Feb. 22, 1997

Cougars Keep Bears Growling

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jade Hyett scored a career-high 21 points and handed out 14 assists to spark Washington State past the host California Golden Bears, 83-70, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 571 at Harmon Gym.

The win for WSU (9-14, 3-11 Pac-10) snapped a five-game losing streak and was the team's first win in February. Hyett, who set a school record for assists in a season Thursday at Stanford, set an unexpected record against the Bears when she made all 13 free throw attempts, including 11 in the first half. Entering the game, Hyett was shooting 58.5 percent at the charity line.

Hyett had plenty of scoring help, with the other four starters scoring in double figures. Yvonne Kunze scored 18 and had 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, while Doreen Evans had 11 points and 11 rebounds in just her second start of the year. Joanna Smith added 14 for WSU, hitting four treys.

The Bears (6-18, 2-13 Pac-10) were led by Jennie Leander's 23 points and 14 from Liz Rizzo. Patrycja Czepiec added 11 for Cal, which had two starters foul out, Leander and Kobie Kennon. The other three Bear starters finished with four fouls each. WSU's Amy Saneholtz also fouled out.

Down by 12 points three minutes into the second half, Washington State switched from a zone to a man defense and outscored Cal 27-14 to take a lead it never gave up. Five players had a hand in WSU's comeback sprint, with Kunze scoring eight and Hyett seven during the run. Evans, Saneholtz and Smith also had a hand in WSU's 27 points.

WSU finally took the lead on an inbounds layin by Kunze with 8:10 to play. The Bears earned a tie at 57-57 seconds later when Smith hit 1-of-2 free throws, but Rubio came back to hit four straight free throws to give WSU to 61-57 lead.

WSU outboarded the Bears 23-11 in the second half, and down the stretch the Cougars made 9-of-10 free throws. For the game, WSU won the rebounding battle, 41-34, and shot 52.9 percent from the field, including 17-of-30 shots in the second half.

The Cougars eventually built their lead to 13 points with 3:20 to play, 72-59, on seven unanswered points, three from Saneholtz and two each from Kunze and Hyett.

Just when it appeared the Cougars would be buried in teh first half, Smith rescued the Cougars with with two straight 3-point baskets 30 seconds apart. Rhodes, in his post-game talk to the team, called Smith's buckets the critical time in the game.

After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first and with both Kunze and Saneholtz on the bench with three fouls each, Smith's two treys and a layin by Hyett at the buzzer pulled WSU to within five at the intermission, 33-28. WSU closed out the half by outscoring Cal 10-3 in a span of 93 seconds.

Washington State 83, Cal 70

Washington - Evans 4-9 1-3 11; Saneholtz 4-10 3-5 11; Kunze 8-12 2-6 18; Hyett 4-7 13-13 21; Smith 5-9 0-1 14; Rubio 1-2 4-5 6; McNeely 1-2 0-1 2; Totals 27-51 23-34 83.

Cal - Czepiec 4-13 3-3 11; Kennon 0-3 3-5 3; Leander 10-18 3-3 23; Rizzo 5-14 0-0 14; Smith 3-7 2-4 9; McDaniel 1-2 0-0 2; Folsom 0-1 0-0 0; Churchill 2-3 4-8 8; Snijder 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 25-62 15-23 70.

Halftime: Cal 33, Washington State 28. 3-Pointers: Washington State 6-10 (Smith 4), Cal 5-21 (Rizzo 4). Rebounds: Washington State 41 (Evans 11), Cal 34 (Leander 9). Assists: Washington State 19 (Hyett 14), Cal 14 (Czepiec 4). Turnovers: Washington State 24, Cal 18.