WSU Women Defeat California 74-59

Feb. 24, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sarah Barrett recorded 15 points to lead five Washington State players that scored in double figures as the Cougars defeated the California Golden Bears 74-59 Saturday night at Friel Court.

The win improved WSU to 11-14 overall and 6-9 in the Pac-10. The loss dropped California to 11-13 overall and 7-7 in the conference.

Barrett's 15 points came by the way of five three-pointers, which tied a season high for her. Kelley Berglund recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. A trio of seniors who were playing their last home game left in style by scoring in double-digits. Katie Nyseth followed up her career-high 24-point effort versus Stanford Thursday with 14 points. Yvonne Volkman recorded her 40th career game in double figures with 11 points and Victoria Harrod rounded out the quintet with an 11-point effort of her own.

'It was really great that we get to go out with a win in our last home game,' said Nyseth. 'In the past we had been on a downhill slide at the end of the season so it's really great to still be winning at the end of the season.'

California's Courtney Johnson led all scorers with 21 points. However, she was the only Golden Bear player to reach double figures as California struggled from the floor the entire contest.

For the game California was 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the field including a 0-of-8 effort from three-point territory. Conversely, Washington State was 29-of-68 (42.1 percent) from the floor and hit on 7-of-17 from three-point land.

The disparity between the teams from three-point territory helped the Cougars overcome a disparity from the free throw line in California's favor. The Bears went to the line 29 times, converting 21 of those attempts. WSU went to the charity stripe 11 times making nine of its efforts.

With the score tied at six apiece five minutes into the game, the Cougars went on a 10-3 run to take a 16-9 advantage at the 9:01 mark of the first half. It would be a lead they would never relinquish for the remainder of the game.

California did go on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 16-15 with 7:41 remaining, but WSU responded with a 6-0 run of there own, courtesy of two Barrett treys, to take a 22-15 lead at the 7:26 mark of the half. The Cougars went on to stretch their advantage to 38-29 into the half.

In that first half, the Bears were only 9-of-29 (31 percent) from the floor while the Cougars made 16-of-38 (42.1 percent) from the field.

Cal would cut the Cougars' advantage to 41-35 early in the second half, but an 8-2 WSU run would open up a 49-37 lead at the 16:19 mark of the second half. The Cougars would maintain their double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game.

--wsucougars.com--
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