Cougar Defense Stifles Ducks in 67-53 Victory

March 5, 2010

The Washington State women's basketball team pulled off the third-largest comeback in school history, knocking off Oregon 67-53 Friday evening at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. Sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins recorded the third double-double of her career, scoring a game-high 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

WSU (8-20, 3-14 Pacific-10 Conference) held Oregon (16-13, 7-10 Pac-10) to season lows in both scoring (53) and shooting percentage (26.7). The Ducks had averaged 83.6 points per game and 44.1 percent from the floor in 2009-10, and had scored 80-plus in 20 games.

'We've been denied a lot this year, but after being down 15, I think this really speaks to the character of this team,' WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. 'This was a great comeback, and I am extremely proud of our defensive effort tonight.'

Oregon opened the game on a 16-2 run, and ultimately extended its lead to 15 on a couple of occasions. WSU was able to cut its deficit to single digits three times, but finally pushed through in the latter half of the period. The Cougars outscored Oregon 24-9 over the final nine-plus minutes of the half, and the teams entered the break tied at 38.

After beginning the game shooting 1-of-10 from the floor, WSU outshot Oregon 41 percent (16-of-39) to 33.3 percent (14-of-42) in the half. Perkins had 13 of her 19 points in the first stanza, hitting three 3-pointers.

The momentum the Cougars had built in the final 10 minutes of the first half carried over to the second, as Cook opened the scoring with a 3-pointer to give the Cougars their first lead of the game (41-38) with 18-minutes, 55-seconds left in the final period. Oregon hit back-to-back 3-pointers to reclaim the lead at 44-41, but WSU put together a streak of 14-straight to push ahead for good.

The Ducks scored just nine points over the final 17 minutes, and WSU notched its first home victory over Oregon in more than four years. The 15-point deficit is the third-largest overcome in school history, and is the greatest since coming back from down 16 against Oregon, Feb. 15, 2001 (77-76).

Perkins went 7-of-12 from the floor and made a career-high five 3-pointers. Sophomore guard April Cook also scored in double figures for WSU (16), and sophomore forward Rosie Tarnowski came off the bench to score eight points and pull down 10 rebounds, her third double-digit rebounding effort this season. Freshman guard KiKi Moore recorded a game-high six assists.

WSU closes out its regular season Sunday against Oregon State. Tip-off against the Beavers is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Friel Court, and the team will honor redshirt senior Amy Waltenburg as part of Senior Night.


OREGON (16-13, 7-10)
Lilley, Taylor 6-21 0-0 16; Johnson, Amanda 4-16 0-0 10; Cocks, Micaela 4-130-0 10; Canepa, Nicole 2-7 2-2 6; Jackson, Nia 2-6 0-0 5; Saffold, Lindsey2-3 0-0 4; Holliday, Jasmin 0-3 2-4 2; Fallin, Kristi 0-0 0-0 0; Kenyon,Victoria 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 20-75 4-6 53.

Perkins, Jazmine 7-12 0-0 19; Cook, April 6-15 3-6 16; Tarnowski, Rosie 3-62-3 8; Madison, Katie 3-8 2-4 8; Noyes, Carly 3-4 0-2 6; Moore, KiKi 1-103-7 5; LeNoir, Danielle 1-7 1-2 4; Grad, Katie 0-1 1-2 1; Pettersen, Lexie0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-64 12-26 67.
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