Feb. 4, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Four Cougars scored in double figures, but the Washington State women's basketball team fell 73-66 to Arizona Thursday at McKale Center.
Sophomore guard April Cook scored a team-high 13 points, freshmen Carly Noyes (center) and KiKi Moore (guard) each added 11 and redshirt junior center Katie Madison chipped in 10. WSU dropped to 5-16 on the season and 0-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Wildcats improved to 10-10 in 2009-10 and 4-6 in conference play.
Noyes also became WSU's freshman single-season NCAA record-holder with her three blocks against the Wildcats. The 37 blocks during her debut season are also the fourth-most by a Cougar - freshman, sophomore, junior or senior - in NCAA history.
"We were in a little bit of foul trouble early in the first half," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "Because of that our bench came in and I thought they responded well. We weren't moving and cutting as hard as we had been, and we need to do a better job of that to have more successful opportunities."
The Wildcats opened the game with a 6-0 run before the Cougars scored seven-straight, taking their only lead of the first half (7-6). Arizona scored on the ensuing possession, and ultimately built as much as a 12-point lead on a couple of occasions. The Cougars came storming back at the end of the opening stanza however, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the final 4-minutes, 22-seconds. A 9-0 run by WSU cut the deficit to three entering intermission (35-32).
The Cougar bench scored 15 of the team's 32 first-half points, including a team-high eight from Madison and a five from sophomore guard Danielle LeNoir.
WSU scored six of the first eight points coming out of the break, claiming its first lead since the 16:18 mark of the first half (38-37) - a span of more than 18 minutes. The teams traded 3-pointers and leads over the next couple minutes, but once the Wildcats pushed ahead 45-44 with 15:31 remaining, they didn't let go. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 48 (13:04), but Arizona built as much as an 11-point lead and held on for the win.
LeNoir finished with a season-high eight points, while Noyes pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Moore and sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins each recorded four steals to lead WSU.
The Cougars close out their swing through the desert Saturday against Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. WSU is slated to tip-off against the Sun Devils at noon (PT), and the game will be televised live by FSN.
ARIZONA 73, WASHINGTON STATE 66
WASHINGTON STATE (5-16, 0-10 Pac-10)
Cook, April 5-20 0-0 13; Moore, KiKi 4-10 2-4 11; Noyes, Carly 3-7 5-6 11; Madison, Katie 4-4 2-2 10; LeNoir, Danielle 3-6 0-0 8; Perkins, Jazmine 3-9 0-0 6; Pettersen, Lexie 2-5 0-0 4; Grad, Katie 1-4 0-0 3; Tarnowski, Rosie 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-69 9-12 66.
ARIZONA (10-10, 4-6 Pac-10)
Whyte, Davellyn 6-16 5-8 20; Lucet, Soana 8-13 2-4 18; Ibekwe, Ify 5-11 2-4 12; Thomas, Reiko 3-6 2-2 8; Frazier, Ashley 1-2 3-7 6; Pierson, Amanda 2-3 0-0 4; Jackson, Brooke 1-8 0-0 3; Dickey, Tasha 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-62 14-25 73.