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WSU looking to extend winning streak

Cougars need to share ball, avoid turnovers in upcoming game, head coach says

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WSU looking to extend winning streak

WSU redshirt junior forward Nike McClure prepares for a field goal in Friday's game against Idaho State University.

WSU redshirt junior forward Nike McClure prepares for a field goal in Friday's game against Idaho State University.

JORDAN MAXWELL | Daily Evergreen file

WSU redshirt junior forward Nike McClure prepares for a field goal in Friday's game against Idaho State University.

JORDAN MAXWELL | Daily Evergreen file

JORDAN MAXWELL | Daily Evergreen file

WSU redshirt junior forward Nike McClure prepares for a field goal in Friday's game against Idaho State University.

AVERY COOPER, Evergreen reporter

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WSU women’s basketball will host Saint Louis University after beating Idaho State University on Friday for its third win in a row.

Friday’s win had three Cougars (4-4) in double-digit scoring. Leading the team was redshirt junior forward Louise Brown, who finished the night with a double-double. Brown had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“It gives me a lot of confidence,” she said. “It’s nice to know that my teammates have confidence in me as well.”

WSU Head Coach June Daugherty was happy to see Brown playing hard considering she missed last season with a foot injury.

“I’m just excited for Lou,” she said. “This is someone who did not play at all last year. I thought Lou played really hard, and she showed some great intensity.”

Redshirt sophomore forward Borislava “Bobbi” Hristova led WSU in scoring with 16 points against the Bengals.

“I knew I had to contribute something for this game,” Hristova said. “I just told myself ‘there’s nothing to lose, I’m just going to try,’ and it worked out.”

WSU had 24 turnovers Friday, something that Daugherty said is uncharacteristic.

“We’ll definitely have to look at the film and see where we can help them not make those types of turnovers,” she said.

Daugherty thought that the team did a good job sharing the ball to counter the turnovers. WSU finished the game with 20 assists.

The Billikens (4-5) beat Little Rock University 48-45 on Friday. Senior guard Jackie Kemph led SLU with 11 points. Kemph is averaging 15.6 points per game, the most on the team.

Leading the Billikens in rebounding is senior forward Maddison Gits with 9.7 rebounds per game. Gits, who is 6-foot-4-inches tall, averages 10.2 points per game.

SLU has out-rebounded their opponents this season.

After her team’s recent win, Daugherty talked about the Cougars’ Women’s National Invitational Tournament run last season that developed a lot of chemistry, despite multiple injuries. She said it means a lot for a team that is trying to rebuild that chemistry after seeing those players return.

“I don’t think we’re there yet,” Daugherty said. “There are certain strengths of players that played great in the WNIT … but they’ve got to learn to do it with teammates that have come off of injury and know each other’s strengths.”

Daugherty would like her players to rest in preparation for the Billikens after traveling to Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase and a 2,300-mile return last week.

“We just need to rest up a little bit and I think that will help us sharpen up a little bit on some of that turnover stuff that you saw,” Daugherty said.

WSU will tip-off against SLU at 7 p.m. Monday at Beasley Coliseum.

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