WSU Falls To Washington 68-61

Jan. 22, 2005

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Adriane Ferguson led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 16 points in Washington State's 68-61 loss to Washington in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Friel Court.

The loss dropped the Cougars to 4-14 overall and 0-9 in the Pac-10. Washington improved to 8-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

Ferguson's point effort was her 12th double-digit point effort of the season and the 18th of her career. Keisha Moore scored a season-high 12 points while Emma Joneby added 10 for the Cougars.

Jill Bell led a quartet of Washington players in double figures with 15 points. Kayla Burt (14 points), Cameo Hicks (11 points) and Dominique Banks (11 points) completed the contingent.

Trailing by as much as nine in the first half, the Cougars rallied to tie matters up and ended up going into the halftime break down by three at 29-26.

WSU immediately tied the game with a 3-pointer from Ferguson just 21 seconds into the second half. But a 3-point play from Banks gave the Huskies the lead right back at 34-31 with 19:13 remaining.

The Cougars pulled to within two at 36-34 on a Jessica Perry bucket with 16:05 remaining but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.

After Perry's basket, the Huskies outscored WSU 12-4 over the ensuing 3:39 to extend their lead to double figures at 48-38 with 12:26 remaining.

Down 50-40, another Ferguson trey cut WSU's deficit back to single digits with 9:58 left. The Huskies thwarted any thought of a Cougar rally with an 8-0 run, which gave them their largest lead of the game at 58-43 with 6:45 remaining. During the run, WSU committed three turnovers and was 0-of-3 from the field.

The Huskies were not the only opponent WSU had to battle this week as a flu bug hit the team, which limited practice time to several players including Joneby, Charmaine Jones and Kate Benz.

WSU was out-rebounded 52-39, including 25-16 in the second half. Additionally, the Huskies held a 22-12 advantage on the offensive glass including an 11-3 disparity in the second half.

'The offensive rebounding in the second half just killed us,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'A lot of their rebounds they put right back in.'

'Lack of execution and just fatigue got the best of us,' Murrell continued. 'We just got tired and they had a lot of transition situations. They took it to us in the second half.'

WSU continues its homestand when it hosts California, Thursday, Jan. 27 for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Friel Court.
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