This Week In Cougar Athletics History
The Cougars opened the Pac-10 season in stirring fashion with a 72-70 double-overtime win over the Washington Huskies at Pullman before a near capacity crowd of 12,000.
With the exception of a 2-2 tie early, WSU never led or tied the Huskies until the 2:08 mark of the second half when Guy Williams hit a jumper for a 55-55 standoff, a score that remained through the end of regulation play. WSU's first lead was 57-55, 25 seconds into the first overtime, which concluded with a 62-62 deadlock.
Steve Harriel, who didn't practice much the week of the game and had missed the Idaho State game five days earlier with a sore shoulder, led WSU with 19 points and eight rebounds. Chris Winkler added 17 points while Craig Ehlo contributed 16 for WSU.
"The crowd was super, as involved as they ever have been at WSU, especially the students," Cougar Head Coach George Raveling said.
Washington State overcame an 18-point first half deficit to score a dramatic 75-72 overtime win over the Washington Huskies in Seattle. The win snapped a 22-game Washington win streak that dated back to 1981.
WSU's bench outscored Washington's 38-12 with senior Darci Wellsandt leading the way with 18 points. With just over seven minutes to play in the first half, WSU trailed 25-7, but, by halftime, WSU narrowed the gap to 10 at 34-24. Still trailing by 10 with 11:32 to play, the Cougars ran off 12 straight points to take the lead at 54-52 on Erika Wheeler's lay-in. Wellsandt's jumper in the key gave WSU the lead at 73-72 with 13 seconds to play in overtime, and Susie Jarosch’s lay-in clinched the victory for WSU.
The 18-point rally marked the greatest comeback in WSU history, an achievement that still stands today.
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