Balanced Scoring Leads WSU Over Samford 76-49 at Lady Griz Holiday Classic

Dec. 29, 2000

MISSOULA, Mont. - Aided by a 17-5 run to close out the first half the Washington State Cougars defeated the Samford Bulldogs 76-49 Friday night in the first round of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic.

In notching their second consecutive triumph, the Cougars also recorded their fifth win of the season, one more than last year's total. WSU (5-4) advances to play Montana (7-3) in the tournament championship game tomorrow at 7 p.m. Pacific.

With Samford holding a slim 22-21 lead at the 7:26 mark of the first half WSU scored seven straight points to take a 28-22 lead with 5:17 left. The Cougars would never trail again and extended their edge to 38-27 at the halftime break.

'The first ten minutes was shaky but I felt a lot better after the second ten minutes of the first half,' said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas.

WSU dashed any Samford hopes of a comeback by scoring the first six points of the second half to extend its lead to 17. The 27-point margin of victory was the largest for the Cougars this season.

Whitney Martindale led a balanced scoring effort for WSU with 13 points in addition to pulling down 10 rebounds. It was Martindale's first career double-double and the first double-double of the season for a WSU player.

Sarah Barrett added nine points and four players (Brittney Hawks, Jessica Ottmar, Szudia Bragg and Kelley Berglund) chipped in eight points for WSU.

'We do not have anybody averaging in double figures,' said Przekwas of the Cougars' balanced scoring attack. 'It's kind of unusual but that seems to be the way we operate best.'

The Cougars converted on 34-of-77 field goal attempts (44.2 percent) compared to the Bulldogs' 18-of-58 performance (31 percent). The 34 field goals were the most by the Cougars this season.

The Cougars out-rebounded Samford by a 51-38 margin including 19-12 on the offensive end to improve their mark to 4-0 when they have out-rebounded their opponents this season.
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