Jan. 25, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Washington State's Bianca McCall scored 20 points - her eighth straight game scoring in double digits - in the Cougars' 73-69 loss to the Oregon Ducks in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Friel Court.
McCall just missed her fifth consecutive double-double, as the 6-foot-1 junior forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., added nine rebounds. Lindsey Egeland recorded 14 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds for WSU.
Oregon was led by Brandi Davis, who scored a game-high 24 points, including 19 in the first half. Carolyn Ganes (19 points) and Kedzie Gunderson (11 points) also reached double-digits for the Ducks.
"I thought we attacked the basket really well," said WSU Coach Sherri Murrell. "We didn't allow them to get points inside in the first half but they got some points in the second half.
"I think the first half was (Brandi) Davis against Washington State," Murrell continued. "She just did a phenomenal job and I am pretty proud of our kids she only had five in the second half."
The game was close throughout with neither team gaining more than a nine-point advantage. The Ducks held that nine-point lead of 66-57 with 4:30 remaining but five consecutive points by WSU brought the Cougars to within four at 66-62 with 3:19 left.
Oregon extended its lead back to eight to 70-62 with 1:17 remaining but the Cougars shaved their deficit down to five at 71-66 with 19 seconds left.
Four consecutive free throws pulled WSU to within two at 71-69 with 10 seconds remaining. The Cougars gained possession of the ball with five seconds left as Charmaine Jones gathered a missed Alissa Edwards free throw. However, Edwards gained redemption, as she stole the in-bounds pass, and after being fouled, sank two free throws to clinch the game for Oregon.
WSU held as much as a six-point lead of 24-18 in the first-half thanks to an 11-0 run but Oregon rallied to end the first half with a 36-35 lead.
Oregon shot 30-of-68 (44.1 percent) from the field while WSU was 26-of-60 (43.3 percent). The Cougars out-rebounded the Ducks 43-39 marking the third game that WSU has out-rebounded its opponent this season.
McCall's point production marked the third straight game in which she has scored at least 20 points. The 6-foot-1 junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., scored 24 and 20 points against California and Oregon State, respectively. Jessica Perry scored 20 and 25 points against Arizona State and Stanford, respectively prior to McCall's 20-point streak.