Women's Hoops Falls to UCLA
January 30, 1999
LOS ANGELES - LaCresha Flannagan's 22 points led five UCLA Bruins who scored 11 or more points in a methodical 100-70 win over the visiting Washington State Cougars Saturday in a Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball game before 1,748 fans at Pauley Pavilion.
Flannagan's scoring help for the eighth ranked Bruins (17-4 overall, 9-0 in Pac-10 play) came from Marie Philman with 13, Carly Funicello with 16, Michelle Greco with 13 and 11 from Melanie Pearson. Funicello also led a strong UCLA rebounding game with 17 boards, while Janae Hubbard grabbed 11 boards as the Bruins beat the Cougars 53-40 on the boards.
Yvonne Volkman led the Cougars (9-9, 3-6) with 19 points, while Tricia Lamb added 15. Jennifer Kerns knocked down four three-pointers and added a free throw for 13 points, all in the second half, while Sheri Quinton led WSU with nine rebounds.
The Bruins built up a 45-31 lead at halftime, then had two big runs in the second half to hit the century mark for the fourth time this season.
The Cougars stayed within striking distance for eight minutes of the second half, trailing by 15 points 63-48 on a trey from Kerns. In the next two minutes, UCLA scored 14 points, with a layin from Lamb WSU's only answer. The quick burst boosted the Bruins to a 77-50 lead with 9:42 left in the game.
Then, after the Cougars had cut the Bruin lead to 19 points, UCLA went on another tear, this time running off 13 unanswered points for a 94-62 lead with four minutes to play.
The Bruins shot 50 percent or better in each half and ended the game hitting 43 of 80 shots to finish at 53.8 percent. Only two other teams have hit better than half of their field goal attempts against WSU this season. Meanwhile, the Cougs hit just 22 of 70 shots, 31.4 percent. The Cougs also had 23 turnovers, three more than the Bruins.
The Bruins took a 45-31 lead into the lockerroom at halftime, thanks to a 16-3 run midway through the half that overcame WSU's two-point advantage. After Lamb rebounded her own miss for a 13-11 Cougar Lead, Philman started the Bruin charge that was interrupted only by Stinson's three-pointer.
Philman scored six during the run and Flannagan added a pair of baskets as UCLA jumped to an 11 point advantage, 27-16, with nine minutes to play in the opening half. Over the final nine minutes they built their lead to 14 points on four occassions.
WSU stayed with the nationally ranked Bruins for the first eight minutes, forcing four ties and leading by five at one point, 11-6. Volkman did much of the damage for the Cougs in the first half, scoring 11 points, while Lamb added nine. Nine turnovers didn't help WSU's offense in the first half and neither did a 11-for-36 shooting performance.
The Cougars return to action next weekend when the team travels to Arizona to take on Arizona State Thursday and Arizona Saturday.
WSU (9-9/3-6) - Volkman 6-21 5-6 19, Stinson 2-6 0-0 5, Quinton 1-7 4-4 6, Nyseth 2-7 2-3 6, Lamb 6-22 1-2 15, Harrod 1-1 3-55, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Castle 0-1 0-0 0, Kerns 4-5 1-2 13, DeAnda 0-0 1-2 1, Team 22-70 17-24 70.
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