Washington State Falls to Washington, 86-64
Jan. 20, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies (13-7 overall, 6-3 Pac-10) snapped a three-game losing streak with an 86-64 win over Washington State (5-14 overall; 1-8 Pac-10).
The Cougars had five players in double digits, with freshman Marisa Stotler leading the way with 15 points. Colleen Betteridge and Katie Appleton both totaled 12 points while Kate Benz added 11. Dani Montgomery posted ten points for the WSU offense.
Washington's Andrea Plouffe paced the Huskies with 14 points while Emily Florence added 12 points. After failing to score a basket in the first half, UW's Cameo Hicks finished with 13 points.
The Huskies closed out the first half with a 9-2 run to go into halftime with a 40-31 lead. A quick foul on forward Ebonee Coates just after the start of the second half sent her to the free throw line where she made one-of-two attempts. A Dani Montgomery lay-in cut the Husky lead to six points but Washington would dominate throughout the remainder of the second half. The Huskies led by as many as 32 points before WSU finished the game on a 10-2 run.
The first half of action began slowly as both teams battled for baskets until a Husky eight-point run gave Washington a 10-2 lead with 17:15 remaining. Back-to-back three pointers from Colleen Betteridge, however, kept the Cougars in the game and Amanda DuRocher hit WSU's third straight shot from behind the arc to put the Cougars within four.
Washington took another quick lead after hitting their sixth of eight free throw attempts with 7:54 remaining. With 5:05 left in the first half, the Cougars were finally given their chance from the charity stripe and Colleen Betteridge made both attempts to put WSU within six points. A diving steal by Kate Benz led to a successful Katie Appleton three-point shot and the Cougars cut Washington's lead to three. Successful free throw shots by Benz brought WSU to within one point with 4:07 left in the first half.
Washington State shot 5-of-8 from behind the arc and 57 percent from the free throw line in the first half.
Washington State concludes their three-game road trip against USC and UCLA. The Cougars face the Trojans Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at USC's Galen Center. WSU will then take on UCLA Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:00 p.m.
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