WSU drops fifth straight game

Cougars turn ball over 19 times in 27-point loss to UCLA



Senior center Maria Kistourkova attempts to make a layup in game against Warner Pacific on Oct. 29 in Beasley Coliseum.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball fell 83-56 against UCLA on Friday night in Los Angeles.

Redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova made the first basket of the game. After senior guard Alexys Swedlund made a three-pointer, the Cougars (7-14, 2-8) did not score for almost two minutes. Junior guard Chanelle Molina hit a three-pointer to end the scoring drought.

The Cougars would go on another scoring drought for almost a minute and a half and ended the first quarter trailing 19-18.

In the second quarter, WSU failed to put any points on the board until almost halfway through the quarter. UCLA (12-9, 5-4) led 37-25 at halftime.

Hristova and Swedlund led the team with eight points each at halftime.

Molina made a trio of three-pointers to get the WSU offense going in the third quarter and eventually the Cougars pulled within five points. UCLA would then go on an 8-0 scoring run to take a 60-44 lead after three quarters. At the end of three quarters, WSU had 14 turnovers.

UCLA continued to extend its lead in the fourth quarter as the Cougars went about three minutes without a basket. The deficit was too much to overcome as the Cougars lost to the Bruins.

Molina led the team with 24 points and Hristova added 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars finished with 19 turnovers.

The Cougars will take on USC noon Sunday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.