Lamb's 8 Treys Leads Cougars Past Wildcats
January 7, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore shooting guard Tricia Lamb knocked down a school-record eight three pointers in a 33 point effort as Washington State defeated Arizona 87-77 in women's basketball action at Friel Court Thursday.
WSU (7-4 overall, 1-1 in Pac-10) knocked down a school record-tying 14 treys in 27 attempts to down the Wildcats. Alke Dietel recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jennifer Kerns added 10.
Arizona (6-6, 1-2) put five players in double-figures, led by Elizabeth Pickney's 17. Felecity Willis scored 15 while dishing seven assists while Reshea Bristol finished with 13 points. Tatum Brown and Angela Lackey each scored 10.
Arizona opened the game with a 10-3 run, but it would be WSU's scoring run that highlighted the half. First, the Cougars took an 18-14 lead, but the Wildcats knotted the score at 20-20 with Brown's layup at 11:26.
But then WSU exploded. For nearly ten minutes, Arizona watched as the Cougars knocked down six three-pointers to power an astounding 27-0 run and a 47-20 lead. Julie Brase's layup at 1:27 ended Arizona's scoring drought, but did not end the Wildcats' woes, as the team would be hit up for a technical foul before the end of the first half for having six players on the floor.
Led by Lamb's 27 points, including a record-tying seven three-point baskets on eight attempts, the Cougars finished the first half with a commanding 49-25 advantage.
The second half proved rocky for WSU as the previously high-powered offense failed to find the mark. In the opening ten minutes of the half, the Cougars managed only seven points and the Wildcats closed to within 13, 56-43 at 10:23.
Down the stretch, Arizona managed to get within five, 80-75, with 1:17 left, but were outlasted by the Cougars.
"It was great to have a player shooting like that," WSU head coach Harold Rhodes said of Lamb's first half display. "It got the team fired up and they looked to get her the ball. In the second half that kind of hurt us, because the team was so focus on Tricia. It was a great win."
WSU returns to action Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. home game against Arizona State, while the Wildcats travel to Seattle to take on Washington.
Arizona (77) - Elizabeth Pickney 6-12 5-8 17, Tatum Brown 5-12 0-3 10, Lisa Griffith 1-7 0-0 3, Reshea Bristol 4-14 4-6 13, Felecity Willis 7-12 1-1 15, Julie Brase 3-5 2-2 8, Angela Lackey 4-8 2-2 10, LaKeisha 0-2 0-0 0, Michelle Mitchell 0-0 1-2 1, Team 30-73 15-24 77.
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