Cougar Women Fall at Oregon State

Feb. 14, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins scored a game-high 19 points, but the Washington State women's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start, falling to Oregon State 52-42 Saturday at Gill Coliseum. The Cougars dropped to 10-14 on the season and 3-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Beavers improved to 15-8 overall and 6-7 in conference play.

'In the past, when our shots haven't fallen like tonight, we didn't make up for it on the defensive end,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'Tonight I thought we played great defense. This was the best week of defense we have played all season. I am extremely proud of our group.'

Perkins also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 19 games this season.

Freshman guard April Cook hit the game's first field goal, a 3-pointer at the 14-minute, 39-second mark, giving the Cougars their first lead at 4-3. WSU held Oregon State without a field goal for the game's first seven and a half minutes, but the Cougars went through a scoring drought of their own, and the Beavers built as much as a 10-point lead.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first half, with the Cougars connecting on 14.8 percent of their shots (4-of-27) and the Beavers hitting 26.1 percent on 6-of-23 shooting. WSU's defensive pressure forced 13 Beaver turnovers, but WSU trailed 22-12 heading into intermission.

The Cougars were able to cut the deficit to six in the second half, but the Beavers extended their lead to 13 (39-26) with 5:42 left in the game. The Cougars shot better in the second half, hitting 44.8 percent of their attempts (12-of-28), but they weren't able to overcome the slow start.

Cook also scored in double figures for the Cougars, chipping in 12 points.

With her scoring output, Perkins moved into third place on WSU's NCAA freshmen scoring list, passing Alke Dietel (322; 1997-98). She now has 338 points in her debut season with the Cougars. Cook moved into fifth on the list with her scoring output against the Beavers, and now has 307 points this season. They are the fifth and sixth players in school history to score more than 300 points during their freshmen seasons in school history, respectively, and the only duo to do so during the same season.

Senior guard Katie Appleton recorded her 104th career start, tied for second-most in WSU NCAA women's basketball history (Katie Nyseth; 1998-2001). Only Kate Benz has more career starts (107; 2004-07) dating back to the 1982-83 season.

The Cougars return home to face USC Friday (Feb. 20) at Friel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


WASHINGTON STATE (10-14, 3-10)

Perkins, Jazmine 9-22 0-1 19; Cook, April 5-15 0-0 12; Molzen, Heather 1-32-4 4; Coates, Ebonee 2-3 0-0 4; Oestreicher, Jessica 0-2 2-2 2; LeNoir,Danielle 0-2 1-4 1; Kelly, Kezia 0-0 0-0 0; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0;Pettersen, Lexie 0-0 0-0 0; Tarnowski, Rosie 0-7 0-0 0; Appleton, Katie 0-20-0 0. Totals 17-56 5-11 42.

OREGON STATE (15-8, 6-7)

Ducker, Tiffany 6-9 0-0 12; Davis, Brittney 2-7 8-8 12; Mitchell, Alex 5-100-0 10; Fox-Griffin, Cedes 3-9 4-4 10; Rhea, Talisa 1-15 4-7 7; Kennedy,Brittany 0-0 1-2 1; Burdick, Anita 0-0 0-0 0; Futch, Julie 0-0 0-0 0;Tilleman, Kirsten 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 17-21 52.

Washington State.............. 12 30 - 42
Oregon State.................. 22 30 - 52

3-point goals--Washington State 3-13 (Cook, April 2-4; Perkins, Jazmine 1-3;Tarnowski, Rosie 0-4; Appleton, Katie 0-1; Molzen, Heather 0-1), OregonState 1-10 (Rhea, Talisa 1-9; Davis, Brittney 0-1). Fouled out--WashingtonState-Coates, Ebonee, Oregon State-None. Rebounds--Washington State 33(Perkins, Jazmine 7), Oregon State 45 (Ducker, Tiffany 17).Assists--Washington State 8 (Cook, April 3), Oregon State 12 (Fox-Griffin,Cedes 3). Total fouls--Washington State 21, Oregon State 18. Technicalfouls--Washington State-None, Oregon State-None. A-1669

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