Second-Half GWU Runs and Free Throws Doom Cougars 76-62

Nov. 25, 2000

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After playing George Washington on even terms in the first half, the Washington State University women's basketball team could not overcome a 13-2 GWU second half opening run to fall to the Colonials 76-62 Saturday in the opening game of the Rutgers' Coca-Cola Classic at the Lewis Brown Athletic Center.

The Cougars (1-1) held the lead for much of the first half and led by as many as 11 points. Down 4-2 early in the game, WSU went on a 15-2 run sparked by two three pointers from Sarah Barrett and concluded by nine straight points from Brittney Hawks to take a 17-6 lead at the 13:52 mark of the first half.

But just as soon as WSU established its double-digit list it was quickly eroded from an answering run by GWU (2-1). The Colonials proceeded to outscore WSU 14-3 to tie the game at 20 with 7:20 left in the half.

The Cougars stubbornly held on to no more than a three point lead in the next six minutes but finally relinquished their advantage when GWU went up 28-26 with 1:20 left in the half.

WSU would immediately tie matters up at 28 but a free throw by the Colonial's Elena Vishniakova with a minute left gave GWU a 29-28 lead at the half. As it turned out, it would be a lead WSU could not overcome for the rest of the game.

Both teams traded buckets to open up the second half, but then the Colonials ripped of 11 consecutive points to expand their lead to 12 at 42-30 with 15:39 left in the game.

The Cougars came back with a 16-8 run of their own to cut the lead to four at 50-46 with 9:17 left. However, GWU ran off 15 of the next 18 points to put the game away.

In that second half, WSU was 13-of-26 from the floor (.500), compared to the Colonials' 12-of-27 (.444) performance. The difference proved to be at the line as GWU was a blistering 22-of-23 (.957) while the Cougars were only 6-of-16 (.375) from the charity stripe.

Hawks led all scorers with her second straight 18-point performance. Barrett and Katie Nyseth added 12 points for the Cougars.

WSU returns to the floor Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific against the loser of the Vermont-Rutgers contest.
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