Nov. 18, 2011
MADISON, Wis.-- Four players scored in double-figures and senior guard April Cook surpassed the 1,000 career point mark as Washington State opened its 10-day road trip with a 69-51 victory over Wisconsin Friday evening.
"I was very pleased with how we played tonight," head coach June Daugherty said. "We made a little adjustment early on the defensive end that settled things down and I thought we played really aggressive and had great execution on the offensive end as well."
The Cougars (2-1) shot 58 percent in the game and 62.5 percent in the second half while holding the Badgers (1-3) to 33.3 percent shooting for the game. Jazmine Perkins led the Cougs with 16 points, six boards and four assists while Ireti Amojo added 12 points in her first start of the season. Freshmen Tia Presley came off the bench to register 11 points and Cook, who entered the game with 999 career points, finished her milestone-night with 10.
"April stepped in at the point and didn't miss beat," Daugherty said about her senior guard. "She did a great job of running the team and showed great explosion. We are very proud of her to reach the 1,000 point mark but I'm just as proud of the way she led our team tonight."
The Badgers were hot early on as they opened the game with a 12-2 run before the Cougars settled in as a Cook layup ended the run and made history. Cook's layin at the 15:13 mark in the first half allowed her to become the 14th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark.
The bucket sparked a 10-1 run for the Cougs as Perkins later capped the streak with a three to give WSU its first lead of the game, 23-21 with 7:46 remaining. The Badgers added a couple buckets before Washington State began to pull away, posting an 8-0 spurt in the final minutes to open up a 31-23 advantage. Amojo went on to hit a jumper to send the Cougs into the half leading 33-27.
Washington State opened the second half right where they left off, stretching its lead to 47-27 after scoring the period's first 14 points. The Cougars received layups from Rosie Tarnowski and Carly Noyes before Amojo hit another bucket. During that run, Washington State held Wisconsin scoreless for an eight minute stretch while Cook later registered four straight points and Perkins connected on a pair of jump shots to open up a 20-point advantage at the 13:51 mark.
It was all Cougars from there as they held the double-digit lead for the remainder of the game while limiting the Badgers to 29.2 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
"Everybody did a great job of sharing the basketball," Daugherty added after the Cougs notched 18 assists. "We executed very well tonight and it feels good to get a dominating win on the road against a good opponent out of the Big Ten Conference."
WSU continues its trip to the Midwest with a stop in Brookings, S.D. to face South Dakota State University Sunday at noon.
GAME NOTES...WSU notches its first win over a Big Ten Conference opponent in program history...WSU's 58 percent shooting night tied for the sixth best in program single-game history (at Oral Roberts - 1/15/96)...Perkins upped her career point total to 1,042, good for 11th among WSU's all-time scoring leaders...freshman Jordan Kelley made her collegiate debut.