Cougs fight not enough in Colorado

Buffs top WSU 72-61 Friday night, Hristova, Molina combine for 29 points



Junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles past Arizona freshman forward Cate Reese on Feb. 9 at Beasley Coliseum. The game resulted in a 90-88 win for the Cougars.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball fell 72-61 to Colorado Friday night at the CU Events Center in Boulder, Colorado.

WSU (9-17, 4-11) opened the game with a seven-point run. After a Colorado (12-14, 2-13) timeout, the Buffaloes got on a role and outscored the Cougars 16-7. They led 16-14 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, WSU grabbed its lead back, but it was short lived as the two teams traded the lead. Going into halftime, Colorado led 38-35.

At halftime, redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova led the team with nine points while freshman guard Michaela Jones added eight points. Colorado freshman forward Peanut Tuitele led with 15 points and senior guard Kennedy Leonard had 10 points.

In the third quarter, the Cougars had a four-point lead after four minutes of play. The game was tied at 47 points with under five minutes of left in the third when Colorado pulled ahead leading 57-54 at the end of the third.

Colorado started the fourth by extending its lead to seven points. Neither team scored for over three minutes until the Buffs ended the drought.

The Cougars trailed by nine points with a minute left in the game. As time ticked away, they were not trying to foul and when the clock ran out the final score resulted in a 72-61 loss for the Cougars.

Hristova finished the game with 16 points while junior guard Chanelle Molina finished with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Freshman forward Ula Motuga led the team defensively with three blocks and six rebounds.

The Cougars travel to face Utah 11 a.m. Sunday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The game can be watched on the Utah live stream.