Cougar Women Nearly Pull Off Comeback

Feb. 17, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team received career performances from Jasmine Williams and Ebonee Coates, but a comeback bid came up short as the Cougars fell 70-67 to Oregon Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 4-21 on the season and 1-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference, and the Ducks improved to 11-15 overall and 5-10 in conference play.

Williams, a freshman guard, led the Cougars with a career-high 19 points on 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) shooting, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. Coates, a junior center, pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, and nearly had her second consecutive double-double by adding nine points.

With 3 minutes, 15 seconds left in the game the Cougars found themselves down by 13 points. However, an 11-0 WSU run, keyed by two 3-pointers from junior guard Katie Appleton, got the game back to within one at 68-67. The Cougars fouled Tamika Nurse, who hit both free throws to put the Ducks back up three with 20 seconds left on the clock. Appleton was able to get another 3-point attempt off that would have sent the game into overtime, but the shot didn't fall and the Ducks escaped with the victory.

'We had a chance to tie it,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'Katie had a shot; it just wasn't meant to be I guess.'

The Cougars held an early 10-3 lead, but Oregon climbed back to take the lead at 15-12 with 11:03 remaining in the first half. WSU put together a 9-0 run to regain a six-point lead, but the Ducks once again came back, leading by as many as eight points before heading into the break with a 40-33 advantage.

'We stayed poised and tried to make stops,' Daugherty said. 'We ignored the scoreboard and stayed in our system. It just wasn't enough.'

Appleton put up 14 points against the Ducks, coming back from an ankle injury that kept her from playing against Oregon State Friday night. Freshman guard Kezia Kelly led the team with five assists.

The Cougars shot a season-best 50 percent from the field (28-of-56), and outrebounded Oregon 38-29. The last time WSU shot 50 percent from the field was Dec. 21, 2006 against Oregon State (26-of-52).

WSU hits the road next week for the last time this conference regular season. The Cougars square off against Arizona State (Feb. 21) before taking on Arizona (Feb. 23).


OREGON (11-15, 5-10)Lilley, Taylor 8-14 0-0 20; Cocks, Micaela 4-5 0-1 12; Nurse, Tamika 3-8 5-611; Canepa, Nicole 3-12 3-3 9; Chapdelaine, Kaela 3-7 0-1 9; Ironmonger,Ellyce 3-7 0-0 7; Manou, Ellie 1-3 0-0 2; Kenyon, Victoria 0-3 0-0 0. Totals25-59 8-11 70.

WASHINGTON STATE (4-21, 1-13)Williams, Jasmine 8-9 1-2 19; Appleton, Katie 5-11 0-0 14; Coates, Ebonee4-9 1-4 9; Dickerson, Salena 3-5 0-0 7; Molzen, Heather 3-11 0-0 6; Kelly,Kezia 2-4 0-0 4; Price, Alexa 1-2 0-0 3; Calderwood, Katie 1-4 0-0 3;Shired, Sabrina 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-56 2-6 67.

Oregon........................ 40 30 - 70Washington State.............. 33 34 - 67

3-point goals--Oregon 12-22 (Lilley, Taylor 4-9; Cocks, Micaela 4-5;Chapdelaine, Kaela 3-6; Ironmonger, Ellyce 1-1; Nurse, Tamika 0-1),Washington State 9-20 (Appleton, Katie 4-8; Williams, Jasmine 2-2;Calderwood, Katie 1-4; Dickerson, Salena 1-1; Price, Alexa 1-1; Kelly, Kezia0-1; Molzen, Heather 0-3). Fouled out--Oregon-None, Washington State-None.Rebounds--Oregon 29 (Chapdelaine, Kaela 8), Washington State 38 (Coates,Ebonee 16). Assists--Oregon 14 (Lilley, Taylor 5), Washington State 15(Kelly, Kezia 5). Total fouls--Oregon 15, Washington State 15. Technicalfouls--Oregon-None, Washington State-None. A-603
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