Second-Half Surge Lifts WSU to 65-57 Win Over Lewis-Clark State

Nov. 11, 2005

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Keisha Moore recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Washington State women's basketball team to a 65-57 win over the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors in a women's basketball exhibition game Friday at Bohler Gym.

Down by four at the half, the Cougars outscored LCSC 37-25 in the second half to capture the win and end their exhibition season with a 2-0 mark.

'I loved the fact that this game was close,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'I scheduled LCSC because they are a very scrappy team; they have a good system and they gave us a test.'

Along with Moore's double-double, Adriane Ferguson scored 14 points while Charmaine Jones added 11 points for the Cougars. In addition, 2005 Pacific-10 Conference rebounding champion Kate Benz pulled down 10 boards for WSU.

The Warriors were led by a game-high 16 points from Cami Kalbfleisch and a 12-point, 17-rebound effort from Ashley Baker.

WSU came out of the gate slowly, missing its first four shots as LCSC took a 6-0 lead in the game's opening two and a half minutes. Though the Cougars managed to tie the game on three occasions, they were not able to take the lead during the opening 20 minutes.

WSU found itself down by as much as seven near the end of the first half but a Dani Montgomery 3-pointer as time expired cut the Warriors' lead to 32-28 at halftime.

WSU used the momentum of Montgomery's trey at the beginning of the second half, extending its run to 9-0 by scoring the half's first six points. The run featured consecutive buckets by freshman Ebonee Coates, the latter giving WSU its first lead of the game at 33-32 with 14:42 remaining.

LCSC regained the advantage at 40-37 with 12:37 remaining on a 3-point play by Baker and held a 47-45 lead with 10:38 left. But a 6-0 WSU run, capped by three consecutive points from Benz, gave the Cougars a 51-47 advantage with 8:51 left.

Thought the Warriors were able to tie the game at 55 with 4:48 remaining, they would not enjoy the lead again for the rest of the game. Moore sealed the deal when, with the Cougars nursing a 59-57 lead, converted a jumper as the 30-second clock expired to extend WSU's lead to 61-57 with 52 seconds left in the game.

'We were missing our shots and we were not making our stops defensively and I think that hurt us,' Murrell said of the team's first half play. 'In the second half I thought we did really well. The kids sustained their intensity; they didn't drop off.'

WSU opens the regular season at home Friday, Nov. 18 against Pepperdine. Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
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