Jan. 22, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. - For the second straight game, Washington State fell victim to a fast second half start by its opponent as the Cougars fell 77-65 at Oregon in women's basketball, Saturday night.
WSU (3-13, 0-6 Pac-10) shot 54 percent in the first half and built a 33-28 lead at intermission.- It was the first halftime lead for the Cougars since Dec. 20 when WSU entered the locker room with a 38-28 advantage at Bowling Green.- The Cougars went on to win that game, their last win prior to their current eight-game losing streak.
The 0-6 start in conference play is the Cougars' worst since WSU dropped its first nine Pac-10 games in the 1986-87 season, the inaugural year for Pac-10 women's basketball.- The eight-game skid is the longest since 1993-94 when the Cougars lost 11 straight, which included a forfeit loss at Arizona State.
Oregon (13-4, 4-1 Pac-10) erased its five-point halftime deficit with a 19-3 run to take a commanding 47-36 lead with 13:37 to play.- The Ducks, which shot 36 percent in the first half, connected on eight of their ten field goal attempts in the second half and shot 59 percent over the final 20 minutes.
The win was the 19th consecutive home victory for Oregon, the sixth longest active streak in the country, and came before 5,367 fans at McArthur Court.
"We had turnovers in the second half that were terrible," WSU Head Coach Jenny Przkewas said.- "We had very disappointing free throw shooting.- We could have kept ourselves in the game.- This is a tough place to play, great crowd, great atmosphere.- Maybe that has something to do with it."
Senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) led Washington State with 20 points and tied Oregon's Shaquala Williams for game-high honors.
Angelina Wolvert added 19 points and ten rebounds for the Ducks while junior Cathy McNeely (Philomath, Ore.) contributed a season-high 13 points off the bench for Washington State.
The Cougars will return home for a 7 p.m. contest against California, Thursday, January 27.