Feb. 17, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Shaquala Williams led the Ducks with 18 points, six rebounds and six steals as Oregon held off a late run by Washington State to defeat the Cougars 73-68 in Pacific-10 women's basketball action at Friel Court Thursday.
Brianne Meharry came off the bench to score 12 for Oregon, and Lindsey Dion added 11 as Oregon moved to 18-6 overall, 9-3 in Pac-10 play.
Despite 16 points from Alke Dietel, the Cougars lost their fifth straight to drop to 4-18 overall. Jen Kerns had 14 points and six assists, while Yvonne Volkman came off the bench to score 12. Now 1-11 in the Pac-10, WSU is of to its worst conference start since going winless through 12 games during the 1986-87 season.
Ahead by 11 points at halftime, it appeared Oregon would run away with an easy win. With 11:40 left to play, the Ducks capped off an 11-2 run that increased their lead to 17 points, 63-46. Slowly, the Cougars climbed back.
With just over six minutes left in the contest WSU trailed 69-54. Kerns then sparked the Cougs with seven unanswered points, and with 2:30 left WSU had the ball trailing by only six, 71-65.
However, WSU failed to score or get a shot off, committing a shot clock violation at 1:55. Oregon responded with a turnover, but Volkman missed a layin at 1:16. Still down by only six with 48 seconds left, Katie Nyseth committed a turnover that all but sealed the Cougars' fate.
Although Oregon made only two-of-five free throw attempts in the final 41 seconds, the Cougars could not capitalize, failing to get another field goal attempt until only five seconds remained.
"I thought it was a good effort to make it a ball game," WSU head coach Jenny Przekwas said. "I thought we had them rattled and kept it close before we made a run at the end against a strong team."
In the first half, the game was a battle between Oregon's balanced attack and a foursome of Cougars players who made all but four of WSU's first-half points.
Dietel scored five unanswered points, half of her first-half effort, to cut an Oregon lead to four, 30-26, at 7:09. But for the next six minutes Oregon constructed an 11-0 run to lead 41-26 with 1:11 left in the half.
Although WSU finished the game only three rebounds shy of Oregon's 34, the battle on the glass was crucial. The Cougars failed to get even a second-chance attempt until Volkman followed a Cathy McNeely miss with 5:14 left in the first half.
With her 16 points, Dietel moved to 15th on WSU's all-time list with 839 career points.
WSU hosts Oregon State, Saturday at 3 p.m.