Jan. 7, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Two Washington State women's basketball teams showed up for the Cougars' Pac-10 opener against USC, Friday at the Lyon Center and the result was a 71-61 loss to the Trojans.
In the opening stanza, WSU (3-8, 0-1) recorded its lowest shooting percentage (26.9) and lowest point total in a first half this season and trailed the Trojans (6-5, 1-0) 34-19 at intermission.
The Cougars turned things around in the second half and tallied a season-best 42 points on the strength of 19 points from senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho). Kerns finished with a career-high 25 points in the losing effort.
WSU closed the deficit to seven on a pair of occasions, the latter at 61-54 with 2:43 to play. However, USC connected on 8-of-12 free throws down the stretch to hold off the pesky Cougars who were playing their first conference game under Head Coach Jenny Przekwas.
"I thought we did a better job rebounding in the second half," Przekwas said. "Offensive rebounds killed us in the first half.
"We come out of the shoot intimidated," Przekwas added. "Once we get over that and settle into our game, we'll be all right."
Erica Mashia led a trio of USC players in double figure scoring with 20 points.
The Cougars conclude their road trip at UCLA, Sunday at 2 p.m.