Cougars Upend No. 19 Arizona 93-86
Feb. 10, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Yvonne Volkman scored a career-high 22 points and Katie Nyseth tied a career-high with 20 points to lead the Washington State women's basketball team to a 93-86 win over the No. 19 Arizona Wildcats Saturday at Friel Court.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cougars and improved their record to 9-12 and 4-7 in the Pac-10. It also marked the first time since the 1994-95 season that WSU has captured two wins over a ranked opponent in the same season. Earlier this season, the Cougars upset then No. 18 Oregon 67-64 at Pullman Jan. 20. Arizona dropped to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in the conference.
In addition to her career-high point total, Volkman also grabbed 11 rebounds to tally her first double-double of the season. But more importantly, it was her prowess from three-point territory that proved to be the difference in the contest.
With the scored tied at 82 with 3:47 remaining in the game, Volkman's trey gave the Cougars a lead they would never relinquish at 87-84. For the game, Volkman was 6-of-12 from the field including 3-of-5 from three-point territory.
Volkman's trey finally broke open what had been a tight affair as there had been five ties over a two and a half minute span prior to her bucket. It began an 11-4 Cougar run that closed out the game.
'I thought the three that Volkman hit was the key shot,' said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. 'It was the shot that took us down the stretch.'
But as well as things finished for the Cougars it was a 180-degree difference to how the game began for WSU.
Arizona bolted out of the gates scoring the first six points during the beginning 1:43 of the game. However, Nyseth awakened the Cougars with a three-pointer, which began a 9-0 Cougar run over just a 1:12 span.
Aside from a couple of ties, the Cougars would never trail again in the first half. Up by a slim 40-39 margin at the 3:29 mark of the half, WSU would outscore Arizona 10-4 the rest of the way to take a 50-43 lead into halftime. The 50 first half points was the most scored by the Cougars this season.
The Cougars would continue their hot play as they opened the second half with a 5-0 spurt to take a 55-43 lead with 17:32 remaining in the game.
That proved to be the largest lead the Cougars would enjoy during the game however, as Arizona began to gradually mount a comeback.
Down 71-65 with 8:07 remaining the Wildcats blitzed the Cougars with a 9-2 run over the next 1:37 to take a 74-73 lead. It was the Wildcats' first lead since 6-5 at the 17:31 mark of the first half.
The advantage proved to be short-lived however as a Brittney Hawks' free throw tied the game at 74 in what was the first of five ties over the next two and a half minutes.
The last of those ties was at 82 apiece and Volkman's trey ensured there would be no more for the rest of the game.
'I felt like it was a real team effort,' Nyseth said of the win. 'I would say that this is probably the best team win that we had this season.'
In addition to her 20 points, Nyseth added eight assists and five steals. Hawks added 16 points and Kelley Berglund contributed 14 points for WSU. It was fifth time in the past six games that Berglund has recorded a double-digit point effort. LaKeisha Taylor recorded a game-high 23 points to head a list of five Wildcat players that scored in double figures.
WSU was 32-of-75 (.427) from the field including 8-of-22 from three-point territory. It was the third straight game that the Cougars have made eight treys in a game, a season high. Arizona was 31-of-59 (.525) but made four less treys than the Cougars (4-of-12).
WSU next heads out on the road to play at Oregon, Thursday, February 15. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Pacific.