Women's Hoops Downs Cross-State Rival Washington State
January 4, 1999
SEATTLE - Senior all-America candidate Amber Hall scored 17 points and three teammates were close behind in leading Washington past cross-state rival Washington State, 91-69, in front of 2,035 fans in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams Monday night in Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Washington wins its second straight game and evens its record at 5-5 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-10. WSU drops to 6-4, 0-1.
Joining Hall in the scoring parade for Washington were fellow all-America candidate Jamie Redd with 12 points, freshman Cheryl Sorenson with 11 and Malinda Lynch with 10. Redd led all rebounders with 10. The Huskies shot a sizzling 53 percent from the field, the highest mark in UW coach June Daughertys three-year tenure. The previous besta was 52.5 percent, versus UCLA back on Jan. 4, 1997.
WSU was led by Jen Kerns and Cathy McNeely, who each scored 17, while Sheri Quinton added 10. Alke Dietel, who entered the game as the Pac-10s leading scorer at 20.6 points per game, was held to just five points on 2-of-8 from the field. Tricia Lamb, the second-leading scorer in the conference was held to six points (3-12).
The Huskies won the game in the first half, building up a 47-29 lead at the break. They then opened the second half with 12 straight points, including four each from Hall and Megan Franza. At one point, the Huskies outscored WSU, 32-12, in the second half.
McNeely and Kerns led a late-game charge for the Cougars, who closed the 38-point gap (79-41 with eight minutes to play) to 22 points inside one minute to play. Kerns scored 11 and McNeely added seven in a five-minute span that saw WSU outscore Washington 25-10.
While Hall led all scorers in the first half, she had plenty of help as UW opened up a 19-point lead. Three other Huskies scored eight or nine points inthe opening 20 minutes to support Hall.
Washington remains at home to host Arizona State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night and Arizona at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Washington (91) - Hall 8-10 1-2 17, Lynch 3-9 4-4 10, Gray 2-3 5-8 9, Redd 5-7 1-2 12, Franza 3-6 1-2 7, Erickson 1-1 2-3 4, Doxsee 0-0 1-2 1, Duncan 1-3 0-0 2, Hills 0-5 0-0 0, Pimley 1-2 2-2 4, Halpenny 1-4 0-0 4, Reichmann 1-1 2-2 4, Sheets 4-5 0-0 8, Sorenson 4-8 1-2 11, Team 34-64 20-29 91.
WSU (69) - Dietel 2-8 0-0 5, McNelly 5-12 7-8 17, Quinton 5-9 0-2 10, Nyseth 0-2 0-0 0, Lamb 3-12 0-3 6, Harrod 1-3 2-2 5, Kerns 6-13 4-5 17, Volkman 1-5 0-0 2, DeAnda 1-3 0-0 3, Stinson 0-4 5-6 5, Team 25-71 18-26 69.
Attn. - 2,035
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
We talk about being able to have a lot of intensity in what we are doing and executing offensively and defensively and I think you saw the intensity in that defensive execution. Harold runs a lot of screening action off the ball and on the ball and we were well prepared for it.
Im so proud of the way we played. Defensively and offensively our upper classmen are leading the way, were getting a lot of help from our bench. We are playing hard, intense, focused basketball and except for the last few minutes of the game, we had a lot of poise with what we are doing.
About Amber Hall: She has practiced six days and I havent been able to say that the past six weeks. She wasnt practicing and we were holding her so that she could get minutes on the floor. The other thing is she had a severe sprain and a bruised bone and those are starting to heal up and allowing her to go back to practice longer and go back to going strong with her footwork. Were also getting chemistry with having her back in the line-up.
UW Women's Basketball Player Quotes
Amber Hall: (Assistant coach) Hulett Brooks kept telling me that their post cannot guard me down low. The ball kept getting fed inside. Things worked out really nicely on the offensive end. Defensively, my goal was to not let (Alke) Dietel have anything. I let her have one three pointer and thats it. A win is good anytime, but we cant lose a 40 point lead so quickly. We need to have a team leader on the court at all times to keep up that intensity.
Jamie Redd: We cant let other teams get back into the ball game like that. We need to play hard the entire 40 minutes. But weve been having good practices, and were getting a feel for each other. We know what to expect from each other a little bit more now.