Washington State may have finished ahead of Washington in the regular season standings for the first time since the Pac-10 adopted women's...
PULLMAN — Washington State may have finished ahead of Washington in the regular season standings for the first time since the Pac-10 adopted women’s basketball in 1986.
But until further notice, the Cougars will keep carrying the label as the Huskies’ punching bag.
With a 62-55 win in Pullman Friday night, the Huskies have defeated the Cougars 28 consecutive times dating to Feb. 25, 1995.
“This is a good feeling going into the Pac-10 tournament like this,” said coach Tia Jackson. “The kids played their tails off. This one means a lot.”
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The victory spoiled senior night for the Cougars and the largest attendance this season at a WSU women’s basketball game (1,926), which included the WSU football team and coach Paul Wulff.
“To see that kind of support tonight was amazing,” said Cougars coach June Daugherty, now 0-4 against her old school. “I commend our kids. A couple more free throws, a couple less turnovers, and maybe things would’ve been different.”
Turnovers put the Cougars in a big hole early. WSU (11-18, 4-14) committed 16 turnovers in the first half — including four on what looked to be promising fast breaks. UW (7-21, 3-15) held a 33-24 lead at the intermission as a result.
Both teams swapped big runs the entire night — the game had 10 lead changes.
WSU stormed out of the second half with a 13-3 run, taking a 37-36 lead with 15:05 remaining. The Huskies countered with a 14-2 run in the next six minutes, taking a 50-39 lead.
The Cougars rallied for a 55-54 lead with 2:37 on a jump shot by April Cook (23 points).
But unlike the story that unfolded so often this season, the Huskies held strong in the end. Guard Kristi Kingma responded with a jumper on the next possession, and UW never trailed again.
“So often this season we got rattled and lost focus in that moment,” said guard Sami Whitcomb, who led all Huskies with 18 points. “But tonight we stuck together. We said to ourselves ‘this is our game, we gotta stay focused.’ “
Whitcomb added: “On any given night, anyone in the Pac-10 can beat anyone. We feel like we can really surprise some people in this tournament.”
Percentages: FG .373, FT .724. Three-point goals: 3-12, (Lay 0-1, Kingma 0-1, Whitcomb 2-7, Romeo 0-1, Augustavo 1-1, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Turnovers: 15, (Lay 2, Argens 2, Kingma, Rozier, Whitcomb 3, Romeo, McNeill 2, Williams, Mosiman). Steals: 10, (Kingma, Rozier, Whitcomb 2, Morton, McNeill 2, Young, Williams, Mosiman).
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Percentages: FG .361, FT .400. Three-point goals: 7-23, (Molzen 0-3, Cook 2-6, Perkins 3-7, Appleton 2-5, Tarnowski 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Turnovers: 21, (Molzen 6, Coates 2, Cook 2, Perkins 3, LeNoir 6, Oestreicher, Pettersen). Steals: 7, (Molzen, Coates, Perkins 4, Appleton).