Women’s basketball meets Boise State in Beasley Coliseum

Cougars look to beat Broncos in Pullman for second home victory



Senior center Maria Kostourkova looks for an opportunity to score a basket in the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Nov. 16 in Beasley Coliseum.

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball hasn’t had the start to the season they were looking for after opening non-conference play with a 2-5 record. Despite this, the Cougars will look to turn it around at home against Boise State on Saturday.

“I don’t think I would’ve thought that we would’ve been 2-4 right now,” Head Coach Kamie Ethridge said before the Univeristy of San Francisco game. “I felt like we had an experienced team.”

The Cougarss have a tall task ahead of them with Boise State. The Broncos have a 5-1 record with their only loss coming against No. 5 Louisville.

WSU will look to a big performance from redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova. Hristova is averaging a team-high 21 points per game, third-best in the Pac-12. The Cougs will also need a good showing from senior center Maria Kostourkova, who is second in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game with 10.8.

Defensively the Cougars will have to keep an eye on Boise State junior guard Riley Lupfer, who leads the Broncos in scoring with 11.7 points per game. Boise State has a roster with a lot of depth, helping the team average over 77 points per game as a team.

The Broncos come to Pullman on a two-game winning streak after defeating Idaho last Friday and Northern Iowa on Saturday in Beach Classic.

“Boise is unbelievably good,” Ethridge said. “They are an established program, they have coaches that have been there … they are real aggressive on both sides of the ball, so it’ll be a real challenge for us.”

Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Beasley Coliseum. The game can also be seen on the WSU live stream.