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Second Half Comeback Falls Short, Cougs Fall to Ducks 70-68

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State's freshman guard Taylor Edmondson's game-tying jumper rattled out as time expired, allowing the University of Oregon to hold on for a 70-68 victory at Beasley Coliseum Friday.

The Cougars (5-13, 1-6 Pac-12) were led by sophomore guard Tia Presley's 16 points and freshman guard Lia Galdeira's 13 points. Oregon (3-16, 1-6 Pac-12) knocked down 12 three-pointers and held off WSU's second half rally. Freshman forward Mariah Cooks record seven points and eight rebounds. WSU rebounded from shooting 28 percent in the first half, by hitting 46 percent in the second half.

Oregon built a double-digit lead midway through the first half by way of the three, led by Amanda Delgado's five first-half treys. With Galdeira and Presley forced to sit much of the first half after each committed two early fouls, WSU received a big boost from junior forward Hana Potter who came off the bench and quickly registered six points to keep the Cougars within striking distance at the break. Oregon committed 17 turnovers in the first 20 minutes but hit seven threes while the Cougars shot 28.2 percent from the field.

Washington State opened the second half with two quick buckets, getting one from senior center Carly Noyes followed by a steal and coast-to-coast layin from Galdeira. The Cougars slowly chipped away at the Oregon lead before Presley sparked a 9-0 run with a floater in the lane at the 10:55 mark. Junior forward Sage Romberg followed with a three, freshman guard Dawnyelle Awa got a runner in the lane to fall and redshirt-senior Katie Grad capped the run and cut the Ducks lead to two with a fastbreak layup.

With 6:36 to go, Oregon ended the run with a three but WSU answered as Grad corralled a rebound and quickly went back up for a layin and Cooks followed with a nice post move for a layup that made it a one-point game.

Grad came up big again minutes later, hitting a three from the right wing that tied things up at 60 before Presley gave the Cougars their first lead since early in the game with another runner in the lane. Oregon again came back with a three for a 63-62 advantage with a little over two minutes remaining.

Potter knotted things up at 63 with a free throw and Galdeira followed an Oregon bucket with a driving layup to keep things tied with 48 seconds remaining. The Ducks came up with another three, this time with 28 seconds remaining and later hit two free throws to go up five with 15 seconds left. WSU quickly got the ball in to Galdeira along the right side who hit a deep three from the right wing to bring the Cougars within two. Awa nearly stole the ensuing inbounds pass but her foot was out of bounds when she made the steal and WSU was again forced to foul with nine seconds left. Oregon's Ariel Thomas missed the ensuing free throw, Cooks grabbed the board and fired a long pass to Edmondson who caught the ball just inside WSU's three-point line and put up a shot that rattled off the back rim, allowing the Ducks to clinch the victory.

Oregon's Amanda Delgado finished the game with 21 points after hitting seven threes.

The Cougars will wrap up their homestand Sunday against Oregon State University. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. and will be webstreamed on Pac-12.org.

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