Second Half Portland Surge Overtakes WSU 68-63 At The Cougar Shootout

Dec. 8, 2000

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sharon Rissmiller scored a game high 27 points, 18 in the second half, as the Portland Pilots overcame a 17-point second half deficit to capture a 68-63 win over the Washington State Cougars Friday night in the first round of the Cougar Shootout.

Yvonne Volkman led WSU with 18 points leading a contingent of three Cougar players that scored in double figures.

The Cougars (3-3) could not score however, when it needed it most in the second half as the Pilots (3-3) outscored WSU 40-24 in the final stanza.

After taking a 39-28 lead into the half, the Cougars extended their advantage to 45-28 at the 17:40 mark of the second half. The Pilots took off from that point on, outscoring WSU 29-12 in the next 13:57 to tie the game at 57 with 3:58 left.

The Cougars seemed to reassert control with four consecutive points but a Rissmiller three-pointer sparked an 11-2 Portland run to close the game out. Rissmiller accounted for seven of those final 11 points.

The difference in the game can be found in the field goal percentage and the free throw line for the Cougars in the second half. WSU shot 53.3 percent (16-of-30) in the first half but only found the bucket 9-of-24 times (37.5 percent) in the second half. Portland also went to the line 15 more times than WSU in the second half, making 11 more free throws.

The Cougars will face Toledo (4-2) in Saturday's consolation game at 6 p.m. Toledo fell to the Idaho Vandals 66-65 in Friday's first contest. Darci Pemperton led Idaho (2-6) with 12 points.

The Pilots and Vandals will meet in the championship game at 8 p.m.
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