Huskies Drop Cougars In Tight Contest

Jan. 25, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore center Andrea Lalum scored a career-high 25 points and Washington extended its streak over cross-state rival Washington State to 14 games as the Huskies downed the Cougars, 75-68, in front of 553 fans in Pac-10 action at Friel Court Friday night.

Washington improved to 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10 while the Cougars fell to 2-18 overall and 0-10 in conference play.

Junior Loree Payne scored 13 points and freshman Kayla Burt added 10 as the Huskies overcame a two-point halftime deficit, 33-31, to capture the victory.

WSU's Brittney Hawks recorded her Pac-10-leading 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. She led a group of four Cougars in double figures: Candace Fields (13 points), Whitney Martindale (11 points) and Francine McCurtain (11 points).

The difference in the game occurred at the foul line as both teams made 25 field goals in the contest. Washington converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts while WSU converted 13-of-20 attempts from the charity stripe.

After leading at the break, the Cougars extended their lead to nine points, 50-41, with 11:22 remaining in the game. Washington used a 10-0 run over the next 1 minute, 20 seconds to move ahead, 51-50, at 10:02. With the game tied at 55 with 8:34 left, four consecutive points by Payne began an 8-0 Washington run that gave the Huskies a 63-55 lead with 6:33 remaining.

Washington maintained its advantage and held a 67-59 lead with 5:14 remaining. On the momentum of a 7-0 run, the Cougars pulled to within 67-66 with 2:44 left. However, that was as close as WSU would get as Washington held off the Cougar rally by scoring eight of the game's final 10 points.

The game was the first of three on the road for the Huskies, who travel to Los Angeles next week. They face USC at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and meet UCLA at 11 a.m., Feb. 3.

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