Sun Devils Work For Victory Over Cougar Women

Jan. 26, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team put together a solid defensive effort against Arizona State Saturday at Friel Court, but ultimately fell to the Sun Devils 59-40. The Cougars dropped to 3-17 on the season and 0-9 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while Arizona State improved to 13-7 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-10.

The Cougars held Arizona State to under 60 points for just the third time in the all-time series, and forced 21 turnovers on the game, marking the 16th time this season the Cougars forced 15-plus turnovers.

'I've never had a team turn the ball over only 15 times against Arizona State like we did today. And to hold Arizona State to under 60 points, I thought our team did an excellent job on both ends of the floor,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I think the fans were able to say, `Those women did a great job.' I am really proud of them.'

The Cougars and Sun Devils were knotted at six-all at the 16 minute, 47 second mark before Arizona State went on a 7-0 run. The Sun Devils built their first half lead to as many as 11 points, but the Cougars put together a run of their own, reeling off eight straight points to get back to within three at 23-20. Arizona State outscored the Cougars 10-1 in the final 4:47 of the opening stanza however, entering halftime with a 30-24 lead.

Despite immense defensive pressure from the Cougars in the second half - WSU forced 14 Sun Devil turnovers in the second half - Arizona State was able to build its lead to as many as 21, clinching the win.

Junior guard Katie Appleton led the Cougars with 14 points, her 11th double-digit scoring output this season. The Big Bear Lake, Calif., native also hit her 99th career 3-pointer, moving her into a tie for seventh place on the WSU all-time list with former Cougar Alke Dietal (1998-2000).

Appleton and sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge each pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

The Cougars start their second run through the Pac-10 with Washington, Feb. 3. The match-up with the Huskies in Seattle, slated for a 1 p.m. tip-off, will be broadcast live on FSN.

ARIZONA STATE 59, WASHINGTON STATE 40

ARIZONA STATE (13-7, 7-2)Noe, Jill 5-6 1-1 13; Lacey, Lauren 5-10 1-1 11; Thompson, Kirsten 4-6 0-08; Murphy, Kayli 3-4 1-2 7; Dosty, Sybil 3-8 0-0 6; Engelbrecht, Kate 2-50-0 4; Tobin, Becca 0-3 3-4 3; January, Briann 1-2 0-0 3; Fage, Gabby 1-20-0 2; Simon, Dymond 1-5 0-0 2; Wilber, Stephanie 0-3 0-0 0; Pariseau,Reagan 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 6-8 59.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-17, 0-9)Appleton, Katie 4-14 5-6 14; Kelly, Kezia 3-5 0-0 6; Williams, Jasmine 2-80-0 4; Shired, Sabrina 2-7 0-0 4; Betteridge, Colleen 2-3 0-1 4; Price,Alexa 2-8 0-0 4; Molzen, Heather 1-7 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie 1-3 0-0 2.Totals 17-55 5-7 40.

Arizona State................. 30 29 - 59Washington State.............. 24 16 - 40

3-point goals--Arizona State 3-13 (Noe, Jill 2-3; January, Briann 1-2;Engelbrecht, Kate 0-2; Fage, Gabby 0-1; Simon, Dymond 0-2; Pariseau, Reagan0-2; Lacey, Lauren 0-1), Washington State 1-14 (Appleton, Katie 1-2;Williams, Jasmine 0-1; Price, Alexa 0-5; Molzen, Heather 0-4; Calderwood,Katie 0-2). Fouled out--Arizona State-None, Washington State-None.Rebounds--Arizona State 47 (Dosty, Sybil 7; Engelbrecht, Kate 7), WashingtonState 26 (Appleton, Katie 5; Betteridge, Colleen 5). Assists--Arizona State18 (January, Briann 5), Washington State 5 (Appleton, Katie 2; Kelly, Kezia2). Total fouls--Arizona State 11, Washington State 13. Technicalfouls--Arizona State-None, Washington State-None. A-673

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