Cougars Fight Back To Defeat Bobcats, 73-61
Dec. 11, 2009
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Washington State women's basketball team clawed back from a halftime deficit, defeating Montana State 73-61 Friday at Worthington Arena. The Cougars evened their 2009-10 record at 4-4, while the Bobcats fell to 6-4.
Five different Cougars scored in double figures, including 16-each from sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins and freshman center Carly Noyes. Noyes, who recorded the first double-digit scoring outing of her career, also tied a career high with three blocks, increasing her season total to 11. In just eight games, the freshman from Moses Lake, Wash., has already moved into a tie for 10th on WSU's freshman NCAA blocks list.
Also scoring in double digits were sophomore guard April Cook, redshirt freshman Katie Grad and freshman guard KiKi Moore, who each scored 10 points. Cook has now scored in double figures in 18-straight games, while Moore's streak of eight-straight games in double figures ties Kristal Stahl for the longest such streak by a freshman to start a career in WSU NCAA history.
'Going on the road is always tough, and we've already been on the road a lot this season,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We've learned a lot from our previous road games, and after coming out of the locker room at halftime, we did what we needed to do to get a win on the road.'
Despite 13 first-half points from Perkins, who scored nine of WSU's first 14, the Cougars entered intermission down 34-33, a single free throw the only difference in the score. The teams each hit 14 field goals, two of which were 3-pointers. However the Bobcats went 4-of-4 from the free throw line, while the Cougars hit 3-of-6.
The Cougars turned the ball over just three times in the opening half, but WSU only forced four Bobcat turnovers.
Cook tied the game at 39 in the opening minutes of the second half, then sophomore forward Lexie Pettersen gave the Cougars the advantage at 41-39 on an inbound play with 14-minutes, 47-seconds remaining. The teams traded leads eight times over the next six-plus minutes, but when Noyes put WSU up 54-53 with a jumper (8:38), the Cougars held on for the win.
WSU outscored Montana State 40-27 in the second period, earning the victory after trailing at the half for the first time this season.
Sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski pulled down a game- and career-high 13 rebounds, while Moore led WSU with five steals and four assists. Moore entered this week ranked fourth nationally in steals, averaging 4.4 per game.
The Cougars return home to face Portland Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Friel Court.