Cougs Use Second Half Surge To Cruise Past UC Riverside
Dec. 11, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University used a 23-0 second half run to post a dominating 74-35 victory over UC Riverside at Beasley Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars improved to 6-4 after holding the Highlanders (1-7) to 35 points, the fewest points scored by a WSU opponent since Alaska-Anchorage reached the same mark in the Washington State's 76-35 victory Feb. 23, 1979. The 39-point win is also the largest margin of victory since WSU beat Wyoming 94-49 Nov. 24, 1998.
Senior forward Rosie Tarnowski came off the bench to post team-highs of 14 points and eight rebounds as the 12 Cougs registered points. Redshirt-sophomore Ireti Amojo chipped in with 12 points and made four steals while sophomore forward Hana Potter added a season-high 10 points.
WSU shot 67.7 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Highlanders to 21.2 percent shooting for the game. The Cougars finished the game shooting 45.9 percent, finished with 50-35 rebounding advantage and made 17 steals.
Romberg opened the game with a couple jumpers and Tarnowski came off the bench to score eight first-half points as the Cougs played most of the first half with a double-digit lead.
Midway through the half, Potter got into the mix with a turnaround jumper before Tarnowski knocked down a three and added a pair of free throws to open up a 15-4 advantage. The Highlanders later cut it to five but Tarnowski closed the half with a layup while getting fouled and hitting the free throw to send the Cougs into the break leading 23-15.
WSU held UCR to 15 points on 20 percent shooting through the first 20 minutes as Tarnowski led all scorers with eight points for Washington State who forced UCR into 13 first half turnovers.
It was all Cougs in the second half as sophomore forward Sage Romberg hit a jumper and Amojo followed with a three to open up a 10-point WSU lead.
Following a Highlander three minutes later, Washington State caught fire and exploded for a 23-0 run over the next six minutes. Six different players recorded baskets during that stretch, as Potter's third basket during that span capped the Cougar run and opened up a 51-21 lead at the 12:20 mark.
Redshirt-junior Katie Grad's jumper gave the Cougs a 49-28 lead with 4:06 remaining and Potter followed with a layup to open up a 43-point lead, the largest of the game for WSU, 71-28 at the 3:02 mark.
Washington State will take seven days off to focus on finals before hosting nationally ranked University of Louisville next Monday at 6 p.m.
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