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
"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,"
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