Cougar Women Fall in Overtime

Nov. 5, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's basketball team dropped its final exhibition game, 70-64, against Alaska-Anchorage in overtime Monday night at Friel Court.

Despite forcing 28 turnovers, the Cougars were unable to overcome the 3-point shooting of UAA. The Seawolves, ranked No. 9 in the Division II Bulletin preseason top 25, hit 13-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc. Senior guard/forward Maria Nilsson (6-foot) went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc, while fellow senior Jennifer Salazar (guard/forward, 5-9) went 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

'You definitely have to give them credit,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I thought those kids played very hard, and I think they played very well as a team. They understood really well what they needed to do on the floor.'

The Cougars were led by junior guard Katie Appleton (5-8), who scored a team-high 15 points, and redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson (guard/forward, 5-11), who recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Appleton added four steals and four rebounds. UAA's Nilsson and junior Rebecca Kielpinski each scored 18 points on the night, and Salazar added 17 for the Seawolves.

The Cougars were down by six to start the second half, and trailed by as many as nine in the second period. However, an 18-6 run put the Cougars ahead by three with 6:26 remaining in the game.

With UAA down by two, Kielpinski was fouled on a successful layup, and completed the three-point play on her free throw attempt to put the Seawolves ahead by one. With 11 seconds left, Appleton sent the game into overtime hitting the front end of two free throws.

A 3-pointer by sophomore guard Alexa Price (5-8) gave the Cougars the lead to start the overtime period, but a 9-0 run by UAA put the Cougars away.

'We really struggled in the first half getting into our system both offensively and defensively,' Daugherty said. 'I thought at halftime our kids did a much better job of being disciplined. We showed the kind of discipline that we have to have to succeed both offensively and defensively. I thought our kids battled hard and it was great that we were able to take them to overtime. It was just unfortunate that they were able to pull away.'

After going 1-1 in exhibition, the Cougars open their regular season against Portland Friday at 7 p.m. at Friel Court, as part of a double-header with the men's team.


ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (2-0)Nilsson,Maria 6-9 0-0 18; Kielpinski,Rebecca 7-11 4-5 18; Salazar,Jennifer5-11 2-2 17; Thompson,Ashley 2-4 0-0 5; Williams,Ruby 1-5 1-2 3;Basova,Dasha 1-3 0-0 3; Aden,Nikki 1-4 0-2 2; Quinones,Kalhie 0-2 2-2 2;Parks,Lillie 1-3 0-0 2; Dekel,Danielle 0-3 0-3 0. Totals 24-55 9-16 70.

WASHINGTON STATE (0-0)Appleton, Katie 3-14 8-11 15; Price, Alexa 5-11 0-0 12; Dickerson, Salena5-11 1-2 11; Calderwood, Katie 2-11 1-3 7; Betteridge, Colleen 3-7 1-2 7;Molzen, Heather 3-4 0-0 6; Kelly, Kezia 2-7 0-0 4; Williams, Jasmine 1-6 0-02. Totals 24-71 11-18 64.

Alaska-Anchorage.............. 29 32 9 - 70Washington State.............. 23 38 3 - 64

3-point goals--Alaska-Anchorage 13-19 (Nilsson,Maria 6-7; Salazar,Jennifer5-8; Thompson,Ashley 1-2; Basova,Dasha 1-1; Aden,Nikki 0-1), WashingtonState 5-21 (Calderwood, Katie 2-6; Price, Alexa 2-6; Appleton, Katie 1-3;Kelly, Kezia 0-1; Williams, Jasmine 0-3; Betteridge, Colleen 0-2). Fouledout--Alaska-Anchorage-Thompson,Ashley; Williams,Ruby, WashingtonState-Molzen, Heather; Kelly, Kezia. Rebounds--Alaska-Anchorage 52(Quinones,Kalhie 11; Kielpinski,Rebecca 11), Washington State 35 (Dickerson,Salena 11). Assists--Alaska-Anchorage 19 (Quinones,Kalhie 9), WashingtonState 13 (Calderwood, Katie 4). Total fouls--Alaska-Anchorage 21, WashingtonState 18. Technical fouls--Alaska-Anchorage-None, Washington State-None.A-379

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