Late Charge By Wildcats Downs Cougar Women

Jan. 24, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team had its first Pacific-10 Conference win in sight, but a late charge by the Wildcats gave Arizona a 73-63 victory Thursday night at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 3-16 on the season and 0-8 in the Pac-10, and the Wildcats improved to 7-12 overall and 1-7 in league play.

'It's too bad we couldn't close it out, but we keep taking steps forward,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-2 lead to open the game, but junior guard Katie Appleton traded 3-pointers with Arizona, as the Cougars got back to within six (14-8). Appleton, who ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage, had 19 first half points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

WSU took its first lead of the game at the 7 minute, 37 second mark (25-23). Appleton hit freshman guard Kezia Kelly with a beautiful pass on the play, one of her three assists on the game. Kelly, waiting under the basket, had an easy lay-up to put the Cougars ahead.

WSU would lead by as many as 10 points in the first half, and held the lead at the break for the sixth time this season (39-31).

Arizona got its offense going in the second half however, connecting on 51.7-percent of its second half shots including 6-of-9 from the 3-point line. The Wildcats regained the lead with 7:32 left in the second stanza (54-53), and went on a 19-10 run from there on out to claim the victory.

'I think it was a big step forward from the Oregon series,' Daugherty said. 'Where we lost the basketball game was in the second half with our execution. We are getting better though, and we will continue to get better.'

Appleton finished with a team-high 23 points, her fourth scoring output of 20-or-more points this season. Junior forward Heather Molzen added 13 points on the night.

Senior Sabrina Shired pulled down a career-high six rebounds, and Kelly tied a career high with six assists. Freshman forward Katie Calderwood also recorded six boards, helping the Cougars outrebound the Wildcats by a 42-34 margin.

The Cougars complete their first run through the Pac-10 Saturday against Arizona State. The Cougars and Sun Devils are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m., at Friel Court.


ARIZONA (7-12, 1-7)Njonkou, Amina 11-15 3-6 25; Whisonant, Ashley 6-11 2-2 15; Neabors, Rheya4-14 1-2 13; Dickey, Tasha 3-6 0-0 9; Bofia, Beatrice 2-3 1-2 5; Hays, Sarah1-3 1-1 3; McGee, Marie 1-4 0-0 2; Ibekwe, Ify 0-4 1-2 1. Totals 28-60 9-1573.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-16, 0-8)Appleton, Katie 8-17 4-5 23; Molzen, Heather 6-12 0-0 13; Williams, Jasmine3-8 2-2 8; Kelly, Kezia 2-8 2-2 6; Dickerson, Salena 2-3 0-0 5; Betteridge,Colleen 1-3 2-2 4; Shired, Sabrina 1-4 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie 1-5 0-0 2;Price, Alexa 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 10-11 63.

Arizona....................... 31 42 - 73Washington State.............. 39 24 - 63

3-point goals--Arizona 8-16 (Neabors, Rheya 4-10; Dickey, Tasha 3-4;Whisonant, Ashley 1-1; Ibekwe, Ify 0-1), Washington State 5-17 (Appleton,Katie 3-8; Dickerson, Salena 1-1; Molzen, Heather 1-1; Betteridge, Colleen0-1; Calderwood, Katie 0-2; Price, Alexa 0-1; Williams, Jasmine 0-3). Fouledout--Arizona-None, Washington State-None. Rebounds--Arizona 34 (Njonkou,Amina 10), Washington State 42 (Shired, Sabrina 6; Calderwood, Katie 6).Assists--Arizona 14 (Neabors, Rheya 6), Washington State 15 (Kelly, Kezia6). Total fouls--Arizona 13, Washington State 14. Technicalfouls--Arizona-None, Washington State-None. A-357
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