WSU falls to BYU 90-58

Nov. 30, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - Four Brigham Young players scored in double figures as BYU broke open what had been a close game with a 18-0 second half run to defeat the Washington State women's basketball team 90-58 Thursday night at Friel Court.

BYU's Heather Cheesman led all scorers with 16 points and Erin Thorn added 14 for the Cougars from Utah. In addition, Lisa Osguthorpe and Stacy Jensen added 11 points each for BYU (3-1). WSU (2-2) was led by 13 points from Yvonne Volkman and 11 from Kelley Berglund.

With BYU holding a 39-34 advantage at the half, a Katie Nyseth bucket in the opening stages of the second half cut WSU's deficit to three. But that was as close as WSU would come for the rest of the evening.

With its lead cut to three at the 19:53 mark of the second half, BYU exploded for 18 consecutive points in the next 5:24 to take a 57-36 lead at the 14:29 mark of the second half. In that stretch, WSU missed six consecutive shots and turned the ball over three times.

Jensen accounted for eight points in the run and initiated the blitz by making one of the ten treys that BYU hit for the night. For the game, BYU shot 71.4 percent from three-point territory (10-of-14) and 61.5 percent from the field (32-of-52).

'BYU is just a really good team,' said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. 'Every time we had a letdown they took advantage of it. They scored after every single letdown which made our letdowns even worse.'

WSU did not letdown at the beginning of the game, coming out of the gates quickly by taking a 13-6 lead in the first 4:43 of the game. The advantage proved to be short lived however as BYU came back with an 11-0 run to take a lead it would never relinquish at 17-13 with 11:57 left in the first half.

WSU return to action Saturday, Dec. 2 against its Palouse rival the Idaho Vandals. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Friel Court.

--wsucougars.com--
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