Cougars Fall To Montana 75-51

Dec. 1, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cheryl Keller led a contingent of four Montana players that scored in double figures with 21 points as the Lady Griz defeated the Washington State Cougars 75-51 in women's basketball action at Friel Court, Saturday.

The loss, which snapped the Cougars' two-game winning streak, dropped WSU to 2-4. Montana improved to 3-1.

Despite the loss, Candace Fields posted career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (12) as the WSU sophomore tallied the first double-double of her career. Francine McCurtain recorded her third game scoring in double figures this season with 13 points. Lindsey Egeland and Kim Dugan each added nine points for WSU.

Keller hit on 8-of-15 shots to record her game-high point total for Montana. Julie Deming (14 points), Hollie Tyler (11 points) and Laura Valley (10 points) completed the Montana quartet that scored in double figures.

The Cougars struggled all evening from the field as WSU shot 17-of-59 (28.8 percent) for the game.

'We had a lot of trouble against their zone,' said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas. 'Their players play the passing lanes extremely well. Give them a ton of credit because it is a great zone.'

Montana shot right out of the gates, scoring the game's first nine points en route to taking a 23-4 lead at the 11:57 mark of the first half. The Lady Griz would extend the lead to 30-10 with 6:45 left but the Cougars rallied, outscoring Montana 16-8 during the remainder of the half. Dugan sparked the Cougars with three three-pointers during the run.

Egeland opened the second half with a field goal to pull WSU to within 10 at 38-28. However, Montana would dominate the rest of the way, holding the Cougars to a 24.2 percent shooting performance (8-of-33) in the second half.
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