Cougars Jump on Oregon State Early in 70-52 Win
February 11, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Five players hit from beyond the three-point arch as Washington State dismantled Oregon State from the perimeter for a 70-52 victory Saturday afternoon in women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball at Friel Court.
The Cougars' (10-12 overall, 4-9 in Pac-10 play) Tricia Lamb hit all four of her three-point attempts to pace a game-high 21-point effort. Cathy McNeely finished with 14 points and Victoria Harrod scored nine to go along with her team-high six rebounds.
OSU (11-11, 3-10) was paced by Chassie Wiersma's 15 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe in the losing effort.
As the game opened, the Beavers had an early opportunity for easy points when Lei Salea was fouled after only 14 seconds had ticked off the clock and went to the free throw line to shoot two. But, in a sign of what was to come for OSU, Salea missed both attempts from the line. OSU ended the game hitting just 13 of 27 free throw tries.
The Beavers did manage to take a 4-0 lead at 18:34, but Lamb brought the Cougars back with a lay-in at 18:12 and a trey at 16:43. OSU regained a one-point advantage, 6-5, only seconds later, but that lead would be the last for OSU.
At 12:41 and holding a 11-10 lead, the Cougars started a 22-2 run that was highlighted by three Lamb three-pointers and 11 points. Sissel Pierce scored OSU's only basket during the run and Reda Kakeranaite's lay-in at 3:18 snapped the run and reduced the Cougar advantage to 19 points, but WSU regained its 21-point lead in the final seconds of the half to go into the intermission up 39-18.
OSU opened the second half with aggressive drives to the basket that cut the Cougar lead to 17 points two minutes into the half and put WSU in foul trouble. A McNeely foul at 15:16 put the Beavers in the bonus, but OSU could not make good on easy opportunities, shooting 9-for-21 from the free throw line - 42 percent - in the second half.
At 9:47, Lamb knocked down a jumper that not only gave the Cougars' a 21-point lead, 55-34, but also marked the last made WSU field goal until Yvonne Volkman cashed a jump-shot at 2:09. In the meantime, the Cougars shot 12-for-17 from the charity stripe to lead by as much as 22 and hold off a Beaver 8-0 run that closed the WSU lead to 14 points at 4:06.
"Cathy McNeely has a magical effect on Tricia Lamb," said WSU head coach Harold Rhodes. "Tricia had not been shooting the ball well, but we got Cathy back in the line-up (after missing eight games with a knee injury) and things really opened up for Tricia. They compliment each other and give us good looks at the basket."
The Cougars will travel to the Bay Area to meet California and Stanford next week.
Oregon State (11-11/3-10) - Ragland 2-9 0-0 5, Salea 1-3 0-2 2, Brosterhous 2-2 3-6 7, Cha. Wiersma 6-8 3-5 15, Che. Wiersma 0-6 2-3 2, Arnold 1-7 1-2 5, Thomas 0-1 2-2 2, Morris 0-0 0-0 0, Pierce 2-5 0-0 4, Kakeranaite 2-7 0-1 4, Wade 3-5 2-6 8. Team 19-53 13-27 52.
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