WSU Scores Second Consecutive Win With 80-72 Triumph Over Gonzaga
Nov. 29, 2001
Pullman, Wash. - Brittney Hawks poured in a career-high 23 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds to lead the Washington State women's basketball team to an 80-72 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Thursday at Friel Court.
The win improved the Cougars to 2-3. Gonzaga dropped to 2-4.
In establishing her career-high point total, Hawks set career bests in field goals made (11) and attempted (18). In addition, the senior from Rexburg, Idaho added a career-high five assists and three blocks.
'We felt the edge that we had over Gonzaga going into the contest was our post game,' said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas. 'That was our key from start to finish. We wanted to establish the strength of our post game and had a real emphasis on points in the paint. I thought Brittney did a fabulous job of establishing that.'
Hawks was not the only Cougar to set a career standard in points as senior Whitney Martindale contributed a career-high 16 points. Like Hawks, Martindale established her point total with a career best six field goals on a career-high tying 10 attempts.
Gonzaga was led by Jessica Malone's 18 points on six three-pointers but the senior was held to a single trey in the second half. Juliann Laney added 14 point and Ashley Burke scored 12 points for Gonzaga.
The Cougars prevailed in a battle of second half runs to secure its second consecutive victory.
Sparked by a McCurtain trey to open the second half, it took the Cougars just over five minutes during the opening stages of the half to transform a 35-32 halftime advantage into 55-41 lead with14:38 left. During the stretch five players would score for the Cougars.
Down by the 14-point margin, the Bulldogs went on a 12-2 run over the next 3:38 to cut their deficit to 57-54 with 11 minutes left. Shannon Mathews would spark Gonzaga with seven points during the run.
WSU re-established its lead to double-digits with a 9-1 run in the next 3:46 to take a 66-55 with 7:14 left in the game. Once again, the Cougars saw contributions from a number of players as a quartet made a dent on the scoreboard during the run.
The Bulldogs would have one more run left in them as the team scored nine straight points over the next 2:04 to cut WSU's lead to two at 66-64 with 5:10 left in the game. Melanie Tipps would spark the Bulldogs during the stretch with five points and a block.
However, that would be as close as Gonzaga would get, as two consecutive field goals by McCurtain began a 9-1 WSU run that established its advantage back to double-digits at 75-65 with 3:26 left. The Cougars would never be threatened again for the remainder of the game.
Washington State will look to make it three straight when it hosts Montana, Saturday at 6 p.m. at Friel Court.