Cougar Women Fall in Season Opener at Texas Tech

Nov. 16, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior guard Katie Appleton led a trio of Cougars in double figures, but the Washington State University women's basketball team dropped its season opener against Texas Tech 82-69 Sunday at United Spirit Arena.

Appleton scored a team-high 17 points, while freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski added 16 and freshman guard Jazmine Perkins chipped in 12.

'We're actually more encouraged by what happened down here than discouraged,' Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I think that we saw a lot of positives.'

From the moment senior center Ebonee Coates tipped the opening pass to Perkins - who took it all the way for the game's first basket - the Cougars and Lady Raiders were locked in a battle. There were 12 lead changes in the opening stanza alone, and neither team was able to build anything more than a four-point first half lead. The Cougars entered intermission with a 37-36 advantage following a 10-foot basket by Appleton with 11 seconds left.

Though the Cougars only shot 38.9 percent from the floor in the first half, their defensive pressure kept them in the game. WSU forced 10 first half turnovers, one more than the Lady Raiders recorded in their entire season-opener against Idaho Friday night.

The Cougars jumped out to an eight-point lead in the second half, scoring seven consecutive points. However, Texas Tech came back with a run of its own, scoring 11-straight to grab a three-point lead.

Though WSU was able to withstand Tech's first second half run, the second one allowed the Lady Raiders to pull away. With the score tied at 58 (9-minutes, 13-seconds remaining), Tech went on a 20-3 run over the game's next five minutes to put the game out of reach.

'This is the first game of Division I basketball for half this team,' Daugherty said. 'It was a great environment to play in. It's frustrating, but at the same time I think it's fixable. I'm proud of our student-athletes.'

In all there were 13 ties and 17 lead changes, and the Cougars scored 26 points off 17 Lady Raider turnovers. Tech went to the line 37 times - hitting 29 free throws - compared to WSU's 7-of-10 performance.

Coates led WSU with seven rebounds, sophomore guard Kezia Kelly recorded a team-high four assists and Perkins led the Cougars with three steals.

WSU's second game of the 2008-09 season is also on the road, a Thursday match-up with Boise State. Tip-off against the Broncos is slated for 6 p.m. (PT).


WASHINGTON STATE (0-1)Appleton, Katie 7-14 0-0 17; Tarnowski, Rosie 6-10 2-2 16; Perkins, Jazmine5-18 1-2 12; Cook, April 3-10 1-2 8; Molzen, Heather 2-3 0-0 6; LeNoir,Danielle 2-8 0-0 5; Pettersen, Lexie 1-3 0-0 2; Kelly, Kezia 0-1 2-2 2;Coates, Ebonee 0-2 1-2 1; Calderwood, Katie 0-1 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-00-0 0. Totals 26-70 7-10 69.

TEXAS TECH (2-0)Seals, Dominic 8-17 5-9 21; Martin, Tilmila 4-8 6-6 14; Barncastle, Jordan3-4 8-8 14; Mallard, Kierra 3-8 3-4 9; Henderson, LaVonda 4-6 1-2 9; Walker,Keisha 3-4 2-2 8; Brown, Maddy 1-4 1-2 4; Moore, Maria 0-2 3-4 3; Rumph,Alana 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 29-37 82.

Washington State.............. 37 32 - 69Texas Tech.................... 36 46 - 82

3-point goals--Washington State 10-23 (Appleton, Katie 3-7; Molzen, Heather2-2; Tarnowski, Rosie 2-3; Cook, April 1-1; LeNoir, Danielle 1-4; Perkins,Jazmine 1-4; Calderwood, Katie 0-1; Pettersen, Lexie 0-1), Texas Tech 1-5(Brown, Maddy 1-4; Martin, Tilmila 0-1). Fouled out--WashingtonState-Coates, Ebonee; Cook, April; Molzen, Heather, Texas Tech-None.Rebounds--Washington State 35 (Coates, Ebonee 7), Texas Tech 43 (Barncastle,Jordan 13). Assists--Washington State 15 (Kelly, Kezia 4), Texas Tech 12(Brown, Maddy 4). Total fouls--Washington State 31, Texas Tech 14. Technicalfouls--Washington State-None, Texas Tech-None. A-7819
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