Cougars Capture First Conference Victory

Feb. 15, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team, led by juniors Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen, posted its first Pacific-10 Conference victory in more than a year with a 56-52 win over Oregon State in the inaugural Pink Out Friday at Friel Court.

Coates and Molzen each recorded double-doubles, the first of their careers, giving WSU a pair of players scoring and rebounding in double figures for the first time since Jan. 28, 2006 against Arizona. The Cougars also won that game (84-77).

Coates scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, her second double-digit rebounding game of the season. Molzen added 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, as the Cougars improved to 4-20 on the season and 1-12 in the Pac-10. The Beavers dropped to 10-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play.

'We have asked these players to play for 40 minutes as hard as they can rather than playing the scoreboard,' said Head Coach June Daugherty, who notched her first conference win at the helm of the Cougar program. 'I thought we did that tonight. We were solid defensively and our rebounding was the best it has been all season.'

Down by 10 points with 15 minutes, 2 seconds left in the second half, WSU went on a 19-5 run to grab a four-point lead. Oregon State was able to tie the game at 43-43, and again at 45-45, but the Cougars outscored the Beavers 11-7 in the final 4:47 to clinch the win.

Also crashing the boards was freshman Katie Calderwood, who pulled down a career-high eight rebounds. The Cougars dominated the rebounding battle with 42 rebounds to Oregon State's 28.

Calderwood and freshman Jasmine Williams each added nine points.

WSU's last conference victory was also over Oregon State, a 58-41 win (Dec. 21, 2006) at Gill Coliseum. The Cougars' last home conference victory came Feb. 18, 2006 against Oregon (68-53).

The Cougars' victory came on the evening of the inaugural Pink Out game to help support the fight against breast cancer.

'We wanted to win this game not only for ourselves, but for the Pink Out and everyone who has battled breast cancer,' Daugherty said.

The Cougars will try to make it two in a row against Oregon Sunday. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.


OREGON STATE (10-15, 3-11)Allen, Ashley 7-21 6-10 25; Fox-Griffin, Cedes 5-10 0-0 10; Mitchell, Alex4-5 0-1 8; Ducker, Tiffany 2-6 1-2 5; Rhea, Talisa 2-10 0-0 4; Nichols,Stacey 0-1 0-0 0; Eskridge, Brittany 0-0 0-0 0; Futch, Julie 0-2 0-0 0.Totals 20-55 7-13 52.

WASHINGTON STATE (4-20, 1-12)Coates, Ebonee 7-9 4-4 18; Molzen, Heather 5-9 0-2 10; Williams, Jasmine 3-92-2 9; Calderwood, Katie 4-7 1-2 9; Dickerson, Salena 2-4 0-0 5; Price,Alexa 1-8 0-0 3; Kelly, Kezia 1-6 0-1 2; Shired, Sabrina 0-1 0-0 0. Totals23-53 7-11 56.

Oregon State.................. 23 29 - 52Washington State.............. 19 37 - 56

3-point goals--Oregon State 5-16 (Allen, Ashley 5-10; Rhea, Talisa 0-5;Futch, Julie 0-1), Washington State 3-14 (Dickerson, Salena 1-2; Price,Alexa 1-5; Williams, Jasmine 1-4; Kelly, Kezia 0-1; Calderwood, Katie 0-2).Fouled out--Oregon State-None, Washington State-None. Rebounds--Oregon State28 (Mitchell, Alex 7), Washington State 42 (Coates, Ebonee 11).Assists--Oregon State 13 (Fox-Griffin, Cedes 6), Washington State 14(Molzen, Heather 7). Total fouls--Oregon State 15, Washington State 11.Technical fouls--Oregon State-None, Washington State-None. A-701
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