Cougars' Early Output Buries Cal
January 23, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State forced 22 California turnovers, while committing only 10, en route to a dominating 73-54 victory in Pacific-10 women's basketball action at Friel Court Saturday.
WSU (8-8 overall, 2-5 in Pac-10) was led by Yvonne Volkman's 18 points and Tricia Lamb's 16 points, but also got help from Victoria Harrod, who came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds to go along with her 13 points. Jennifer Stinson pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Cougs in her first collegiate start.
Cal (7-9, 1-6) was guided by Jennie Leander's 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Paige Bowie finished with 12 points after being held to only 3 in the first half.
With 11:05 left to play in the opening half, Cal had closed a four-point Cougar advantage to one, trailing 11-10. WSU's defensive force proved to be too much however, as the Cougs outscored the Golden Bears 26-6 in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 37-16 lead into halftime.
Harrod sparked WSU's run with a three-point play and a short jumper, while Volkman knocked down three treys to lead a parade of six players who scored as WSU closed out the half with 21-point advantage. Cal's 16 points in the first half equaled their lowest output of the year.
WSU held a 20-12 lead on Lamb's layin when Volkman busted loose. With 6:28 to play, she took Stinson's pass and nailed a trey for a 23-12 WSU lead. Just over 30 seconds later Harrod blocked a Cal shot and Volkman pulled down the rebound, then at the other end of the court hit another three-pointer for a 26-12 advantage. She finished off her contribution with another three-pointer with just under a minute left in the first half.
By the intermission WSU had forced 14 Cal turnovers while only committing three. Volkman nailed four of the Cougars' five first-half three point attempts to lead all scorers with 14 points at the intermission.
In the second half, Cal chopped the WSU advantage down to 14 points three times, the final time at 13:17 after a Leander layup made it 49-35. But the Cougars kept up the defensive pressure, extending their lead to 26 points twice before settling for a 19 point win despite a poor performance from beyond the three point line, where they hit only 6-of-23.
After Cal closed the gap to 14 points for the last time, the Cougars ran off a 9-1 run. Lamb hit two of four free throws, Kerns made a layin and a free throw and Stinson completed to run with back-to-back layins. The Cougars continued the run by scoring seven of the next nine points, including Quinton's three-point play, a pair of Nyseth free throws and a layin from Lamb. Cal's only answer during the 16-3 Cougar run was a free throw from Courtney Johnson and a layin by Jamilla Churchill.
In the end, however, WSU's first-half dominance proved to be the nail in Cal's coffin, according to the Cougar head coach. "We wanted to start Stinson with the hope that we could get off to an early start and she dominated the boards," said WSU mentor Harold Rhodes. "Volkman made four of her five attempts from behind the three-point line and we were really rolling."
Despite Volkman's game high and career best scoring output, it was her defense that stood out in Rhodes' mind as she held Bowie to just a dozen points.
"To me, the most dangerous scorer in the Pac-10 is Paige Bowie," Rhodes said. "Volkman did a great job on her. It was a great defensive effort."
California (7-9/1-6) Ashbaugh 1-7 0-0 2, Bowie 4-12 2-3 12, Leander 6-12 4-6 16, Johnson 0-4 2-4 2, Smith 3-8 1-2 8, Jackson 1-3 0-0 2, Corley 3-5 0-0 7, Forney 0-1 0-2 0, Churchill 2-4 1-2 5, Franey 0-1 0-0 0, Kennon 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Team 20-59 10-19 54.
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