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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/03/2009
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Jan. 3, 2009

Final Stats | Post-Game Press Conference 

SEATTLE - Cougar freshmen April Cook, Jazmine Perkins and Rosie Tarnowski each scored in double figures, but the Washington State women's basketball team dropped its Pacific-10 Conference opener 71-58 to Washington Saturday at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars fell to 7-5 on the season and 0-1 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improved to 5-6 and 1-0 in conference play.

"We talked about how important it is to take the next step. When things aren't going your way you need to take the next step and move forward," Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We had a very poor start to the second half and we had to try and fire our way out. That's a lesson we need to take and work on with this group."

Cook led WSU with 17 points, while Perkins added 12 and Tarnowski chipped in 10. Perkins and Cook entered today's game ranked third and tied for seventh, respectively, amongst Pac-10 scoring leaders. The duo also ranks first and second, respectively, amongst conference freshmen.

Senior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end. The total marked the eighth double-digit effort of her career.

Cougar freshmen scored the team's first 11 points, keying an 11-3 run to open the game. Despite WSU's defensive pressure - the Cougars forced 12 turnovers and recorded three blocks in the first half - the Huskies were able to regain the lead at 25-24 and went into halftime with a 37-28 lead.

Free throw shooting was the difference in the opening stanza, as WSU hit just 7-of-18 attempts, while the Huskies connected on 13-of-16. The Huskies scored the first 12 points of the second half, increasing their lead to 49-28, and held on for the win.

The Cougars forced 27 Washington turnovers on the game.

WSU continues its season with two more road games next week at California (Jan. 8) and at Stanford (Jan. 10).

WASHINGTON 71, WASHINGTON STATE 58

WASHINGTON STATE (7-5, 0-1 PAC-10)
Cook, April 5-21 5-8 17; Perkins, Jazmine 5-15 1-4 12; Tarnowski, Rosie 3-4 4-7 10; Coates, Ebonee 2-6 2-8 6; Appleton, Katie 1-4 4-5 6; Williams, Jasmine 2-4 0-0 5; Pettersen, Lexie 1-2 0-0 2; Molzen, Heather 0-2 0-2 0; Kelly, Kezia 0-2 0-0 0; LeNoir, Danielle 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-63 16-34 58.

WASHINGTON (5-6, 1-0 PAC-10)
Whitcomb, Sami 6-12 2-2 17; McLellan, Laura 5-8 0-2 10; Augustavo, Michelle 2-6 4-4 10; McNeill, Heidi 3-6 2-2 8; Williams, Mollie 3-4 0-2 6; Young, Lydia 2-5 1-1 5; Barlow, Charmaine 2-3 0-1 4; Lay, Liz 2-3 0-0 4; Morton, Sarah 0-1 4-5 4; Kingma, Kristi 1-1 1-2 3; Rozier, Christina 0-1 0-0 0; Romeo, Nicole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 14-21 71.

--wsucougars.com--
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