Cougars Down Dons, Place Two on Tournament Team

Nov. 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - Led by freshmen Jazmine Perkins and April Cook, the Washington State University women's basketball team knocked off tournament-host San Francisco 82-71 in the team's final game of the odwalla Classic at War Memorial Gym. The Cougars improved to 3-2 on the season while the Dons dropped to 2-4.

Perkins scored 11 points and tied her career high with eight rebounds en route to garnering most valuable player honors of the odwalla Classic. In the first game of the tournament Perkins scored 28 points and recorded eight rebounds.

Cook was also named to the all-tournament team after scoring a game-high 21 points - a career high and her second 20-point outing of the season. She scored 18 points in WSU's Friday match-up against Northern Colorado, and has scored at least 18 points in four consecutive games.

'I am extremely proud of our team,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'They came out with a fire in their eyes and took care of business. It was a total team effort. It was nice to see April and Jazmine named to the all-tournament team, but it was more important to get the win.'

The Cougars didn't allow the Dons to score for the game's first four-plus minutes and jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but the teams would swap leads twice in the first half. Perkins' free throw at 7:46 put the Cougars up 19-18 and the team didn't relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.

San Francisco cut the deficit to three points in the second half, but the Cougars came right back, going on a 12-2 run to put the game out of reach. After scoring only four points in the first half, Cook turned it on in the second half, scoring 17 more and keying the Cougars 12-2 run with eight of the Cougars' 12 points.

Seniors Heather Molzen (12) Katie Appleton (11) also scored in double figures for the Cougars, and Appleton pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Appleton nailed her 125th career 3-pointer, moving into sole possession of third place on WSU's career 3-pointer list. She passed Kelli Kronberger (124; 1993-96) on the all-time list.

The Cougars return home for a pair of games at Friel Court next week. WSU first squares off against Long Beach State Friday (Dec. 5) at 7 p.m., and then takes on Milwaukee Sunday at 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON STATE (3-2)Cook, April 8-15 5-7 22; Perkins, Jazmine 6-10 1-2 13; Molzen, Heather 6-120-0 12; Appleton, Katie 5-10 0-0 11; Coates, Ebonee 3-3 2-2 8; Kelly, Kezia2-4 1-2 6; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-12 1-2 5; LeNoir, Danielle 2-4 0-0 4;Pettersen, Lexie 1-1 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-71 10-15 83.

USF (2-4)ROLLINS, Shay 7-19 4-6 19; ALE, Rheina 6-9 5-6 18; SIMMONS, Necolia 6-14 6-618; WRIGHT, Danesha 4-8 2-4 12; TAYLOR, Donnisha 2-3 0-0 4; ANTON, Heidi 0-00-0 0; KEATING, Katy 0-0 0-0 0; OKEREKE, Nnenna 0-2 0-0 0; SINGLETERRY,Vania 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 17-22 71.
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