Cougars Improve to 2-0 In Pac-10 With 74-52 Win Over UCLA

Jan. 6, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Riding the wave of a 14-0 run over the course of the first and second halves, the Washington State women's basketball team defeated the UCLA Bruins 74-52 in Pac-10 action Saturday night at Friel Court.

In recording only their sixth win in the 29-game history with the Bruins, the Cougars (7-5, 2-0 Pac-10) registered their largest margin of victory over UCLA (1-12, 0-2).

The triumph, coupled with Thursday's 79-78 victory over USC, marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Cougars opened the conference season with two wins. The USC victory marked the first time WSU opened up the Pac-10 season with a win since 1994. In addition, the weekend sweep over USC and UCLA was the first time the Cougars swept the Los Angeles schools since 1995.

'This is a huge weekend for the Cougs,' said WSU head coach Jenny Przekwas. 'To start off the Pac-10 season with our first win since 1994 and to put them back-to-back is very big for us.'

Kelley Berglund scored a game-high 17 points and Brittney Hawks added 13 for the Cougars. Berglund and Hawks led a contingent of 11 WSU players that made a dent on the scoreboard. Three players - Sarah Barrett, Katie Nyseth and Jessica Ottmar - scored nine points a piece.

UCLA was without the services of leading scorer Michelle Greco who sat out with the flu. The Bruins were led by Natalie Nakase and Jalina Bradley who scored 11 points a piece.

Although the final margin of victory was large, the first half featured a total of eight ties and six lead changes. Neither team had any larger than a four-point lead in the first 17:12 of the game. However, with the Bruins up 27-23 at the 2:48 mark of the half, the Cougars blitzed UCLA with an 11-point run that gave them a 34-27 halftime advantage.

Nyseth stretched the run to 14 consecutive points with a three-pointer to open up the second half. That extended the Cougars' advantage to 37-27 with 19:48 remaining. UCLA would never get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

WSU won despite committing a season-high 34 turnovers. The Cougars countered that however with a season-best 54.5 percent (24-of-44) shooting performance from the field. Conversely, UCLA shot 19-of-74 (25.7 percent) for the game including 8-of-41 (19.5 percent) in the second half.

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