WSU Turns Ice-Cold And Falls Short To California 69-56

Jan. 25, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. - The second half of the Washington State's women's basketball game against California was a tale of two extremes.

One extreme was a stretch of time when the team found the bucket at a regular occurrence. But just as quickly as the bucket could be seen by the Cougars, it just as rapidly became invisible.

After taking a seven point second half lead, the Cougars went ice-cold from the field as the Bears defeated the WSU 69-56 in Pac-10 women's basketball action Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.

The loss dropped WSU to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10. Cal improved to 6-10 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Down by a 34-32 margin at the half, the Cougars spotted Cal a trey to open the second half, and then blitzed the Bears with a 14-2 run to take a 46-39 lead, their first advantage of the game, with 14:43 left.

In that run the Cougars were 7-of-10 from the field including converting on four consecutive field goal attempts.

But just as quickly as it took the lead, the Cougars saw their advantage drowned out by a deluge of points from Cal, and a lack of points from themselves.

Once it fell behind, Cal immediately answered the WSU scoring run, scoring eight straight points over the next two and a half minutes to go ahead 47-46.

A Yvonne Volkman basket put WSU back up 48-47 at the 10:53 mark but it would be the last lead the Cougars would enjoy for the rest of the game.

Cal would outscore WSU 12-2 over the next 5:10 as the Cougars did not make a field goal in that stretch.

For the game, the Cougars shot 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field but were only 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) in the second half. In addition, WSU was 0-of-8 from three-point territory for the game.

Volkman led WSU with 15 points and Kelley Berglund added 12 for the Cougars. California was led by a game high 18 points from Courtney Johnson.

The Cougars return to action this Saturday at Stanford. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. Pacific.
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