Cougar Women Notch Third Consecutive Victory
Dec. 7, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's basketball team came back from a slow start and ran away with a 73-52 victory over Milwaukee Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 3-4.
'That was an exciting win,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'That was the best team we have played so far this season, and I thought we responded well in the second half to get the victory.'
Despite outrebounding the Panthers 24-15, forcing 19 first-half turnovers and holding senior center Traci Edwards, Milwaukee's biggest scoring threat, without a point in the first half, the Cougars found themselves down 27-22 at intermission. Edwards had averaged 21.3 points per game in her six games prior to coming to Pullman and had not scored fewer than 18 points in any game this season. She scored four points in 16 minutes against the Cougars.
WSU went 9-of-32 in the first half (28.1 percent), while Milwaukee shot 52.2 percent on 12-of-23 shooting, but WSU would heat up in the second stanza.
The Cougars opened with an 18-2 run in the first four-plus minutes of the second half, and built as much as a 23-point lead. WSU connected on each of its first eight field goal attempts in the second half, including two 3-pointers from Cook, the second of which gave the Cougars a 30-29 lead at 18:05 that they held on to for the remainder of the game.
WSU shot 56.8 percent from the field in the second half (21-of-37), including 5-of-10 from the 3-point line.
The Cougars forced a season-high 30 turnovers on the game, besting the 28 they forced against Long Beach State Friday night. WSU's opponents combined for 58 turnovers during this weekend's two-game home stand.
'All week we talked about defense, and I think that is what saved us,' senior guard Katie Appleton said. 'They challenged us and I think we rose to the occasion.'
Senior forward Heather Molzen led the Cougars with a game-high nine rebounds, and Tarnowski and Perkins recorded five assists apiece.
The victory was the third consecutive for the Cougars, the first time a WSU squad has won three-straight in three years. The 21-point margin of victory was the largest since a 23-point win over Idaho State (74-51), Nov. 26, 2005.
Next up for the Cougars is a match-up against Idaho, Sunday (Dec. 14) in Moscow, Idaho. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE 73, MILWAUKEE 52
MILWAUKEE (3-4)WILLIAMS, Jineen 5-10 2-3 12; HICKMAN, Maurika 2-5 4-4 9; FOURNIER, Katie3-4 0-1 6; McCAIN, Turquoise 3-7 0-3 6; EDWARDS, Traci 1-2 2-2 4; SCHELL,Stephanie 1-1 0-0 3; BARNES, Markita 1-4 0-0 3; LAUR, Lindsay 1-3 0-0 3;KLOMSTAD, Jenilee 1-2 0-2 2; VIEHAUSER, Amanda 1-2 0-0 2; JORGENSON,Danielle 1-2 0-0 2; McCLAIN, Jodie 0-1 0-0 0; KLAWITTER, Alex 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 20-43 8-15 52.
WASHINGTON STATE (5-2)Cook, April 7-11 0-1 18; Perkins, Jazmine 6-14 1-3 14; Tarnowski, Rosie 5-104-5 14; Appleton, Katie 4-10 0-2 9; Coates, Ebonee 3-4 0-1 6; Molzen,Heather 3-9 0-0 6; Pettersen, Lexie 0-1 2-2 2; Calderwood, Katie 1-2 0-0 2;LeNoir, Danielle 1-6 0-0 2; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-10-0 0. Totals 30-69 7-14 73.