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Hot Shooting Huskies Top Cougar Women 79-64

By: WSU Athletics

The Washington State women’s basketball team struggled to find a rhythm against the University of Washington Tuesday night at Beasley Coliseum, falling to the Huskies 79-64. The Cougars were led by senior Mariah Cooks who scored a career-high 20 points to lead WSU. Washington State’s normally stingy defense was unable to find an answer for the country’s leading scorer in Husky junior Kelsey Plum. Plum notched 33 points in the contest to lead all scorers.

“Obviously, it was a frustrating night for us to open conference play,” WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. “Washington had the answer on both sides of the ball – offensively and defensively. We didn’t execute at a high level on the defensive end and offensively we didn’t take care of the basketball.”

WSU freshman Borislava Hristova scored 15 points in the contest to support Cooks. The Cougars’ bench outscored the UW bench 36-5, while WSU scored 32 points in the paint compared to 26 from its rival. However, the Huskies made a season-high 12 field goals from beyond the arc to maintain a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half.

The Cougars shot a perfect 8-of-8 (1.000) from the free throw line for the first time since going 4-of-4 from the line at California last February. Washington State also rebounded well, pulling in 43 rebounds to UW’s 32. Freshman Maria Kostourkova led the way on the glass, pulling in six boards. Kostourkova also added six points, one of eight Cougars to score in the contest.

The Cougars were plagued by turnovers in the opening quarter, giving up the ball nine times in the first 10 minutes of play. WSU jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hristova, but conceded the lead late in the first quarter as the team went without a basket for the final three and a half minutes.

Cooks and Hristova lead the Cougars in the second period. Cooks added seven points as WSU cut the Husky lead to four with 6:40 to play in the half. However, Washington would answer with a 13-3 run to regain its double-digit lead and a 42-31 advantage at halftime.

Washington maintained its lead in the second half, as Plum added an additional 14 points to her total. WSU’s Cooks scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter. All 14 student-athletes on the Cougars roster played in the game, including a career-high eight minutes for redshirt-freshman Krystle McKenzie and a career-high 13 minutes for redshirt-freshman Nike McClure.

“It was a disappointing night, but something that we will learn a lot from,” Daugherty said. “We’ll have to make a quick adjustment and get things turned around as we head to Utah.”

Washington State will make its first road trip of the 2015-16 Pac-12 season, traveling to Utah to face the Utes, Saturday, Jan. 2 at Huntsman Center. After the Cougars ring in the New Year in Salt Lake City, WSU will travel Boulder, Colo., for a Monday matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes.

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