Cougar Women Drop Game at Oregon State

Jan. 19, 2008

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington State women's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start against Oregon State Saturday, ultimately falling 60-35 to the Beavers at Gill Coliseum. The Cougars fell to 3-15 on the season and 0-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, and the Beavers improved to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in league play.

'I thought we did a pretty good job on their inside game and on a couple of their shooters,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We just have to do a better job of communicating as a team. We will work on it and get better.'

The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, holding the Cougars scoreless for the first 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the game. WSU finally got on the board at with 12:32 on the clock when sophomore guard Colleen Betteridge hit the second of two free throws. Junior guard Katie Appleton recorded the Cougars' first field goal at 10:03.

Oregon State's 3-point shooting kept the Cougars from cutting into its lead. The Beavers connected on 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) attempts from beyond the arc. The Cougars, ranked third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage entering the week, hit just 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) on the night.

Appleton led the Cougar offense with nine points, and with her 3-pointer moved into a tie with Darci Wellsandt (1990-93) for eighth place on the WSU all-time list for career 3-point field goals (95).

Junior forward Heather Molzen led WSU with six rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Beavers 19-28.

'Rebounding was definitely an area of improvement for us tonight, but we can always do better,' Daugherty said. 'We need to work a bit on our boxing out.'

WSU returns to Friel Court next week, hosting Arizona, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., and Arizona State, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

OREGON STATE 60, WASHINGTON STATE 35

WASHINGTON STATE (3-15, 0-7)Appleton, Katie 3-8 2-4 9; Coates, Ebonee 4-6 0-0 8; Molzen, Heather 3-5 1-27; Calderwood, Katie 1-3 0-0 3; Price, Alexa 1-6 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena1-2 0-0 2; Shired, Sabrina 1-3 0-0 2; Betteridge, Colleen 0-4 1-2 1; Kelly,Kezia 0-4 1-2 1; Williams, Jasmine 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 14-45 5-10 35.

OREGON STATE (10-8, 3-4)Rhea, Talisa 8-13 0-0 24; Mitchell, Alex 6-9 1-3 13; Davis, Brittney 4-8 2-212; Allen, Ashley 2-5 0-0 4; Ducker, Tiffany 1-3 1-2 3; Nichols, Stacey 1-10-1 2; Fox-Griffin, Cedes 1-4 0-0 2; Eskridge, Brittany 0-0 0-0 0; Champlin,Whitney 0-0 0-0 0; Reed, Antoinette 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-44 4-8 60.

Washington State.............. 13 22 - 35Oregon State.................. 30 30 - 60

3-point goals--Washington State 2-14 (Appleton, Katie 1-1; Calderwood, Katie1-3; Molzen, Heather 0-1; Price, Alexa 0-4; Betteridge, Colleen 0-2; Kelly,Kezia 0-2; Williams, Jasmine 0-1), Oregon State 10-18 (Rhea, Talisa 8-13;Davis, Brittney 2-4; Allen, Ashley 0-1). Fouled out--Washington State-None,Oregon State-None. Rebounds--Washington State 29 (Molzen, Heather 6), OregonState 28 (Fox-Griffin, Cedes 6). Assists--Washington State 8 (Betteridge,Colleen 2; Calderwood, Katie 2), Oregon State 18 (Allen, Ashley 4; Davis,Brittney 4). Total fouls--Washington State 12, Oregon State 14. Technicalfouls--Washington State-None, Oregon State-None. A-1035

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