Cougar Women Put Up Fight Against No. 8 California

Feb. 29, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team fought hard against eighth-ranked California, but the Golden Bears escaped Friel Court with a 61-47 victory Friday night. The Cougars fell to 5-23 on the season and 2-15 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Golden Bears improved to 24-4 overall and 15-2 in league play.

The Cougars forced No. 8 California into 23 turnovers, the second-most by the Golden Bears this season.

'I am really pleased with our defensive effort tonight,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'To force that many turnovers against a team of that caliber was great. I thought our defense did a pretty good job, especially against their talented front line.'

Junior forward Heather Molzen led a trio of Cougar scorers in double figures with 14 points. Junior guard Katie Appleton added 12 points and freshman guard Kezia Kelly scored 10.

With the Cougars and Golden Bears tied at four with 17 minutes, 56 seconds left in the opening half, California put together a five-point run. California was able to build its lead to eight at 17-11 (11:56), but Kelly scored four consecutive points for the Cougars to cut the lead in half.

The Golden Bears were once again able to build a lead, this time to 10 points, but the Cougars clawed back once again, cutting the lead back to four on two free throws from Appleton and consecutive lay-ups by Molzen.

Despite forcing 13 first-half turnovers, WSU found itself down by eight heading into the break following two California lay-ups in the final 1:09.

California outscored WSU 15-6 to open the second stanza, building its lead to 17. Kelly sparked the beginning of a Cougar comeback, beating the shot clock with a reverse lay-up and going the length of the court for a fast break two WSU baskets later to cut the lead to 11 (44-33).

A 3-pointer from Appleton off a steal from Jasmine Williams cut the lead to eight. After trading baskets, Appleton hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven (8:33). California scored the game's next five points however, putting the game out of reach.

WSU faces another top 10 team Sunday in No. 7 Stanford on Senior Day. The Cougars and Cardinal are slated to tip-off at noon in the final home game of the 2007-08 season. WSU will honor seniors Brynn Bemis and Sabrina Shired.


CALIFORNIA (24-4, 15-2)Hampton, Devanei 8-14 0-1 16; Walker, Ashley 7-8 1-2 15; Gray-Lawson, Alexis4-9 1-3 12; Greif, Lauren 3-6 0-0 8; N'diaye, Rama 2-4 0-0 4; Vital, Natasha1-4 0-0 2; Foster, Krista 1-2 0-0 2; Sneed, Shantrell 1-1 0-0 2; Adrian,Kelsey 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 2-6 61.

WASHINGTON STATE (5-23, 2-15)Molzen, Heather 6-9 2-2 14; Appleton, Katie 4-13 2-2 12; Kelly, Kezia 5-70-0 10; Coates, Ebonee 2-6 1-1 5; Williams, Jasmine 2-8 0-0 4; Calderwood,Katie 1-3 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Price, Alexa 0-3 0-0 0;Shired, Sabrina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 5-5 47.

California.................... 27 34 - 61Washington State.............. 19 28 - 47

3-point goals--California 5-15 (Gray-Lawson, Alexis 3-6; Greif, Lauren 2-4;Vital, Natasha 0-2; Adrian, Kelsey 0-3), Washington State 2-11 (Appleton,Katie 2-5; Williams, Jasmine 0-3; Calderwood, Katie 0-2; Price, Alexa 0-1).Fouled out--California-None, Washington State-Coates, Ebonee.Rebounds--California 31 (Greif, Lauren 7), Washington State 23 (Coates,Ebonee 4). Assists--California 16 (Greif, Lauren 4; Vital, Natasha 4),Washington State 10 (Price, Alexa 2; Coates, Ebonee 2; Molzen, Heather 2).Total fouls--California 12, Washington State 11. Technicalfouls--California-None, Washington State-None. A-605
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