Cougar Women Trip to Aloha State

Dec. 16, 2008

The Washington State women's basketball team (6-2) heads to the Aloha State for a pair of games against Hawaii (2-7). The Cougars and Rainbow Wahine square off Friday (Dec. 19) and Monday (Dec. 22) at Stan Sheriff Center.

Tip-off for the first of the two-game match-up is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT), while the second game is slated for a 7 p.m. (PT) tip.

Fans can listen to the games on KQQQ 1150 AM. David Kawada will be calling the game for Cougar fans live from Hawaii. The broadcast can also be heard online at

Freshman April Cook connected on only one field goal Sunday against Idaho, but it was the biggest field goal of her collegiate career, leading the Cougars to a 53-50 victory over the Vandals at Cowan Spectrum.

With 52 seconds remaining in the game, Idaho's Charlotte Otero hit a 3-pointer to give the Vandals a 50-48 lead. Just 19 seconds later, Cook nailed a 3-pointer of her own, putting the Cougars back in front 51-50. Senior guard Katie Appleton recorded her fourth steal of the game on Idaho's next possession, and freshman guard Jazmine Perkins added two free throws for the final margin.

The Cougars forced 27 turnovers and the two teams swapped leads 11 times.

Perkins scored a game-high 14 points, her seventh double-digit scoring output in her first eight career games as a Cougar. Appleton also scored in double figures for the Cougars, adding 10 points. Senior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

The Cougars and Rainbow Wahine have met four times on the hardwood, with all four games going in favor of Hawaii. Each of the four games have also been played on the islands.

Though back-to-back games against the same team is rare, since WSU's first season of women's basketball (1970-71) the Cougars have played the same team in back-to-back games eight different occasions. In five of the back-to-back series WSU has won both games, twice the Cougars have split and once the Cougars lost both games. The last time WSU played the same team in back-to-back games was in 2005-06, when the Cougars knocked off CSU-Northridge (65-64) at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, and again (68-55) at home in Pullman five days later.
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