Cougars Fall To Nebraska 78-61

Nov. 22, 2004

Box Score

LINCOLN, Neb. - Washington State's Adriane Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 78-61 in women's basketball action, Monday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Emma Joneby tallied her second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 boards established a career-high for the senior from Vasteras, Sweden, which was set just three days ago in the 61-48 win over Boise State, Nov. 19.

Jessica Gerhart (19 points) and Chelsea Aubry (16 points) led the Cornhuskers.

Ferguson posted her career-high point total in the first half alone as the sophomore from Spokane, Wash., accounted for half of the Cougars' first half point total during the opening 20 minutes. Ferguson shot 5-of-7 from outside the arc in the first half en route to a 19-point effort.

For the game, Ferguson hit on 6-of-8 attempts from 3-point territory. The six treys tied Ferguson for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.

Propelled by Ferguson, the Cougars headed into halftime down by only one (39-38). WSU trailed by as many as nine in the half but Ferguson's performance, along with a 24-10 advantage on the glass, kept WSU in the game.

The Cougars opened the second half with four consecutive points to take a 42-39 lead just over a minute into the final 20 minutes.

Five straight Nebraska points returned the Cornhuskers to the lead at 44-42 with 17:12 remaining. Trailing 46-44, Charmaine Jones hit a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 47-46 advantage with 16:24 remaining but that would be the final time WSU enjoyed the lead.

An 11-0 Nebraska run gave the Cornhuskers a 57-47 advantage with 10:44 remaining. During the run, WSU missed five consecutive shots and committed four turnovers.

Ferguson cut the deficit to seven with her sixth 3-pointer at the 10:32 mark of the half. That was as close as the Cougars would get; however, as the Cornhuskers outscored WSU 21-11 for the remainder of the game.

WSU made 13-of-31 field goals (41.9 percent) in the first half but struggled in the second, making 7-of-24 attempts (29.2 percent). Conversely, Nebraska was 15-of-30 in the first half and 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) in the second.

'It was a fun first half,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'I thought the two teams went after it. Nebraska just stepped up defensively. They did a great job shutting down Adriane Ferguson. Nebraska clamped down on her pretty hard in the second half.'

Next up for the Cougars is the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's College at Moraga, Calif., Nov. 26 & 27. The Cougars begin the event against St. Mary's, Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Depending on the outcome of that game, WSU will face either Tennessee-Chattanooga or Northwestern State, Saturday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.