Feb. 26, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington State University's late comeback attempt came up short against University of Washington, falling 60-56 Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore guard Brandi Thomas led the Cougars (10-18, 4-12 Pac-12) with 15 points. The Huskies improved to 15-11 overall and 7-9 in conference play after holding WSU to 28.8 percent shooting including 3-of-22 from behind the three-point line. The Cougars outrebounded UW 45-22 and forced 17 turnovers but gave up 32 point in the paint.
Senior forward Rosie Tarnowski finished with eight points and seven rebounds while senior Guard Rosetta Adzasy recorded seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Both teams struggled shooting in the opening minutes before the Huskies used a 10-2 run that later grew to 18-7 and a 24-12 lead for Washington at the 6:36 mark.
The Cougars countered with a 7-0 spurt as Thomas got things going with a three from the top of the key. Sophomore forward Sage Romberg followed with a pair of free throws and Noyes capped the run with her third baseline jumper of the game to cut the UW lead to 24-19 with 5:10 remaining.
Tarnowski added a runner in the lane for WSU but Washington added another bucket just before half to take a 30-21 lead into the break. The Cougs trailed by single-digits despite shooting just 1-of-9 from three.
Thomas opened WSU's scoring in the second half with a three and Tarnowski added a driving layin with the right hand to keep the UW lead at nine. Minutes later, Tarnowski added another layin and senior guard April Cook hit three free throws to make it a 41-33 game at the 12:37 mark.
Tarnowski continued to spark the Cougs off the bench, grabbing a rebound and going back up for basket. Thomas hit both free throws after UW was issued a technical for arguing a call to cut the lead to eight. Just over a minute later, WSU was issued a technical for arguing a call and the Huskies made one of two at the line. Adzasu later connected on a pair of free throws before Romberg hit a long two from the left wing to cut the UW lead to seven, 48-41 with 7:44 remaining.
Washington State would receive a pull-up jumper from Thomas and two free throws from senior guard Jazmine Perkins to stay within six with just over four minutes to go.
UW would answer with four points from the low post to regain its 10-point lead. Sophomore forward Hana Potter added a jumper from the left elbow and followed with a tip-in on the next trip down for the Cougs to make it a six-point game.
Both teams would trade free throws before Adzasu drove the lane and got fouled as her layin went in to cut the UW lead to four with 45 seconds left.
Thomas would hit a three from right wing to again cut the lead to again make it a four-point game. Perkins then stole the inbounds pass, got the ball to Cook who fired up a three but had it rattle off and the Huskies grabbed the rebound.
The Cougars were forced to foul the rest of the way and UW sealed up the win at the free throw line.
The Cougars will close out the regular season at home next weekend, hosting UCLA 7 p.m. Thursday and USC 1 p.m. Saturday.