Second half surge pushes Sun Devils past Cougars

WSU allowed ASU to shoot 65.5 percent from field in final 10 minutes


ABBY LINNENKOHL | Daily Evergreen File

WSU senior guard Caila Hailey fight her way through two UCLA defenders in a game on Jan. 28 at Beasley Coliseum.

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen columnist

WSU women’s basketball lost to Arizona State University 77-51 in Tempe on Sunday after ASU outscored the Cougs 49-30 in the second half.

The Cougs shot 33.9 percent from the field while the Sun Devils knocked down half of their attempted shots.

ASU (17-7, 8-4) outrebounded WSU (10-14, 3-9) 49-23 in a game where the Cougars were dominated in the interior and couldn’t hit shots.

Redshirt sophomore forward Borislava Hristova led the Cougars with 15 points and junior guard Alexys Swedlund added 14 points, the only two WSU players to score in double-digits.

ASU had five players score in double figures. Redshirt junior guard/forward Courtney Ekmark led the Sun Devils with 18 points and junior forward Kianna Ibis racked up 16.

The game was close in the first half when the Cougs were down 22-21, but then WSU went on a cold spur and the Sun Devils made a 13-0 run. In that span, WSU didn’t score for over six minutes. In the second half, ASU shot 65.5 percent from the floor and made 10 of their 12 shots in the fourth quarter.

The lead changed hands nine times and was tied on three separate occasions. ASU was in front for nearly 30 minutes in the game.

This win marks the seventh consecutive time the Sun Devils have beaten the Cougars, improving their overall record to 45-18 against WSU.

The Cougars return home 6 p.m. Friday to play No. 16 Oregon State. The team will don pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness. The game can also been seen live on Pac-12 Networks.