Hall Leads Washington Past WSU
January 4, 1999
SEATTLE - Amber Hall scored 17 points and three teammates were close behind in leading the Washington Huskies past visiting Washington State 91-69 in the Pacific-10 Conference opener Monday for both teams.
Joining Hall in the scoring parade for Washington (5-5 overall, 1-0 in league) was Jamie Redd with 12, Cheryl Sorenson with 11 and Malinda Lynch with 10. Redd also led all rebounders with 10.
WSU (6-4/0-1) was led by Jen Kerns and Cathy McNeely, who each scored 17, while Sheri Quinton added 10. McNeely's performance, however, was bitter sweet as the Cougar junior suffered a knee injury seconds before the end of the game. Her status will be re-evaluated once the team arrives home Tuesday, but preliminary indication was she will be doubtful for next weekend's games at home.
The Huskies won this game in the first half, building up a 47-29 lead at halftime. They then opened the second half with 12 straight points, including four each from Hall and Megan Franza. At one point they had outscored WSU 32-12 in the second half.
McNeely and Kerns led a late-game charge for the Cougars, who closed the 38-point gap (79-41 with eight minutes to play) to 22 points inside one minute to play. Kerns scored 11 and McNeely added seven in a five-minute span that saw WSU outscore Washington 25-10.
While Hall led all scorers in the first half, she had plenty of help as Washington opened up a 19-point lead and led 47-29 at intermission. Three other Huskies scored eight or nine points in the opening 20 minutes to support Hall.
WSU drew first blood in the cross-state rivalry on McNeely's fast break layin and nearly seven minutes later the Cougars trailed by a single point 12-11. Then, for the next six minutes it was pretty much all Washington as the host club outscored WSU 17-4 behind a pair of treys and a free throw from freshman Cheryl Sorenson.
Later in the half, with an 11-point advantage, Washington jumped on the Cougars again, this time with eight straight points. Redd punctuated the run with a three pointer that put her club ahead 44-25 with just over two minutes before halftime. Over the final 13 minutes of the half Washington nearly doubled WSU's total, 35-18.
The Huskies became the first team to shoot better than 50 percent against WSU this season, ending the game hitting 34 of 64 shots (53.1%). On the other end, WSU could not find the shooters touch, hitting just 24 of 71 shots, including a season-low three treys in 18 attempts. On the boards, WSU continued to struggle. Washington out rebounded WSU 50-35. The Cougars did win the battle of turnovers, taking the ball away 23 times. WSU had 17 turnovers.
Neither the Cougars or Huskies have much time to dwell on Monday's contest. Both return to Pac-10 action at home Thursday, with the Cougars hosting Arizona and ASU visiting Washington.
WSU (69) - Dietel 2-8 0-0 5, McNeely 5-12 7-8 17, Quinton 5-9 0-2 10, Nyseth 0-2 0-0 0, Lamb 3-12 0-3 6, Harrod 1-3 2-2 5, Kerns 6-13 4-5 17, Volkman 1-5 0-0 2, DeAnda 1-3 0-0 3, Stinson0-4 5-6 5, Team 25-71 18-26 69.
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