March 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The Cougars had a chance to win it at the end, but a deep 3-point attempt from sophomore guard April Cook just missed and Washington State fell 62-60 to Arizona in the opening round of the State Farm Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at Galen Center.
With 57 seconds left in the game, sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski hit a 3-pointer, trimming what was as much as a 14-point Wildcat advantage to just two. The WSU defense prevented the Wildcats from getting a shot off on the ensuing possession, and the Cougars got the ball back with 27 seconds remaining.
Freshman guard KiKi Moore's attempt with nine seconds left went in and out, but WSU would get one more chance. Arizona's Ashley Frazier missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, and Moore grabbed the rebound and called timeout. The Cougars had to go the length of the floor in 3.5 seconds, and Cook's heave from just inside midcourt was narrowly off the mark, catching both the left side of the backboard and the rim.
"This was an extremely hard-fought game," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We had a chance to win it there at the end, but it wasn't meant to be tonight. I'm very excited about where this program is headed, and April will definitely make a few of those shots before her career at WSU is over."
Cook scored a team-high 18 points for the Cougars, who finished the season with a record of 8-22. The sophomore from Carson, Calif., scored 419 points in 2009-10, the 13th-most in a single season in school history. She also cracked WSU's career (89) and single-season (46) 3-point field goal lists, ranking 10th on each, and moved into 20th on the Cougars' career scoring list (824).
Cook opened the scoring for the Cougars with a 3-pointer -one of four on the game - to claim an early lead, but those were the only points the Cougars were able to put on the board in the game's first seven minutes. The Wildcats scored six-straight to seize control, and ultimately pushed their lead to double figures.
The Cougars were outshot - 47 percent to 33 percent - and outrebounded (22-14) in the first half, and the Wildcats scored 22 points in the paint compared to WSU's 10. Despite the statistical discrepancies, WSU entered intermission down by just six (33-27).
Arizona extended its lead to as many as 14 in the second half, but on the heels of their defensive pressure, the Cougars were able to chip away. WSU recorded eight steals in the second half and scored 14 points off turnovers, compared to just two and three, respectively, in the first. Washington State outscored Arizona 33-29 in the second stanza, but the team's comeback bid ultimately fell short.
ARIZONA 62, WASHINGTON STATE 60
WASHINGTON STATE (8-22)
Cook, April 6-16 2-2 18; Perkins, Jazmine 4-9 0-0 9; LeNoir, Danielle 2-3 3-4 9; Moore, KiKi 4-12 0-1 9; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-5 0-0 5; Noyes, Carly 2-10 0-0 4; Pettersen, Lexie 2-2 0-1 4; Madison, Katie 1-5 0-0 2; Grad, Katie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 5-8 60.
Lucet, Soana 10-14 2-2 22; Ibekwe, Ify 6-11 2-2 14; Whyte, Davellyn 6-20 0-0 13; Jackson, Brooke 3-11 1-2 9; Pierson, Amanda 2-2 0-0 4; Thomas, Reiko 0-1 0-0 0; Frazier, Ashley 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 27-62 5-7 62.