Nov. 26, 1999
BOULDER, Colo. - Kristin Koetsier scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and added a game-high 16 rebounds to help Western Michigan overcome a nine-point halftime deficit in the Broncos 68-65 win over the Cougars in the Coors Classic, Friday night.
Washington State (0-2) built a 40-31 lead at intermission behind 14 first half points from senior Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany).
Western Michigan (1-1) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the Cougars' lead to 40-37.
WSU responded with an 8-3 run as sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Tex.) tallied all eight of the Cougars' points to put WSU on top 48-40 with 14:34 remaining. De Anda finished career highs in points (19) and rebounds (seven).
The Broncos chipped away and eventually tied the game 52-all on a three-point basket by Brianne Gallert with 8:19 left.
"They (the Broncos) picked up and started to play more and more aggressive, and we played less and less aggressive," WSU Head Coach Jenny Przkewas said. "They played harder and faster and we were standing around."
Freshman Jessica Ottmar (Silverdale, Wash.) scored the next six Cougar points, the last two coming on a driving layup with 3:39 to play that made the score 59-58 Western Michigan.
The Broncos scored the next six points to increase their lead to 64-58 before the Cougars rallied to within one at 66-65 on senior Jennifer Kerns' (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) three-pointer with 9.3 second remaining.
Shelsea Erving added a pair of free throws for the Broncos with two seconds left to make the score 68-65 and Kerns' half court heave at the buzzer was off the mark.
The Cougars will play the loser of the Wright State/Colorado game in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m. MST, Saturday.