Cougars Fall To Arizona 107-57

Jan. 10, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz - Brittney Hawks and Whitney Martindale scored 14 points each and Francine McCurtain added 10 points in the Washington State women's basketball team's 107-57 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action Thursday night at the McKale Center.

Hawks just missed her 10th double-double of the season as the senior from Rexburg, Idaho added nine rebounds for WSU. Martindale's effort was her second consecutive game - and the third in the last four contests - where she has scored in double figures.

Krista Warren led a contingent of six Arizona players that scored in double figures with 21 points. Candice Allen (17 points), Robin Roberson (15 points), Elizabeth Pickney (14 points), Dee-Dee Wheeler (14 points), and Aimee Grzyb (11 points) completed the group.

Up 46-30 at halftime, Arizona outscored WSU 61-27 in the second half, shooting a blistering 66.7 percent from the field (24-of-36) while WSU struggled from the floor making 11-of-40 attempts (27.5 percent). For the game Arizona shot 41-of-76 (53.9 percent) from the floor while WSU was 24-77 (31.2 percent).

'They hit a ton of shots and their transition game killed us,' said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas. 'I was pleased with the looks that we got at the basket but we just didn't hit any shots.'

The loss was the Cougars' 11th in a row and dropped WSU to 2-14 and 0-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The 11 consecutive losses tied a school record, which was set on three other occasions (1983, 1994, 2000). In addition, the 50-point margin of defeat established a school record, breaking the mark of 46 (101-55) set Jan. 22, 1987 against Oregon. Arizona improved to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10.

Both teams exchanged runs in the game's opening minutes. Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead on consecutive buckets by Pickney, but Martindale answered with four consecutive points of her own to tie the game at four.

The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run to open up a 12-4 lead at the 16:19 mark of the first half. However, a McCurtain trey and Hawks' bucket encompassed a 5-0 run by WSU, which cut Arizona's lead to 12-9 at the 15:35 mark.

Arizona would respond with a 6-0 run to take an 18-9 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the half. A bucket by Jessica Ottmar briefly cut Arizona's lead to seven but a three-pointer by Robertson increased the Wildcats' lead to 10 with 12:40 remaining.

A Martindale field goal would pull WSU to within eight but Arizona would score four consecutive points, all courtesy of Allen, to open up a 25-13 lead at the 11:16 mark. The Cougars would pull to within single digits on more occasion, at 31-22 with 7:03 remaining in the half.

Arizona closed out the half on a 6-0 run to take a 46-30 advantage into halftime. After Arizona stretched its lead to 48-30 with the opening bucket of second half, WSU would manage to cut the Wildcats' lead to 14 at 48-34 on consecutive buckets by Hawks.

Arizona would put the game away with a 13-2 run over a 2:49 span to take a 61-36 lead with 15:55 remaining in the game.

The Cougars return to action against Arizona State, Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is at 6 p.m., Pacific.
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