Dec. 11, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. - Carly Noyes and Ireti Amojo led three Washington State players who scored in double figures with 12 points each in the Cougars' 93-75 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in non-conference women's basketball action before a crowd of 3,908 at the McCarthey Athletic Center, Saturday.
April Cook added 11 points for WSU. Katelan Redmon led Gonzaga with 26 points. Kayla Standish added 22 and Courtney Vandersloot contributed 13 points and 14 assists for the Bulldogs.
"There was nobody overwhelmed about the environment they were in. I thought our kids played very proudly tonight," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said.
WSU (2-8) made its first five field goals of that game and built an early 12-7 advantgae but Gonzaga (7-3) utilized a nearly 50 percent shooting performance during the first half to take a 46-34 halftime lead. Gonzaga extended its lead to 56-41 but WSU used an 11-0 run to pull within four at 56-52 with 14:40 remaining.
Gonzaga withstood the Cougars' charge and re-established its double-digit advantage, thanks to its continued hot shooting. The Cougars made 50 percent of their shots in the second half (17-of-34), but could not keep pace with Gonzaga's 57.1 shooting performance in the final 20 minutes (20-of-35). For the game, Gonzaga shot 52.7 percent from the field (52.7 percent) while WSU made 31-of-68 shots (45.6 percent).
Additionally, the Cougars held the edge on the boards, 40-39, and forced 12 steals.
"We thought it was going to be a horse race coming in and it certainly was," Daugherty said. ""There is no quit in this team. We did a lot of things that we wanted to do right and we are going to keep building on those things with this program."
Saturday's game served as a rematch to a Nov. 28 match-up between the two schools at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii. In that game, the Bulldogs edged the Cougars, 67-65, in a contest where neither team enjoyed larger than a six-point advantage throughout.
The Cougars have a week off before they travel to Wyoming, Saturday, Dec. 18 for a 1 p.m. Pacific tip.