Cougars Defeat Strakonice 73-68 to Close Exhibition Slate

Nov. 11, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Adriane Ferguson (Spokane, Wash.) scored 13 points and Candace Fields (Coolidge, Ariz.) grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 73-68 win over Strakonice/Czech Republic in women's basketball exhibition action, Tuesday at Friel Court.

Ferguson, who shot 6-of-12 from the field, led a contingent of 10 Cougars that made a dent on the scoreboard. Stephanie Singer (Eugene, Ore.) tallied 10 points while Kate Benz (Portland, Ore.) and Charmaine Jones (Los Angeles, Calif.) added nine points each. Along with her game-high total in rebounds, Fields added seven points to the Cougars' cause.

Up 35-34 at the half, the Cougars went on a 9-2 run to begin the second half as WSU opened a 44-36 lead with 17:22 remaining. Strakonice cut the Cougars' lead to 56-54 with 7:57 left but a 10-2 WSU run extended its advantage to 10 at the 5:07 mark. Strakonice would get no closer than three the rest of the way.

'We ran the ball much better,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said of the Cougars' second half play. 'They shoot long shots and so long rebounds were happening. We were trying to focus on getting that long rebound.'

Strakonice shot 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from three-point territory. The Cougars was 27-of-60 (45 percent) from the field including 16-of-32 in the second half.

WSU out-rebounded Strakonice 44-34 and recorded 11 steals.

'We had a good trapping defense and we were getting a lot of steals out of it,' Murrell said.

Jaroslava Bernasova and Vendula Mackova led Strakonice with 21 and 19 points, respectively.

WSU opens its season at home against Fresno State, Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
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