Women's Basketball Defeats WSU 91-71

Feb. 3, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash.-- Megan Franza scored 15 points to lead a contingent of fourWashington players that scored in double figures as the Huskies defeated theWashington State Cougars 91-71 Saturday in Pac-10 women's basketball action atFriel Court.

WSU (8-11, 3-6 Pac-10) suffered its third consecutive loss and sixth in thepast seven games. Washington improved to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in theconference.

Sarah Barrett scored a game-high 17 points to also lead a group of four Cougarplayers that scored in double figures. However, poor first half shootingplagued WSU and set a deficit that the Cougars could not overcome.

WSU converted 8-of-35 shots (22.9 percent) from the field in the first halfcompared to a 16-of-32 effort from the floor for Washington. The Cougarsrebounded in the second half but ended the game shooting 26-of-70 (.371) fromthe field compared to the Huskies' 50 percent effort for the game (33-of-66).In addition, poor three-point shooting hurt the Cougars as the team was 1-of-9>from three-point land in the first half.

'I think the problem in the first half was not about scoring,' said WSU coachJenny Przekwas. 'It was about not moving and not working together. If you don'twork together and don't move you're not going to score.'

The Huskies, who never trailed in the contest, jumped out to 9-3 lead in theopening four minutes of the game. WSU went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 9-8at the 14:48 mark of the half but then went ice-cold while the Huskies heatedup.

WSU would score 15 points for the rest of the half as the Cougars made fivefield goals in that stretch. Two of those field goals came in the final 9:33 ofthe half. The Huskies took advantage of the Cougars' cold spell, scoring 39points in that 14:48 period to take a 25-point halftime lead.

Along with Franza's 15, Loree Payne and Andrea Lalum added 14 points whileGiuliana Mendiola chipped in 13 for Washington.

In addition to Barrett's season-high tying 17-point effort, Katie Nyseth scored16 points to record her sixth game in double figures this season. VictoriaHarrod added 13 and Kelley Berglund notched her second double-double of theseason with 12 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

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