March 11, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Tiffany Elmore, Tiffany Washington and Danielle Golay combined for 41 points in leading the Southern California Trojans to a 62-59 win over host Washington State in a women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball victory Saturday at Friel Court.
Elmore led all scorers with 16 points, but none may have been important as her layin with 2:45 to play that boosted USC (15-13 overall, 10-8 in league play) to a 57-56 lead it never gave up. Washington added 13 points and a game high 12 rebounds for her second straight double-double, while Golay tallied 12 for the Trojans.
Yvonne Volkman led WSU (4-24, 1-17) with 12 points, while senior Alke Dietel added 11 for the Cougars, who were on top 35-28 at intermission, but were then outscored 34-24 over the final 20 minutes. Dietel closed out her three-year Cougar career with 926 points to finish 13th, while Jen Kerns tallied nine and concluded her career with 856 points, 16th on the WSU career list.
In their final outing of the season the Cougars had their best shooting performance of the year in the first half, hitting 13 of their 21 shots (62 percent), but in the second half they were equally as cold, making just six of 26 shots (23 percent).
"I don't think USC adjusted defensively in the second half as much as we just missed lay-ups," commented first-year WSU head coach Jenny Przekwas. "We just haven't learned how to maintain focus from Thursday to Saturday, from the first half to the second half, and from shooting the ball at the beginning of the game to shooting at the end."
WSU's 18-for-21 at the free throw line against USC boosted the team percentage to school record 74.4, easily breaking the 1989 club's 72.3 percentage. WSU went into the game leading the Pac-10 at 73.8 percent.
The Trojans finished with a commanding 45-27 lead in rebounding, including 22 offensive boards that led to numerous second and third shots. They outrebounded WSU 28-17 in the second half, including 12 at the offensive end of the court.
WSU took a 9-0 lead at the start of the game, including five points from Dietel. USC did not score until Washington's layin nearly four minutes into the game. The Cougars led by as many as 12 points in the opening half and had a 10 point advantage in the final minute before Erica Mashia tossed in a three pointer with time running out on the shot clock.
All seven ties and three lead changes occurred in the final 13 minutes of the game, with USC taking their first lead 41-40 on Washington's layin with 12:22 to play. Eventually the Trojans built their lead to seven points, the last time 53-46 with just under eight minutes to play.
WSU then ran off eight straight to go back on top 54-53, with Volkman scoring half the points on a jumper and two free throws. Later Kerns hit one of two free throws to give the Cougars their final lead 56-55 with 3:29 to play.
That set the stage for Elmore's crucial layin as the Trojans outscored WSU 7-3 over the final three minutes. USC closed out the season winning seven of their final nine games, including two straight wins in the state of Washington. It was the first time in three years they have swept WSU and Washington.
"I think we're a pretty sure bet for the NIT," offered USC head coach Chris Gobrecht. "I don't hold out much hope for the NCAA unless unless they look at the fact we were so hot over the second half of the season. We went 7-2 in the second round of the Pac-10."
Southern California (15-13) Tashara Carter 2-6 3-4 7, Danielle Golay 4-9 4-4 12, Denise Woods 0-5 0-0 0, Tiffany Elmore 6-13 3-4 16, Mashia Erica 2-8 0-1 5, Camille Norwood 1-3 0-0 3, Carmen Krause 0-2 2-2 2, Lauren Smith-Hams 0-3 2-2 2, Tennille Grant 0-0 0-0 0, Erin Young 1-1 0-0 2, Tiffany Washington 6-11 1-1 13, Total 22-61 15-18 62
Washington State (4-24) Yvonne Volkman 5-11 2-2 12, Alke Dietel 4-9 3-4 11, Katie Nyseth 1-2 4-4 6, Cathy McNeely 3-8 0-0 6, Jen Kerns 1-7 0-7-10 9, Victoria Harrod 1-3 1-1 3, Kelley Berglund 3-6 2-2 8, Jessica Ottmar 1-1 2-2 4, Totals 19-47 18-21 59.
Halftime - WSU 35, USC 28, 3-Point Goals - USC 3-11 (Woods 0-1, Elmore 1-2, Mashia 1-3, Norwood 1-2, Krause 0-1, Smith-Hams 0-2), WSU 3-6 (Dietel 3-4, Kerns 0-2). Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - USC 45 (Washington 12), WSU 27 (Dietel, Ottmar 5). Assists - USC 12 (Carter 4), WSU 9 (Nyseth, McNeely, Kerns 2). Total Fouls - USC 14, WSU 18. Technical fouls - None. A - 459.