Cougars Open odwalla Classic Against Northern Colorado

Nov. 26, 2008

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The Washington State women's basketball team (2-1) squares off against the Bears of Northern Colorado (2-1) Friday at 7 p.m. in the team's opening game of the odwalla Classic in San Francisco.

The Cougars will then square off against host school San Francisco Sunday at 2 p.m.

Fans can listen to Friday's game on KQQQ 1150 AM. Play-by-play man Steve Grubbs will call the game live from San Francisco.

Freshman guard April Cook led a trio of Cougars in double figures as the Washington State women's basketball team defeated Montana State 78-66 in the team's home opener Nov. 23 at Friel Court. The Cougars improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 2-2.

Cook scored a game-high and career-high 20 points, the highest scoring output by a Cougar this season, and added eight rebounds, also a career high. Senior guard Katie Appleton notched her third double-digit scoring outing in as many games this season, matching her season high with 17 points.

Freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski scored 15 points, the third consecutive double-digit scoring effort to begin her Cougar career. Tarnowski also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and recorded four assists and a game-high three steals.

The Cougars ended a four-game losing streak against the Bobcats, knocking off Montana State for the first time since Dec. 2, 1989. The 78 points scored by WSU are the most the Cougars have put on the board in the 28-game series. The previous record of 76 against the Bobcats had stood since Feb. 15, 1979, a span of 13 games.

This is the first meeting between the Cougars and Northern Colorado.

Northern Colorado is coming off their first loss of the season, a 72-64 defeat at the hands of Pacific. In the team's first two games of 2008-09, the Bears knocked off Air Force (73-53) and San Jose State (101-63).

Against Pacific, the Bears got down early and tried several times to rally, but fell short.

Sophomore Kate Kevorken hit three three-pointers in the final 1:02 of the game to bring the Bears back within single digits, but it wasn't quite enough as Pacific hit its free throws down the stretch to hang on to the victory.

Kevorken ended the game with 14 points in just the second start of her career, while senior forward Jamie Schroeder led the club with 15, despite sitting much of the first half in foul trouble.

Sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer and junior guard Whitley Cox were also in double figures in scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Freshman guard Kaisha Brown led the team with nine rebounds, while Kevorken and Cox each had seven. Cox also led the team with five assists.
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