Feb. 16, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Kate Benz produced her 16th career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to the Oregon State Beavers 59-50 in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Thursday at Beasley Coliseum.
With her 10 rebounds, Benz moved past Jeanne Eggart (1978-82) for fifth on the school's career rebounding list. Benz entered the game with 648 rebounds, four behind Eggart. With her current total of 658 rebounds, Benz, the defending Pac-10 rebounding champion, is 30 rebounds shy of fourth position (Jonni Gray, 1986-89). The all-time career rebounding leader in WSU history is Cassandra Overby, who pulled down 875 boards from 1981-84.
In addition to Benz's double-double, Keisha Moore registered her fourth consecutive double-digit scoring game, and her seventh in the last eight contests, with 14 points for WSU (7-17, 1-14). Moore is averaging 14.1 points over the last eight games.
Oregon State (12-11, 6-9) was led by a game-high 18 points from Kim Butler. Butler led a quartet of Beavers who scored in double figures. Casey Nash (13 points), Mandy Close (12 points) and Anita Rivera (10 points) completed the contingent. Nash also tallied a double-double as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
Though they rallied to pull within four with less than two and a half minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars were not able to overcome a cold shooting performance in the first half. WSU shot 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field, including 1-of-10 from 3-point territory en route to falling behind 32-18 at the break.
WSU concludes its home schedule when it faces Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 18 for a 2 p.m. tip at Beasley Coliseum.