Jan. 27, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) scored a game-high 19 points in leading the Washington State Cougars to a 72-65 Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball victory over the visiting California Bears Thursday at Friel Court.
Three other Cougars (4-13 overall, 1-6 in Pac-10 play) scored in double figures, junior Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.) 15, senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) 14 and junior Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario 13. Dietel also led all players with 11 rebounds to record the first double-double this season by a Cougar.
"Alke with a double-double is a great thing for her and this team," WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas said after earning her first Pac-10 win.
Lauren Ashbaugh paced California (5-11, 0-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Shavaki Jackson added 14 and Paige Bowie and Courtney Johnson 12 each.
The Cougars started fast, building up a 10-0 and 21-5 lead in the first six minutes, then had to fight off California's challenge over the final six minutes. Twice the Bears pulled to within one point, the last time 62-61 with just under three minutes to play.
Clinging to the one point advantage, Kerns, who scored 11 of her 19 points in the opening half, knocked down a three-pointer that put WSU on top by four and start a 10-4 Cougar run to close out the game. The Cougars then hit four straight free throws, two each by junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) and Volkman, and a layin and free throw.
"That (the three by Kerns) was really big one for us," Przekwas said. "I thought Jen played a great game"
Kerns recorded five three-pointers to raise her career total to 98 and moved into sixth place all-time at WSU. Her six assists lifted her career total to 309, fifth best all-time at WSU.
WSU hosts Stanford, which lost Thursday, 85-83 to Washington, at Friel Court, Saturday at 3 p.m.