Cougar Women Victorious Over Dons in Kennewick

Dec. 19, 2009

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team ran away with a 74-57 win over San Francisco Saturday at the Toyota Center in the Tri-Cities Cougar Classic sponsored by Gesa Credit Union. The Cougars evened their record at 5-5 on the season, while the Dons fell to 4-9.

'It was exciting to come to the Tri-Cities and play in front of so many passionate Cougar fans,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'And I was happy that we were able to put on a good show for them. I am proud of the way our defense played, and I thought we had a great presence inside which opened up a lot for our shooters.'

The Cougars had four players in double figures, including a team-high 15 points from sophomore guard April Cook. Freshman center Carly Noyes and redshirt freshman guard Katie Grad each scored 12 points, and sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins added 11.

After scoring just two points against Portland, ending a streak of 18-consecutive double-digit games, Cook had 12 points in the first half alone. Noyes was also in double figures at the half (10), hitting each of her first five attempts.

WSU connected on 27-of-63 attempts (42.9 percent) against the Dons, including 7-of-15 from the 3-point line (46.7 percent). The Cougars got off to a great start, shooting 45.7 percent from the floor in the opening half (16-of-35).

In addition to an improved shooting performance, the Cougars' defensive pressure forced 30 San Francisco turnovers. WSU entered this week ranked 11th-nationally in forced turnovers (14.6 per game), and had already surpassed their season average with 17 forced in the opening half.

The Cougars entered intermission with a 17-point halftime lead (37-20), the largest thus far in 2009-10, and built as much as a 24-point advantage in the second half.

Perkins just missed a double-double, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds in addition to her 11 points. She also recorded a game-high five assists. Freshman guard KiKi Moore led WSU with three steals, while Noyes recorded a team-high two blocks and moved into seventh place on WSU's freshman NCAA blocks list (13).

WSU closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule with a game Tuesday (Dec. 22) against Nevada in Reno, Nev. Tip-off against the Wolfpack is scheduled for 7 p.m.


USF (4-9)
ALE,Rheina 7-11 2-2 19; TAYLOR,Donnisha 7-14 1-2 15; SINGLETERRY,Vania 5-84-7 14; KEATING,Katy 2-7 0-0 5; BOGGS,Ashley 2-2 0-0 4; DANIELS,Whitney 0-20-0 0; ANTON,Heidi 0-3 0-0 0; DREXLER,Tawny 0-1 0-0 0; BRUMFIELD,Brittany0-2 0-0 0; OKEREKE,Nnenna 0-1 0-0 0; KHLOK,Mel 0-3 0-0 0; BARBOUR,Bailey 0-10-0 0. Totals 23-55 7-11 57.

Cook, April 6-11 0-0 15; Noyes, Carly 6-7 0-1 12; Grad, Katie 3-7 4-6 12;Perkins, Jazmine 4-11 2-4 11; Moore, KiKi 3-9 2-2 8; Tarnowski, Rosie 3-51-2 7; Madison, Katie 1-3 4-5 6; Pettersen, Lexie 1-2 0-2 3; Waltenburg, Amy0-2 0-0 0; LeNoir, Danielle 0-3 0-0 0; Calderwood, Katie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals27-63 13-22 74.
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