Cougars Fight Back, But Fall to Wildcats
Jan. 7, 2010
PULLMAN - April Cook scored 15 points and Carly Noyes pulled down 15 rebounds, but the Washington State women's basketball team was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 67-60 to Arizona Thursday at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 5-9 on the season and 0-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Wildcats improved to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Cook, who registered her 12th double-digit scoring effort of the season, was one of two Cougars in double figures. Freshman guard KiKi Moore scored 10 points, her 13th game this season with 10-plus. Cook and Moore each also had three assists to lead the Cougars.
"Arizona came out running, and we were caught on our heels," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We were able to find ourselves and cut the lead to one, but we have to fix the mistakes at both ends of the floor that are getting us into these situations in the first place. We have the talent; we just need to improve on our execution."
Arizona jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and after holding the Cougars to just one field goal in the game's first five-plus minutes, extended its advantage to 14 (16-2) with 15 minutes remaining in the half. WSU chipped away at the lead, and ultimately got within three (29-26), but the Wildcats went into intermission with a 34-28 lead.
The Wildcats scored the first six points of the second half before a 3-pointer from Moore at ended the Cougars' scoring drought at 16:32. Once Arizona had built its largest lead of the second half (12), WSU's defense stepped up and held the Wildcats scoreless for more than four minutes. However, WSU was only able to score seven points during the stretch, and Arizona still led by five (40-35).
Still trailing by five with 8:49 remaining on the clock, Cook scored four-straight to cut the deficit to one (49-48). The Wildcats outscored the Cougars 14-6 over the next four minutes however, and held on for the win.
Noyes' 15 rebounds marked the first double-digit rebounding effort of her career. The freshman from Moses Lake, Wash., also blocked three shots, her fifth-straight multiple-block outing and the eighth of her career. Noyes now has 24 blocks in her debut season, second-most by a Cougar freshman in NCAA history.
The Cougars close out their debut weekend of home Pac-10 basketball against Arizona State, Saturday. WSU and the Sun Devils are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. at Friel Court.
ARIZONA 67, WASHINGTON STATE 60
ARIZONA (7-6, 1-2)
WASHINGTON STATE (5-9, 0-3)
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