Cougar Women Cruise to Victory Over Idaho

Nov. 28, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Led by junior Katie Appleton's career-high 24 points, the Washington State women's basketball team defeated Idaho 67-49 Wednesday night at Friel Court.

WSU improved to 2-4 on the season after claiming its first home victory since knocking off Northwestern State, Dec. 17, 2006. Idaho fell to 0-6. The 18-point margin of victory was the largest for the Cougars since a 74-51, 23-point win over Idaho State, Nov. 26, 2005.

'I thought our execution was on a higher level at both ends of the floor,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We were obviously a little bit tired on the floor...but it's nice to get a win and see the progress we are making at both ends.'

Appleton's 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting led all scorers and included 4-of-7 beyond the 3-point line. The 5-foot-8 guard was one of two players in double figures at the half. Thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line in the first stanza, Appleton had already surpassed her season high with 14 points.

'We showed a lot of patience tonight,' Appleton said. 'We did a good job of setting our screens and that created a lot of open shots.'

Redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson also scored in double figures for the Cougars. The 5-11 guard/forward scored 10 point in the first half, and finished the game with 14 on 7-of-11 shooting. Dickerson has scored in double figures in two of the last three Cougar games.

'It always feels good to do well, but what makes me feel better is that we played well as a team,' Dickerson said. 'We didn't really focus on the score, we just focused on getting better every play as a team.'

After the Vandals' Yinka Olorunnife hit each of her free throws to put Idaho up in the opening minute of the game, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run and never looked back, holding the lead for the remainder of the contest.

WSU led by as many as 27 points over the Vandals, and scored 34 points off 26 Idaho turnovers.

Sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge set a career high with seven assists and tied a career high with five rebounds. Fellow sophomore guard Alexa Price and freshman guard Kezia Kelly set career highs of their own, as Price tallied seven points and Kelly recorded five assists. Appleton, who ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference in steals, tied her career high with five.

The Cougars continue their home stand with a match-up against undefeated Texas Tech, Saturday at 2 p.m., at Friel Court.


IDAHO (0-6)Madison, Katie 9-13 2-5 20; Olorunnife, Yinka 1-8 5-6 7; Koppen, Lindsey 2-60-0 6; Dennehy, Sara 2-2 0-0 5; Schlotthauer, Katie 2-6 0-0 5; Wells, Hannah2-7 0-0 4; Riedel, Therese 1-3 0-0 2; Simon-West, La'Kenya 0-1 0-0 0; Kloke,Rachele 0-3 0-0 0; Curtis, Alana 0-5 0-0 0; Doran, Emily 0-1 0-0 0; Bakondy,Carli 0-0 0-0 0; Otero, Charlotte 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 7-11 49.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-4)Appleton, Katie 8-16 4-4 24; Dickerson, Salena 7-11 0-0 14; Calderwood,Katie 3-10 0-0 8; Price, Alexa 3-6 0-0 7; Molzen, Heather 3-8 0-0 6;Williams, Jasmine 1-4 2-2 4; Kelly, Kezia 1-4 0-0 2; Betteridge, Colleen 1-40-0 2. Totals 27-63 6-6 67.

Idaho......................... 21 28 - 49Washington State.............. 41 26 - 67

3-point goals--Idaho 4-12 (Koppen, Lindsey 2-6; Schlotthauer, Katie 1-3;Dennehy, Sara 1-1; Simon-West, La'Kenya 0-1; Curtis, Alana 0-1), WashingtonState 7-20 (Appleton, Katie 4-7; Calderwood, Katie 2-6; Price, Alexa 1-2;Williams, Jasmine 0-1; Kelly, Kezia 0-2; Betteridge, Colleen 0-2). Fouledout--Idaho-None, Washington State-Molzen, Heather. Rebounds--Idaho 39(Olorunnife, Yinka 7), Washington State 35 (Appleton, Katie 5; Betteridge,Colleen 5). Assists--Idaho 13 (Otero, Charlotte 4), Washington State 17(Betteridge, Colleen 7). Total fouls--Idaho 13, Washington State 12.Technical fouls--Idaho-None, Washington State-None. A-565
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