Cougar Women Complete Season Sweep over Wildcats

Feb. 26, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - Led by a trio of freshmen scoring in double figures, the Washington State women's basketball team defeated Arizona 63-56 Thursday at McKale Center, sweeping the season series with the Wildcats for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Cougars improved to 11-16 on the season and 4-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Wildcats fell to 10-16 on the season and 3-12 in conference play.

The sweep is also the first over a conference opponent in eight years, when WSU knocked off Oregon 67-64 at home (Jan. 20) and 77-76 on the road (Feb. 15) in 2000-01.

'This team has really worked hard all year,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I am extremely excited for this team. My hat goes off to them.'

Danielle LeNoir led the Cougars with a career-high 15 points, and Jazmine Perkins and April Cook each chipped in 12. Fellow freshman Lexie Pettersen added a career-high eight points.

Perkins, who now has 380 points in her debut season, moved into second on WSU's NCAA freshmen scoring list, passing Angie Miller (377; 1987-88). Only Kristal Stahl (404; 1988-89) scored more points as a freshman.

Arizona nailed a 3-pointer on its first possession, but the Wildcats were held scoreless for the game's next five and a half minutes as the Cougars took their first lead at 4-3 with 14-minutes, 43-seconds left in the first half. The teams would swap leads six more times, but once the Wildcats built a five-point lead (18-13), their largest of the first half, the Cougars went on a 13-3 run to build a five-point lead of their own at 26-21. WSU entered intermission with a 32-29 advantage.

The teams exchanged leads a couple more times in the second period, but when WSU claimed the advantage at 36-35 (15:39), they didn't let go. WSU built as much as a 12-point second-half lead en route to its third straight victory over Arizona and second in a row on the road. WSU hadn't defeated Arizona in consecutive road games since winning 83-65 in 1995 (March 4) and 76-67 in 1996 (Feb. 29). The three consecutive wins over Arizona is the longest streak since winning four consecutive games from 1995-96.

Senior forward Heather Molzen pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, and Cook recorded a team-high five assists and three steals. LeNoir added four assists, a career high.

With her start tonight against Arizona, senior guard Katie Appleton moved into a tie for first place on WSU's NCAA list with the 107th of her career. Kate Benz (2003-07) is the only other Cougar in NCAA history to start 107 career games.

The Cougars complete the road portion of their 2008-09 regular season Saturday at Arizona State. Tip-off against the Sun Devils is scheduled for 3 p.m. (PT) at Wells Fargo Arena.


WASHINGTON STATE (11-16, 4-12)
LeNoir, Danielle 3-5 9-10 15; Perkins, Jazmine 5-11 0-0 12; Cook, April 5-182-2 12; Pettersen, Lexie 3-5 0-0 8; Appleton, Katie 2-8 1-2 6; Molzen,Heather 3-5 0-2 6; Coates, Ebonee 1-3 0-0 2; Oestreicher, Jessica 1-2 0-0 2.Totals 23-57 12-16 63.

ARIZONA (10-16, 3-12)
Njonkou, Amina 4-11 8-11 16; Clements, Courtney 4-15 4-4 13; Thomas, Reiko4-12 3-3 12; Bofia, Beatrice 5-13 1-2 11; Frazier, Ashley 2-10 0-0 4; Hill,Faihza 0-2 0-2 0; Hays, Sarah 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-64 16-22 56.
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