March 2, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Washington State senior forward became the 11th Cougar in Washington State women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points by sinking two free throws with 5:25 remaining Friday against UCLA in the first round of the 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. WSU fell to the Bruins 72-58 in San Jose, Calif.
Benz, a 6-foot-2 forward out of Portland, Ore., concludes her Cougar career as WSU's all-time career rebound leader with 899 boards and is 11th all-time in career scoring with exactly 1,000 points.
UCLA's Lindsey Pluimer led all scorers with 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Noelle Quinn added 14 points for the Bruins.
Despite an 11-point halftime lead for UCLA, the first half featured six lead changes and two tied scores. The Bruins struck first as Lindsey Pluimer hit a three-point shot just 30 seconds into the game. Nevertheless, four scoreless minutes would pass until Noelle Quinn made 1-of-2 free throw attempts to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead with 16:32 remaining. WSU came to within two points, however, as Colleen Betteridge drove baseline and hit a reverse layup.
The Cougars would take their first lead at the 11:26 mark when Kate Benz knocked down a successful three-point shot. Both teams would share the lead until Amanda DuRocher made a shot from beyond the three-point line. UCLA slowly began to extend their lead when Quinn hit a jumpshot, starting an 18-6 UCLA run to close out the first half.
UCLA dominated the free-throw heavy second half, extending their lead to 15 with 13:31 remaining. The Bruin lead reached as many as 18, yet virtually all points were scored at the charity stripe as UCLA shot 13-of-24 from the free throw line in the second half alone. Washington State was 11-of-16 from the line in the second half after only shooting 2-of-2 in the first half. The Cougars shot 72 percent from the free throw line overall.
Washington State concludes the 2007 season with an overall record of 5-24 and a Pac-10 record of 1-18.