Cougar Women Lose Close Battle with Trojans

Feb. 20, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team kept it close until the final minutes, but ultimately fell 68-57 Friday against USC at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 10-15 on the season and 3-11 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Trojans improved to 13-11 overall and 7-6 in conference play.

'We played a great game against a very talented team,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'Unfortunately, we weren't able to get it done. But we're getting better.'

The Cougars boasted a trio of double-digit scorers in freshman guard Jazmine Perkins (17), freshman guard April Cook (16) and senior forward Heather Molzen (11).

Perkins filled the stat sheet, adding eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to her game-high 17 points. She scored in double figures for the 20th time this season, second-most by a Cougar freshman in NCAA history. Only Kristal Stahl (23; 1988-89) had more double-digit scoring games as a freshman.

The Cougars opened the game on a 7-0 run, but the Trojans were able to tie the game at seven with a run of their own. WSU jumped ahead a couple more times, but the Trojans were able to grab their first lead of the game at 12-11 with 12-minutes, 27-seconds remaining, and extended it to six at 23-17. The Cougars were able to reclaim the advantage at 30-28 (1:41) on a 3-pointer by Perkins, and went into halftime up 32-31.

USC opened the second half on an 11-2 run, building its largest lead of the game at 42-34. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 51 with 8:16 left in the game on another 3-pointer from Perkins, but USC jumped back out to a five-point lead. WSU was able to claw back one more time, getting back within one at 58-57 with 4:05 remaining, but the Trojans were able to hold on, closing out the game on a 10-0 run.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of Molzen and senior center Ebonee Coates, the Cougars outrebounded the Trojans 45-43. Coates pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, her ninth career double-digit rebounding effort. Molzen grabbed nine boards to go with her 11 points.

Perkins moved into second place on WSU's NCAA list for steals by a freshman, and now has 54 on the season. Only Jade Hyett had more steals during her freshman season, recording 85 in 1995-96. She also moved into a tie for fifth place on the WSU NCAA list for assists by a freshman with 68.

Cook moved into fourth place on WSU's freshmen NCAA scoring list, passing Alke Dietel (322; 1997-98). She now has 323 points in her debut season with the Cougars. Perkins is third on the list with 355 points this season.

The Cougars close out their weekend homestand against UCLA Sunday at 1 p.m. at Friel Court. The game will mark WSU's 'Pink Zone' game in support of breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans will receive an exclusive WSU Pink Zone T-shirt.


USC (13-11, 7-6)
LeNoir, Camille 5-14 4-6 15; Parker, Nadia 3-13 4-6 10; Oliver, Heather 3-62-2 10; Cameron, Brynn 3-6 0-0 8; LaPlante, Kari 4-5 0-0 8; Gilbreath,Briana 3-8 0-3 7; Hughes, Aarika 2-4 0-0 5; Corral, Ashley 2-7 0-0 5;Jenkins, Michelle 0-0 0-0 0; Berberet, Nicole 0-0 0-0 0; Dunham, Hailey 0-00-0 0. Totals 25-63 10-17 68.

WASHINGTON STATE (10-15, 3-11)
Perkins, Jazmine 6-16 2-8 17; Cook, April 5-19 4-8 16; Molzen, Heather 5-90-1 11; LeNoir, Danielle 2-6 1-2 6; Coates, Ebonee 2-4 2-4 6; Appleton,Katie 0-2 1-2 1; Dickerson, Salena 0-0 0-0 0; Kelly, Kezia 0-0 0-0 0;Oestreicher, Jessica 0-0 0-0 0; Pettersen, Lexie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-5710-25 57.

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