Cougar Women Win Home Opener Over Montana State

Nov. 23, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman guard April Cook led a trio of Cougars in double figures as the Washington State women's basketball team defeated Montana State 78-66 in the team's home opener Sunday at Friel Court. The Cougars improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 2-2.

Cook scored a game-high and career-high 20 points, the highest scoring output by a Cougar this season, and added eight rebounds, also a career high. Senior guard Katie Appleton notched her third double-digit scoring outing in as many games this season, matching her season-high with 17 points.

Freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski scored 15 points, the third consecutive double-digit scoring effort to begin her Cougar career. Tarnowski also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and recorded four assists and a game-high three steals.

'Rosie Tarnowski was the different maker,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I thought both halves, even though she was in foul trouble, she played relentless and got us back in the game.'

It was a bit of a slow start for WSU, with the Cougars scoring only 10 points in the game's first 10 minutes. Montana State grabbed the lead at the 13-minute, 4-second mark, and went up by as many as seven points. The Cougars stormed back in the closing minutes of the opening half, and regained the lead with 24 seconds remaining. Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins recorded her second steal of the half and laid the ball in for a 33-32 Cougar lead to send the Cougars into intermission with the lead for the third time in three games this season.

The Cougars and Bobcats swapped leads 10 times in the second half, but with the score tied at 56 (5:07) WSU went on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Cougars would build as much as a 14-point lead in holding off the Bobcats en route to their second consecutive victory.

'We're glad to get the win in our home debut, but we didn't play Cougar basketball in a sense both offensively and defensively,' Daugherty said. 'For a while it looked like Montana State gave us more than we could handle.'

The Cougars ended a four-game losing streak against the Bobcats, knocking off Montana State for the first time since Dec. 2, 1989. The 78 points scored by WSU are the most the Cougars have put on the board in the 28-game series. The previous record of 76 against the Bobcats had stood since Feb. 15, 1979, a span of 13 games.

With her two blocks, senior center Ebonee Coates moved into fourth place on the Cougar list for career blocks. Coates, who now has 75 career blocks, passed Kathy Weber (74; 1991-92) on the all-time list.

WSU continues its 2008-09 season this week at the odwalla Classic in San Francisco. The Cougars open the tournament with Northern Colorado Friday at 7 p.m., and close out with San Francisco Sunday at 2 p.m.

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