Dec. 31, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Senior guard Jazmine Perkins notched her third straight double-double to help Washington State University beat Oregon State University 61-54 in double overtime Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (8-6, 2-0 Pac-12) improve to 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference play for the first time since the 2000-01 season and sweep a conference road series for the first time since beating the Arizona schools in the 1994-95 season. The Beavers, who came into the game averaging 74.2 ppg, saw their record fall to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Perkins recorded her third straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds as four other players finished with at least eight points with senior guard April Cook scoring six points in the two overtime periods.
The WSU bench outscored Oregon State 23-7 as the Cougs forced 17 turnovers and connected on all 11 of their free throw attempts, including all eight trips in both overtime periods while OSU made just 14 of its 24 trips to the line. Washington State withstood the early hot shooting by OSU in the first half and held the Beavers to 1-for-9 shooting in the final two periods.
Presley got the Cougars started with a layin and long three from the left wing but the Beavers started knocking down shots. OSU would turn an 8-0 run into a 21-8 stretch to build a 22-13 lead with 7:14 left in the half.
The WSU defense settled in, holding the Beavers scoreless for the rest of half as Perkins stood her ground and drew a charge that led to a Potter jumper. Perkins then made two steals which led to two layups for the senior who entered the game leading the Pac-12 in steals. Following another WSU defensive stop, Potter made a nice pass through traffic to junior forward Carly Noyes for a layup to cap the Cougs 8-0 run and cut the OSU lead to 22-21 at the half.
WSU opened the half with two straight jumpers by Noyes and Cook but the Beavers put together an 8-0 run and take a five points lead. Minutes later, redshirt-junior Katie Grad sparked the Cougs off the bench, making a driving layin that a started a 10-0 run for WSU. Perkins followed with a three, Noyes connected on a jumper from the baseline and senior forward Rosie Tarnowski capped the stretch with long three from the left wing, giving the Cougars a 35-30 lead at the 12:40 mark.
Minutes later, Romberg followed a three by senior guard Rosetta Adzasu with a long two from the left baseline to open up a 42-38 lead for the Cougs.
Oregon State came back with a 7-0 spurt to take a 45-44 lead and both teams struggled to knock down shots in final couple minutes. The Beavers added three free throws to take a 47-44 lead but Adzasu drove the lane, got fouled, was able to get her layup to fall and hit the free throw to tie the game at 47 with under three minutes to go.
Still tied at 47 after neither team could convert on the offensive end, WSU forced a miss by Oregon State and called timeout with 35 seconds left. With time running out, Presley drove the lane and her runner rattled off and after a scramble, OSU grabbed the rebound as time ran out, sending the game into overtime.
The first overtime opened with both teams trading free throws before Cook gave the Cougars a 51-50 lead with a driving layup high off the glass.
Oregon State would tie the game at 51 after making one of two at the free throw line. A Potter turnaround came up short for WSU and the Beavers grabbed the rebound and called timeout. The Cougar defense continued to cause havoc for the Beavers as OSU missed another jumper as time expired to send the game into double overtime.
The Beavers opened the second overtime session with a layin and the Cougars nearly went ahead as Tarnowski's three went halfway down before rattling out. OSU followed with another free throw to lead by three before Cook hit a jumper from the free throw line to bring WSU within one.
After the Beavers missed a pair of free throws, Romberg nailed a jumper from the left elbow to give WSU a 55-54 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Washington State again got two stops on the defensive end and Presley calmly hit two free throws to give WSU a 57-54 lead with 37 seconds remaining.
The Cougs forced another OSU miss and Perkins was fouled after grabbing the rebound. The senior hit both free throws to give WSU a five-point 59-54 advantage with 19.1 seconds remaining and added two more free throws following another defensive stop to seal up the 61-54 victory.
The Cougs return to Pullman to begin a three-game homestand, hosting new Pac-12 members University of Utah Thursday and University of Colorado next Saturday.