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WSU Women Lose Defensive Struggle to ASU

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by Washington State Univ. athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State Cougars fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 55-47, in Pac-10 women's basketball action, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.

Only two players scored in double-figures in what was a defensive battle throughout.  Rosetta Adzasu led WSU (8-19, 6-9 Pac-10) with 11 points while Kimberly Brandon led ASU (16-8, 8-6) with a game-high 21 points to go along with her 10 rebounds. Katie Madison pulled down 10 rebounds for WSU.

The Cougars led 23-18 at half and extended that advantage to as much as seven on two occasions in the second half, the latter a 39-32 advantage with 8:20 remaining. WSU led 44-38 with 6:12 left when Arizona State used a 9-0 run to take a 47-44 lead with 3:25 remaining.

WSU battled back to tie the game at 47 at the 2:01 mark, the seventh deadlock of the contest, but the Sun Devils scored the final eight points of the game, six coming by free throws, to salvage a split in the season series with the Cougars. Earlier in the season at Tempe, WSU defeated ASU 70-65, Jan. 20.

The Cougars held the advantage from the field, making 19-of-49 attempts (38.8 percent) compared to ASU 16-of-60 (26.7 percent) shooting effort. However, the Sun Devils held the advantage from the free throw line, making 21-of-26 from the charity stripe while WSU was 7-of-15. Additionally, WSU committed 20 turnovers compared to ASU's 12, and was out-rebounded on the offensive boards by a 20-10 margin.

"It was a grind it out game both ways," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "They hit their free throws late in the game and did an outstanding job on the (offensive) boards, and that was the difference in the ball game.

"It's a tough pill to swallow because we led the whole game," Daugherty added. "I thought we put ourselves in position to win and unfortunately was unable to close it out."

The game marked the Cougars' annual PINK ZONE game for breast cancer awareness. The majority of the 691 fans at Beasley were dressed in pink.

WSU returns to action, Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Washington at 5:30 p.m. The game was originally slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip but was changed to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate television. FSN Northwest will broadcast the game live.

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