Jan. 29, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Kate Benz tallied her second consecutive double-double -- and her fifth in the last six games -- in the Cougars' 69-56 loss to the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal, Saturday at Friel Court.
Charmaine Jones led WSU with a game-high 12 points and Ariana Scales added 10 for the Cougars (5-15, 1-10). Susan King Borchardt, Sebnem Kimyacioglu and Azella Perryman each scored 10 points for the Cardinal, which recorded its 10th straight win to improve to 19-2 overall and 10-1 in the Pac-10.
Benz, who entered the game as the Pac-10 leader in rebounding with a 9.5 per game average, did nothing to hurt her standing as the sophomore from Portland, Ore. tied a season-high with 15 rebounds. In addition, Benz scored 10 points to post her eighth double-double of the season, which also leads the conference.
The Cougars used a 6-0 run to take a 22-19 lead before Kimyacioglu made a 3-pointer with 6:27 left in the first half to tie the game. Kelley Suminski followed that up with another trey to give Stanford the lead for good. Stanford finished the half on a 16-4 run to go into the break with a 35-26 lead.
Stanford, which is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, opened the second half with a 14-2 run to expand its lead to 49-28. The Cardinal led by as much as 25 at 67-42 with 7:27 left before WSU closed out the game with a 14-2 run to provide the game's final score.
"Our game plan I thought was very effective," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. "I thought we did a good job but when they kicked it out we weren't getting rotations and they hit a couple of 3s that hurt us. It took a little bit of run out of us going into the locker room and it carried on to the second half."
The 13-point margin of defeat was the narrowest between the two teams since the Cougars dropped an 87-78 decision to the Cardinal at Pullman, Feb. 22, 2001. Prior to Saturday's contest, the Cardinal, which has never lost to WSU in 40 meetings, had won the six ensuing games by an average margin of 30 points.
The 69 points were the fewest allowed to the Cardinal by WSU since Jan. 27, 1996, when Stanford scored 66.
WSU returns to action when it embarks on the road to take on USC, Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.