Feb. 6, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Adriane Ferguson and Ariana Scales combined for 37 points for Washington State in the Cougars' 68-63 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.
Ferguson barely missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds as did Keisha Moore who tallied nine points and 11 rebounds. Scales finished with a season-high 18 points, which included four 3-point field goals. Jessica Perry also scored in double-digits for WSU with 10 points.
Kate Benz, who entered the game leading the conference in rebounding (9.5/game) and double-doubles (eight), pulled down a game-high 12 boards.
Nikki Blue led UCLA with a game-high 22 points.
The difference in the game came from the free throw line as UCLA was 20-of-25 from the charity stripe while WSU was 4-of-5.
With the game tied at 58 with 3:27 left in the contest, UCLA scored eight consecutive points to open its largest lead of the game at 66-58 with 26 seconds left.
A Scales' trey cut the deficit to five but that was as close as the Cougars would get as UCLA converted two free throws and Ferguson made a lay-in as time expired to provide the final score.
After spotting UCLA a 5-0 lead, WSU went on a 9-2 run, which was capped by a 3-pointer from Ferguson to take a 9-7 advantage six minutes into the game.
UCLA responded with seven consecutive points of its own to retake the lead at 14-9 with 12:49 remaining.
The team then traded blows over the ensuing seven plus minutes. The Bruins maintained their lead but were not able to extend it by more than the five point margin.
Down 24-19 with 5:37 left, WSU went on an 8-0 run, which included five points from Ferguson, to take a 27-24 lead. The Cougars used the momentum of that run to go into halftime with a 35-29 advantage. The halftime lead was the first for the Cougars since they led Portland State 41-16, Dec. 3, a span of 16 games.
UCLA grabbed the lead back at 38-35 with a 9-0 run during the opening three and a half minutes of the second half. In the run, UCLA was 3-of-3 from the field while the Cougars missed seven consecutive shots.
The Bruins extended their advantage to five at 44-39 with 14 minutes left but five consecutive points, all courtesy of Scales, brought the Cougars back to a tie at 44 all with 13:02 remaining.
After a bucket from Livingston gave UCLA the lead right back, Scales converted a trey to give the Cougars a 47-46 lead with 11:47 left.
The punch-counterpunching continued between the two teams as UCLA scored four straight points only to be answered by a Perry trey to tie the game at 50 with 10 minutes left. It would be the first of four ties during the final stretch of the game, the final being at 58 all.
WSU returns home to face Oregon, Thursday, Feb. 10 for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Friel Court.