Jan. 3, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - April Cook and KiKi Moore each scored 24 points, but the Washington State women's basketball team fell 98-92 to Oregon Sunday, in what is likely to be the Cougars' final game played at McArthur Court. WSU dropped to 5-8 on the season and 0-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while Oregon, which plans to open its new basketball facility by the Pac-10 portion of their 2010-11 schedule, improved to 11-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.
"This was a great basketball game," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "Today, we played a great 40 minutes of basketball. Unfortunately we weren't able to come away with the win, but I think you saw the real Cougars at both ends of the floor."
The scoring output for both Cook and Moore marked career highs, and the 92 points scored by WSU are the most since scoring 93 against Arizona, Feb. 10, 2001.
For the second-straight game, Moore was in double figures at halftime. After scoring 11 first-half points against Oregon State Friday, Moore had 18 at halftime against the Ducks. The total was just one point shy of her career high, which she set in WSU's conference opener against the Beavers.
A high-octane, back-and-forth opening half saw three lead changes and four ties in the first 10 minutes of action. With the Cougars up 19-18 with 11-minutes, 1-second left in the half, Oregon went on a 21-4 run over the next four minutes to build a 16-point lead. The Ducks had missed their first seven 3-point attempts on the game, but hit four-straight during the run.
Oregon built as much as a 17-point advantage in the first stanza, but the Cougars scored 10-straight in the final two-plus minutes, including two 3-pointers from Moore, to close the gap. WSU scored 46 points in the first half - the most in a half by the Cougars this season - but Oregon led 51-46 at intermission.
If the opening half was all Moore for WSU, it was all Cook in the final period. Cook scored 18 second-half points, helping the Cougars reclaim the lead. WSU cut Oregon's lead to two at 66-64 with 12:40 remaining in the game, but a 7-0 run by the Ducks extended their lead back to nine. The Cougars put together a run of their own, outscoring the Ducks 16-2 to build a five-point advantage (80-75). The Cougars gained their first advantage since the 11:01 mark in the first half on a 3-pointer from Cook (76-75).
Another run by the Ducks (9-0) reclaimed the lead in the home team's favor, and though WSU was able to get back to within one, the Ducks held on for the win.
Cook made a career-high 10 field goals on 18 attempts, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers, while Moore went 7-of-14 from the floor, and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins was also in double figures for WSU with 15 points, and she recorded a team- and season-high six assists. Freshman center Carly Noyes pulled down a career-high eight rebounds to lead the Cougars, and also blocked a career-high four shots. The block total ties WSU's single-game freshman NCAA record, and moved Noyes into a tie for third on WSU's freshman single-season list (21).
The Cougars return home next week for their first conference homestand of the 2009-10 season. WSU will play host to Arizona Thursday (Jan. 7) at 6 p.m., and Arizona State Saturday (Jan. 9) at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Friel Court.
OREGON 98, WASHINGTON STATE 92
WASHINGTON STATE (5-8, 0-2)
Cook, April 10-18 0-1 24; Moore, KiKi 7-14 8-10 24; Perkins, Jazmine 6-16 2-3 15; Noyes, Carly 4-11 0-0 8; Grad, Katie 2-5 2-2 6; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-7 0-0 5; LeNoir, Danielle 2-6 0-0 5; Madison, Katie 1-7 1-2 3; Pettersen, Lexie 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-86 13-18 92.
OREGON (11-3, 2-0)
Cocks, Micaela 8-20 4-4 22; Jackson, Nia 7-14 6-6 20; Lilley, Taylor 6-13 1-2 15; Johnson, Amanda 4-10 3-4 12; Kenyon, Victoria 3-5 3-4 11; Canepa, Nicole 3-8 5-6 11; Holliday, Jasmin 3-7 1-1 7. Totals 34-77 23-27 98.