This Week In Cougar Athletics History
The Cougars scored a school record (that still stands today) 131 points in a 42-point blowout win over Prairie View A&M at Pullman. The Cougars broke two school records and tied another mark as well. In addition to its point total, WSU set a school mark for field goals in a game (53) and tied the mark for assists in a game (32), records that also still stand today. The game was never in doubt as the Cougars raced to a 71-36 halftime advantage. Nine Cougars scored in double figures led by Neil Derrick's 17 points. Ken Critton turned in a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
David Sanders poured in 32 points to lead the Cougars to a 70-68 overtime win at Stanford. The Cougars rallied from a 35-30 halftime deficit to tie the game at 63 at the end of regulation. Down 68-67 with 10 seconds remaining, Sanders nailed the last of his seven 3-point field goals to propel the Cougars to their sixth win of the season. Sanders finished the game 10-of-20 from the field including 7-of-11 from 3-point territory. His effort earned him Pac-10 Player of the Week honors two days later.
The Cougars shot a school record 15-of-15 from the free throw line, and Joanna Smith, who didn't see any action in the first half, came off the bench in the second half to hit three critical treys to lead WSU to a 67-64 come-from-behind win over the No. 18 Oregon Ducks at Pullman. With WSU down by 10 in the second half, Victoria Harrod scored and Smith followed with her first trey, cutting Oregon's lead to five, 48-43. Smith gave WSU its first lead of the game at 51-50 with a 3-pointer with just over nine minutes to play, then canned her third long range shot with 17 seconds to play, putting the Cougars on top 65-64. Harrod iced the game for WSU with a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left.
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