Cougars Continue Run Through Los Angeles

Feb. 19, 2010

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The Washington State women's basketball team continues its trip to Los Angeles, squaring off against UCLA Saturday (Feb. 18). Tip-off between the Bruins and Cougars is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.

The Cougars (7-18, 2-12 Pac-10) are looking for their third-straight road victory, while the Bruins (17-7, 10-3 Pac-10) are looking for their fourth-straight win.

Fans can listen to the game live on KQQQ 1150 AM and on translator 105.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow, or at Steve Grubbs has the call live from Los Angeles.

Although the Cougars are 2-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, they have held second-half leads in a majority of their league games. WSU has held second-half leads in eight of the team's 12 conference losses, including five leads with less than 10 minutes remaining and three with less than four minutes on the clock.

A trio of double-digit scorers brought the Cougars back from a first-half deficit, but WSU was unable to hold on to a late lead and fell 59-56 to UCLA Jan. 21 at Friel Court. Sophomore guards April Cook and Jazmine Perkins scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, and freshman guard KiKi Moore added 11.

WSU hit just one of its first 17 shots as the Bruins extended their lead to 15, the same deficit facing the Cougars at intermission (32-17). With nearly four minutes left in the game, Cook connected on her third 3-pointer of the second half to cut UCLA's lead to two (49-47), and later hit back-to-back jumpers to finally push the Cougars ahead with 1:35 left on the clock. The Bruins regained the lead on their next possession, and held on for a 59-56 win.

WSU is looking for its first victory over UCLA since Jan. 6, 2001 (74-52). A win would end a streak of 19-consecutive losses to UCLA, and would also be the first over the Bruins in Los Angeles. WSU is 6-42 in the all-time series.

WSU has won back-to-back conference road games for the first time since 1995-96, and each of the two wins stopped losing streaks that lasted more than a decade. WSU's victory over ASU (Feb. 6) in Tempe was its first in more than 13 years, and the team's win over USC (Feb. 18) was the first in Los Angeles in more than 11 years. The Cougars had lost 11-straight to the Sun Devils overall, and 18-straight to the Trojans.

Carly Noyes has 49 blocks in her debut season, the most by a freshman in school history and the second-most by a Cougar in a single season. She trails Holly Zapel (Bertus) for first on the all-time single-season list (55; 1984-85).

WSU freshmen KiKi Moore and Carly Noyes each lead the Pacific-10 Conference in a major statistical category. Moore ranks first in the conference in steals, averaging 3.1 per game. Noyes leads the Pac-10 in blocks, averaging 2.0 per game.
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