Utah Tags WSU With Overtime Loss
December 10, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Utah knocked down 17-of-20 free throws in overtime to defeat Washington State 81-70 in women's basketball action at Friel Court Thursday.
Led by Erin Gibbons' 22 points, eight of which came in overtime, Utah (5-2) put four players in double-figures. Tiana Fuertes hit a trio of three pointers en route to 15 points, while Katherine McColl and Kristi Rose chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
WSU (5-2) was paced offensively by Alke Dietel and Vvonne Volkman who pulled down six rebounds apiece. Dietel finished with 20 points as Volkman scored 14. Tricia Lamb, WSU's leading scorer coming into the game, hit only 5-of-17 field goal attempts to score 11 points.
In the game's opening 10 minutes, both the Utes and Cougars traded leads three times while remaining within five points of each other until Fuertes' three-point bucket at 9:20 put Utah ahead 21-15.
The Utes went on to lead by eight, 26-18 with 7:35 to play, but the Cougars came back. On the shoulders of six points from Volkman, WSU engineered an 11-4 run to take the lead 29-28 with 4:09 left in the half. However, the Cougs went scoreless in the last four minutes and Utah took a 33-29 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Gibbons' trey gave Utah a 40-35 advantage with 17:04 to play. But WSU's Dietel scored nine unanswered points and Volkman added a jumper to give WSU a 45-40 advantage with 13:33 left to play in regulation.
The Cougars did not trail until McColl's lay-in put the Utes on top 61-60 with 1:51 left. A Dietel lay-in and two Volkman free throws put WSU up by three points, 64-61, with 42 seconds left. Utah proved it was enough time as McColl produced a lay-in and a free throw to knot the score at 64-64 with 20 ticks left on the game clock.
The Cougars had a chance to win in regulation with Lamb's baseline jumper, but the attempt rattled out and the game moved into overtime.
In the extra period, WSU took a 67-66 lead on three free throws, but managed only one field goal down the stretch while the Utes scored all its points from the charity stripe to hand the Cougars their second straight defeat.
"They made their free throws down the stretch and that was the difference," said WSU head coach Harold Rhodes. "When you have two teams that close, those little things make the difference."
Utah (81) - Kristina Anderson 0-3 0-1 0, Lori Red 2-9 3-5 7, Kristi Rose 5-5 0-0 10, Erin Gibbons 5-14 9-12 22, Tiana Fuertes 4-12 4-4 15, Katherine McColl 5-5 3-5 13, Lindsay Sodja 1-2 0-0 2, Amy Ewert 1-1 0-0 2, Lindsay Herbert 0-0 0-0 0, Janna Whitman 0- 0-0 0, Laurne Beckman 4-5 2-2 10, Team 27-57 21-29 81.
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