Appleton Joins 1,000-Point Club

Jan. 29, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior guard Katie Appleton scored eight points in a 66-47 loss to Arizona State Thursday at Friel Court, becoming the 12th individual in school history to reach 1,000 points in her career. The Cougars fell to 8-11 on the season and 1-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Sun Devils improved to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Appleton moved past Janet Kusler (998; 1976-79) on WSU's all-time career scoring list, and is currently tied with Kate Benz (2004-07) for 11th place. She needs only 15 points to crack the top 10.

'It's not something you go into a game thinking about,' Appleton said. 'It was bittersweet. I just wish we would have been able to get the win.'

Turnovers plagued the Cougars in the first half, as WSU's 18 in the opening stanza turned into 16 points for the Sun Devils. Despite the turnovers and what was as much as a 12-point Arizona State advantage, the Cougars entered halftime down by single-digits. Appleton connected on her second 3-pointer of the first half to cut the deficit to seven (30-23) as time expired.

The Cougars cut the lead to five on their opening possession of the second half, but Arizona State went on a 7-0 run to build its lead back to 12 (37-25). The Cougars clawed back once again, and were able to get their deficit back to six (37-31) with 13-minutes, 50-seconds remaining. The Sun Devils outscored WSU 23-4 over the next seven-plus minutes however, and held on for the win.

'I saw great toughness tonight from this team,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We faced a very good team in Arizona State, and I thought our team showed great poise and kept battling. I think it would have been a different outcome if we would have taken care of the ball better earlier in the game.'

Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins scored a game-high 15 points, and was the only Cougar in double figures.

WSU outrebounded Arizona State 38-32 thanks in large part to the efforts of senior center Ebonee Coates, who recorded a game-high nine rebounds. She also blocked two shots, and freshmen center Jessica Oestreicher - who received her first career start - also recorded a block.

Appleton was also honored prior to tonight's game for becoming WSU's all-time leader in career 3-pointers. She hit four 3-pointers against UCLA (Jan. 22) to move past Joanna Smith (143; 1997-2001) and into first place. She now has 149 on her career.

The Cougars continue their four-game homestand Saturday against Arizona. Tip-off against the Wildcats is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Friel Court.


ARIZONA STATE (14-6, 6-2)
Simon, Dymond 6-9 0-0 14; Tobin, Becca 6-7 1-1 13; Lacey, Lauren 4-8 0-0 8;January, Briann 3-8 0-0 8; Dosty, Sybil 1-6 4-6 6; Thompson, Kirsten 3-4 0-06; Murphy, Kayli 2-4 1-2 5; Orsillo, Danielle 1-5 0-0 2; Engelbrecht, Kate1-3 0-1 2; Fanaika, Nia 1-2 0-0 2; Earl, Alex 0-0 0-0 0; Fage, Gabby 0-1 0-00; Brandon, Kimberly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 6-10 66.

Perkins, Jazmine 6-15 3-5 15; Appleton, Katie 3-9 0-0 8; LeNoir, Danielle3-6 1-2 7; Cook, April 2-5 0-0 4; Coates, Ebonee 2-4 0-2 4; Oestreicher,Jessica 2-3 0-0 4; Calderwood, Katie 1-3 0-0 2; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-7 0-0 2;Molzen, Heather 0-1 1-2 1; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-00; Pettersen, Lexie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 5-11 47.