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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/08/2009
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Feb. 8, 2009

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PULLMAN - Freshman guard April Cook led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, but the Washington State women's basketball team was defeated by third-ranked California 77-57 Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars fell to 9-13 on the season and 2-9 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Golden Bears improved to 20-2 overall and 11-0 in conference play.

Cook's performance marked her third 20-point effort this season, more than any other Cougar in 2008-09. She also recorded three steals.

"It's hard to learn your lessons this way, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We have a great opportunity to learn a lot of lessons from this weekend and finish strong over our last seven games of the conference season."

The Golden Bears built an 11-point advantage with 11-minutes, 57-seconds remaining in the first half (19-8), but WSU went on a 13-4 run over the next five minutes to cut the deficit to two at 23-21. That was as close as the Cougars were able to get, as California went on an 18-2 run to build their lead to 18 points. Senior guard Katie Appleton hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining, but the Golden Bears led 43-28 at halftime.

California built its lead to 32 points with 10:33 remaining (67-35) in the second stanza, but a strong finish by the Cougars cut into the deficit. WSU outscored the Golden Bears 22-10 over the game's final 10 minutes, chopping the final margin to 20 points.

The Cougars forced 22 California turnovers, tying the Golden Bears' season high.

Senior forward Heather Molzen scored nine points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, and freshman guard Jazmine Perkins recorded six assists to lead the Cougars.

Spokane native and former Shadle Park High School standout Lexie Pettersen received her first career start.

After hosting four consecutive games at home for the only the second time in the last 10 years, the Cougars hit the road once again, and will face Oregon Thursday at McArthur Court. Tip-off against the Ducks is scheduled for 7 p.m.

CALIFORNIA 77, WASHINGTON STATE 57

CALIFORNIA (20-2, 11-0)
Walker, Ashley 8-13 2-4 18; Hampton, Devanei 7-10 0-0 15; Gray-Lawson, Alexis 4-6 1-1 11; Greif, Lauren 3-6 0-1 8; Morris, Casey 3-6 0-0 8; Adrian, Kelsey 2-3 0-0 5; Vital, Natasha 1-2 3-3 5; N'diaye, Rama 2-5 1-2 5; Sneed, Shantrell 0-3 2-2 2; Aguirre, Angelei 0-0 0-0 0; Federico, Rachelle 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 9-13 77.

WASHINGTON STATE (9-13, 2-9)
Cook, April 8-16 4-8 22; Molzen, Heather 4-10 0-0 9; LeNoir, Danielle 3-5 0-0 7; Perkins, Jazmine 2-10 2-2 6; Coates, Ebonee 2-6 1-3 5; Appleton, Katie 1-5 0-0 3; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-6 0-0 3; Kelly, Kezia 1-1 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0; Price, Alexa 0-0 0-0 0; Pettersen, Lexie 0-3 0-0 0; Oestreicher, Jessica 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-65 7-13 57.

--wsucougars.com--
Washington State Cougars Athletics
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