Bruins Pull Away for Victory Over Cougar Women

Feb. 8, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The Washington State women's basketball team kept it close for most of the game against UCLA Friday night at Pauley Pavilion, but the Bruins were able to pull away late in the second half to claim a 68-56 victory. The Cougars fell to 3-19 on the season and 0-11 in the Pacific-10 Conference, and the Bruins improved to 12-11 overall and 7-5 in conference play.

Junior guard Katie Appleton's 18 points and eight rebounds led the Cougars in each statistical category. The scoring output notched her 13th double-digit game this season. The Big Bear Lake, Calif., native also hit four 3-pointers on the night, moving into a tie for fifth place on the Cougar all-time list with 104. Appleton passed former Cougar Susan Jarosch (1991-95) and moved into a tie with Tricia Lamb (1998-2000).

'I am really proud of our kids,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I thought we played 40 minutes and we have been looking for that all year. We walk out of here with our heads held high. We did a great job of rebounding and we got some great looks offensively.'

Down by as many as six points in the game's opening minutes, WSU went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead (15-14) at the 11 minute, 43 second mark. Following two free throws from the Bruins that regained a UCLA lead, freshman guard Kezia Kelly took the ball the length of the court, hitting a contested lay-up to put the Cougars out in front once again 21-20.

A 9-0 run put the Bruins up by eight, marking the sixth lead change of the opening stanza, but the Cougars were able to cut the lead to three before intermission (33-30) on a buzzer-beating lay-up from senior center Sabrina Shired assisted by Kelly.

UCLA scored the first four points of the second half to take a seven point lead, but WSU climbed back once again, tying the game at 39-39. From that point on UCLA steadily broke away, however, building as much as a 13-point lead to close out the game.

Junior forward Heather Molzen added nine points, freshman forward Katie Calderwood posted seven points and six rebounds, and Kelly added eight points. Kelly and Molzen each recorded three assists.

WSU completes its three-game road-trip Sunday against USC. The Cougars and Women of Troy are slated to tip-off at 12:30 p.m. at the Galen Center.

UCLA 68, WSU 56

WSU (3-19, 0-11)Appleton, Katie 5-15 4-5 18; Molzen, Heather 4-7 1-2 9; Kelly, Kezia 3-8 2-28; Calderwood, Katie 3-6 0-0 7; Williams, Jasmine 2-7 0-0 6; Coates, Ebonee2-6 0-0 4; Shired, Sabrina 1-1 0-0 2; Price, Alexa 1-8 0-0 2; Dickerson,Salena 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 7-9 56.

UCLA (12-11, 7-5)Pluimer, Lindsey 8-13 3-3 19; Henderson, Tierra 3-5 3-6 9; Tukiainen, Erica2-5 4-4 9; Earl, Nina 3-4 2-4 8; Alexander, Moniquee 3-5 0-1 6; Campbell,Doreena 3-8 0-0 6; Brown, Candice 1-4 1-2 3; Morris, Darxia 0-1 2-4 2;Ibekwe, Chinyere 0-3 2-2 2; Nzekwe, Christina 0-0 2-2 2; Rogers, Regina 1-30-3 2. Totals 24-51 19-31 68.

WSU........................... 30 26 - 56UCLA.......................... 33 35 - 68

3-point goals--WSU 7-22 (Appleton, Katie 4-8; Williams, Jasmine 2-3;Calderwood, Katie 1-3; Price, Alexa 0-3; Dickerson, Salena 0-2; Kelly, Kezia0-2; Molzen, Heather 0-1), UCLA 1-5 (Tukiainen, Erica 1-3; Campbell, Doreena0-1; Pluimer, Lindsey 0-1). Fouled out--WSU-Calderwood, Katie; Molzen,Heather; Coates, Ebonee, UCLA-None. Rebounds--WSU 36 (Appleton, Katie 8),UCLA 41 (Earl, Nina 9). Assists--WSU 13 (Calderwood, Katie 4), UCLA 15(Pluimer, Lindsey 3; Campbell, Doreena 3). Total fouls--WSU 24, UCLA 16.Technical fouls--WSU-Coates, Ebonee, UCLA-Alexander, Moniquee. A-679
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