Cougars Drop Rainbow Wahine in Hawaii

Dec. 19, 2008

HONOLULU - The Washington State women's basketball team knocked off Hawaii 66-48 in the first of a two-game match-up against the Rainbow Wahine at Stan Sheriff Center, improving to 7-2 on the season. Hawaii fell to 2-8.

The victory was the Cougars' fifth straight, the longest WSU streak since 1998. The win also gave the Cougars seven nonconference wins this season, the most since winning nine nonconference games in 1995.

The Cougars found themselves down by as many as 11 points in the first half, but their 3-point shooting brought them back. Senior guard Katie Appleton and freshman guard April Cook each knocked down three first-half 3-pointers, keying the Cougar comeback. The duo combined for 20 of the team's 32 points in the first stanza, and WSU entered intermission with a 32-28 lead.

The second half was all Cougars, as WSU posted a 15-0 run to begin the final period. The Cougars held Hawaii without a point for the first 10-plus minutes of the second half, and the 20 points allowed in the second half was a season-low in any half for the Cougars. The 11-point deficit was the largest overcome since being down by 12 against San Jose State Dec. 16, 2007, and posting a 78-72 overtime victory.

Cook scored a game-high 17 points, while Appleton and freshman guard Jazmine Perkins each chipped in 12. Freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski pulled down a game- and career-high 10 rebounds, the first double-digit rebounding game of her career.

Appleton connected on four 3-pointers, tying a career high and moving into sole possession of second place on the WSU career list with 135. She also recorded a career-high seven assists.

The Cougars' win was the first all-time over the Rainbow Wahine, ending a four-game losing streak. The Cougars are now 3-0 against the Western Athletic Conference in 2008, after knocking off Boise State (85-76) and Idaho (53-50). All three games against the WAC have been played on the road.

Jessica Oestreicher saw her first regular season action as a Cougar. The 6-foot-8 freshman center scored three points and pulled down three rebounds in six minutes of action.

The Cougars and Rainbow Wahine will square off again Monday at Stan Sheriff Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (PT).


WASHINGTON STATE (7-2)Cook, April 6-18 2-5 17; Appleton, Katie 4-14 0-0 12; Perkins, Jazmine 5-130-0 12; Molzen, Heather 3-7 0-0 8; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-4 5-6 7; Calderwood,Katie 0-2 4-6 4; Oestreicher, Jessica 1-4 1-1 3; Kelly, Kezia 1-4 1-2 3;Coates, Ebonee 0-2 0-0 0; Pettersen, Lexie 0-3 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-00-0 0. Totals 21-71 13-20 66.

HAWAI`I (2-8)Ilic, Sarah 6-10 3-6 16; Kanekoa, Keisha 5-12 2-2 12; Liepkalne, Dita 4-110-0 8; Patterson, Allie 2-4 0-0 4; Wilson, Katie 0-0 2-4 2; Cho, Catherine1-3 0-1 2; Dew, Rebecca 1-3 0-0 2; Jones, Ebony 1-5 0-0 2; Galdones, Leilani0-0 0-0 0; Arbuckle, Breanna 0-0 0-0 0; Tinnin, Megan 0-5 0-0 0; Hamilton,Jennifer 0-1 0-0 0; Linton, Briauna 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 7-13 48.
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