Cougar Women Fall to Trojans

Feb. 10, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The Washington State women's basketball team had two players score in double figures against USC Sunday at the Galen Center, but a first-half defecit was too much to overcome as the Cougars fell 64-46. The Cougars dropped to 3-20 on the season and 0-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Trojans improved to 15-9 overall and 8-5 in conference play.

Junior center Ebonee Coates scored a career-high 12 points, and junior forward Heather Molzen added 10 points, her fourth double-digit scoring effort this season.

'We did a nice job in our high-low game and getting Ebony Coates involved,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'Defensively we got in a little bit of trouble with their transition game, but once we got the ball stopped a little bit higher I thought we did a great job.'

After jumping out to an early lead with an 11-2 run to start the game, the Women of Troy controlled the entire first half. The Cougars scored on a buzzer-beating lay-up for the second consecutive game, this time courtesy of Ebonee Coates on a Kezia Kelly pass, but entered the break down 40-25. The Trojans led by as many as 20 points in the opening period.

WSU lost its leading scorer Katie Appleton to injury early in the first half.

'It was unfortunate to see Katie Appleton go down, but I thought our team did a great job of rallying and playing for her,' Daugherty said.

USC started the second half with another run, scoring 10 of the half's first 12 points. WSU stayed with the Trojans in the second half, but the first-half defecit was too much to overcome.

Molzen pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, and freshman guard Jasmine Williams tied a career high with four assists on the night. Kelly added nine points for the Cougars.

The Cougars return home to Friel Court next week, taking on Oregon State (Feb. 15) and Oregon (Feb. 17). The match-up with the Beavers, which will air live on Fox Sports Northwest, is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off Friday, and will be WSU's inaugural Pink Out to support the fight against breast cancer. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a free Pink Out t-shirt.

The Cougars and Ducks will then square off at 2 p.m., Sunday.

'I want to encourage our fans to get out to our Think Pink game. This is a great cause and it should be a great game,' Daugherty said.

USC 64, WSU 46

WSU ((3-20, 0-12))Coates, Ebonee 5-10 2-4 12; Molzen, Heather 5-9 0-3 10; Kelly, Kezia 2-9 4-49; Williams, Jasmine 3-10 0-0 6; Calderwood, Katie 2-7 0-0 4; Price, Alexa1-8 0-0 3; Shired, Sabrina 1-2 0-0 2; Appleton, Katie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals19-58 6-11 46.

USC ((15-9, 8-5))Parker, Nadia 10-18 3-5 23; Oliver, Heather 9-13 0-0 21; LeNoir, Camille 2-62-2 7; Jaskowiak, Allison 0-3 4-7 4; Jelks, Simone 1-4 0-0 3; Lea, Markisha1-3 0-0 2; Dunham, Hailey 1-1 0-0 2; Medlock, Morghan 1-2 0-0 2; Henderson,Kate 0-0 0-0 0; Yamasaki, Lisa 0-0 0-0 0; Cameron, Brynn 0-3 0-0 0;Berberet, Nicole 0-0 0-0 0; Franco, Michelle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 9-1464.

WSU........................... 25 21 - 46USC........................... 40 24 - 64

3-point goals--WSU 2-21 (Price, Alexa 1-8; Kelly, Kezia 1-3; Williams,Jasmine 0-3; Calderwood, Katie 0-4; Molzen, Heather 0-3), USC 5-15 (Oliver,Heather 3-6; LeNoir, Camille 1-2; Jelks, Simone 1-4; Cameron, Brynn 0-3).Fouled out--WSU-None, USC-Medlock, Morghan. Rebounds--WSU 31 (Molzen,Heather 7), USC 36 (Jaskowiak, Allison 9; Parker, Nadia 9). Assists--WSU 9(Williams, Jasmine 4), USC 13 (LeNoir, Camille 4). Total fouls--WSU 12, USC18. Technical fouls--WSU-None, USC-None. A-678
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