Women's Hoops Falls to Stanford
February 20, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - Regan Freuen and Carolyn Moos combined for 35 points in leading Stanford to a 77-54 win over visiting Washington State in a women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball game Saturday at Maples Pavilion before a crowd of 4,520.
Freuen, who prepped at Spokane's Mead High, scored a game-high 19 points for Stanford (15-10 overall, 11-3 in Pac-10 play). Moos added 16 and had 11 rebounds, while Milena Flores chipped in with 13.
The Cougars (10-14, 4-11) were led by Jennifer Kerns, who scored 17 off the bench, and Victoria Harrod, who added 10 in a reserve role. Tricia Lamb was held to nine points, the most of any Cougar starter. She also had a career-high 11 rebounds. The other four starters for WSU combined for just 12 points and hit just 4-of-25 shots.
The Cardinal took care of the win early in the second half. After holding a 13-point advantage at intermission, 39-26, they outscored WSU 16-7 in the first six minutes of the second half to take a 22-point lead, 55-33. Later in the half and ahead by 23 points, they went on a quick 7-2 run to build their biggest lead of the game, 28 points, at 72-44.
Stanford started strong, scoring the first nine points of the game, which is just what Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer ordered. "We needed to be more aggressive than we have been," she said. "Regan (Freuen) got us going," she said of the Washingtonian. Freuen scored five of her club's first nine points.
"I thought it was the hardest we have played for 40 minutes," Rhodes commented on his club's play. "If you looked at the stats, you would think we won. We had more steals, the rebounds were close, we had more free throws and the turnovers were equal. They just made more shots and we couldn't get ours to fall."
In the end, WSU shot just 27 percent, its lowest total of the season, while Stanford hit 42-plus percent, their season average.
The Cardinal took advantage of WSU's 14 turnovers to score 18 points, while WSU managed just seven points off Stanford's 14 turnovers. The Cougs did well on the offensive boards, however, grabbing 19 rebounds they converted into 22 second-chance points.
In the opening half Stanford opened up a 16-point lead 28-12 before Kerns took over for the Cougars and scored 10 points in a 14-9 WSU run that cut the lead to 11 points just before halftime.
Just as they started the game hot, the Cardinal came out strong in the second half and scored five of the first six points during their 16-7 lead. Moos ended the run with a fastbreak layin that put her club on top 55-33. WSU responded quickly with Harrod downing two free throws and a jumper to go with Cathy McNeely's free throw, cutting Stanford's lead to 17 points. It was, however, the last time Stanford led by less than 20 points. Sarah Dimson completed a three-point play and Flores downed a trey as the Cardinal quickly went up by 23 and never looked back.
Late in the game McNeely and Kerns downed treys and McNeely hit a short jumper to cut Stanford's lead to 72-52, the closest the Cougars could get over the final nine minutes.
WSU, having completed its road games for the 1999 season, returns home next week to hold USC and UCLA, followed the next week by a home game with Washington to end the season.
WSU (10-14/4-11) - Volkman 1-11 2-2 4, Stinson 1-2 1-2 4, Quinton 1-7 0-0 2, Nyseth 1-5 0-0 2, Lamb 3-14 3-4 9, Harrod 4-7 2-2 10, Kerns 7-15 0-0 17, McNeely 2-12 1-2 6, DeAnda 0-0 0-0 0, Castle 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Team 20-73 9-12 54.
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