Dec. 22, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Kate Benz pulled down 19 rebounds, tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to San Diego State 63-56 in women's basketball action Monday at Friel Court.
The loss drops the Cougars to 4-5 as they head into Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday, Dec. 27 at Arizona State. San Diego State improved to 4-5.
Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left. The WSU record for rebounds in a game is 22, set on three occasions.
Ashlee Dunlap scored a double-double for the Aztecs with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Michelle Strawberry (13 points) and Michelle Elliott (11 points) also hit double-digits in points.
The officials were kept busy as a combined 46 fouls were called equating to 70 total free throw attempts from both teams. The Cougars made good on 31-of-39 attempts from the charity stripe while San Diego State was 20-of-31.
While WSU was respectable from the line it struggled from the field, making 11-of-52 attempts (21.2 percent) for the game.
The Cougars trailed by as much as 14 in the first half but a 15-4 run over the final 6:35, which was capped by a desperation 3-pointer from Stephanie Singer at the buzzer, pulled WSU to 28-25 at the half.
WSU opened the second half with four consecutive points to take a 29-28 lead with 18:50 remaining. A 9-0 SDSU run gave the Aztecs a lead it would never relinquish for the remainder of the game.
The Cougars responded with a 7-0 run to get within 37-36 with 13:52 left but that was as close as they would get. On two occasions, WSU cut the deficit to two points -- the final being at 58-56 with 24 seconds left -- but the Cougars would never retake the lead.