Cougar Women Drop Conference Opener
Jan. 1, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington State women's basketball team received a career-high 19 points from freshman guard KiKi Moore, but the Cougars fell 63-49 to Oregon State in their opening game of Pacific-10 Conference action Friday at Gill Coliseum. WSU dropped to 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in the Pac-10 while the Beavers improved to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
'KiKi was very excited to play her first Pac-10 game,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'She is a tremendous floor leader and she is definitely ready for this league.'
Moore, WSU's only player to score in double figures, went 7-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She was the only Cougar to get to the charity stripe on the game. Moore, the Pac-10 leader in steals, recorded a game-high four against the Beavers.
Despite getting in early foul trouble, the Cougars went into halftime with a 29-27 lead. Starting sophomore guards April Cook and Jazmine Perkins played a combined 13 first-half minutes after registering three and two fouls, respectively. However, the WSU defense held the Beavers to 10-of-29 shooting (34.5 percent) and forced 12 turnovers in the opening stanza, and Moore paced the Cougars with 11 first-half points.
The Beavers found their shooting touch in the second half, connecting on 56 percent of their attempts (14-of-25). At the other end of the floor the Cougars shot just 25.7 percent (9-of-35), and were outscored 36-20.
'Our bench kept us in the game in the first half,' Daugherty said. 'They were put into a situation that they weren't use to with the early foul trouble, but I thought they really held their own. We were able to go into halftime with a lead, but it was a tale of two halves. We gave up way too much penetration to the basket in the second half.'
Sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski scored nine points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. She and freshman center Carly Noyes each blocked two shots. Noyes now has 17 blocks this season, fifth-most by a Cougar freshman in NCAA history. Moore and sophomore guard Danielle LeNoir each recorded a team-high three assists.
The Cougars conclude their first conference road trip with Oregon Sunday at MacArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. The game between the Ducks and Cougars, which will also be the 600th game of Daugherty's head coaching career, is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE 63, WASHINGTON STATE 49
WASHINGTON STATE (5-7, 0-1)
Moore, KiKi 7-14 4-6 19; Tarnowski, Rosie 4-11 0-0 9; Cook, April 3-14 0-06; Perkins, Jazmine 2-11 0-0 5; Madison, Katie 2-3 0-0 4; Noyes, Carly 1-50-0 2; LeNoir, Danielle 1-2 0-0 2; Grad, Katie 1-6 0-0 2; Pettersen, Lexie0-1 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-67 4-6 49.
OREGON STATE (9-2, 1-0)
Palmer, Haiden 9-17 1-2 19; Rhea, Talisa 6-15 4-5 19; Tilleman, Kirsten 5-61-3 11; Lanz, Kate 2-2 4-8 8; Futch, Julie 1-5 1-2 3; Greer, El Sara 1-3 1-23; Burdick, Anita 0-0 0-0 0; Champion, Tayler 0-0 0-0 0; Nichols, Stacey 0-00-0 0; Sheppard, Eisha 0-4 0-2 0; Misa, Angela 0-0 0-0 0; Kennedy, Brittany0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 12-24 63.