Jan. 14, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University dropped a 60-51 decision to the visiting University of Washington in front of 1,310 fans at Beasley Coliseum Saturday evening.
Senior forward Rosie Tarnowski led the Cougars (9-8, 3-2 Pac-12) with 14 points while senior guard April Cook chipped in with 11 and sophomore guard Sage Romberg added 10. Washington (10-5, 2-3 Pac-12) held WSU to 27.1 percent shooting and finished with a 48-38 rebound advantage.
Tarnowski came out hot for the Cougs, hitting a long three from the left wing just seconds in to get the Beasley crowd buzzing. Tarnowski later struck again after a couple Washington baskets, hitting another three which redshirt-junior Katie Grad followed minutes later with a three to give WSU an 11-8 lead early on.
The Huskies would withstand the Cougs hot start and began to knock down three's, using a 13-4 run to build a double digit lead, 27-17 with 3:47 remaining in the half. The Cougars struggled from the field over the remainder of the period as Washington closed the half with a 9-2 run to take a 38-23 lead into the break.
Tarnowski paced WSU with 10 points as the Cougs were held to 25.0 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes while the Huskies shot 40.7 percent from the field and knocked down 11-of-12 free throw attempts.
WSU used a couple buckets by Tarnowski to open the second half with a12-2 run. The Cougar defense had settled in, holding UW scoreless for a 6:32 stretch, while cutting the lead to five. Grad knocked down a baseline jumper, WSU added a couple free throws before Perkins capped the run with a fastbreak layup to shrink UW's lead to 40-35 with 11:56 to go.
The Huskies would withstand the Cougars surge as their freshman point guard Jazmine Davis took control, hitting a pair of three's to key a 13-3 run and expand their lead back to 15, 55-40 at the 7:11 mark.
Washington State would use a pair of jumpers from Romberg and two buckets from Cook as an 8-0 run cut the UW lead to 55-48 with 1:22 remaining. The Huskies would hold off the WSU comeback attempt, running time off the clock on their final couple offensive possessions before hitting their free throws late to seal up the win.
GAME NOTES...Brandi Thomas made her first start of the season, she started three times last year...Tarnowski started for the first time since at South Dakota State, the fourth game of the year...Adzasu starts for the first time since the second game of the year, against UNC Wilmington at the Lady Lion Classic...Jazmine Perkins had seven rebounds to move into 10th on WSU's all-time career rebounds list with 613...freshman center Shalie Dheensaw grabbed a career-high seven rebounds...Huskies freshman point guard Jazmine Davis led all scorers with 25points...UW's leading scorer and the nation's leader in field goal percentage Regina Rogers sat out the game with a leg injury.