Feb. 22, 2009
PULLMAN - Washington State freshmen guards Jazmine Perkins and April Cook scored in double figures once again, but the Cougar women's basketball team fell 65-50 to UCLA Sunday at Friel Court in the team's Pink Zone game. The Cougars dropped to 10-16 on the season and 3-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Bruins improved to 16-9 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
Perkins led the Cougars with 13 points and Cook scored 12. Perkins has now scored in double figures in four consecutive games and 21 overall this season, second-most by a freshman in WSU NCAA history. Cook has scored 10-plus in six straight, and 19 overall in her debut season, tied for third-most by a freshman in WSU NCAA history.
"UCLA played tough defensively and forced us into some tough situations," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We expected it, and we've been working on it. But you have to keep your head up no matter what other teams are doing. Today, we obviously didn't do that."
The Cougars and Bruins were virtually even in every statistical category at the end of the first half. UCLA shot 9-of-28 from the floor (32.1 percent), while the Cougars connected on 8-of-27 attempts (29.6 percent). The Bruins committed 11 turnovers, the Cougars 13. The only major discrepancy came at the free throw line, where UCLA made 12-of-16, and the Cougars went 0-of-5.
After an early Cougar lead, the Bruins were able to gain the advantage with 11-minutes, 45-seconds remaining in the first half at 7-6, and they built as much as a 15-point lead before entering halftime up 33-19.
The second half followed a similar storyline, though UCLA only outscored WSU 32-31. The Cougars shot 41.4 percent on 12-of-29 shooting, while the Bruins shot 46.2 percent (12-of-26). The Bruins committed 14 second-half turnovers, while the Cougars committed 15.
The Bruins were able to increase their lead to 23 with 6:37 remaining, but WSU outscored UCLA 14-6 from that point on for the final margin.
WSU's defense played well, forcing 25 Bruin turnovers, tied for the third-most by UCLA in a game this season. The Cougars also held an opponent to under 40 percent shooting for the fourth consecutive game. The 65 points allowed are the third-lowest all-time against UCLA.
Cook and senior forward Heather Molzen each pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. For Cook the mark tied her career high. Freshman guard Danielle LeNoir tied a career-high and led the Cougars with three assists.
The Cougars will hit the road for the final time during the regular season next week, traveling to face Arizona Thursday (Feb. 26) and Arizona State Saturday (Feb. 28).
UCLA 65, WASHINGTON STATE 50
UCLA (16-9, 7-7)
Campbell, Doreena 6-10 10-10 24; Nzekwe, Christina 4-8 1-1 9; Ibekwe, Chinyere 2-6 3-4 7; Henderson, Tierra 2-3 2-4 6; Earl, Nina 1-4 3-6 5; Alexander, Moniquee 2-4 0-0 4; Morris, Darxia 2-5 0-0 4; Gardner, Rebekah 1-5 0-0 3; Tukiainen, Erica 1-5 0-0 3; Taka, Allison 0-1 0-0 0; Nyingifa, Atonye 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 19-25 65.
WASHINGTON STATE (10-16, 3-12)
Perkins, Jazmine 5-15 1-3 13; Cook, April 5-17 0-2 12; Pettersen, Lexie 2-2 0-0 5; LeNoir, Danielle 2-3 0-0 5; Oestreicher, Jessica 1-4 2-2 4; Molzen, Heather 2-7 0-2 4; Appleton, Katie 1-4 0-0 3; Coates, Ebonee 1-1 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena 1-1 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie 0-1 0-0 0; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 20-56 3-11 50.