HOT COUGAR ACTION: Recaps From Day One Of The Pac-12 Tournament

"No foul, no foul!" - Pac-12 referee

Day one of the Pac-12 Tournament produced two different results for the Washington State men's and women's basketball teams.

Against Oregon State, the men's team fell behind by 16 points in the first eight minutes before storming back to take a one-point halftime lead. They held a two-point lead with four minutes to play, but were unable to hold on as OSU outscored the Cougars 11-4 the rest of the way. Brock Motum scored 13 points in the second half on his way to a team-high 18 points. While Motum carried the Cougars for much of the second half, Reggie Moore struggled going 0-for-11 from the floor after halftime. It was another frustrating loss in a season of frustrating losses where WSU played well enough to win, but couldn't close the game out.

The women also faced OSU, but unlike the men, they got off to a fast start jumping out to a 17-2 lead. OSU cut the lead to five at halftime and narrowed it to a single point with just under nine minutes remaining, but WSU extended it to seven with a 6-0 run, then held on to secure their first ever conference tournament victory. Sophomore Brandi Thomas led way with 17 points while Jazmine Perkins pulled down 10 rebounds. The Cougars will face third seeded USC tonight at 7:15 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Beavers knock Cougars out of Pac-12 tourney - Spokesman.com - March 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES – He didn’t have his team well enough prepared on Wednesday afternoon, Washington State coach Ken Bone said, so the Cougars will again leave the Pac-12 tournament without a victory.

The game that was: Oregon State 69, WSU 64 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 7, 2012
FROM LOS ANGELES — Is WSU's season over? That's a question we addressed in our game story. For now, we'll recap this loss to Oregon State the same way we always do.

OSU 69, WSU 64: postgame transcripts - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 7, 2012
FROM LOS ANGELES — We have postgame press conference transcripts for both teams to pass along. (Props to Ryan Divish for schooling me on the benefits of Scribd, which is a slick way to post entire documents in blog posts.)

Oregon State 69, Washington State 64– Final | UW Huskies Insider - The News Tribune
Like so many of their games this season, the Washington State Cougars played well enough to win. And like so many of those games this season, they Cougs found a way to let it slip away at the end.

Oregon St. repels Washington St. 69-64 in Pac-12 - seattlepi.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Jared Cunningham dressed at Kobe Bryant's locker in the Los Angeles Lakers' dressing room, he went out and had his worst game of the season in Oregon State's Pac-12 tournament opener.

Steve Kelley | Cougars' season ends with a whimper | Seattle Times Newspaper
LOS ANGELES — After he fouled out in the closing moments of the 69-64 loss, Washington State senior guard Marcus Capers buried his face in a towel and cried softly.

VIDEO: Dejected DaVonte Lacy Chats With Patch Following WSU's Loss in the Pac-12 Tournament - University Place, WA Patch
LOS ANGELES-Even in a silent Washington State University locker room, the space surrounding DaVonte Lacy somehow seemed quieter than the others.

Postgame Notes - Washington State vs. Oregon State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Reggie Moore had his third career double-double and second of the season with 10 points and 10 assists...Moore has had 30 combined assists in the three games against the Beavers this season.

Women's Basketball

OSU women's basketball: Washington State eliminates Beavers, 65-56
LOS ANGELES — Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck was hopeful his team would start out quick against Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

Washington State defeats Oregon State 65-56 | TheLedger.com
LOS ANGELES - Brandi Thomas scored 17 points and Carly Noyes 10 to lead Washington State to a 65-56 victory against Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday night.

Washington State women claim first Pac-12 tourney win " Kitsap Sun
The long-suffering Washington State women’s basketball program took one more step toward respectability Wednesday night when the Cougars upset Oregon State 65-56 in the first round of the Pacific-12 Conference tournament.

Football

Seahawks release homegrown talent in Trufant " Kitsap Sun
But all good things come to an end, and for the Tacoma native that happened on Wednesday, with the Seahawks announcing the release of the longest-tenured player on the team.

Baseball

Cougars Begin Eight-Game Road Trip - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS OPEN ROAD TRIP IN LAS VEGAS Fresh off a seven-game homestand, the Washington State (7-3) baseball team begins a road trip in Las Vegas...Cougars will play eight games in four cities over an 11-day span...trip opens with a three-game series at UNLV (7-6), March 9-11...game times are 6:05 p.m. (Friday), 2:05 p.m. (Saturday) and 1:05 p.m. (Sunday).

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