Cal knocks out WSU in first round of Pac-12 tourney

Golden Bears outscore Cougs 41-24 in second half to end their season

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Cal knocks out WSU in first round of Pac-12 tourney

Junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles the ball during the game against Stanford on March 1 at Beasley Coliseum. WSU lost the game 67-42.

Junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles the ball during the game against Stanford on March 1 at Beasley Coliseum. WSU lost the game 67-42.

JACK LEWIS-CLARKE | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles the ball during the game against Stanford on March 1 at Beasley Coliseum. WSU lost the game 67-42.

JACK LEWIS-CLARKE | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

JACK LEWIS-CLARKE | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles the ball during the game against Stanford on March 1 at Beasley Coliseum. WSU lost the game 67-42.

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

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In a city that is known for gambling, women’s basketball put all of their chips on the table as they took on Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, the No. 10 seed Cougars (9-21, 4-15) fell short and lost 77-58 to the No. 7 seed Golden Bears (19-11, 10-9) putting an end to their season.

WSU opened the game strong and was able to take a lead as large as five points. At the end of the first quarter, the Cougars led 21-18.

However, the Cougars lost all of their momentum in the second quarter when Cal went on a 8-0 run to take a 26-21 lead with 6:40 remaining in the first half.

The lead was extended to eight, but the Cougs didn’t panic and responded by going on a 12-6 run to close out the second quarter, giving Cal a 36-34 lead at the half.

The Cougars were led on offense in the first half by junior guard Chanelle Molina who scored 14 points and dished out four assists. WSU shot a mere 38.2 percent from the field in the first half.

The Golden Bears were able to hit some big three-pointers to start the third quarter, but the Cougars would not go away. Molina continued her ferocious start, putting up 10 points in the third.

Cal continued its strong offensive performance but only held a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, the final 10 minutes weren’t so friendly as the Golden Bears went on a 11-0 run early in the quarter to take a 19-point lead, their biggest of the night.

Cal would maintain control of the game to secure a 77-58 victory.

Cal senior center Kristine Anigwe dominated the Cougars, scoring 27 points and grabbing 16 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.

Molina led WSU with 24 points on the night and redshirt junior forward Borislava Hristova was the only other Cougar that reached double digits, scoring 10 points.

The Cougars return to Pullman after losing their last five games to end the season.