Dec. 21, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington State women's basketball team opened the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with a win against Oregon State, 58-41, Thursday evening at Gill Coliseum.
The Cougars improved to 5-6 and 1-0 in the Pac-10 and Oregon State dropped to 4-4 and 0-1.
"The win is big, because it's a win on the road and it's a Pac-10 win," Murrell said. "It just really gives our young kids a lot of confidence."
The Cougars shot 50 percent as they were 26-of-52 from the field. On the defensive end, WSU held OSU to 29.8 percent shooting and 24.1 percent shooting in the second half. The Cougars also out rebounded the Beavers 41-27.
The Cougars opening the Pac-10 portion of the season with a road win is something they have not done since Jan. 9 1993, when they defeated Washington, 75-72, in overtime.
It was the first win over Oregon State since the 2003 season and the first win in Corvallis since Feb. 14 1999 when the Cougars defeated the Beavers, 75-67.
WSU outscored the Beavers in the second half 32-17 after ending the game on an 18-6 run. The WSU bench outscored OSU's 13-2.
The Cougars went into halftime leading 26-24 after holding the Beavers scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. Despite only scoring four points during the Beaver drought, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run to give them a 24-14 lead with 4:21 remaining. The Beavers answered with a 7-0 run of their own to cut the lead to three at 24-21 with 2:22 until the half. Benz added two free-throws, but Julie Futch hit a three pointer as time expired to give the Cougars a two-point advantage.
In the second half, WSU started on an 8-2 run to build the lead to 34-26, which was culminated by a Dani Montgomery lay-in. During a span of 6:50 WSU outscored the Beavers 15-2, which gave the Cougars a 54-37 lead with 5:12 remaining in the final 20 minutes. Oregon State would not get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
The Cougars return to action, Dec. 23, at Oregon for a 5 p.m. tip. WSU returns to Pullman for a two-game homestand beginning, Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., against UCLA and ending Saturday, Dec. 31 at noon versus USC. Both games will be played in Beasley Coliseum.