Washington vs. Oklahoma State
The Seattle Times Classic
December 19, 1999
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
GENERAL REMARKS: It was a hard fought game. They show incredible poise and shot very well from the line. Today, we didnt have an answer for Cummings. Shes an incredible player and theyre a good team.
ON OSUS TARI CUMMINGS: She posts up well, she has great hands, she catches everything you throw at her and when she catches it shes good at creating space then she crashes the boards.
Washingtons Megan Franza
Loree shot a great game today. The shots werent falling well for the rest of us but there will be nights like that.
Oklahoma Head Coach Dick Halterman
GENERAL REMARKS: "We are a great free throw shooting team. I knew at the half if we could just stop turning it over then we would be back in the game. At the half we had 13 turnovers, and then came back and allowed just six. When you beat a team as good as Washington and use as many sophomores and freshmen in your lineup as we do, then that says something"
ON FRESHMAN TARI CUMMINGS: "I recruited this girl for six years, it's about time she did something. "
ON DEFENDING WASHINGTON: "We knew their strength was in the perimeter, with (Megan) Franza and (Loree) Payne. Franza is just as good a player as anyone we'll go up against . Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State is the leading returning scorer in the nation going in to the season, she had 29 against us. Franza is just as good in my opinion, only she's got a few inches on her. "
OSU JUNIOR TARI CUMMINGS
ON HER PERFORMANCE: "I had a good feeling going into this game. I knew I couldn't miss, I just felt it. Luckily it stayed with me through the second half. "
ON THE TEAMS FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: "Everyone was in the zone today. I don't think anyone on the floor doubted it was going in when someone was on the line."
Oklahoma State junior Tari Cummings scored 33 points on 14 of 18 shooting to bring the Cowgirls back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Including Saturdays game with Portland, Cummings shot 19 of 25 from the field, and made 15 of 16 free throw attempts during the tournament. Cummings averaged 26.5 points and 11.5 rebounds over the two games, and was named tournament MVP.
Freshman Loree Payne recorded a career high with 28 points. Her previous high of 23 came versus Southern Mississippi on Nov. 21.
Megan Franzas 19 points brought her two-day total to 54, an average of 27 points per game. ON Saturday, Franza set a new Seattle Times Classic record with 35 points.
Franza also tied a Seattle Times Classic record with 42 field goal attempts, 21 of which found the basket. The record is also held by former Husky Jamie Redd, who made 18 of 42 shots in the 1997 Classic.
Sophomore Heather Reichmann achieved a season-high in points (11) and a career-high in rebounds (7).
Oklahoma State made 24 of 24 free throws in the second half, after converting just 4 of 7 in the first half. The Cowgirls free throw percentage of .903 was a tournament single-game record (more than 30 attempts). In addition, Oklahoma State established a new record for free throw percentage over both games of the tournament, converting 56 of 63 (.889).
Twenty of the Cowgirls last 28 points were from the charity stripe.
Washingtons 74 field goal attempts were a season high. The Huskies made 32 of those 74 shots, for a .432 percentage.
Oklahoma States 28 free throws were a season-high for a Husky opponent.
Huskies Megan Franza and Loree Payne were each selected to the Seattle Times Classic all-tournament team. Also honored were Portlands Sara Green, Idahos Alli Nieman, and Oklahoma States Jennifer Crow. The Cowgirls Tari Cummings was named tourney MVP.
The Huskies top four shooting games of the season (field goal percentage) have come in the last four games. Washington shot .452 against Boise State, .457 against Nebraska, .559 against Idaho, and .432 against Oklahoma State.
Julia Gray tied a Husky season-high for assists with six.