Nov. 18, 2001
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Washington State women's basketball team fell to the Texas A&M Aggies 71-56 in the consolation game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Sunday.
A pair of scoring runs by Texas A&M (1-1) - one in the first half and another in the second - sealed the Cougars' (0-2) fate.
Both teams traded the lead in the opening stages of the first half as the beginning eight minutes of the game featured nine lead changes and six ties. WSU seemed to gain some momentum when, down 18-16 at the 11:52 mark of the half, the Cougars went on an 8-0 run over a 1:41 span to take a 24-18 lead. The run was book ended by three-pointers from Francine McCurtain.
After McCurtain's trey completed the Cougars' run at the 9:52 mark of the first half, WSU suddenly could not find the bucket as the team hit on just one field goal and a free throw for the rest of the half. During that span, the Aggies outscored WSU 14-3 to take a 32-27 lead into the half.
The shooting problems continued into the second half for the Cougars as Texas A&M extended its advantage to 14 at 44-30 with 16:43 remaining in the game.
At that point, the Cougars seemingly woke up from their shooting woes when the Aggies' Alaina Johnson fouled Whitney Martindale while converting a lay-up. Martindale made good on the three-point play, which began a 13-4 run by the Cougars that cut their deficit to 48-43 with 10:41 remaining.
But just when it seemed WSU was back in contention, its shooting problems reappeared as the team went nearly the next five minutes without scoring a point. The Aggies took advantage of WSU's plight, outscoring the Cougars 22-0 in that stretch to put the game away.
The Cougars were led in scoring by Lindsey Egeland with 12 points and Jami Clevenger's 10.
Brittney Hawks, who pulled down 12 rebounds in Saturday's game versus Hawaii matched that total with her game-high 12 boards against the Aggies.
Hawks' performance at the tournament earned her an all-tournament team nod. The senior center from Rexburg, Idaho averaged 11.5 points and 12 rebounds in two games at the tournament.
Joining Hawks on the all-tournament team was Hawaii's Christen Roper (most outstanding player), Natasja Allen and Janka Gabrielova, Meg Banahan of Texas A&M and Sarah Hedgepeth of Portland State.