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Cougar Bench Leads WSU to Victory at Colorado

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The Cougars' win was the 100th of June Daugherty's career at Washington State. The Cougars' win was the 100th of June Daugherty's career at Washington State.

by WSU Athletics

BOULDER, Colo. – Led by freshman Maria Kostourkova, the Washington State women’s basketball team defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 74-66, in Boulder, Monday night. The Cougars (10-4, 1-2 Pac-12) earned their first conference victory of the season behind a career-high 17 points from Kostourkova. The WSU bench poured on 47 points in the game, compared to seven points from Colorado’s (5-8, 0-2 Pac-12) bench players.

Seniors Mariah Cooks and Taylor Edmondson complemented Kostourkova in the game. Cooks led the Cougars with 12 rebounds and added nine points. Edmondson scored 12 points, including a pair of freethrows in the final minute to secure the victory. In total, nine WSU players scored in the game.

With the victory, WSU Head Coach June Daugherty earned her 100th-career victory at Washington State. Daugherty is the first coach in Pac-12 Conference history to win 100 games with multiple conference programs (Washington). She became the third coach in WSU program history to reach 100 victories (Sue Durant, 134; Harold Rhodes, 194).

“It’s such a privilege to coach at Washington State,” Daugherty said. “I just feel like it’s such an honor. I’m just blessed to work with unbelievable young people that are on this team and the others I’ve had at Washington State. I just really appreciate them and their hard work and their dedication to be Cougs.”

Strong shooting helped the Cougars secure victory. Washington State shot 27-of-56 (.482) from the floor and 8-of-13 (.615) from beyond the arc. Sophomore Louise Brown shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.

After starting the game 0-of-7 from the floor, the Cougars finished the half 14-of-20 (.700). Tied with CU at the end of the first quarter, WSU took control of the game in the second quarter. The Cougars outscored the Buffaloes 21-14 in the second quarter after seven lead changes. WSU entered the locker room leading 39-32 behind eight first-half points from Brown.

Returning from the locker room, the Cougars outscored Colorado 22-14 in the third period. WSU built a double-digit lead midway through the quarter, led by an eight-point quarter from Kostourkova and six points from Cooks. Washington State secured the victory in the fourth quarter, making 3-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes.

Washington State will return to Pullman to begin a two-week homestand. The Cougars welcome the Arizona Wildcats, Friday, Jan. 8. WSU and Arizona are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. inside Beasley Coliseum.

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