Cougars hit road after sweep against Huskies

WSU looks for second win over Buffs, Ethridge says teams will match up well



WSU redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova keeps the ball away from UW junior forward Mai-Loni Henson Friday night at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars hit the road today for their final road trip of conference play.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball hits the road for the final time this season when they head down to Boulder, Colorado, to try to get the season sweep against the Buffs on Friday.

After two straight wins for the Cougs, including a blowout win against UW last Friday, they look to keep the momentum rolling in the Rocky Mountains.

The Cougars clobbered the Buffaloes by nearly 30 points when Colorado came to Pullman in mid-January.

Despite the blowout last month, WSU cannot afford to get overly confident and lose to a team who is just 1-13 in conference play.

Though they looked like they would be a fierce team in the Pac-12 after starting off the season 10-1, the Buffs have been anything but impressive and have completely collapsed in the second half of the season.

However, injuries have plagued Colorado this year. With the team recovering, the Buffs could potentially be a threat on both ends of the court.

WSU Head Coach Kamie Ethridge said she thinks her team is ready for the opponents they have to face this next week, but Colorado poses its own unique challenges.

“Colorado has one of the best backcourts now that their team is healthy,” Ethridge said. “When they have Robinson on the court they play with better energy. It’s a great challenge but I think it’s a team we match up with well and I think we can compete with them.”

Several WSU players are definitely starting to take form. Junior forward Borislava Hristova and junior guard Chanelle Molina have dominated the court this season and will need to keep that up this week.

Molina said she feels has a good chance getting a couple of wins on the road if they can keep the same mindset.

“I feel we picked up our energy the last two games we’ve played,” Molina said. “We’re trying to be consistent every quarter and trying to do our best every possession. Energy is what can help us win games.”

Consistency has always been the key for WSU in its search for success, but they haven’t managed to find a groove this year.

A win against Colorado could help propel another one against a Utah team that has lost six in a row despite being one of the top teams in the conference.

Ethridge said that the coaches of both the Buffs and Utes have developed great programs and they will be tough teams to beat.

“Coach Payne of Colorado is developing such a strong team,” Ethridge said. “You look at what they’re doing over at Utah, too, and they have games where they just look unbeatable. We’ll be ready to play.”

The Cougars will look to keep their winning streak alive against the Buffaloes this Friday at 6 p.m.