Cougar Women Fall to No. 11 Golden Bears

Dec. 30, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington State women's basketball team completed its opening week of Pacific-10 Conference play against its second consecutive ranked opponent, falling to No. 11 California 99-44 at the Haas Pavilion.

WSU, now 3-10 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, also fell to second-ranked Stanford Friday in its conference opener, Dec. 28. California improved to 11-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference action.

'We made a lot of progress tonight,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'The team stayed in the game plan for a full 40 minutes. That is a big step, especially against the No. 11 team in the country.'

Sophomore guard Alexa Price led the Cougars with a career-high 14 points after hitting each of her first four 3-point attempts. Junior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds, the most by a Cougar in a game this season. Sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge led WSU with five assists.

'Ebonee Coates had by far her best game since I've been here, Daugherty said. 'We had a lot of individual efforts that are worthy of commending.'

Junior guard Katie Appleton's 3-pointer against California placed her in sole possession of ninth place on the WSU all-time career list. Appleton now has 89 career 3-point baskets, passing former Cougar Julie Wright (1994-96).

After starting their Pac-10 season on the road the Cougars return home to play host to Washington Jan. 4 (Friday). The game with the Huskies is the inaugural 'Cougs Have Heart' women's basketball game to raise awareness for heart disease. The contest, slated to tip-off at 7 p.m., will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest.

CALIFORNIA 99, WASHINGTON STATE 44

WASHINGTON STATE (3-10, 0-2)Price, Alexa 5-10 0-0 14; Appleton, Katie 4-14 0-0 9; Williams, Jasmine 3-50-0 8; Molzen, Heather 3-8 0-0 7; Coates, Ebonee 2-5 2-6 6; Shired, Sabrina0-1 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-1 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-2 0-0 0;Betteridge, Colleen 0-11 0-0 0. Totals 17-57 2-6 44.

CALIFORNIA (11-2, 2-0)Gray-Lawson, Alexis 7-9 2-3 19; Greif, Lauren 5-8 3-4 17; Hampton, Devanei5-9 3-3 13; Adrian, Kelsey 4-5 2-2 12; Walker, Ashley 2-11 8-9 12; Foster,Krista 3-4 2-2 8; N'diaye, Rama 2-4 3-4 7; Federico, Rachelle 2-5 0-0 5;Vital, Natasha 2-3 0-0 4; Sneed, Shantrell 1-5 0-3 2. Totals 33-63 23-30 99.

Washington State.............. 25 19 - 44California.................... 53 46 - 99

3-point goals--Washington State 8-23 (Price, Alexa 4-8; Williams, Jasmine2-3; Molzen, Heather 1-2; Appleton, Katie 1-2; Dickerson, Salena 0-1;Calderwood, Katie 0-1; Betteridge, Colleen 0-6), California 10-16 (Greif,Lauren 4-5; Gray-Lawson, Alexis 3-4; Adrian, Kelsey 2-3; Federico, Rachelle1-3; Vital, Natasha 0-1). Fouled out--Washington State-Calderwood, Katie;Coates, Ebonee, California-None. Rebounds--Washington State 28 (Coates,Ebonee 12), California 44 (Walker, Ashley 11). Assists--Washington State 11(Betteridge, Colleen 5), California 22 (Walker, Ashley 5; Vital, Natasha 5).Total fouls--Washington State 25, California 9. Technical fouls--WashingtonState-None, California-None. A-1646

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