WSU Women Fall To Washington 91-71

Feb. 3, 2001

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

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

Sarah Barrett scored a game-high 17 points to also lead a group of four Cougar players that scored in double figures. However, poor first half shooting plagued 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 half compared to a 16-of-32 effort from the floor for Washington. The Cougars rebounded in the second half but ended the game shooting 26-of-70 (.371) from the 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 coach Jenny Przekwas. 'It was about not moving and not working together. If you don't work 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 the opening four minutes of the game. WSU went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 9-8 at the 14:48 mark of the half but then went ice-cold while the Huskies heated up.

WSU would score 15 points for the rest of the half as the Cougars made five field goals in that stretch. Two of those field goals came in the final 9:33 of the half. The Huskies took advantage of the Cougars' cold spell, scoring 39 points 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 while Giuliana Mendiola chipped in 13 for Washington.

In addition to Barrett's season-high tying 17-point effort, Katie Nyseth scored 16 points to record her sixth game in double figures this season. Victoria Harrod added 13 and Kelley Berglund notched her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

WSU continues its three-game homestand Thursday, February 8 against Arizona State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Pacific.
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