Washington State's Charmaine Jones scored 11 points to lead a balanced offense as the Cougars defeated San Diego State 55-50 yesterday at Peterson Gym. Adriane Ferguson of Spokane...

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SAN DIEGO — Washington State’s Charmaine Jones scored 11 points to lead a balanced offense as the Cougars defeated San Diego State 55-50 yesterday at Peterson Gym.


Adriane Ferguson of Spokane and Emma Joneby each added 10 points for the Cougars (4-3). Joneby and Kate Benz each had nine rebounds.


Aztecs forward Ashley Cheesman collected game-high totals of 15 points and 11 rebounds.


“An ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” Cougars coach Sherri Murrell said. “It was an ugly win, but it was a win on the road.


“The team was tired but they stepped up. I am so proud of them. It says a lot about this team. They are dead tired, but they pulled it out and they won.”


Down 26-23 at the half, WSU outscored San Diego State 32-24 in the second half, including 8-3 in the final 4:26.


With the score tied at 47, WSU took the lead on a Benz basket and increased its advantage to 51-47 when Jessica Perry scored with 2:26 remaining.


San Diego State (2-3) failed to score in the last 1:44 of the game, witnessed by 276 fans.


WSU plays its next four games at home, beginning Saturday against Eastern Washington.




Other games




No. 18 UCLA 92, at Fresno State 76


Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn each scored more than 20 points for the Bruins (6-1) in their win over the Bulldogs (6-1).


Blue’s 22 points and Quinn’s 21 points and game-high 12 rebounds helped UCLA beat Fresno State in front of 6,785 fans. Fresno State’s Mirenda Swearengin led all scorers with 23 points, including 15 in the first half.


Swearengin was 9 for 20 from the field.


UCLA rallied from a 17-10 deficit to lead 39-38 at halftime. It was the first time Fresno State has been behind at the half this season.


The Bruins put the game away early in the second half, opening with a 16-3 run to take a 55-41 lead.


The Bruins shot 58.1 percent (18 of 31) in the second half after making 37 percent of their shots before the break.


Lisa Willis added 18 points and Amanda Livingston chipped in with 13 for UCLA.




At USC 66, South Dakota St. 59


Freshman Brynn Cameron tied a school record by making six three-pointers as part of a 20-point effort, leading the Women of Troy (5-2) over the Jackrabbits (6-3).


Cameron made her first four three-point attempts.


Reserve Meghan Gnekow added 13 points for USC.


South Dakota State’s Shannon Schlagel had team-high totals of 14 points and eight rebounds.