Dec. 13, 2009
PULLMAN - Washington State University freshman KiKi Moore set a Cougar NCAA record with her ninth-consecutive double-digit scoring effort, but the women's basketball team fell 79-53 to Portland Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 4-5 on the season, while the Pilots improved to 7-3.
"I don't feel like we competed hard for 40 minutes," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "That is one of the things we take a great deal of pride in as we build this program. No matter what is going on in the game, we should be competing hard. For whatever reason, we didn't do that today."
Moore and sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins each scored 10 points to lead WSU. Moore has scored in double figures in each of the first nine games of her Cougar career, the longest streak by a freshman to begin a career in WSU NCAA history.
Moore's team-leading two steals also moved her into seventh place on WSU's NCAA freshman list. The native of San Francisco, Calif., who leads the Pacific-10 Conference and entered this week ranked fourth in the nation in the statistical category, already has 38 steals this season.
Just as they did against Montana State Friday, the Cougars took care of the ball in the opening half. WSU had only three turnovers in the first half against the Bobcats, and gave the ball away just five times in the opening half of today's game against Portland. However, WSU went 7-of-39 (17.9 percent) from the floor, including 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) from the 3-point line. Although the Cougars built a five-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, the lead evaporated, and after trading leads four times Portland entered halftime with a 32-23 advantage.
The Cougars improved their shooting in the second half, knocking down 48 percent of their shots (12-of-25). The Pilots also improved however, hitting 60.6 percent (20-of-33) in the second half, putting the game away. WSU shot 29.7 percent (19-of-64) on the game, while Portland hit 32-of-61 shots (52.5 percent).
The Cougars recorded just 14 turnovers on the game, below their season average of 14.6. With an average of just 15.1 entering this week, WSU ranked 25th in the country in the statistical category.
Sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski led WSU with seven rebounds and a season-high four assists.
Next up for the Cougars are the San Francisco Dons, Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
PORTLAND 79, WASHINGTON STATE 53
CRONIN, Tara 8-11 2-3 19; DOLLENTE, Laiken 4-15 4-5 14; ANGEL, Lauren 6-10 0-0 13; DAY, Natalie 4-7 4-4 13; CLEMENS, Jessica 4-9 0-0 8; KLIEWER, Sarah 4-5 0-0 8; TECLEMARIAM, ReZina 2-3 0-0 4; GANNIS, Alexis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-61 10-12 79.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-5)
Perkins, Jazmine 3-14 2-4 10; Moore, KiKi 4-7 2-2 10; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-5 6-6 8; Madison, Katie 3-8 2-5 8; Noyes, Carly 3-8 0-0 6; Calderwood, Katie 2-2 0-0 4; Grad, Katie 1-4 0-2 3; Cook, April 1-9 0-0 2; Pettersen, Lexie 1-4 0-0 2; Waltenburg, Amy 0-0 0-0 0; LeNoir, Danielle 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-64 12-19 53.