Feb. 24, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. -- Despite 30 points from senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany), Washington State suffered a 78-73 setback at Stanford, Thursday night in front of 3,620 fans at Maples pavilion.
The scoring effort was one point shy of Dietel's career-high. She added a game-high 10 rebounds to record a her third double-double of the season. In addition, Dietel moved into 14th on the WSU all-time scoring list, passing Amy Saneholtz (1993-97) and raising her career total to 889 points.
"She (Dietel) was the most competitive I've seen her," WSU head coach Jenny Przekwas said. "When shots didn't fall, she got the fire in her eyes and said, `I am going to make the next one.'"
However, behind four players scoring in double figures and a pair of scoring runs, Stanford (17-6, 10-3 Pac-10) posted its 30th victory without a loss against the Cougars (4-20, 1-13 Pac-10), who lost for the seventh straight time and their 13th consecutive Pac-10 road game.
WSU built a 36-23 lead in the first half before Stanford ran off 14 staight points, while the Cougars missed 11 consecutive shots, to take a 37-36 lead. However, Dietel's bucket with seven seconds left in the first half gave the Cougars a 38-37 advantage at intermission.
The game's decisive run began with 13:31 to play and the game tied 51-51. Over the next eight minutes, Stanford scored 17 of the game's 19 points while WSU went 0-for-7 from the field and committed six turnovers making the score 68-56 Cardinal with 5:30 to play.
The Cougars rallied to within five on two occastions before a three-pointer by Dietel cut the Stanford lead to 76-73 with 17 seconds left. Milena Flores connected on two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Cardinal.
"It is not about the final score," Przekwas said. "It's about the level of competition and we rose to that level tonight."
The Cougars, who play at California, Saturday at 5 p.m., also received a career-high 10 assists from junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.).