closer to becoming just the 13th and 14th players in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark.
USC held a 36-30 halftime advantage but WSU went on a 10-3 run to take a 40-39 lead with 17:29 left. USC fought back to take a 43-42 lead, but the Cougars scored seven straight points to open a six point advantage at 49-43 with 14:01 left.
The Cougars maintained their lead and even extended it to 58-51 with 8:04 left with a Perkins' trey. However, USC used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 58 with 5:55 remaining.
WSU regained the lead at 61-60 with 4:27 left but a jumper by USC's Kari LaPlante sparked a 6-0 run that gave USC a 66-61 lead with 2:59 left.
The Cougars pulled to within three on several occasions, the final time at 70-67. Down by that score, WSU had a chance to tie, but April Cook's 3-point attempt fell off the mark with 19 seconds left. USC hit four free throws down the stretch to provide the game's final margin.
WSU returns to action at No. 9 UCLA, Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.