Nov. 26, 2011
ST. THOMAS, U.S.Virgin Islands -- Washington State closed out play at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament with a dominating 90-52 victory over Prairie View A&M University Saturday evening.
The Cougars (4-3) shot 58.7 percent and had four players score in double figures while Prairie View A&M (1-4), an NCAA Tournament team last year, to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Tia Presley paced the Cougs with 15 points, junior forward Carly Noyes added 13 while senior April Cook and redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo each added 11. Washington State had 12 players record points and never trailed, scoring the game's first eight points and building a 30-point lead at the half.
The Cougars opened the game scoring the game's first eight points and forcing PVAM to miss its first seven shots. WSU quickly built an 11-2 lead after Presley grabbed a rebound and got her runner in the lane to fall as she was fouled and went on to complete the old-fashioned three point play.
It was all Washington State for the remainder of the half as Hana Potter got on the board with a free throw and layup, Brandi Thomas knocked down a jumper from the baseline and Noyes added another layin to open up an 18-7 advantage. Presley then hit a three, Noyes scored twice on a pair of nice backdoor cuts before Romberg got into the act with back-to-back buckets. The Cougars kept their foot on the gas as Thomas got behind the defense for a long fast break layin and Amojo followed with a three to cap a 23-5 run and open the lead up to 34-10.
The balanced effort continued as Rosie Tarnowski got into the action with a long three from the left wing before grabbing a rebound and laying one in. WSU closed the half with a 14-5 run as Thomas hit another jumper, Shalie Dheensaw hit a jumphook in between two more buckets by Cook to send the Cougs into the half up 50-20.
Washington State shot 61.8 percent and had nine players record points in the first 20 minutes while holding Prairie View A&M to 27.6 percent from the floor.
Cook opened the second half with a two straight jumpers for the Cougars who never looked back, not allowing PVAM within 20 for the remainder of the game. A 7-0 WSU run that saw a Potter score on a layup, Noyes hit a free throw, Amojo score with a fast break layin and Rosetta Adzasu drive and dish off to Romberg for the easy layin pushed the lead to 63-3.
Adzasu and Romberg each added a couple nice no-look touch passes for layups later in the half. Freshman Jordan Kelley registered the first points of her collegiate career with a layup as the Cougs finished the three-day tournament with a 2-1 record and a second place finish.
Romberg had a balanced night, scoring eight points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists while Adzasu finished with seven assists.
The Cougars return to Pullman for their home-opener Wednesday against Gonzaga University. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
GAME NOTES...WSU's 90 points are the most since beating Oregon 96-90 in Pullman last season...the 37 field goals made tie for the eighth most in single-game history...the 58.7 shooting percentage is the sixth highest in single-game history...the 24 assists tie for the sixth most in single-game history...Presley's 15 points are a career high...Romberg's seven assists are a career high..