WSU's Lamb Shoots-Out Colorado for Tournament Win
December 5, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Tricia Lamb came up one shy of a Cougar Shootout record by knocking down five three pointers as Washington State (5-0) rallied from behind to beat Colorado (4-3) 81-76 in women's basketball action at Friel Court Saturday, capturing its eleventh tournament title in 18 years.
Lamb finished with 23 points on seven-for-18 from the field, including five of her record 14 three-point attempts, good enough to be named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The Cougar sophomore finished with a two-game total of 33 points, including crucial come-from-behind baskets against Colorado, and a go-ahead bucket in the final minute of WSU's first round contest against Bowling Green.
Alke Dietel led the Cougars with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game. In two games, Dietel accumulated 37 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots to land her a spot on the all-tournament team for the second consecutive year. Cathy McNeely added 11 points for WSU.
All-tournament honoree Britt Hartshorn grabbed eight rebounds and added 19 points for Colorado. For the tournament, Hartshorn led the Buffaloes with 30 points. Linda Lappe also received all-tournament honors based on 28 points and a team-high 13 rebounds and 12 assists in two games. Against the Cougars, Lappe finished with nine points and five assists, offset by five turnovers. Jenny Roulier and Melody Johnson aided the Buffaloes with 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the championship contest.
The Cougars and Buffaloes battled basket for basket early, but WSU's pressing defense earned the Cougars a 10 point lead, 22-12, with 12:18 on the clock. Four minutes later, however, the double-digit lead was gone and the game was tied 25-25 at 8:24.
Refusing to fall behind, WSU answered. Jennifer Kerns' three-pointer with 5:53 left in the half, completed a 12-4 scoring run that put the Cougs up eight points. But in the half's final six minutes, Hartshorn brought down two rebounds and scored seven points to push Colorado on top 45-42 at halftime.
Led by Lamb, the Cougars' offense came to life in the second half. As the first five minutes ticked off the clock, Lamb knocked down a trio of three-pointers and WSU led 58-47 off a 16-2 run. Although the Buffaloes would trail by three with 14 seconds remaining, Colorado could not repeat its late-half rally of the first period and the Cougars wrapped up their fourth straight Cougar Shootout title.
"It's great to be a tradition like Colorado," WSU head coach Harold Rhodes said. "I guess the only thing you can say is that team picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 beat the team that's supposed to finish sixth in the Big-12. So maybe it's a victory for the Pac-10 more than anybody."
Jill DeFosse sank eight of 11 from the field and pulled down six rebounds en route to her team-high 24 points as the Bowling Green Falcons (4-3) claimed the Cougar Shootout Consolation Championship over American University (5-2) 90-77 in the 1 p.m. contest Saturday.
Francine Miller grabbed eight rebounds and scored 19 points with three assists to help pace the Falcons. Jacki Raterman and Sherry Kahle chipped in with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
American's Kari Gaskins poured in a game-high 29 points in the losing effort, while Kim Gombola pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Jina Lewis added 13 points and Jamie Dowd finished with 10 points, after scoring eight in the first half.
The Falcons never trailed the Eagles but survived a number of nail-biting American surges. In the first half, Bowling Green saw a six point lead diminish to one, 13-12, with 13:12 left to play. Over the next four minutes the Falcons clawed back with an 11-0 run to assume a 24-12 advantage.
In the final nine minutes of the half, Bowling Green would lead by as much as 17 points six times and took a 16 point lead into halftime, 48-32.
In the second half, American made a run with strong defense. Holding the Falcons scoreless for over six minutes, the Eagles closed the gap to four points, 50-46 with 14:30 on the clock.
Then Bowling Green's DeFosse and Miller tandem came alive, scoring 12 straight points to keep the Falcons lead in double-digits. As the game wound down, American climbed back to within six points with 30 seconds left, but could get no closer.
Colorado (76) - Chaquita Dilworth 1-4 0-0 2, Shelley Garcia 2-4 0-0 4, Kami Carmann 3-4 2-2 8, Mandy Nightingale 2-4 1-2 6, Linda Lappe 3-7 3-4 9, Britt Hartshorn 7-13 5-6 19, Nikki Weddle 0-3 0-0 0, Jenny Roulier 5-8 2-3 13, Eisha Bohman 4-10 2-2 10, Nikki Swagger 2-3 1-4 5, Team 29-63 16-23 76.