February 1, 1998 in Sports

Familiar Faces Haunt Gobrecht’s Return UW Women Hand Ex-Coach, Usc 67-60 Pac-10 Defeat In Seattle

Associated Press
 

It wasn’t a kind homecoming for Southern California coach Chris Gobrecht.

Gobrecht, who led Washington to nine NCAA Tournament appearances from 1985-96 and is the winningest coach in that school’s history, found her team on the losing end Saturday as the No. 18 Huskies beat the Trojans 67-60.

“It was hard not to feel like I was going to come out a winner either way,” Gobrecht said. “I think my dream was for everyone to play well.”

Seven players on the current Washington roster were recruited by Gobrecht, including the Pac-10’s leading rebounder, Amber Hall, and the conference’s second-leading scorer, Jamie Redd.

“I love her a lot,” Hall said. “It was weird to be face-to-face with her out on the court.”

“We can’t feel emotion during the game,” Redd said. “She’s the opposing coach now.”

Gena Pelz scored six points during a 9-2 game-ending run as Washington pulled away for the win.

With the scored tied at 58 and 2:10 left, Megan Franza was fouled making a driving layup to put Washington ahead for good. Franza missed the free throw, but Pelz got the rebound and converted a three-point play. Pelz added three late free throws to seal the win.

Molly Hills scored 14 points for Washington (13-5, 4-5 Pac-10) and Pelz finished with 12.

Kristin Clark scored 18 points for Southern Cal (8-10, 3-6), while Tashara Carter added 17 and Kiyoko Miller 11.

Washington has won seven of the last eight meetings with the Trojans, who have lost six of their last eight overall.

Gobrecht left Washington after the 1995-96 season to coach Florida State for one year before returning to Southern Cal, her alma mater.

“There were people on both sides of the ball I care about, but these guys are my team now,” Gobrecht said. “They dealt with it and I appreciate them holding up throughout the weekend.”

Washington outrebounded the Trojans 43-32, led by Hall’s 12.

“Hall and Pelz were just dynamite on the glass,” Washington coach June Daugherty said.

“Rebounding is a big factor that always haunts us,” Carter said.

USC made only one of its first 14 shots and trailed 12-2 eight minutes into the game.

“The slow start cost us the game,” Gobrecht said.

The Trojans trailed 27-10 with 6:33 left in the half, but Carter scored eight points and Adrian Williams six to spark a 19-7 USC run that cut Washington’s lead to 34-29 at halftime.

“We regrouped and it was a ballgame by halftime,” Clark said.

There were three ties and eight lead changes in the second half before Franza put the Huskies ahead for good.

UCLA 105, Washington 94

Washington (13-5) - Femerling 2-5 2-4 6, MacCulloch 12-16 2-4 26, Luton 7-18 2-4 18, Watts 6-13 3-3 15, Wooten 0-0 0-0 0, Green 5-9 0-0 10, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Walcott 0-1 0-1 0, M.Johnson 4-6 0-0 9, Dickau 2-3 4-4 10. Totals 38-72 13-20 94.

UCLA (17-3) - Henderson 8-11 0-1 16, K.Johnson 9-18 6-6 26, Bailey 8-17 4-7 22, Watson 3-7 0-0 8, Davis 6-12 4-5 17, McCoy 7-8 2-2 16, Reed 0-3 0-0 0, Loyd 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-77 16-21 105.

Halftime-UCLA 52, Washington 34. 3-point goals- Washington 5-19 (Dickau 2-2, Luton 2-11, M.Johnson 1-1, Watts 0-5), UCLA 7-15 (K.Johnson 2-4, Watson 2-4, Bailey 2-5, Davis 1-1, Knight 0-1). Fouled out-Davis. Rebounds-Washington 35 (MacCulloch 13), UCLA 40 (McCoy 10). Assists-Washington 21 (Watts 6), UCLA 25 (Bailey, Watson 11 each). Total fouls- Washington 16, UCLA 18. Technical-Washington bench. A-11,242.

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