Cougar Women End Drought in Tempe

Feb. 6, 2010

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore guard April Cook scored a career-high 33 points, leading the Washington State women's basketball team to a 66-62 victory over Arizona State Saturday, the team's first conference victory of 2009-10 and the first road victory over the Sun Devils in more than 13 years.

'Our defense really wrecked havoc,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'We chipped away at the lead, we stayed poised, and we finally broke through for the win.

Cook's scoring output is the most by a Cougar in more than a decade and is tied for the ninth-best single-game scoring performance in school history.

WSU's win is the first in Tempe since Jan. 30, 1997 (86-78), and improves the team's record to 6-16 on the season and 1-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference. ASU dropped to 14-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play.

Offensively, the Cougars didn't take care of the ball in the opening half. WSU committed 20 first-half turnovers, and went through a scoring drought that lasted more than eight minutes. However, Cook - who scored each of the team's first 12 points - and WSU's effort at the other end of the floor kept the Sun Devils within reach.

The Cougars forced the Sun Devils into 19 turnovers, and held them to 33.3 percent shooting (9-of-27). ASU was able to build as much as a 13-point lead during the Cougars' scoring lull (17-4), but WSU outscored their hosts 25-12 over the final 10-plus minutes and entered halftime down just 29-26.

The Cougars cut their deficit to one in the opening minute of the second half, but the Sun Devils were able to extend their lead to seven on a couple of occasions. With the Sun Devils up 44-37 and 10-minutes, 12-seconds on the clock, WSU put together an 8-0 run to take the lead at 45-44. ASU was able to tie the game at 48, but the Cougars pushed their lead back out to seven (59-52) and held on for the win.

Freshman guard KiKi Moore also scored in double figures, chipping in 16 points. Moore also recorded a game-high five assists, while sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins tied for the game-high with five steals. Perkins and freshman center Carly Noyes tied for the team-high with six rebounds.

WSU returns home next week and will play host to California (Feb. 12) and Stanford (Feb. 14) at Friel Court. Tip-off against the Golden Bears is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the match-up with the Cardinal - the Cougars' Pink Zone game - is slated for noon.


WASHINGTON STATE (6-16, 1-10)Cook, April 13-18 5-9 33; Moore, KiKi 6-16 3-4 16; Perkins, Jazmine 4-13 0-09; LeNoir, Danielle 2-4 0-0 4; Tarnowski, Rosie 0-1 2-2 2; Madison, Katie1-3 0-0 2; Pettersen, Lexie 0-0 0-0 0; Grad, Katie 0-3 0-0 0; Noyes, Carly0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 10-15 66.

ARIZONA STATE (14-8, 6-5)Murphy, Kayli 5-6 4-4 14; Watson, Tenaya 4-9 2-4 11; Bennett, Kali 2-11 6-910; Earl, Alex 4-7 0-0 10; Orsillo, Danielle 3-15 0-1 6; Fulcher, Janae 2-40-1 4; Tobin, Becca 1-6 2-2 4; Burke, Joy 1-1 1-2 3; Mann, Deja 0-0 0-0 0;McKinney, Sabrina 0-0 0-2 0; Brandon, Kimberly 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 22-59 15-2762.

Washington State.............. 26 40 - 66Arizona State................. 29 33 - 62

3-point goals--Washington State 4-11 (Cook, April 2-3; Perkins, Jazmine 1-3;Moore, KiKi 1-3; Madison, Katie 0-1; Tarnowski, Rosie 0-1), Arizona State3-12 (Earl, Alex 2-5; Watson, Tenaya 1-3; Orsillo, Danielle 0-4). Fouledout--Washington State-Noyes, Carly; Perkins, Jazmine, Arizona State-None.Rebounds--Washington State 34 (Perkins, Jazmine 6; Noyes, Carly 6), ArizonaState 44 (Murphy, Kayli 10). Assists--Washington State 10 (Moore, KiKi 5),Arizona State 12 (Orsillo, Danielle 3; Watson, Tenaya 3). Totalfouls--Washington State 21, Arizona State 19. Technical fouls--WashingtonState-None, Arizona State-None. A-2923

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