Jan. 14, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State freshman Amanda DuRocher poured in a season-high 20 points in the Cougars' 73-63 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
DuRocher shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three treys, en route to posting the second 20-point performance by a Cougar freshman this season (Katie Appleton). DuRocher's previous season-best scoring effort came at Boise State (19 points).
"Hustle-wise, Amanda did a great job," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. "She kept us in the game with her shooting, that's for sure."
In addition to DuRocher's double-digit effort, Crystal Blue and Kate Benz contributed 10 points each. Benz, the Pac-10 rebounding leader, just missed a double-double as the junior from Portland, Ore. added nine rebounds.
Benz did make her way into the school's career top-10 rebounding list as she now has 602 career boards, which is 10th all-time in school history, and is eight rebounds behind ninth position (Camille Thompson, 1991-94). The all-time career rebounding leader in WSU history is Cassandra Overby, who pulled down 875 rebounds from 1981-84.
With the exception of a pair of one-point leads during the first three minutes of the game, the Cougars (6-10, 0-7 Pac-10) never enjoyed the lead but did not let UCLA (10-7, 5-3) run away, as the Bruins' advantage never exceeded the final margin of victory.
UCLA's Noelle Quinn recorded a double-double with game-highs in points (23) and rebounds (10). Quinn led a quartet of Bruins who scored in double figures as Lisa Willis (12 points) Lindsey Pluimer (12 points) and Amanda Livingston (11 points) completed the contingent.
The Cougars shot 24-of-70 from the field (34.3 percent) while UCLA converted nearly half of its shots (31-of-64, 48.4 percent).
"This is a team that literally can beat us by 20 (points) with their talent," Murrell said of UCLA. "Our kids battled the whole game. To see these kids battle and not lose their spirit says a lot."
The Cougars were without the services of Adriane Ferguon, who missed her 12th consecutive game with a broken right fifth (pinky) finger and Charmaine Jones, who sustained a right high ankle sprain during Thursday's loss to USC.
WSU returns to action at Oregon, Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.