WSU Opens Season With 82-66 Exhibition Win Over New Zealand
Nov. 10, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four Washington State players scored in double figures topropel the Cougars to an 82-66 win over the Manukau New Zealand Basketball Clubin a women's basketball exhibition game Friday night at Friel Court.
All 15 players on the Cougar roster saw action during the game and 11 playersmade a dent on the scoreboard. Katie Nyseth led Washington State with 11 pointsand Yvonne Volkman, Kelley Berglund and Brittney Hawks each added 10 points forthe Cougars.
The game began as a seesaw affair with five lead changes and four ties duringthe first 7:15 of play. However, with the game tied at 11 at the 12:45 mark ofthe first half, WSU blitzed New Zealand with a 17-4 run in the next sevenminutes of play, taking a 28-15 lead. The Cougars never trailed again after therun that was initiated by four consecutive points from Whitney Martindale andsustained by scoring contributions from Berglund, Hawks, Sarah Barrett, JessicaOttmar and Candace Fields.
While the Cougar offense was hot, New Zealand's was ice-cold, managing only 24first-half points on 8-of-28 shooting. For the game, New Zealand was 1-of-15>from three-point territory. New Zealand's Celeste Hill led all scorers with 23points.
The Cougars open their regular season Tuesday, November 21 against AmericanUniversity at Washington D.C. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. Pacific.