Cougars Defeat Broncos 85-76

Nov. 20, 2008

BOISE, Idaho - The Washington State University women's basketball team notched its first win of the season, knocking off previously unbeaten Boise State University 85-76, and ending the Broncos' school-record 19-game home winning streak Thursday at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos' home winning streak was the sixth-longest in the nation.

WSU improved to 1-1 on the season, while Boise State dropped to 2-1. WSU Head Coach June Daugherty, who began her head coaching career at Boise State, made her first trip back to Boise with the Cougars. After coaching the Broncos from 1989-96, Daugherty is a perfect 4-0 against her former team in Boise, also winning three games while with Washington.

'It's great to get a win, and I was really proud of our kids,' Daugherty said. 'It was tough late in the game with some of the fouls, but I thought we responded well. These are growing pains, but they're things we can address and improve upon.'

Freshman guard April Cook led a contingent of Cougars in double figures, scoring a game-high 18 points. Fellow freshmen Jazmine Perkins (15) and Rosie Tarnowski (13) also scored in double figures, and seniors Katie Appleton (16) and Heather Molzen (11) each tallied 10-plus for the Cougars. Molzen just missed a double-double, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.

WSU and Boise State swapped leads nine times in the first half, but the Cougars entered the second half with a 39-31 lead. The Cougars would increase their lead to as many as 18 points, and though the Broncos climbed back to within five points, WSU never relinquished the lead in the second stanza.

WSU's intensity on defense was once again on display. In the season-opener against Texas Tech the Cougars forced 10 first-half turnovers and 17 on the game. Against the Broncos the Cougars forced 15 in the first half and 22 on the game.

'Our identity is our defense now, and that is great,' Daugherty said.

The 85 points scored by WSU was the most since scoring 93 against Arizona Feb. 10, 2001. The scoring output was also the most on the road since Nov. 21, 1998 - one day shy of a decade - when WSU scored 88 points against Vermont in the Howard Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt.

The Cougars will play their first game of the season at Friel Court Sunday against Montana State. Tip-off against the Bobcats is slated for 3 p.m.


WASHINGTON STATE (1-1)Cook, April 5-15 8-8 18; Appleton, Katie 3-5 9-12 16; Perkins, Jazmine 7-171-2 15; Tarnowski, Rosie 4-7 4-5 13; Molzen, Heather 5-8 1-1 11; LeNoir,Danielle 3-4 0-0 7; Calderwood, Katie 1-1 0-0 3; Pettersen, Lexie 1-1 0-0 2;Kelly, Kezia 0-0 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-1 0-0 0; Coates, Ebonee 0-2 0-00. Totals 29-61 23-28 85.

BOISE STATE (2-1)Walker, Ja'Lara 4-9 8-14 16; Stotler, Marisa 5-7 4-4 14; Harris, Tasha 4-61-1 9; VanBrocklin,Courtney 2-6 2-2 6; Malone, Jamia 3-6 0-1 6; Galassi,Jenna 1-3 3-4 5; Rima, Melissa 2-2 1-1 5; Moore, Brittany 1-5 3-4 5;Moeller, Sierra 2-3 0-0 4; Bos, Janie 2-4 0-0 4; Pilcher, Heather 1-6 0-0 2.Totals 27-57 22-31 76.

Washington State.............. 39 46 - 85Boise State................... 31 45 - 76

3-point goals--Washington State 4-13 (LeNoir, Danielle 1-2; Appleton, Katie1-3; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-2; Calderwood, Katie 1-1; Perkins, Jazmine 0-3;Cook, April 0-2), Boise State 0-8 (; Harris, Tasha 0-1; Malone, Jamia 0-2;Galassi, Jenna 0-1; Moore, Brittany 0-3; Pilcher, Heather 0-1). Fouledout--Washington State-Tarnowski, Rosie; Coates, Ebonee; Molzen, Heather,Boise State-Moore, Brittany. Rebounds--Washington State 37 (Molzen, Heather9), Boise State 35 (Stotler, Marisa 6). Assists--Washington State 12(Perkins, Jazmine 5), Boise State 14 (Harris, Tasha 4; VanBrocklin,Courtney4). Total fouls--Washington State 27, Boise State 22. Technicalfouls--Washington State-None, Boise State-None. A-935
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