Women’s basketball loses third game of season

WSU couldn’t get it done despite strong individual performances



Freshman Guard Cherilyn Molina attempts to make a layup in a game against Warner Pacific on Oct. 29 in Beasley Coliseum.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball fell to University of California, Davis, 75-62 Sunday afternoon.

It was tough for either team to gain momentum early on as both the Aggies (1-3) and Cougars (1-3) struggled to knock down the majority of their shots. WSU hit 33 percent of its shots from the field in the first quarter while UC Davis shot 40 percent.

Redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova was a pest to the Aggies defense the entire first half, racking up 14 points and three defensive rebounds and shooting 67 percent. Junior guard Chanelle Molina also scored nine points and shot 50 percent from the field.

However, the rest of the Cougars struggled on offense. WSU finished the half shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the three point line. The Aggies were not immune to offensive issues as well going just 12-32 from the field and 4-13 beyond the arc.

Coaches on both teams were understandably animated on the court throughout both quarters as the game remained a low scoring affair with a 31-31 tie at the half.  

Despite the lack of offensive production the Cougars moved the ball around well getting everyone involved as all but two players scored by halftime.

UC Davis redshirt senior forward Morgan Bertsch attacked the rim all game scoring a quick seven points in the first three minutes of the third quarter to increase her total to 18 points in the game. 

Senior center Maria Kostourkova and the rest of the Cougar defense were able to contest shots but could not make any blocks through three quarters of play. However, they out-rebounded the Aggies in the game.

UC Davis got three quick buckets with a minute left in the third quarter to begin the last quarter of action with a 58-51 lead.  

The fourth quarter was tough for the Cougars as they only put up three points through six minutes of play and hit only one of eight shots. The Aggies scored eight points in that time frame, increasing their lead to 12 with four minutes left.

This deficit would prove to hard to come back from as WSU fell to UC Davis.

The Cougars will look to get back on track 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face California State University, Northridge, in the Warner Center Marriot Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in California.