WSU Puts A Scare Into Oregon State

Jan. 23, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - - Washington State's Bianca McCall recorded her fourth consecutive double-double, and sixth overall this season, with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Cougars' 65-62 loss to the Oregon State Beavers in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Thursday night at Friel Court.

McCall also extended her string of reaching double-digits in points to seven games. In addition, the game-high 20-point effort from McCall, a 6-foot-1 forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., marked the fourth straight game that a Cougar has reached the 20-point barrier.

'I'm proud of the kid because she is so undersized every night and she just takes it at them,' WSU Coach Sherri Murrell said of McCall's play. 'The fact that she had 11 boards and 20 points just shows the size of her heart.'

WSU freshman Charmaine Jones added a season-high 14 points in a game that was a tight affair throughout featuring six lead changes and three ties.

Up 28-27 at the half, the Cougars upped their lead to as many as 10 points at 45-35 with 10:38 remaining.

The Beavers went on a 12-2 run to tie matters up at 47 with 7:16 remaining; however, WSU responded with a 9-2 run of its own to re-establish its lead to 56-49 with 3:45 left.

But then Oregon State's Hollye Chapman took over, scoring 10 of her team-high 16 points in those final minutes as the Beavers overtook WSU down the stretch.

After each team traded baskets to make the score 58-51, the Beavers ripped off 10 consecutive points to open a 61-58 lead with 35 seconds remaining.

The Cougars would pull to within one on two occasions but the Beavers held off WSU to capture the three-point victory.

'We did everything that we possibly could to win the game and it didn't happen,' said Murrell. 'I want these kids to be rewarded when those things happen. That's probably the toughest thing.

'Sometimes the ball bounces the other way,' Murrell added. 'I told the kids that's how life is. You could be doing all the right things and something happens and it doesn't go your way. But these kids have a look in their eye; they know how they can play. They are getting themselves in position to win and it will happen.'

The Cougars shot 23-of-58 from the field (39.7 percent) while Oregon State was 22-of-61 (36.1 percent). Additionally, the Cougars turned the ball over a season-low 12 times.

WSU returns to action when it hosts Oregon, Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
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