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Release: 12/19/1999
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Dec. 19, 1999


SEATTLE, Wash. - Oklahoma State hit a perfect 24-of-24 from the free throw line in the second half and rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Washington, 87-76, and claim the tournament championship in front 1,314 fans in the Seattle Times Husky Classic at Mercer Arena.

Washington drops to 4-6 on the season and Oklahoma State improves to 7-3. Portland won the consolation game, 71-69, over Idaho.

The Huskies once again were led by Megan Franza and Loree Payne, who were both named to the all-tournament team. Franza had 19 points in the championship game and finished the weekend with 54 points. Payne had a career day with 28 points, including four from beyond the three point arc.

Oklahoma State was led by tournament MVP Tari Cummings, who had 33 points and 15 rebounds. She finished the weekend with 53 points and 23 boards.

The Cowgirls put together a five point lead early in the game and maintained that until Washington went an 8-0 run at the 10:52 mark, sparked by LeAnn Sheets, who went in the game for just the second time this season. Washington moved ahead 24-21 at that point. Franza had six points in UWs next run, a 12-2 spurt that gave them their biggest lead of the half, 45-31. A OSU bucket with :6.8 seconds left finished the scoring and UW took a 45-33 lead at the break.

OSU used an 11-2 run to narrow the margin in the second half, but UW remained in the lead, 58-55 with 12.34 to go. Sheets scored three points to increase the lead to six but then Cummings started an 8-0 run for the Cowgirls that gave OSU its first lead, 63-61 at 8:38, since the nine minute mark in the first half.

Washington tied it back up at 65 on a Franza jumper at 7:40 to go but it was all Cowgirls from there. Both Franza and Payne hit three pointers down the stetch and the Huskies pulled within three with :52 seconds to go but OSU continued to go to the free throw and scored 20 of its last 28 points from the stripe.

The Huskies take a short break for the holidays and then will travel to Colorado State, where they face the Rams, Dec. 29 in Fort Collins. Game time is 7 p.m. MST (6 p.m. PST).

Oklahoma State 87
Washington     76

FG: UW 32-74 (43.2), OSU 29-52 (55.8) 3FG: UW 6-20 (30.0), OSU 1-9 (11.1) FT: UW 6-10 (60.0), OSU 28-31 (90.3) Rebounds: UW 32 (ONeill 10), OSU 35 Fouls: UW 23, OSU 15 Assists: UW 13 (Gray 6), OSU 13 Turnovers: 14 (Gray), OSU 19 Blocks: UW 1 (Franza), OSU 1 Steals: 8 (Gray 3), OSU 10 Attn: 1,314

Washington scoring: ONeill 3-6 3-4 9, Reichmann 5-9 0-0 11, Gray 0-2 0-0 0, Franza 8-25 2-2 19, Payne 12-22 0-0 28, M. Erickson 1-2 0-1 2, Duncan 0-0 0-0 0, Autrey 1-1 0-0 2, Pimley 0-1 0-1 0, Sheets 2-6 1-2 5.

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