Appleton Sets WSU Career Mark in Loss to Bruins

Jan. 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Senior guard Katie Appleton became Washington State's career leader in 3-pointers in an 83-48 loss at UCLA Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The Cougars are now 8-9 on the season and 1-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference. UCLA improved to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10.

Appleton needed only three 3-pointers to pass Joanna Smith (143; 1997-2001) on the all-time list, and she hit four against the Bruins - all in the second half - and now has 145 on her career. With 13 points against UCLA - the 45th double-digit outing of her career - the Cougar captain also passed Heather Norman (981; 1989-92) to move into 13th on the school's career scoring list with 984 points.

'I'm so proud of Katie,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'She's a great leader and a great person. She is the first in the gym and the last to leave. She does whatever it takes to help this program and I'm really glad she has the record.'

The Cougars held an early lead, but the Bruins gained control at the 16-minute, 37-second mark (8-6) and didn't let go. The Bruins shot 60.1 percent from the floor (14-of-23) in the first stanza, and went into the break with 38-22 lead.

The Bruins extended their lead to 23 (52-29) with just over 14 minutes remaining, but the Cougars went on a 13-4 run over the next five-plus minutes to close the gap to a 14-point Bruin advantage. That was as close as WSU would get however, as the Bruins outscored the Cougars 27-6 over the last eight minutes.

UCLA shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the floor on the game, while the Cougars finished the game shooting 30.8 percent (16-of-52). WSU also forced 24 Bruin turnovers, but turned the ball over a season-high 29 times.

'Turnovers were definitely the major factor in the game,' Daugherty said. 'We turned the ball over way too many times and it gave UCLA way too many good shots. I do think our young team showed a lot of poise in a tough environment. It's a step in the right direction.'

Perkins scored a team-high 14 points and recorded a game-high four steals, and senior center Ebonee Coates pulled down a game-high six rebounds. Coates, freshman center Jessica Oestreicher and senior forward/center Heather Molzen each recorded a block. For Coates it was her seventh consecutive game with a block, and for Oestreicher it was her third consecutive game.

The Cougars close out their trip to Los Angeles against USC Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Galen Center.


Perkins, Jazmine 6-13 1-2 14; Appleton, Katie 4-5 1-2 13; Cook, April 3-132-4 8; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-4 2-2 4; Molzen, Heather 1-4 2-2 4; Pettersen,Lexie 0-2 3-4 3; LeNoir, Danielle 1-8 0-0 2; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0;Kelly, Kezia 0-1 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-0 0-0 0; Oestreicher, Jessica0-1 0-0 0; Coates, Ebonee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-52 11-16 48.

UCLA (13-4, 4-2)
Campbell, Doreena 5-6 3-5 15; Earl, Nina 4-5 4-5 12; Tukiainen, Erica 4-82-2 11; Nyingifa, Atonye 2-4 4-4 8; Morris, Darxia 4-6 0-0 8; Gardner,Rebekah 3-6 0-0 7; Brown, Candice 3-5 0-0 6; Taka, Allison 2-4 0-0 6;Henderson, Tierra 2-5 2-2 6; Alexander, Moniquee 1-2 0-0 2; Ibekwe, Chinyere1-3 0-0 2; Nzekwe, Christina 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 31-56 15-19 83.
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