Cougars Defeat Lady Demons in OT Thriller, 72-70

Dec. 17, 2006

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Ebonee Coates tied the WSU single-game record for blocked shots with six, as the Cougars took a 72-70 overtime decision against Northwestern State, Sunday at Beasley Coliseum.

The win was the third in the last four games for the Cougars (4-6). Northwestern State dropped to 4-5.

In addition to Coates' six blocked shots, which tied her with Janet Kusler and Holly Zapel, she pulled down career-high14 rebounds.

Senior Kate Benz recorded her first double-double of the season for the Cougars with 10 points and 16 rebounds, nine of which coming from the offensive glass. Benz's 16 rebounds is a season high and her career rebound total stands at 772, third all-time in school history.

Freshman point guard Nakejia Kelly led the Cougars in scoring with 14 points, while fellow freshman Colleen Betteridge scored 10 points for WSU.

The Cougars were down by as many as seven points in the first half at 19-12 with 11:41 remaining until halftime, before going on a 9-3 run which cut the Lady Demon lead to 22-21 with 8:21 left. WSU took the lead at the 4:27 mark on an Adriane Ferguson three-pointer at 29-26. The teams traded baskets for the next four minutes, but a Benz lay-up with six seconds remaining gave the Cougars a 34-32 halftime advantage.

The Lady Demons came back in the second half to regain their lead, which reached a high of seven points at 45-38 with 15:24 remaining in regulation. The Cougars went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 45. The lead would not get higher than three points for either team until the 5:01 mark when the Cougars led 54-49.

In the closing minutes of regulation, the Cougars found themselves ahead 59-56 until the Lady Demons' Chassidy Jones hit a jumper and was fouled. After sinking the free throw the game was tied at 59 with 55 seconds remaining. Coates scored a lay-in to put WSU ahead 61-59 with 30 seconds left. On the ensuing Lady Demon possession, Jones again went to the line but missed the first and sank the second attempt to slice the Cougar lead to 61-60 with 17 seconds left. Sophomore Katie Appleton sank her two free-throws with 16 seconds left to give the Cougars a 63-60 lead, until Jones hit a three-pointer at the top of the arc with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Cougars scored on their first possession from a Dani Montgomery lay-in and from that point on WSU never trailed or tied the Lady Demons. With clutch free-throw shooting from Benz and Ferguson the Cougars put the game away.

The Lady Demons were led by Jones, who scored 30 points in her second game of the season. She was 11-for-21 from the field and 4-of-7 behind the arc. In addition, Shonte Kennedy was 5-for-11 from the three-point line and added with 21 points.

The overtime game marks the first of the season for the Cougars and 25th in school history..

The Cougars return to play as they open Pacific-10 Conference on the road against Oregon State, Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.

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