Jan. 28, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Five players scored in double figures as Washington State University posted a 78-68 Pac-12 Conference victory over University of Arizona in Beasley Coliseum Saturday afternoon.
Washington State improved to 10-11 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play after receiving 38 points from its bench and holding Arizona (13-8, 2-7 Pac-12), the conference's leading three-point shooting team, to 21.4 percent behind the arc. The Cougars shot 42.5 percent from the field and locked things down on the defensive end, forcing the Wildcats into 23 turnovers and scoring 38 points in the paint to end a five-game losing skid.
Sophomore guard Sage Romberg came off the bench to pace the Cougs with 14 points, senior guard Jazmine Perkins added 13, junior forward Carly Noyes finished with 12 while seniors Rosetta Adzasu and Rosie Tarnowski each chipped in with 11. Perkins also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to notch her fourth double-double of the season and added a career-high seven steals. Freshman forward Shalie Dheensaw added a career-high eight points off the bench.
The Cougars looked to a pair of seniors in the early minutes as Tarnowski and Adzasu each hit three's to give WSU a 9-7 lead at the 14:10 mark.
Following a three by the Wildcats, Dheensaw sparked the Cougs off the bench with a layin, using a nice spin move in the low post to notch her first bucket of the game. Adzasu added a jumper, Dheensaw followed with a rebound putback before Adzasu used a nice screen from Dheensaw to finish with a wide open layin and open up a 17-14 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining.
Towards the end of the half, another WSU senior in Perkins caught fire, hitting a long three from the left wing before making a steal and going coast-to-coast for the layin while getting knocked to the floor while going up for the shot. Perkins energy kickstarted a 10-1 run by the Cougs as Romberg started to heat up, hitting a three before Perkins made another steal and dished to a wide open Dheensaw for an uncontested layup and open up a 26-20 lead.
Dheensaw would score once more, taking a high-low pass from Romberg and laying one in and sending the Cougs into the half leading 33-23.
Washington State was shooting just 35 percent through the first 20 minutes but had held Arizona to 33.3 percent shooting and forced the Wildcats into 17 turnovers. Dheensaw led all players with eight points while Adzasu added seven.
The Cougs would be led by another veteran in the second half as Noyes answered a couple Arizona baskets with her own 8-0 run to open up a 41-27 WSU lead at the 15:07 mark.
Romberg then followed minutes later with a long from three from the left wing to give WSU at 15-point lead, its largest of the game, just under five minutes into the second half. Noyes continued to battle down low for the Cougs, grabbing a rebound and quickly going back up for the second chance basket. Noyes scored 10 or her 12 points in the second half. Minutes later it was redshirt-junior Katie Grad who grabbed a rebound and finished with a layin to give WSU a 48-36 advantage with 12:05 remaining.
The Washington State lead would be cut to five as Arizona went to full court press and got some easy baskets to eventually make it a 59-54 at the 7:13 mark.
The veterans would step up again the Cougars as Tarnowski started a deciding 9-0 run with a drive and layin before converting at the free throw line for the old-fashioned three-point play. Perkins and fellow senior April Cook each followed with buckets before Perkins capped the run with a fastbreak layup to push the WSU lead back into double-digits with just under five minutes to go.
The Cougs went on to seal up the win by knocking down free throws over the final couple minutes, hitting their first nine of the second half and finishing the final 20 minutes 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Arizona's Davellyn Whyte finished 11 points while being matched up against Perkins for most the game. Whyte came into the game second in the Pac-12 18.6 ppg.
Washington State heads to Los Angeles next weekend, facing USC Thursday and UCLA Saturday.
WSU scored 33 points in the first half, the most since notching 38 at Oregon...WSU's six threes are the most since hitting 10 at Oregon...the 20 assists are the most since recording 21 at Oregon...Perkins notched her fourth double-double of the season, third of Pac-12 play and eighth of her career...Perkins, the Pac-12 leader in steals, tied a career-high with seven steals...Shalie Dheensaw notched a career-high eight points...the Cougars snapped their five-losing streak...WSU snaps its six-game losing streak to Arizona...WSU notches its second 10-win season since 2001, both coming under head coach June Daugherty.