WSU Bombs Away To Edge Gonzaga
December 18, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Tricia Lamb drilled six of a team record 14 three-point field goals and Washington State needed every one of them to defeat visiting Gonzaga 75-70 in a women's non-conference women's basketball game Friday at Friel Court.
None of WSU's treys were bigger than Lamb's final bucket that broke a 70-70 tie with 69 seconds left in the game. Lamb led WSU with 25 points, while Alke Dietel added 24 for WSU (6-2). The win snapped the Cougars' two-game losing streak.
Scoring honors when to Gonzaga (3-6) freshman Jessica Malone, who tallied 26 and led all rebounders with 12. Holly Turner added 24 for the visitors, who lost for the fifth straight time to WSU.
Gonzaga dominated the boards by outrebounding WSU 48-25, but that advantage was offset by 31 turnovers, more than double WSU's 15. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent and WSU just 37 percent, but the Cougars were able to convert well at the free throw line, hitting 15 of 18.
Lamb did much of her damage in the second half, scoring 18, after Dietel went for 15 in the opening half. Five of Lamb's treys came in the second half. Malone and Turner combined for 33 of Gonzaga's 43 second-half points, with Turner tallying 17.
The Cougars built up a 14-point first half lead at 26-12, but near the end of the half Sydney Perno and Turner scored back to back baskets as the Bulldogs cut WSU's lead to eight at the intermission, 35-27.
WSU made their advantage hold up well into the second half, posting 12 point leads at 49-37 five minutes into the final half and then 64-52 with six minutes to play.
For the next five minutes, Gonzaga outscored the host Cougars 18-6. It was the Malone show during the comeback, with the Bulldog freshman scoring 15 of her team's 18 points. She hit three treys and her last basket in the run was a rebound bucket that knotted the score at 70-70.
After calling time out, WSU went to Lamb, who calmly banged home her last trey of the game for a 73-70 WSU lead at 1:09. Katie Nyseth then closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws for WSU's 75-70 win.
The Cougars, who return to action next Monday at St. Mary's College, were without the coaching of head coach Harold Rhodes. Rhodes left the WSU campus Thursday for Florence, Ala., following the unexpected death of his mother. The 17-year Cougar coach will also miss the St. Mary's game, but is expected to be back on the sidelines for WSU's exhibition game Dec.27 against the Portland Saints.
Gonzaga (70) - Malone 10-19 2-4 26, Deal 3-4 1-2 7, Perno 2-3 0-0 4, Waltz 1-5 0-0 2, Turner 10-19 2-2 24, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Osberg 0-2 2-2 2, Berman 0-1 0-0 0, Jeffries 0-2 0-0 0, Tipps 2-2 1-3 5, Correa 0-0 0-0 0, Team 28-57 8-13 70.
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