Nov. 28, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Washington State women's basketball team defeated Bradley 80-66 in the opening round of the Lady Rebel Round-up hosted by UNLV, Saturday at Cox Pavilion. The Cougars, who evened their record at 2-2 on the season, will square off against Boise State (6-0) in the championship game of the tournament Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Bradley dropped to 1-3 in 2009-10.
WSU was led by a trio of double-digit scorers, including sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins, who scored a game- and season-high 20 points. The outing marked the third 20-point game of Perkins' career. Also scoring in double figures were freshman guard KiKi Moore, who scored 16 points, and sophomore guard April Cook, who added 15. Cook and Moore were each just one point shy of their season highs.
Moore just missed a double-double, recording a career-high nine rebounds. She also recorded five assists and six steals, both of which were game highs.
The 80 points by the Cougars are the most since scoring 82 against San Francisco, Nov. 30, 2008. Though the offensive output was a season high, the effort at the defensive end made the difference. WSU recorded 18 steals and forced 30 turnovers, scoring 24 points off of the Braves' miscues.
"We wanted to be solid at the defensive end," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "I thought we were pretty sound. We have a ways to go, but we took a step in the right direction."
The Cougars and Braves swapped leads 11 times in the first half, but WSU's defense took control of the game toward the end of the period. The Cougars held Bradley without a field goal for the final four-minutes, 45-seconds, and recorded nine steals - including four from Moore, the conference leader in the statistical category - and forced 15 turnovers in the opening stanza.
WSU built as much as a 22-point lead in the second half and cruised to victory.
Cook, freshman center Carly Noyes and sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski each recorded blocks. Cook and Noyes have recorded at least one block in each of WSU's four games this season. Noyes also scored a career-high nine points and added a career-high three steals.
WASHINGTON STATE 80, BRADLEY 66
WASHINGTON STATE (2-2)
Perkins, Jazmine 7-16 3-5 20; Moore, KiKi 5-8 5-6 16; Cook, April 5-15 5-6 15; Noyes, Carly 4-4 1-4 9; Madison, Katie 3-5 2-2 8; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-7 0-2 5; Grad, Katie 2-6 0-0 5; Calderwood, Katie 1-2 0-0 2; LeNoir, Danielle 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 29-67 16-25 80.
Bisping, Brooke 4-10 4-6 14; Allen, Olivia 5-7 4-6 14; Harris, Sonya 4-6 1-2 9; Westcott, MacKenzie 2-7 2-2 7; Frericks, Renee 2-4 0-1 6; Kassing, Leah 2-3 1-2 5; Van Kirk, Jenny 1-6 2-2 4; Taylor, Raisa 1-2 2-7 4; Hollingshed, Latasha 1-2 1-1 3; Niemiera, Lauren 0-1 0-0 0; Muegge, Hanna 0-0 0-0 0; Yohn, Katie 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 17-29 66.