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Cougars Show Promise In Loss To Nationally Ranked Gauchos

Five Cougs tally double figure scoring.



Dec. 28, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - Erin Buescher scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as 22nd ranked California-Santa Barbara pulled away from host Washington State late in the game to notch an 89-73 non-conference women's basketball victory Tuesday at Friel Court.

Stacy Clinesmith, who played her high school ball at nearby Mead High in Spokane, added 18 for USCB (8-3), including eight in a late run by the Gouchos, while Kristi Rohr chipped in with 17.

WSU (3-6) had five players score 10 or more, including 14 from Alke Dietel. Jessica Collins added a career-high 13, Tricia Lamb 12 and Jen Kerns and Romie DeAnda 10 each for the Cougars. Yvonne Volkman paced WSU with eight rebounds.

The Cougars, after trailing by as many as 15 in the first half and 18 early in the second half at 58-40, rallied to within six points with 6:46 left in the game. A layin by Volkman off Collins' pass pulled WSU to within 67-61, completing a 21-9 run.

"I have to give Washington State a lot of credit," UCSB Head Coach Mark French said. "I thought we were going to blow them out when we got up 18, but they battled back and had a chance to win."

The Cougars used four three-point baskets to get back in the game. Collins scored nine of her 13 points in the Cougars' run, including a pair of treys. Dietel and Tricia Lamb also hit three-point buckets in WSU's spurt, while De Anda added a short jumper and a layin.

That's when Clinesmith stepped up big, drilling back to back three pointers and then adding a layin to give the Gauchos a 12 point advantage 78-66. UCSB went on to open up a 19 point lead, its biggest of the contest, with 14 seconds left in the game. Clinesmith also had eight assists for UCSB.

"I think Stacy (Clinesmith) has been a very good point guard for a long time, but I think she has stepped up to an elite point guard in the country this season," French said.

Despite the loss, WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas found positives in her team's effort.

"It's the best game we've played all year," Przekwas said. "I was pleased we had a lot of fight after we got down. "We still have a lot of work to do on the offense, but we had open looks tonight which is an improvement."

Washington State hosts Saint Mary's, Thursday at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.

UC-Santa Barbara (8-3) - 89 Kristi Rohr 7-11 3-3 17, Tawnee Cooper 2-10 1-4 5, Kayte Christensen 4-6 0-2 8, Erin Buescher 7-17 7-10 22, Stacy Clinesmith 7-10 0-0 18, Kristyn Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica Hansen 3-5 0-0 7, Nicole Greathouse 2-6 0-0 5, Debby Caine 0-0 1-2 1, Rachelle Rogers 3-6 0-0 6, LisaHansen 0-0 0-0 0, Team 35-71 12-21 89.

WSU (3-6) - 73 Yvonne Volkman 3-11 1-2 8, Alke Dietel 6-12 1-1 14, Kelley Berglund 0-2 0-0 0, Jessica Collins 4-5 3-4 13, Katie Nyseth 1-5 3-4 6, Tricia Lamb 3-10 4-6 12, Jen Kerns 2-13 4-5 10, Romie DeAnda 4-6 1-2 10, Jessica Ottmar 0-0 0-0 0, Team 23-64 17-24 73.

Halftime - UCSB 46, WSU 34; 3-Point Goals - UCSB 7-18 (Cooper 0-2, Buescher 1-4, Clinesmith 4-6, J.Hansen 1-2, Greathouse 1-3, Rogers 0-1), WSU 10-22 (Volkman 1-3, Dietel 1-3, Collins 2-3, Nyseth 1-1, Lamb 2-3, Kerns 28, DeAnda 1-1). Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - UCSB 49 (Buescher 10), WSU 38 (Volkman 8). Assists - UCSB 19 (Clinesmith 8), WSU 20 (Kerns 9). Total Fouls - UCSB 16, WSU 18. Technical fouls - None. A - 573.

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