Cougars Fall in Conference Home Opener

Jan. 4, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team dropped its Pacific-10 Conference home opener 61-46 to Washington Friday night at Friel Court in the inaugural 'Cougs Have Heart' basketball game. The Cougars fell to 3-11 on the season and 0-3 in conference play, while the Huskies improved to 6-9 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10.

The Cougars held the edge for a majority of the first half, leading by as many as nine points. The Huskies grabbed the lead at the 5 minute, 58 second mark (20-19), but a 3-pointer from freshman guard Jasmine Williams put the Cougars back in front at 22-20. Tied at 26-26, Washington's Katelan Redmon hit a jumper with 1:16 remaining in the opening stanza to send the Huskies into halftime with the lead. UW would hold on for the remainder of the game.

'Washington did a very good job with its trapping scheme,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'But I was very proud of the way we competed. We need to improve on holding onto the ball against the press, but we will work on that and continue to get better.'

WSU was led by junior guard Katie Appleton who tied a game-high with 16 points. Washington's Jess McCormack also scored 16. Appleton also led the team with five rebounds, while junior forward Heather Molzen led the Cougars with four assists. Williams tied a career-high with 10 points.

The Cougars used Friday's intrastate rivalry game as a forum to raise awareness for heart disease with Cougs Have Heart.

'Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans,' Daugherty said. 'There are a number of things that we can do to educate people and lower the numbers of people suffering from the disease. That was what tonight was about.'

The Cougars continue their Pac-10 home stand next week against USC and UCLA. The Cougars are slated to tip-off against the Trojans at 7 p.m., Thursday (Jan. 10), and against the Bruins at 2 p.m., Saturday (Jan. 12).


WASHINGTON (6-9, 1-2)McCormack, Jess 7-14 2-2 16; Redmon, Katelan 7-16 0-0 14; Florence, Emily4-5 4-7 13; Whitcomb, Sami 3-8 1-3 9; Mosiman, Sara 1-6 1-2 3; Plouffe,Andrea 1-3 0-2 2; Morton, Sarah 1-1 0-0 2; Bennett, Kali 0-2 2-2 2; McNeill,Heidi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 10-18 61.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-11, 0-3)Appleton, Katie 5-13 4-5 16; Williams, Jasmine 4-8 0-0 10; Calderwood, Katie2-5 0-0 6; Betteridge, Colleen 2-7 1-2 5; Molzen, Heather 2-4 1-2 5; Price,Alexa 1-7 0-0 3; Kelly, Kezia 0-2 1-2 1; Shired, Sabrina 0-1 0-0 0;Dickerson, Salena 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 7-11 46.

Washington.................... 28 33 - 61Washington State.............. 26 20 - 46

3-point goals--Washington 3-8 (Whitcomb, Sami 2-5; Florence, Emily 1-1;Redmon, Katelan 0-2), Washington State 7-22 (Calderwood, Katie 2-4;Williams, Jasmine 2-3; Appleton, Katie 2-7; Price, Alexa 1-4; Kelly, Kezia0-2; Molzen, Heather 0-1; Betteridge, Colleen 0-1). Fouledout--Washington-None, Washington State-Molzen, Heather. Rebounds--Washington43 (Florence, Emily 9; McCormack, Jess 9), Washington State 32 (Appleton,Katie 5). Assists--Washington 13 (Florence, Emily 5), Washington State 10(Molzen, Heather 4). Total fouls--Washington 15, Washington State 15.Technical fouls--Washington-None, Washington State-None. A-1247
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