Jan. 7, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four players scored in double figures for Washington State, led by the third double-double of the season for Emma Joneby, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to No. 22 UCLA, 89-69, in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Friday at Friel Court.
Joneby tallied 12 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for WSU (4-10, 0-5). Adriane Ferguson (11 points), Ariana Scales (10 points) and Charmaine Jones (10 points) completed the double-digits scoring quartet. Kate Benz recorded eight points and seven rebounds while Keisha Moore scored eight and Dani Montgomery added seven for the Cougars.
Lisa Willis led UCLA (10-3, 4-0) with a game-high 25 points. Amanda Livingston added 11 while Lindsey Pluimer and Noelle Quinn contributed 10 points each for the Bruins.
After spotting the Bruins the game's first four points, WSU went on a 15-5 run to open a 15-9 lead nearly five minutes into the game. The Cougars made four of their first six shots to begin the contest.
The Bruins responded with an 8-0 run of their own to retake the lead but the Cougars were able to withstand the Bruins' rally.
With the game tied at 21 at the 8:18 mark of the first half, WSU scored eight consecutive points to take what would be its largest lead of the contest at 29-21 with 6:20 remaining.
"It was confidence that really made a difference," WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said of the Cougars' beginning. "We came out real confident and aggressive defensively. It made a difference."
UCLA closed the half outscoring WSU 16-5 to go into the break with a 37-34 advantage. The Cougars missed seven of eight shots to close the half.
The Cougars closed to within 38-36 at the 18:10 mark of the second half but the Bruins went on a 10-0 run over the ensuing 1:53 to open a 48-36 lead with 16:17 remaining. The Cougars would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
"They make the basketball game look easy," Murrell said of UCLA. "Athletically wise, UCLA is by far the best team in our conference."
For the game, WSU was 20-of-67 (29.9 percent) from the field while UCLA was 38-of-70 (54.3 percent).
WSU returns to action when it hosts USC, Sunday, Jan. 9 at Friel Court for a 1 p.m. tip-off.