Nov. 26, 2003
CHENEY, Wash. - Bianca McCall's put back off of a Charmaine Jones' miss with 3.9 seconds left gave the Washington State Cougars a dramatic 59-58 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles in women's basketball action Wednesday at Reese Court.
The win, which improved the Cougars' record to 3-0, marked the second road win for WSU in the span of three days. The Cougars captured a 59-50 win at Wyoming, Monday. The last time WSU won two consecutive road games was in 1997 when the Cougars followed up a win at, coincidentally, Wyoming, Nov. 23 with a victory at Gonzaga, Nov. 28.
In what was a frantic final 6:39 of the game that saw four ties and four lead changes the Cougars claimed the final lead change on McCall's bucket. The Cougars' victory was secured when Eastern's Stephanie Ulmer missed on a three-point try as time expired.
"Charmaine (Jones) stepped up and took that last minute shot," McCall said of her game-winning bucket. "I was in the right place at the right time and decided to go up with it."
For the third straight game the Cougars held their opponent to under 60 points. In 28 games last season, the Cougars held their opponents to under 60 points three times.
"We didn't play our best game but I thought the defense played one heck of a game," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said.
McCall led WSU with 13 points -- all coming in the second half - while Jessica Perry added 11. Kathleen Nygaard and Julie Page led Eastern with 14 points.
Up 27-24 at the half, the Cougars opened up a 42-31 lead with 13:02 remaining. Eastern responded with a 17-6 run over the ensuing 6:23 to tie the game at 48. A Stephanie Singer free throw gave WSU back the lead but a Brandie Bounds jumper with 6:25 remaining staked Eastern to its first lead of the second half at 50-49. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way.
After an exchange of baskets to begin the game, WSU went on a 10-0 run over a six-minute period to go ahead 12-2.
Eastern gradually chipped away and tied the game at 13 with 7:33 remaining in the first half. WSU regained the advantage at 18-13 but EWU responded with a 6-0 run to take a 19-18 lead at the 3:31 mark.
Eastern's lead was short-lived as a pair of Jones' free throws gave WSU the advantage right back at 20-19 with 3:14 remaining. The Cougars would extend their advantage to 27-24 at the halftime break.
WSU returns to action at Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Pacific.