This Week In Cougar Athletics History
Jan. 29, 1989
Just over three years after setting the single-game scoring standard in Washington State basketball program history of 45 points, Brian Quinnett nearly reached his mark by pouring in 44 points in a 72-65 win over USC at Pullman.
Quinnett was 11-of-17 from the field including a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point territory, and 17-of-19 from the free throw line.
With the game tied at 55, Quinnett's 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining gave WSU a lead it would not relinquish the remainder of the game.
Quinnett turned in his 45-point performance against Loyola-Marymount, Dec. 5, 1986.
Feb. 3, 1991
The Cougars came back from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat UCLA, 78-77, at Pullman. At the time, the rally was the greatest comeback in program history, and is still the third best ever.
After taking a brief 6-2 lead in the game's early stages, WSU fell behind 24-10 at the 12:15 mark of the first half. The Cougars did not regain the lead until Dawn Allinger's lay-in with 12:42 left in the second half, putting the Cougars up 56-55.
The Bruins regained the advantage and built as much as a five-point lead at 74-69 with 2:25 remaining. Darci Wellsandt hit a trey, and Allinger and Camille Thompson combined to sink six straight free throws over the next 2:20 to give the Cougars a 78-74 lead with five seconds left.
"We were able to keep the pressure on long enough so they would wear down," WSU Head Coach Harold Rhodes said. "They started missing some of those shots, and we had fresh people in down the stretch. I think that made the difference."
The win improved WSU's record to 13-5. The Cougars eventually finished with an 18-10 mark and earned their only NCAA Tournament berth in program history.
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