Cougars Fall to Second-Ranked Cardinal

Jan. 14, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman guard KiKi Moore scored 14 points against the nation's second-ranked team, but the Washington State women's basketball team fell to Stanford 80-43 Thursday at Maples Pavilion. The Cougars dropped to 5-11 on the season and 0-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Cardinal, ranked No. 2 in both polls, improved to 14-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play.

Moore scored in double figures for the 14th time in her debut season, tied for the seventh-most by a Cougar freshman in NCAA history. Moore also tied for the team high with two steals, moving into a tie for third on WSU's single-season freshman NCAA list. The conference-leader in the statistical category now has 51 on the season.

'Our coaching staff can take a lot of positives from this game,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'I know it's difficult to see when you lose like this, but we played a really, really good team. We were much better tonight in running our offense, we didn't turn the ball over very much and our execution at both ends of the floors is starting to improve.'

Stanford scored the first seven points of the opening half en route to a 13-2 run to start the game. Despite being held to just one field goal for the first seven-plus minutes, WSU was able to cut its deficit to single digits with 8-minutes, 35-seconds remaining in the first half (21-12). The Cardinal put together a 21-4 run however, building as much as a 26-point lead. Moore hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the opening half, but the Cougars went into intermission trailing 42-19.

WSU scored the first six points of the second half, but Stanford's lead was already more than the Cougars could overcome. The Cardinal outscored WSU 38-24 in the second half for the final margin.

WSU turned the ball over just 12 times, the third-fewest in a game this season, and forced 16 Cardinal turnovers. Stanford won the rebounding battle 58-35, and shot 47.6 percent from the floor (30-of-63), compared to 25 percent shooting for WSU (18-of-72).

Moore and sophomore guards Jazmine Perkins and Danielle LeNoir each recorded three assists, and redshirt freshman guard Katie Grad pulled down a team- and career-high seven rebounds.

The Cougars conclude their trip to the Bay Area Saturday, squaring off against California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The Cougars and Golden Bears are scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON STATE (5-11, 0-5 Pac-10)
Moore, KiKi 6-18 0-0 14; Madison, Katie 4-7 0-3 8; Cook, April 2-9 3-4 8;Noyes, Carly 2-6 0-3 4; Tarnowski, Rosie 1-3 0-0 3; Perkins, Jazmine 1-120-0 2; LeNoir, Danielle 1-4 0-0 2; Grad, Katie 1-7 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie0-1 0-0 0; Pettersen, Lexie 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 18-72 3-10 43.

STANFORD (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10)
Ogwumike, Nnemkadi 11-15 0-0 22; Appel, Jayne 5-10 4-6 14; Pedersen, Kayla4-12 5-5 13; Gold-Onwude, Rosalyn 4-9 0-0 11; Pohlen, Jeanette 2-4 0-0 5; LaRocque, Lindy 2-3 0-0 5; Mashore, Grace 1-2 0-0 3; Cimino, Ashley 1-1 0-0 3;Tinkle, Joslyn 0-1 2-2 2; Murphy, Melanie 0-1 2-4 2; Harrison, Michelle 0-40-0 0; Ruef, Mikaela 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-63 13-17 80.
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