Dec. 29, 1999
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Washington women's basketball team held its own in the second half, but a stifling full-court press by Colorado State in the first period put the Huskies in a 25-point hole they could not climb out of, as the Rams handed UW a 92-64 defeat in front of 2,882 fans at Moby Arena.
The Huskies fall to 4-7 and will host Florida International, its final non-conference opponent this season, in the Les Schwab Challenge in Mercer Arena on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. Colorado State improves to 9-2.
Junior Megan Franza's 27 points led all scorers, as she topped the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season. But that wasn't enough to overcome the first half. CSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then went on short but effective runs throughout the first period, fueled by 16 Husky turnovers, while holding Washington to 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) shooting in the opening stanza. The Rams led 45-20 at the break.
Washington began to make up the different in the second half, pulling to within 17 with 15:10 on the clock on a pair of free throws by freshman Loree Payne, who was UW's second-leading scorer with 18 points. But CSU would not let the Huskies get closer than that, though UW pulled to within 17 again with 7:25 remaining on a Franza layup. CSU outscored the Huskies by only three, 47-44, in the second period.
The physical contest saw 57 fouls called, 27 on the Huskies, with junior Melissa Erickson and Franza fouling out with 9:22 and 3:38 left in the game, respectively. Junior LeAnn Sheets, making her first start of the season after undergoing foot surgery in the preseason, collected a team-high nine rebounds.
"Colorado State is a very good team, and they came out very aggressive," head coach June Daugherty said. "We didn't handle the pressure very well early on, and it shook us up as a team. We worked hard to get ready for the pressure, but the execution wasn't there. We have to learn when we meet with adversity, to find more energy to get around it and get refocused.
"CSU will do a lot of things that we will see from teams in the Pac-10, which is why we wanted to schedule a team like them before conference."
Colorado State 92
FG: UW 20-57 (.351), CSU 32-63 (.508)
3FG: UW 3-12 (.250) (Payne 2-4), CSU 8-21 (.381) (Augspurger 3-5)
FT: UW 21-33 (.630), CSU 20-31 (.680)
Rebounds: UW 38 (Sheets 9), CSU 42 (Narkiewicz 9)
Fouls: UW 27, CSU 30
Assists: UW 8 (Autrey, Pimley, Sheets 2), CSU 22
Turnovers: UW 27 (Payne 7), CSU 23 (English 6)
Blocks: UW 1 (Sheets), CSU 4 (Narkiewicz 2)
Steals: UW 8 (M. Erickson, Gray 2), CSU 18 (Gorton 6)