Martin's 23 Leads UCLA Past WSU
February 25, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Maylana Martin hit 9-of-11 attempts from the field to pace a 23-point effort as No. 12 UCLA pounded Washington State 104-70 Thursday night in Pacific-10 women's basketball action at Friel Court.
The Bruins (21-6 overall, 13-2 in Pac-10 play) put six players in double figures while setting a school record hitting 69.5 percent of their field goal attempts. UCLA benefited from 22 points by LaCresha Flannigan, 16 from Melanie Pearson, 14 from Marie Philman, 13 from Michelle Greco and 10 from Janae Hubbard. Martin also grabbed a game-high ten rebounds to record her ninth double-double of the season as the Bruins outrebounded WSU 43-18.
The Cougars (10-15, 4-12) were led by Tricia Lamb, who connected on six consecutive three-pointers before missing and finished with 22 points. Cathy McNeely scored 14 first-half points to finish with 16 and Jennifer Kerns added 11.
In the first half, Lamb came out firing for the Cougs. In less than four minutes, Lamb rattled off a trio of three pointers to pace a 10-0 run that gave WSU an eight point lead, 10-2, at 16:25. UCLA then outscored WSU 7-2 to close the gap, but Lamb's fourth three-pointer put the Cougars ahead 14-9 at 13:45.
The Bruin defense would tighten however and for the next six-and-a-half minutes WSU went without a field goal while being outscored 22-2. During the run, Martin scored seven for the Bruins, Pearson eight, and Cathy McNeely added the only Cougar points on a pair of free throws.
Finally, at 6:32, Yvonne Volkman made a lay-up in transition and became only the second Cougar to score a field goal, while stopping the UCLA run. At 5:49, McNeely became the third Cougar to make a field goal. In the last six minutes of the half, UCLA outscored WSU only 18-to-14, with McNeely accounting for all but two Cougar points during that stretch. Still, at halftime the Cougars trailed 49-32.
The second half started much like the first. The Bruins scored five unanswered points, but Lamb answered with a trey. Philman responded with a three-pointer of her own, which was answered in turn with a three by Lamb. Less than three minutes into the half, UCLA had a 19-point advantage, 57-38, and never looked back.
Although the Bruins would expand their lead to as much as 25 points, the Cougars would climb to within 18 points at 8:24, 76-58, but could get no closer. In the final 4:10 of the game, UCLA outscored WSU 16-4 en route to the 34-point victory.
"I felt we had a spirited effort," said WSU head coach Harold Rhodes. "We just did not have the stops that we needed defensively. It was like darts flying at you from all directions."
Next action for the Cougars will be Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. game with visiting USC. UCLA, Meanwhile, travels to Seattle to take on Washington Saturday.
UCLA (21-6/13-2) - Philman 5-10 2-2 14, Martin 9-11 5-7 23, Hubbard 4-4 2-2 10, Gomez 0-2 0-0 0, Flannigan 8-10 3-5 22, Belavic 1-2 1-2 3, Pearson 7-11 0-0 16, Greco 6-8 1-2 13, Rembert 0-0 0-0 0, Funicello 1-1 1-2 3, Team 41-59 15-22 104.
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