Oregon Bests WSU 60-50

Jan. 17, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Kate Benz scored a season-high tying 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the Cougars' 60-50 loss to the Oregon Ducks in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Friel Court.

The loss dropped WSU to 4-13 overall and 0-8 in the Pac-10. Oregon improved to 10-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Benz matched her season-high point total, which was previously set, Nov. 24 at Wyoming. The freshman from Portland, Ore., has reached double-digits in points four times this season including two of the last three games.

'I thought Kate did a good job keeping her body under control and scoring,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'Offensively, she did a good job getting the pass and going right up and attacking.'

Oregon was led by a game-high 20 points from Brandi Davis and 13 points from Eleanor Haring. Haring also grabbed nine rebounds along with Andrea Bills.

WSU committed 14 turnovers, just one off its season low, and Oregon's 60 points marked the lowest total allowed by the Cougars in the last 11 games. WSU was done in, however, by 14-of-50 shooting (28 percent) from the field including 4-of-20 from outside the arc.

'We have to put three parts of the game together: defense, turnovers, and shooting percentage,' Murrell said. 'We got two of the three today.'

WSU opened a 15-9 lead just over six minutes into the game as Benz accounted for eight points in the Cougars' early run.

Oregon responded with an 8-0 run to take a 17-15 lead at the 9:43 mark. The Ducks would extend their advantage to 27-21 at the halftime break.

After spotting WSU the first bucket of the second half, Oregon scored six consecutive points to grow its advantage to double figures at 33-23 at the 17:07 mark. The Ducks increased their lead to 50-29 with 10 minutes remaining as WSU shot 2-of-12 in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

A Jessica Perry steal and lay-up sparked a 9-0 WSU run that pulled the Cougars to within 50-38 at the 7:38 mark. The Cougars furthered sliced away at their deficit, narrowing Oregon's lead to single digits at 54-45 with 4:31 remaining. That would be as close as WSU would come, however.

WSU returns to action Saturday, Jan. 24 at Washington. The game, which will be televised live by Fox Sports Net, is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.

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