Cougar Women Fall in Regular Season Finale
March 6, 2009
PULLMAN - It came down to the wire, but the Washington State women's basketball team fell 62-55 to Washington Friday at Friel Court in front of a season-high 1,926 fans. The Cougars dropped to 11-18 on the season and 4-14 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Huskies improved to 7-21 overall and 3-15 in conference play.
Though it was Senior Night, it was WSU's freshmen duo of April Cook and Jazmine Perkins that shined for the Cougars. Cook scored a career- and game-high 23 points and tied her career high with eight rebounds. The scoring effort was Cook's team-leading fourth 20-point effort this season, tied for eighth-most in the Pac-10 and more than any other conference freshman. Perkins scored 16 points and recorded a game-high four steals.
"It was a great battle," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We were in a little bit of trouble at halftime, but we showed great Cougar pride in the second half and made a run. We wanted to win that so bad for our seniors. It didn't happen, but I think the effort was definitely there."
The Cougars and Huskies traded leads six times in the first half, but it was Washington that went into the break with a nine-point lead at 33-24. Perkins and Cook scored the team's first nine points, and Perkins had 11 in the first half. WSU turned the ball over 16 times in the opening period, turning into 16 Washington points.
WSU opened the second half on a 13-3 run, reclaiming the lead at 37-36 on a fade-away jumper from Cook. The Huskies once again took control and built as much as an 11-point lead (50-39), but the Cougars put together a run of their own, jumping ahead at 55-54 with 2:37 remaining. Washington responded, gaining the advantage on its next trip down the floor, and held on for the win.
Despite the loss, the Cougars finished ahead of the Huskies in the Pac-10 standings for the first time since the Pac-10 added women's basketball in 1986-87.
Senior forward Heather Molzen pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and recorded a game-high four assists in her final game at Friel Court. Fellow senior Katie Appleton scored eight points, and senior center Ebonee Coates scored two points and pulled down three rebounds.
Perkins' double-digit scoring effort was her 23rd of the season, tied for the most all-time by a Cougar freshman. Kristal Stahl also had 23 double-digit scoring games as a freshman in 1988-89. She now has 403 points this season, one point shy of the school's freshman record set by Stahl. She is only the second Cougar freshman in WSU NCAA history to score 400 points in her debut campaign.
April Cook has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games, the third-longest streak by a freshman in WSU NCAA history.
With the 2008-09 regular season in the books, the Cougars will head to the Pac-10 Tournament next week at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON 62, WASHINGTON STATE 55
WASHINGTON (7-21, 3-15)
WASHINGTON STATE (11-18, 4-14)
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