Cougar Women Fall to Nationally-Ranked Sun Devils

Jan. 9, 2010

PULLMAN - After fighting back to claim a late lead over the nation's 24th-ranked team, the Washington State women's basketball team fell 64-59 to Arizona State Saturday at Friel Court. The Cougars dropped to 5-10 on the season and 0-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Sun Devils, ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, improved to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

'I thought we saw a great performance from our bench today,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I don't think we were very solid with the basketball in the first half, but for the most part, in the second half we were able to settle down. The loss is unfortunate, but I think we played a great game.'

Sophomore guards April Cook (11) and Jazmine Perkins (10) were the only Cougars in double figures, but WSU's bench outscored Arizona State's 26-4.

The Cougars scored the game's first basket on a lay-up from Perkins, but Arizona State grabbed the lead with 19-minutes, 1-second remaining in the opening period, and didn't let go for the rest of the half. The Sun Devils built as much as a 10-point advantage in the first stanza before entering intermission with a 32-24 advantage.

The Cougars came roaring back in the second half, tying the game at 39 (14:43) before finally regaining their first lead in nearly 28 minutes. Redshirt freshman guard Katie Grad nailed a 3-pointer at 11:15 to put the Cougars up 43-41.

The Cougars had held on to the lead for more than four minutes, but ASU was once again able to gain control. With 3:19 left to play, freshman guard KiKi Moore grabbed a defensive rebound and went the length of the floor to put the Cougars back on top at 56-55. The Sun Devils held the Cougars to just three points over the final three minutes however, preventing WSU from notching its first win over a ranked opponent in nearly nine years.

Freshman guard KiKi Moore and redshirt junior center Katie Madison each chipped in nine points for WSU, while Perkins pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Cook recorded a season-high four assists, and freshman center Carly Noyes blocked three shots, her ninth multiple-block game this season.

The Cougars continue their first run through the Pac-10 next week in the Bay Area. WSU will square off against Stanford (No. 2/2) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif., before facing California Saturday at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif.


ARIZONA STATE (9-6, 1-3)
Orsillo, Danielle 7-12 3-3 19; Tobin, Becca 6-16 5-8 17; Murphy, Kayli 3-64-4 10; Watson, Tenaya 3-6 4-5 10; Earl, Alex 2-2 0-0 4; Mann, Deja 1-1 0-02; Bennett, Kali 0-5 2-2 2; Fulcher, Janae 0-2 0-0 0; McKinney, Sabrina 0-10-0 0; Fage, Gabby 0-1 0-0 0; Brandon, Kimberly 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-5418-22 64.

Cook, April 5-17 1-2 11; Perkins, Jazmine 5-17 0-1 10; Madison, Katie 4-71-3 9; Moore, KiKi 4-8 1-2 9; LeNoir, Danielle 2-3 2-2 7; Grad, Katie 1-52-2 5; Pettersen, Lexie 2-4 0-0 5; Noyes, Carly 1-5 1-2 3; Tarnowski, Rosie0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-67 8-14 59.
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