WSU Drops 63-56 Decision to San Diego State

Dec. 22, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Kate Benz pulled down 19 rebounds, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to San Diego State 63-56 in women's basketball action Monday at Friel Court.

The loss drops the Cougars to 4-5 as they head into Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday, Dec. 27 at Arizona State. San Diego State improved to 4-5.

Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left. The WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions.

Three Cougars scored in double figures led by Adriane Ferguson's 13 points. Bianca McCall (10 points) and Jessica Perry (10 points) completed the trio.

Ashlee Dunlap scored a double-double for the Aztecs with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Michelle Strawberry (13 points) and Michelle Elliott (11 points) also hit double-digits in points.

The officials were kept busy as a combined 46 fouls were called equating to 70 total free throw attempts from both teams. The Cougars made good on 31-of-39 attempts from the charity stripe while San Diego State was 20-of-31.

While WSU was respectable from the line it struggled from the field, making 11-of-52 attempts (21.2 percent) for the game.

The Cougars trailed by as much as 14 in the first half but a 15-4 run over the final 6:35, which was capped by a desperation 3-pointer from Stephanie Singer at the buzzer, pulled WSU to 28-25 at the half.

WSU opened the second half with four consecutive points to take a 29-28 lead with 18:50 remaining. A 9-0 SDSU run gave the Aztecs a lead it would never relinquish for the remainder of the game.

The Cougars responded with a 7-0 run to get within 37-36 with 13:52 left but that was as close as they would get. On two occasions, WSU cut the deficit to two points -- the final being at 58-56 with 24 seconds left -- but the Cougars would never retake the lead.
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