Cougs Unable to Knock Off Lady Griz in Big Sky Country

Dec. 18, 2007

MISSOULA, Mont. - Washington State freshman forward Katie Calderwood tied a career high with 10 points, but the Cougars were unable get by the Lady Griz, falling 74-54 at Dahlberg Arena. WSU dropped to 3-7 on the season, while the Lady Griz improved to 7-3.

'There were times I thought our execution was very solid, but there were some lulls,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We had some fundamental breakdowns when we could have taken advantage of their zone defense, but we are certainly willing to work hard and improve on that.'

After a nine-point run gave Montana a 17-8 lead with 11-minutes, 23-seconds left in the opening half, the Cougars were able to mount a run of their own. WSU scored nine of the game's next 11 points to get to within two, but the Lady Griz outscored the Cougars 17-8 over the final nine minutes of the first half to take a 36-25 lead into the break. The Cougars were unable to overcome the 11-point deficit in the second half, falling to Montana for the eighth consecutive time.

'I was encouraged by some of the things I saw,' Daugherty said. 'We got some good shots; unfortunately we were unable to knock them down.'

Calderwood led the team in scoring for the first time in her career. Sophomore guard Alexa Pricehit 3-of-8 from the 3-point line to rack up nine points, while junior forward Heather Molzen posted eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Katie Appleton, the Pacific-10 Conference leader in steals, led the team with two thefts, and junior center Ebonee Coates recorded a team-high two blocks.

The Cougars didn't shoot a single free throw in the first half, and were unable to get to the line until the 6-minute, 40-second mark in the second half. The free throw drought lasted 33:20.

The Cougars have just one more tune-up before the start of Pac-10 play, squaring off against the 49ers of Long Beach State Friday (Dec. 21) at 7 p.m. at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.


WASHINGTON STATE (3-7)Calderwood, Katie 4-8 1-2 10; Price, Alexa 3-9 0-0 9; Molzen, Heather 4-100-0 8; Appleton, Katie 3-9 0-0 7; Betteridge, Colleen 2-8 2-4 6; Kelly,Kezia 2-7 0-0 5; Williams, Jasmine 2-8 1-2 5; Dickerson, Salena 0-4 2-2 2;Coates, Ebonee 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-66 6-10 54.

MONTANA (7-3)Rogers, Sonya 7-11 3-4 21; Guardipee, Tamara 4-11 3-3 11; Ena, Sarah 4-7 2-410; Conway, Dana 3-5 2-2 9; Lohman, Britney 3-11 2-3 8; Cote, Laura 2-3 2-46; Beck, Lauren 2-3 1-2 6; Closson, Johanna 1-3 0-0 3; Robison, Shadra 0-00-0 0; Linford, Jessa 0-0 0-0 0; Stender, Stephanie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-5415-22 74.

Washington State.............. 25 29 - 54Montana....................... 36 38 - 74

3-point goals--Washington State 6-26 (Price, Alexa 3-8; Appleton, Katie 1-5;Kelly, Kezia 1-4; Calderwood, Katie 1-3; Williams, Jasmine 0-3; Betteridge,Colleen 0-2; Molzen, Heather 0-1), Montana 7-13 (Rogers, Sonya 4-8; Beck,Lauren 1-2; Conway, Dana 1-1; Closson, Johanna 1-1; Cote, Laura 0-1). Fouledout--Washington State-Molzen, Heather; Coates, Ebonee, Montana-Closson,Johanna. Rebounds--Washington State 37 (Molzen, Heather 7), Montana 42(Lohman, Britney 12). Assists--Washington State 12 (Williams, Jasmine 4),Montana 17 (Guardipee, Tamara 5). Total fouls--Washington State 20, Montana14. Technical fouls--Washington State-None, Montana-None. A-3114
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