Cougar Lead Slips Away as Trojans Notch Win

Jan. 23, 2010

A halftime lead over the conference's second-place team fizzled away for the Washington State women's basketball team, and the Cougars fell 61-51 to USC Saturday at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash.

Freshman center Carly Noyes and sophomore guard April Cook each scored 10 points to lead the Cougars, who dropped to 5-14 on the season and 0-8 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Trojans improved to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in the Pac-10.

'It was great to see us come out in the first half with intensity and enthusiasm,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We took some great steps tonight - just not enough. We still need to put it together for 40 minutes.'

The Trojans made a couple of early runs, building as much as an eight-point lead. Both times however, the Cougars were able to respond. Trailing by six early, WSU was able to tie the game at 10 with 11-minutes, 13-seconds remaining in the half. Later in the period, following a 10-2 run by the Women of Troy, sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski capped a 12-2 Cougar run with a 3-pointer to give WSU its first lead of the game (24-22).

After the Trojans' Aarika Hughes knocked down a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to put the Trojans back on top (25-24), Tarnowski hit back-to-back 3-pointers to regain the Cougar advantage and build a 30-25 WSU lead. The Cougars extended their lead to seven with 52 seconds left in the half, before a pair of free throws from USC's Briana Gilbreath cut WSU's lead to 32-27, the score entering intermission. WSU held the Trojans without a field goal for the final four-and-half minutes of the opening half.

USC cut the Cougars' lead to one in the opening minutes of the second stanza, but Cook hit a 3-pointer and freshman guard KiKi Moore stole the ensuing in-bound pass and scored on a quick lay-up to extend WSU's lead to 37-31. The Trojans put together their first of two second-half runs, this one 9-2, to take their first lead of the second half at 40-39 with 12:33 left in the game.

After the Cougars and Trojans traded 3-pointers, WSU scored five-straight, taking a 47-46 lead with 9:23 remaining on the clock. USC then outscored the Cougars 13-2 over the next five-plus minutes, and the Trojans' second run of the half was too much to overcome. WSU scored just four points over the game's final nine-plus minutes, and the Trojans earned their fourth-straight conference victory.

Sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and recorded a team-high four assists, while Noyes added seven boards to go with her 10 points. Tarnowski finished the game with nine points on a season-high three 3-pointers, each of which came in the first half. Moore, the conference leader in steals, tied for the game-high with four.

WSU closes out its first run through the Pacific-10 Conference against Washington Friday (Jan. 29) at Friel Court. The Cougars and Huskies are slated to tip-off at 5 p.m., and the game will be televised lived by FSN Northwest with the pregame show beginning at 4:30 p.m.


USC (12-6, 6-1)
Gilbreath, Briana 7-12 2-2 17; Corral, Ashley 4-13 0-0 10; Hughes, Aarika3-8 0-0 8; LaPlante, Kari 3-6 2-3 8; Oliver, Heather 2-8 2-2 7; Marinacci,Christina 1-4 4-6 6; Dunham, Hailey 2-6 0-0 4; Franco, Michelle 0-1 1-2 1;Smith, Jade 0-0 0-0 0; Roark, Daniela 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 11-15 61.

Noyes, Carly 5-9 0-2 10; Cook, April 2-14 4-4 10; Tarnowski, Rosie 3-7 0-09; Moore, KiKi 3-12 2-3 8; Perkins, Jazmine 2-8 0-0 6; Madison, Katie 0-13-4 3; LeNoir, Danielle 1-5 0-0 3; Grad, Katie 1-5 0-0 2; Calderwood, Katie0-0 0-0 0; Pettersen, Lexie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-63 9-13 51.
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