Cougars Soar Past Eagles, 76-70

Dec. 2, 2006

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Marisa Stotler led a trio of WSU Cougars who scored in double digits with 24 points as the Washington State women's basketball team used a 16-0 second half run to defeat in-state rival Eastern Washington, 76-70, Saturday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum.

Marisa Stotler recorded her second double-double of the season as she also pulled down 14 rebounds for the Cougars. Stotler scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half with 17 of those second half points coming after the 9:12 mark. In addition, Stotler tallied five steals placing her fifth on WSU's single-game steal list.

Fellow freshman, Nakejia Kelly added 10 points for the Cougars as she has reached double digits for the fifth time this season and senior Kate Benz added 11 points.

'Eastern is a very good team we've always gone down to the wire with them every time we play them,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'I'm just very pleased with the win and how we did it.'

The Cougars trailed 34-33 at halftime, and found themselves down by as many as 11 points in the second half. Trailing 54-43 with 12:04 remaining, WSU cut the Eagle lead to 56-51 after a Benz free-throw with 10:11 left in the final 20 minutes.

A 4-0 run put the Eagles back up by nine at 60-51 with 9:12 to play in the game, but that would be the last points Eastern would score for awhile A Stotler free-throw began a the 16-0 WSU outburst, which she culminated with a lay-in that gave the Cougars a 67-60 advantage with 4:26 remaining.

The Eagles cut the lead to one at 67-66, but after a Colleen Betteridge jumper and another Stotler free-throw the Cougars led 70-66 with 1:22 left to play. With just over a minute remaining, the Eagles could get within only two points of WSU the rest of the way.

The Cougars forced 23 turnovers, accumulated 10 steals and out rebounded Eastern by a 46-40 margin including 19-9 on the offensive end.

Eastern Washington was led by Joanna Chad's 23 points. Chad was 7-of-18 from the field, with five of those baskets coming from behind the three-point arc. Ashley Knight and Phynique Allen both scored in double digits for the Eagles. Knight finished with 14 points and Allen recorded 12.

The Cougars return to action as they travel to San Jose, Calif. to take on the San Jose State Spartans, Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

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