MANHATTAN, Kan. - Freshman guard KiKi Moore scored in double figures and tied the freshman record for steals in a game, but the Washington State University women's basketball team dropped a 70-63 contest at Kansas State Friday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Cougars fell to 1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats improved to 1-2 to begin 2009-10.
"I was really proud of the way we came out in our first road test," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We did some great things, but we need to get back in the gym in the morning and get better."
Moore scored a team-high 17 points for the second-straight game, her first two as a Cougar. The freshman from San Francisco, Calif., also added seven steals, tying the WSU freshman NCAA record, and recorded six assists, the most by a Cougar since April Cook recorded seven against Oregon State, Jan. 15, 2009.
"KiKi is going to be a lot of fun to coach for the next four years," Daugherty said. "She is a special player."
The Cougars opened the game on an 11-1 run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first 4-minutes, 33-seconds, and without a field goal for the game's opening 6:25. Moore recorded steals on each of the first two Wildcat possessions, resulting in fast-break lay-ups for the Cougars.
The Wildcats fought back though, claiming their first lead of the game with 4:30 left in the first half (24-23). Kansas State built an eight-point advantage headed into halftime, but the Cougars opened the second stanza with another run to reclaim the lead with 15:04 remaining (41-40).
The teams traded leads a few more times before Kansas State was able to build its lead to 14 (58-44). Once the Wildcats had built their largest lead of the game, WSU held them scoreless for the next five-plus minutes, cutting into the deficit. The Cougars were able to cut the Wildcat lead to three, but that was as close as they could get.
Cook scored 16 points, her 12th-consecutive game in double figures, and sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
WSU entered this week ranked second in the Pac-10 in steals, and recorded another 12 against Kansas State.
The Cougars continue their swing through the Midwest, the team's first road trip of the 2009-10 season, squaring off against Nebraska Sunday in Lincoln. The Cougars and Cornhuskers are slated to tip-off at 12:05 p.m. (PT) at Devaney Center.