Cougar Women End Draught In Tucson

Feb. 23, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Washington State women's basketball team rode an outstanding shooting performance to its first road victory over Arizona in more than 10 years, knocking off the Wildcats 67-54 Saturday at McKale Center. The win improved the Cougars' record to 5-21 overall and 2-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Wildcats dropped to 9-18 this season and 3-13 in the Pac-10.

'The three point line was very good to us,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'When you get a consistent inside game it helps your outside game. Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen hurt them a little bit inside and it opened up our guard play.'

WSU's victory over the Wildcats is the first in Tucson since Jan. 8, 1998 (64-61). The win also marked the first conference road victory in more than a year, with the last win coming against Oregon State (58-41), Dec. 21, 2006.

The Cougars were lights out from beyond the arc, hitting a season-high 10 3-pointers in the first half. WSU finished the game with 13 threes, one off the school record of 14. The Cougars were 13-of-29 (44.8 percent) from the 3-point line on the game.

Sophomore guard Alexa Price hit each of her first four 3-point attempts and matched her career high with 14 points in the opening period. Price finished the game with a career-best 16 points, and was one of four Cougars to score in double figures.

Junior guard Katie Appleton, freshman guard Kezia Kelly and junior forward Heather Molzen each scored 12 points. The scoring output is a career high for Kelly. Appleton also tied a career high with five assists. Junior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season.

At the other end of the floor, the Cougars held the Wildcats to 32.8 percent shooting including 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) from the 3-point line.

The Wildcats scored the game's first three points, but it was all WSU from there. The Cougars took the lead at the 15 minute, 51 second mark and never let go, leading by as many as 24 points.

With her two 3-pointers, Appleton moved into fourth place on the WSU career list, passing former Cougar Jennifer Kerns (1996-2000). Appleton now has 111 career threes.

The Cougars close out their regular season next week at Friel Court with California and Stanford. WSU squares off against the Golden Bears at 7 p.m., Friday (Feb. 29). The Cougars and Cardinal will then face off on Senior Day, Sunday (March 2) at 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON STATE (5-22, 2-14)Price, Alexa 6-8 0-0 16; Kelly, Kezia 3-9 4-4 12; Molzen, Heather 5-10 0-012; Appleton, Katie 5-14 0-0 12; Coates, Ebonee 2-8 2-4 6; Dickerson, Salena1-3 0-0 3; Williams, Jasmine 1-5 0-0 3; Calderwood, Katie 1-5 0-2 3. Totals24-62 6-10 67.

ARIZONA (9-18, 3-13)Ibekwe, Ify 5-10 5-7 15; Njonkou, Amina 5-10 3-6 13; Whisonant, Ashley 4-152-6 10; Hays, Sarah 2-5 2-2 6; Gilpin, Ashley 2-4 0-0 5; Bofia, Beatrice 1-80-0 2; Dickey, Tasha 1-5 0-0 2; Neabors, Rheya 0-4 1-2 1; Berger, Sabreena0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-61 13-23 54.

Washington State.............. 43 24 - 67Arizona....................... 24 30 - 54

3-point goals--Washington State 13-29 (Price, Alexa 4-5; Molzen, Heather2-3; Kelly, Kezia 2-4; Appleton, Katie 2-9; Calderwood, Katie 1-4;Dickerson, Salena 1-2; Williams, Jasmine 1-2), Arizona 1-12 (Gilpin, Ashley1-2; Whisonant, Ashley 0-3; Dickey, Tasha 0-2; Neabors, Rheya 0-4; Ibekwe,Ify 0-1). Fouled out--Washington State-Calderwood, Katie, Arizona-Ibekwe,Ify. Rebounds--Washington State 44 (Coates, Ebonee 11), Arizona 40 (Njonkou,Amina 11). Assists--Washington State 18 (Appleton, Katie 5), Arizona 13(Whisonant, Ashley 8). Total fouls--Washington State 19, Arizona 12.Technical fouls--Washington State-None, Arizona-None. A-2152
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