Nov. 6, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State posted a 59-53 exhibition victory over Lewis-Clark State at Beasley Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
Senior guard Jazmine Perkins scored a team-high 12 points for the Cougars who received 32 points from their bench while forcing 25 LCSC turnovers. Sophomore Brandi Thomas paced the WSU bench with nine points while redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo added seven points and sophomore Sage Romberg grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, both playing reserve roles.
The Warriors opened the game with a pair of three's before Perkins posted back-to-back layins and later added a three to spark the Cougs early on. Midway through the first half, the WSU bench made their presence felt, keying an 11-0 run and later extending the spurt to 20-6 to open up a 29-21 advantage. Freshman guard Tia Presley, out of Spokane, Romberg, sophomore Hana Potter and Thomas all contributed to the run before junior Carly Noyes capped the run with a layin.
The Warriors hit a couple shots late in the half to cut the Cougars lead to 30-27 at the break.
Perkins again sparked the Cougs, opening the second half with a steal and layup while Thomas and Potter added buckets to push the WSU lead to 41-32. Amojo gave the Cougs a 10-point advantage, 44-34, with a three at the 11:45 mark but the Warriors answered minutes later with three's on three straight trips down the floor to make it a 51-46 with 6:29 remaining.
The Cougars held on though, getting a couple stops on the defensive end following a timeout as Noyes had a layin, Thomas hit a baseline jumper and Amojo later knocked down a three to seal things up.
WSU scored 21 points of the LCSC miscues and held the Warriors to 31.4 percent shooting. LCSC received 14 points from Brittaney Niebergall and 12 from Jasmine Stohr.
The Cougars open the regular season next weekend at the Lady Lion Classic hosted by Penn State University. WSU faces Penn State 3 p.m. (PST) Friday before playing the winner/loser of UNC Wilmington/Middle Tennessee State Sunday.