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UW Beats Cougs In Last-Ditch Bid For Tourney

Washington State coach Harold Rhodes isn’t shy about standing up for the Pac-10, even when his comments benefit archrival Washington.

Jamie Redd scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Huskies desperately tried to stay in contention for the NCAA Tournament with an 81-63 victory over the Cougars on Saturday afternoon.

“If they were in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) or the Big West or another one of those A-B-C conferences they’d be 27-0,” Rhodes said of Washington (18-9 overall, 9-9 Pac-10). “Their losses are against quality teams in a quality conference.”

The Huskies had two early non-conference wins against ranked teams this season but struggled in conference play. They did defeat No. 9 Arizona at Seattle 77-73 on Feb. 5.

The fifth-place team in the Pac-10, Washington overcame a lackluster first half to even its conference record and keep its hopes of an at-large tourney bid alive.

Washington State trailed by only five points with 5 minutes left in the game, but the Huskies hit 16 of 20 free throws down the stretch to pull away.

Megan Franza scored 16 points and Molly Hills added 15 for Washington. Amber Hall grabbed 12 rebounds for the Huskies.

Redd made 4 of 5 3-pointers, Hills 2 of 5 and Franza 2 of 5. As a team, the Huskies sank 10 of 20 3-point attempts.

“If you would have told me Washington would shoot 50 percent from the 3-point area, I would have bet the farm,” Rhodes said.

“We had good looks at the basket, but our shots didn’t fall, especially the 3’s,” Rhodes added. WSU made 21 percent of its 3-point attempts (3 for 14), well below the team’s season average of 33.7 percent, which ranks fourth in the conference. Overall, WSU shot 31.7 percent and Washington 37.1 percent. The two teams combined to miss 98 shots.

Yvonne Kunze and Jennifer Kerns scored 15 points each for Washington State (12-15 overall, 6-12 Pac-10). Tricia Lamb added 12.

Washington built a 15-point lead with a 17-4 run in the first 6 minutes of the second half.

The game included 54 turnovers, 28 by Washington, and 48 fouls that resulted in 61 foul shots.

WSU hit 20 of its 28 free throws, and the Huskies hit 25 of 33.

Washington 81, Washington St. 63

Washington St. (12-15) - Deitel 2-9 2-2 6, Evans 2-4 0-0 4, Kunze 5-13 5-9 15, Lamb 4-11 2-4 12, Kerns 3-10 8-8 15, Harrod 3-9 0-0 6, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Nyseth 0-1 1-2 1, Castle 0-1 0-0 0, Volkman 1-2 2-3 4, Rubio 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-63 20-28 63.

Washington (18-9) - Hall 3-14 3-5 9, Hills 2-6 9-11 15, Pelz 0-2 4-4 4, Redd 5-13 7-10 21, Franza 6-10 2-3 16, Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Doxsee 0-0 0-0 0, Duncan 1-2 0-0 3, Teel 1-1 0-0 2, Pimley 0-0 0-0 0, Lynch 1-4 0-0 2, Sheets 3-7 0-0 7, Tuiaea 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-62 25-33 81.

Halftime-Washington 36, Washington St. 34. 3-Point goals-Washington St. 3-14 (Lamb 2-3, Kerns 1-4, Evans 0-1, Smith 0-1, Rubio 0-1, Deitel 0-4), Washington 10-20 (Redd 4-5, Hills 2-5, Franza 2-5, Duncan 1-1, Sheets 1-3, Lynch 0-1). Fouled out-Harrod, Volkman. Rebounds-Washington St. 40 (Kunze 9), Washington 52 (Hall 12). Assists-Washington St. 12 (Kerns 6), Washington 17 (Pelz 4). Total Fouls-Washington St. 23, Washington 25. Technical- Washington bench (Coach Daugherty). A-4,610.

CC Spokane 68, S. Puget Sound 58

Community Colleges of Spokane took fourth place in the NWAACC tournament in Yakima as Shelley Massingale led the way with 26 points.

Spokane, the second-place team in the East Region, defeated Everett and South Puget Sound after losing to Mount Hood in the opening round.

Kelli Pilkington, who made 10 of 13 shots Friday against Everett, continued her torrid shooting, making 6 of 8 and scoring 15 points for the Sasquatch (24-9). Alana Carlander added 10 points.

Spokane led 32-31 at halftime.

In the championship game, Skagit Valley defeated Mount Hood 71-63. Wenatchee Valley, the East Region champion, defeated Lower Columbia 81-73 for third place.

In the men’s tournament at Big Bend in Moses Lake, Highline defeated Grays Harbor 80-74 in the championship game. Lane defeated Chemeketa 93-88 in the third-place game and Columbia Basin took fourth place by defeating Yakima Valley 80-67.

S. Puget Sound (20-12) - Sharp 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 7-21 3-5 17, Sharpes 2-6 1-2 5, Nesbit 3-7 2-2 10, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Spencer 2-5 2-2 6, Seal 5-16 0-0 10, Jablonski 4-9 0-0 8. Totals 24-68 8-11 58.

CC Spokane (24-9) - Pilkington 6-8 2-3 15, Bocook 3-8 2-2 9, Carlander 5-15 0-0 10, Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Bradley 3-6 1-3 8, Sell 0-2 0-0 0, Massingale 9-18 8-10 26. Totals 26-57 13-18 68.

Halftime - CC Spokane 32, S. Puget Sound 31. 3-point goals - S. Puget Sound 2-5 (Nesbit 2-2, Sharp 0-1, Spencer 0-1, Seal 0-1), CC Spokane 3-16 (Pilkington 1-2, Bradley 1-2, Bocook 1-5, Sell 0-2, Massingale 0-2, Carlander 0-3). Fouled out - S. Puget Sound, Sharpes. Rebounds - S. Puget Sound 35 (Nesbit 8), CC Spokane 46 (Massingale 15). Assists - S. Puget Sound 11 (Nesbit 5), CC Spokane 10 (Bocook 4). Total fouls - S. Puget Sound 17, CC Spokane 14. Technicals - None.

, DataTimes



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