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Payne Puts Cougars Away In Second Half
Release: 03/04/2000
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March 4, 2000

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Loree Payne scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the second half to lead Washington past Washington State by the score of 64-56 in women's Pacific-10 basketball Saturday at Friel Court.

The Huskies (8-20 overall, 4-12 in Pac-10) snapped a six-game losing streak while beating WSU for the 10th straight time despite committing 26 turnovers. Emily Autrey scored 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Megan Franza and LeAnn Sheets added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

WSU (4-22, 1-15) was outrebounded 42-32 in the loss. Victoria Harrod, who scored seven points in the last two and a half minutes, led the team with 14 points.

After a tight first half, Washington owned a one-point lead at the intermission, 32-31. WSU took its second lead of the game when Alke Dietel knocked down a jumper just seconds into the second half. The Cougars' advantage would be very short-lived, however.

A Sheets free throw knotted at 33-33 at 19:21. Then Autrey and Payne combined to bury to the Cougars over the next three minutes. Autrey's three-pointer started the run at 18:38. Payne added four straight points, then Autrey added another field goal to put Washington up 42-33 at 16:25.

Yvonne Volkman broke-up the Husky onslaught with a three-point play at 16:18. But Washington answered with an 8-0 run that brought their lead to 50-36 with 11:52 left.

With 3:03 left, the Husky advantage was 13, 59-46. Dietel and Harrod added layins to cut it to nine. Then two Harrod free throws brought WSU to within seven, 59-52, with 1:40 remaining.

Harrod then forced a Julia Gray turnover, but WSU's Katie Nyseth sailed a pass five feet over the head of the intended Dietel to ruin the opportunity and the Cougars would get no closer.

"I thought the inside play was open," WSU head coach Jenny Przekwas said. "Sometimes we saw the open player, sometimes we didn't."

Sometimes the Cougs failed to find each other, committing 23 turnovers. When they did connect, they struggled from the field shooting 36 percent, heavily hampered by a 1-of-15 performance from beyond the three-point arc.

"Turnovers and poor shooting hurt us," Przekwas said. "You just can't go 1-of-15 from three-point range. . . If we're not going to make that shot, I'd rather we didn't take it."

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