Nov. 13, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Carly Noyes scored 16 points to lead Washington State to a 72-60 victory over UNC Wilmington in the final game of the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State Sunday afternoon.
UNCW held the early on before the Cougs used a 7-0 spurt to take a 16-15 lead. Hana Potter got things started with a rebound putback while getting fouled. After the free throw, Tia Presley had a nice drive to the basket and Ireti Amojo followed with a pull-up jumper from the left wing.
Following a run by the Seahawks, the Cougs put together a couple buckets at the end of half to cut the UNCW lead to 33-30. Katie Grad provided a spark off the bench, grabbing two rebounds before driving to the basket and finishing with her left hand. Presley followed with a runner in the lane and Romberg hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer.
WSU got things going at the start of the second half, opening with a 14-2 run to build a 44-35 lead. Rosetta Adzasu had a nice dropoff to Noyes, Jazmine Perkins followed with a layin with the left hand high off the glass while getting fouled. After making the free throw, Perkins followed a Tarnowski three with a rebound putback and Noyes later capped the run with a turnaround jumper from the left block.
The Cougs began to pull away midway through the period, using some tough defense and hot shooting. WSU forced 27 turnovers and finished the game shooting 48.3 percent.
Next weekend the Cougs embark on an 8,100 mile road trip, heading to Madison, Wis. for a Nov. 18 meeting against University of Wisconsin, then on to Brookings, S.D. to face South Dakota State University Nov. 20 before making the 1,300 mile trek to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam Tournament Nov. 24-26. There, WSU will face a pair of NCAA Tournament teams in Marquette University and Prairie View A&M University along with WNIT participant University of Michigan before returning to Pullman after playing the first seven games on the road.