Cougar Women Fall in First Round of Pac-10 Tournament

March 7, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In its seventh trip to the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, the Washington State women's basketball team held its first halftime lead, but the lead slipped away as the Cougars fell 66-45 to Oregon, Friday at HP Pavilion. WSU completed the season with an overall record of 5-25. The Ducks improved to 14-16 this season.

'It was tough to go out this way because I really believe that our team and our basketball family at Washington State has improved so much,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'Obviously we did a nice job in the first half, we got the shots we wanted to take and we defended very well.'

Freshman guard Jasmine Williams finished with a team-high 17 points, the most by a Cougar since Brittney Hawks' 27 points and Jessica Perry's 21 points March 1, 2002, against Oregon in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament game.

After Williams scored the game's first two points, the Ducks went on an 11-0 run to go up by nine. Freshman guard Kezia Kelly ended the Ducks' run with two free throws, keying the beginning of a Cougar run. Redshirt freshman Salena Dickerson and Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get WSU back to within one, but the Ducks scored five straight to go back up six.

The Cougars climbed back again however, taking their first lead (17-16) at 6 minutes, 5 seconds on another 3-pointer from Williams. Freshman forward Katie Calderwood hit a three of her own with six seconds left in the opening half to send WSU into the break with a five-point lead. The Cougars had never previously led at the half during a Pac-10 Tournament game.

Williams led all scorers at the break with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. As a team the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field (11-of-22), including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

The Ducks came roaring back in the second half, regaining the lead at 34-32 (15:13). Oregon shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half and held the Cougars to just 21.7 percent (5-of-23), staving off a Cougar comeback and building its lead to 21 points, the final margin of victory.

Junior center Ebonee Coates led the Cougars with 10 rebounds, the most by a Cougar in a Pac-10 Tournament game since Bianca McCall's 11, March 7, 2003 against USC. The double-digit rebounding effort is only the second by a Cougar since the inception of the conference tournament.

'We brought in the youngest team in the Pac-10, and I looked at some of the freshman and saw the look in their eyes,' Daugherty said. 'They are excited to come back next year and we will be better.'


WASHINGTON STATE (5-25)Williams, Jasmine 7-12 1-2 17; Appleton, Katie 4-12 1-5 9; Coates, Ebonee2-7 3-6 7; Dickerson, Salena 1-1 0-0 3; Calderwood, Katie 1-4 0-0 3; Kelly,Kezia 0-4 2-2 2; Price, Alexa 1-4 0-0 2; Molzen, Heather 0-1 2-2 2; Shired,Sabrina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 9-17 45.

OREGON (14-16)Lilley, Taylor 7-14 2-2 20; Manou, Ellie 7-9 1-6 15; Cocks, Micaela 5-10 0-013; Chapdelaine, Kaela 1-5 3-4 5; Nurse, Tamika 2-4 0-0 5; Ironmonger,Ellyce 2-5 0-0 4; Canepa, Nicole 2-4 0-0 4; Thomas, Tatianna 0-2 0-0 0;Kenyon, Victoria 0-0 0-0 0; Sbrissa, Mary 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 6-12 66.

Washington State.............. 28 17 - 45Oregon........................ 23 43 - 66

3-point goals--Washington State 4-14 (Williams, Jasmine 2-4; Calderwood,Katie 1-2; Dickerson, Salena 1-1; Kelly, Kezia 0-1; Price, Alexa 0-3;Appleton, Katie 0-3), Oregon 8-19 (Lilley, Taylor 4-9; Cocks, Micaela 3-5;Nurse, Tamika 1-2; Chapdelaine, Kaela 0-3). Fouled out--WashingtonState-Coates, Ebonee, Oregon-None. Rebounds--Washington State 25 (Coates,Ebonee 10), Oregon 37 (Manou, Ellie 11). Assists--Washington State 6(Appleton, Katie 2), Oregon 16 (Chapdelaine, Kaela 7). Totalfouls--Washington State 18, Oregon 20. Technical fouls--WashingtonState-None, Oregon-None.Pac-10 Tournament Game 1
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