March 1, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four players scored in double-figures for Washington State University who knocked off UCLA 76-65 at Beasley Coliseum Thursday evening.
Senior guard Rosetta Adzasu led the Cougars (11-18, 5-12 Pac-12) with 14 points and six steals as WSU beat the Bruins (14-14, 9-8 Pac-12) for the first time since 2001. Senior forward Rosie Tarnowski and sophomore forward Sage Romberg each added 13 points while junior forward Carly Noyes added 12. Romberg hit all three of her three-point attempts while the Cougs matched a season-high with 10 made threes.
Washington State finished the game shooting 41.0 percent and forced a conference season-best 27 turnovers. The Cougars scored 27 points off of turnovers and saw its bench outscore the UCLA bench 24-12. WSU had dropped 23 straight to the Bruins.
The Cougars were hot early as Romberg knocked down a long three, a jumper from the right corner and Noyes followed with a jumper of her own. Thomas capped the run with a three, her ninth straight game with a make from behind the arc, that opened up a 10-0 lead for WSU.
UCLA was held scoreless for its first six possessions before getting on the board nearly five minutes into the game.
Washington State continued to knock down shots and keep its double-digit lead as Tarnowski hit a jumper from the left elbow and freshman guard Jordan Kelley followed with a driving layup with the left hand.
Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes as Kelley connected with a three while Tarnowski and Romberg each added threes that opened up a 25-10 advantage for the Cougars.
The lead later grew to 17 as Adzasu finished a couple fastbreaks with layups. Perkins and Tarnowski each added threes before Noyes connected from the baseline for a 39-23 lead at halftime.
Romberg finished the half with 10 points for WSU who hit seven three-pointers and forced UCLA into 16 turnovers.
It was more of the same for the Cougs in the second half as Perkins hit a three in the opening minutes. Adzasu continued to come up big, knocking down a three of her own from the top of the key to spark a 7-2 spurt. Noyes followed with a layup, Thomas added a free throw before Tarnowski capped the stretch with a layup to give WSU its largest lead of the game, 50-31 at the 15:27 mark.
The Bruins used physical play to later cut the lead to 12 but the Cougars continued to answer, this time getting a free throw from freshman Shalie Dheensaw and another three from Romberg, her third of the night, to keep the WSU lead at 16. Minutes later, redshirt-junior Katie Grad hit a long two from the left wing. UCLA again chipped away, eventually cutting the lead to 10 with 5:39 remaining but the Cougars would not give in down the stretch.
WSU added a couple free throws and made some defensive stops to keep the lead around 10 for the next couple minutes before Adzasu converted her free throws and April Cook, another senior, knocked down a jumper with just over a minute remaining to seal up the victory for the Cougs.
GAME NOTES Jazmine Perkins recorded six points, four rebounds and made three steals to become the first player, men's or women's, in WSU history to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals...Thomas has hit a three in nine straight games...Tarnowski is just two points away from career point No. 500...Adzasu has scored in double-figures eight times this season, seven have come during conference play.