Jan. 22, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Adriane Ferguson led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 16 points in Washington State's 68-61 loss to Washington in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Friel Court.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 4-14 overall and 0-9 in the Pac-10. Washington improved to 8-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
Jill Bell led a quartet of Washington players in double figures with 15 points. Kayla Burt (14 points), Cameo Hicks (11 points) and Dominique Banks (11 points) completed the contingent.
Trailing by as much as nine in the first half, the Cougars rallied to tie matters up and ended up going into the halftime break down by three at 29-26.
WSU immediately tied the game with a 3-pointer from Ferguson just 21 seconds into the second half. But a 3-point play from Banks gave the Huskies the lead right back at 34-31 with 19:13 remaining.
The Cougars pulled to within two at 36-34 on a Jessica Perry bucket with 16:05 remaining but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
After Perry's basket, the Huskies outscored WSU 12-4 over the ensuing 3:39 to extend their lead to double figures at 48-38 with 12:26 remaining.
Down 50-40, another Ferguson trey cut WSU's deficit back to single digits with 9:58 left. The Huskies thwarted any thought of a Cougar rally with an 8-0 run, which gave them their largest lead of the game at 58-43 with 6:45 remaining. During the run, WSU committed three turnovers and was 0-of-3 from the field.
WSU was out-rebounded 52-39, including 25-16 in the second half. Additionally, the Huskies held a 22-12 advantage on the offensive glass including an 11-3 disparity in the second half.
"The offensive rebounding in the second half just killed us," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. "A lot of their rebounds they put right back in.
"Lack of execution and just fatigue got the best of us," Murrell continued. "We just got tired and they had a lot of transition situations. They took it to us in the second half."
The attendance figure of 1,460 was the largest to witness a Cougar home game since 1992 when the team drew 2,256 fans for its game against UW, Feb. 7, 1992. It also marked the third time that WSU drew over 1,000 fans to a home game this season, marking the first time since the 1992-93 season that WSU had at least three games in which it attracted over 1,000 fans. That season, WSU had four home games with an attendance figure of over 1,000.
WSU continues its homestand when it hosts California, Thursday, Jan. 27 for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Friel Court.