Eastern Thwarts WSU's Second-Half Rally

Jan. 3, 2006

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CHENEY, Wash. - Keisha Moore registered her third consecutive game scoring in double figures for Washington State with 16 points but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to the Eastern Washington Eagles 57-54 in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday at Reese Court.

The loss drops WSU to 6-7 overall while Eastern improved to 6-7.

Eastern never trailed en route to capturing its second straight victory over WSU. In addition to Moore's effort, Nikki Stratton scored 12 points, all in the second half, while Kate Benz added 10 for the Cougars. Joanna Chadd led Eastern with a game-high 17 points.

During the first half, the Eagles led by as much as six before going in to the break with a 25-22 lead. Eastern shot 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from the field during the opening 20 minutes while WSU was 8-of-20 (40 percent) from the floor.

Up 35-30 nearly seven minutes in to the second half, Eastern went on a 9-0 run to extend its lead to double-digits at 44-30 with 10:28 remaining. The run was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Chadd.

WSU responded with a 7-0 run of its own to slice its deficit to 44-37 with 9:10 remaining. Stratton accounted for five points in the Cougars' rally including a 3-pointer to bring the Cougars back to within double figures.

After a pair of Eastern free throws, Benz hit a 3-pointer to cut WSU's deficit to 46-40 with 7:53 left.

Eastern grew its lead to eight at 50-42, but five consecutive WSU points pulled the Cougars to within 50-47 with 3:25 remaining.

Eastern extended its lead back to eight with five straight points, all by Chadd, to re-establish an eight-point advantage at 55-47 with 2:10 left.

The back-and-forth continued as WSU responded with five straight points of its own courtesy of a Stratton trey and a pair of Amanda DuRocher free throws to close to 55-52 with 46 seconds left.

Down 56-52, Stratton pulled the Cougars to within two points with a lay-up but Eastern extended its lead to three after a free throw from Leah Gonnella with 17 seconds left. With four seconds left, a Stratton trey attempt was offline but the ball went out of bounds in the Cougars' favor. DuRocher gave WSU once last chance to tie the game but her attempt went off the front rim as time expired.

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