5:00 PM ET, January 7, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State women's basketball team still can't win against Washington, but the Cougars certainly won the Huskies' respect on Saturday."There's no quit in those kids. They played hard," Washington coach June Daugherty said after the Cougars forced the Huskies to rally in the second half for a 73-70 victory.Andrea Plouffe led a balanced scoring effort for Washington (11-3, 4-1 Pac-10) with 16 points. Charmaine Jones scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half for Washington State (6-8, 0-5).The Cougars have lost seven straight games, and 21 in a row to Washington. However, the Cougars shot a season-high 56 percent from the field and had a chance to tie the score late against a Huskies team pushing to crack the Top 25.Jones, who scored 12 points in the final 9:17, scored on a drive to narrow Washington's lead to 72-70 with 45.4 seconds left. After the Huskies missed at the other end, Jones drew contact when she unleashed a scoop shot on a drive to the basket, but no foul was called, and the shot missed badly with approximately 13 seconds left to play."I thought she got fouled," Washington State coach Sherri Murrell said."Of course, I did," Jones agreed."There was so much traffic, all I saw was we came down with the basketball," Daugherty said.The Cougars wasted valuable seconds after the Jones miss before fouling Cameo Hicks with 6.6 seconds to go. Hicks missed the second of two free throws and Washington State's Crystal Blue spent too much time dribbling the ball before leaving Amanda DuRocher with a desperation, long-range heave as time expired."It was a well-played, hard-fought game by both teams," Daugherty said.The Huskies bolted to 7-0 and 13-3 leads, but trailed 32-30 at the half. The teams exchanged leads early in the second half before Washington's lead grew to 60-47 with 11 minutes left."That's the best I can recall them playing us in quite some time," Daugherty said."We have to get hit first before we fight," said Murrell, referring to her team's slow starts. "We get in holes. But we're fighters, and I'm proud of them."Breanne Watson, daughter of former Cougars basketball player Brent Watson, scored 12 points for Washington. Hicks and Dominique Banks both added 11.DuRocher, the sister of Washington quarterback Johnny Durocher, scored 11 of her 12 points in the first half for Washington State. Keisha Moore also scored 12, and Dani Montgomery added 10.Jones, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, gave the Huskies trouble with her quickness on drives on the basket. Jones practiced for the first time Friday since suffering a concussion Dec. 29 at Arizona. After sitting out the previous two games, she did not start for the first time this season."She did one heck of a job," Murrell said.Both teams were effective scoring inside and outside, though the Huskies hit just four of 22 shots from 3-point range. The Huskies shot 47 percent from the field in the second half and 40 percent for the game after hitting just 32 percent in the first half."They shot the ball extremely well in the second half," said Murrell, whose team shot 64 percent in the second half."They did a good job of being patient with our match-up zone (defense) and finding where they could break us down," Daugherty said.
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