Nov. 21, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash.- Washington State raced out to a 18-point halftime advantage and held on for a 69-51 victory over Fresno State in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
The Cougars (1-0), who shot 42.1-percent overall in the contest and were 17-21 from the free throw line, were aided by a first half that saw Fresno State (0-1) commit 17 turnovers and shoot 21.7-percent (5-23) from the field.
Fresno State held two brief leads early in the first quarter but a jumper by Kim Dugan made it 12-11 and WSU maintained the lead from that point on. The Cougars closed out the first period on a 19-6 scoring run after a lay-up from junior Aritta Lane (Aiea, Hawaii) had put the Bulldogs within 15-13 at the 8:23 mark.
Lane led the Bulldogs with a game-high 24 points, 10 of which came from the charity stripe. She grabbed 10 rebounds on the night, recording a double-double in the process. Senior Chanie Sutherland (Odessa, Texas) chipped in with 10 points and freshman Jasmine Plummer (Natomas, Calif.) had five assists and four steals.
Washington State was led by Lindsey Egeland's 11 points. No other Cougar player scored in double figures.
The Bulldogs shot 29.1-percent (16-55) for the contest and were just 3-16 from beyond the arc. The Cougars held the rebounding edge, 43-35.
Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center next weekend for the seventh annual Fresno State Classic. The Bulldogs take on the Univ. of Louisiana-Monroe in the opening round on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
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