Jan. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Freshman guard April Cook scored 16 points as the Washington State women's basketball team fell 78-57 to USC Saturday at Galen Center. The Cougars dropped to 8-10 on the season and 1-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Trojans improved to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in conference action.
"The first 10 minutes were a little rocky," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "The turnovers definitely hurt us, but the last 30 minutes were great. We got better tonight. I thought we had tremendous play from our bench. We're going to take it home with us and keep building."
Cook tied a career high with four 3-pointers, and was the only Cougar in double figures. Fellow freshman Jazmine Perkins, who ranks fifth nationally in scoring amongst freshmen, scored nine points - all of which came in the second half.
Senior guard Katie Appleton, who became WSU's all-time leader in career 3-pointers Thursday against UCLA, scored the team's first six points on her first two attempts from beyond the arc, giving the Cougars a 6-4 advantage. The Trojans went on a 9-0 run to claim a 13-6 lead however, and never let go.
The Cougars shot only 25.9 percent from the floor in the first half, but connected on 5-of-11 3-point attempts (45.5 percent). Of WSU's 21 first-half points, 15 came via the three. Turnovers were the difference in the first half, as the Cougars committed 15. USC capitalized on WSU's missteps, scoring 18 points off turnovers in the first half and entering intermission with a 37-21 advantage.
The Cougars shot the ball much better in the second half, connecting on 48.1 percent of their attempts (13-of-27). The WSU defense also stepped up in the second half, holding the Trojans to 32.4 percent on 12-of-37 shooting.
Appleton finished with eight points, and now needs only eight more to become the 12th individual in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Senior forward/center Heather Molzen recorded a season-high four assists, and led the Cougars with seven rebounds.
Freshman center Jessica Oestreicher recorded two blocks against USC, her second career multiple-block game. Oestreicher, who also scored a career-high seven points, now has blocks in each of the last four games.
After playing five of their first seven conference games on the road, the Cougars return home to Friel Court next week to play Arizona State (Jan. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 31), the first of four consecutive games in Pullman for WSU.
USC 78, WASHINGTON STATE 57
WASHINGTON STATE (8-10, 1-6)
Cook, April 6-17 0-2 16; Perkins, Jazmine 4-12 0-0 9; Appleton, Katie 3-7 0-0 8; Oestreicher, Jessica 2-2 3-4 7; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-3 2-2 5; Coates, Ebonee 2-2 1-3 5; LeNoir, Danielle 1-4 1-2 3; Molzen, Heather 1-6 1-1 3; Pettersen, Lexie 0-1 1-2 1; Kelly, Kezia 0-0 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 9-16 57.
USC (11-7, 5-2)
Oliver, Heather 5-9 3-4 18; Corral, Ashley 2-6 7-8 13; Gilbreath, Briana 5-11 0-3 10; Hughes, Aarika 2-8 4-8 9; LeNoir, Camille 4-12 1-2 9; Jenkins, Michelle 3-5 1-1 7; LaPlante, Kari 3-6 0-0 6; Cameron, Brynn 3-10 0-0 6; Roark, Daniela 0-2 0-0 0; Berberet, Nicole 0-0 0-0 0; Franco, Michelle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-69 16-26 78.