Feb. 6, 2000
SEATTLE -- Julia Gray's free throw with under two minutes to play capped an 18-point comeback as Washington defeated Washington State, 56-55, Saturday afternoon in Pac-10 women's basketball.
The win was the ninth straight for the Huskies (7-14, 3-6 Pac-10) over the Cougars (4-15, 1-8 Pac-10) in the rivalry.
The Cougars had a chance to win at the end, but a 25-footer from junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) fell short as time expired.
WSU led by as many as 18 in the first half on four occasions and held a 34-27 advantage at halftime behind senior Alke Dietel's (Halle, Germany) 15 points before intermission.
"I am really pleased with the way we took charge of the game early," WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas said after the loss.
Dietel finished with 22 points and ten rebounds, both game-highs, to record her second double-double in the last three games. She became the 18th player in WSU history to score 800 points and finished the game with 812 in her career.
The Huskies, which closed the first half on a 13-2 run, including eight points from Pac-10 leading scorer Megan Franza, tied the game for the first time since the opening tip at 44-all with 12:20 to play on a pair of free throws by Emily Autrey.
The teams traded points until two free throws by freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) and a bucket by Nyseth gave WSU a 52-48 lead with 6:49 left.
The Huskies followed with a 7-0 spurt, including five from LeAnn Sheets, who finished with 13 points to take a 55-52 lead with 3:41 remaining.
The Cougars tied the game at 55-55 when Dietel converted three free throws with 2:19 left before Gray connected on one of two charity shots to give Washington the win.
Dietel's free throws capped a 15-for-16 day at the line for WSU, which set a school record by converting 93.8 percent of its foul shots.
WSU played without senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) who sat out the game with injury.
"I think it was very apparent we needed her (Kerns) in there," Przekwas said. "In terms of attacking their defense, we needed Kerns."
WSU travels to Tempe, Ariz., Thursday for a 7 p.m. MST game against Arizona State.