WSU Falls To Montana State, 75-68

Dec. 16, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's basketball player Brittney Hawks recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Cougars' 75-68 loss to the Montana State Bobcats, Sunday at Friel Court.

The loss dropped WSU to 2-8 while Montana State improved to 5-5.

Hawks' game-high effort in points and rebounds marked the fourth consecutive double-double for the senior center from Rexburg, Idaho.

In addition to Hawks' performance, the freshmen guard tandem of Francine McCurtain and Jessica Perry combined for 29 points for WSU. McCurtain tied a season-high with 18 points, while Perry added a season-high 11 points.

The Bobcats were led by guard Rebecca Alvidrez, who scored 17 points and dished out a game-high nine assists. Teammate Kati Burrows chipped in 12 points for the visiting Bobcats.

Montana State broke out of the gates quickly with a 22-5 run in the opening 8:42 of the game. The Cougars responded by outscoring the Bobcats 18-10 rally over the remainder of the first half to cut the Bobcats' lead to 32-23 at the halftime intermission.

WSU sliced Montana State's lead to six points at 35-29 after a lay-in by Hawks at the 15:28 mark of the second half. The Bobcats answered with a 9-2 run over the next 3:14 to extend their advantage to 44-31 at the 12:21 mark.

WSU would slice Montana State's lead to six on two more occasions but on each instance the Bobcats turned away the Cougars' threat. Down 54-42 with 7:43 remaining, WSU outscored MSU 6-1 over a 1:36 span to pull within 55-49 at the 6:07 mark. However, the Bobcats would score 10 of the game's next 14 points to push their lead back to double-digits at 61-51 with 3:45 remaining.

Down by the same 10-point margin at 69-59 at the 1:09 mark of the half, McCurtain scored four consecutive points to pull WSU to within 69-63 with 45 seconds left. Once again, Montana State would withstand the Cougars' rally, as WSU would get no closer for the rest of the game.

'We have got to learn how to play a full 40 minutes,' said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas. 'I guess that is an experience factor. Our young players are going to have to learn how to play a full game.'

In the first half, Montana State made 15-of-27 field goals (55.6 percent), while the Cougars shot 10-of-35 (28.6) from the field. Conversely, WSU shot 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) while the Bobcats were 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) in the second half.
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