WSU struggles to find offensive rhythm against UW

From staff reports

Playing with heart was not enough for the WSU women’s basketball team in its second loss of the season to No. 8 Washington.

The Cougars (8-11, 3-5) started the game shooting 1-13 from the floor and trailed from the outset in route to an 87-44 defeat. The Huskies (19-2, 7-1) built a 46-14 halftime lead after holding WSU to just four points in the second quarter and kept ahold of first place in the Pac-12.

WSU suffered the effects of playing without its three leading scorers, shooting a season-low 25.4 percent from the floor. In comparison, UW finished at 48.3 percent.

Freshman forward Kayla Washington led the Cougars in scoring, tallying 11 points in 20 minutes of action. Washington also finished with seven rebounds, though it was no match for UW senior forward Chantel Osahor’s Pac-12 record-setting 30 rebounds.

WSU sophomore center Maria Kostourkova followed Washington with eight points scored, and junior guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou chipped in seven for the Cougars.

The Huskies’ duo of Osahor and senior guard Kelsey Plum gave the Cougars’ defense fits all afternoon. Osahor scored 20 points for UW on 6-7 shooting from the foul line while Plum, who leads the nation in scoring, racked up 29 points and converted 10 of 12 free throws.

WSU struggled against the Huskies, who out-rebounded the Cougars 55-30. The Cougars kept pace in the offensive rebounding department, holding UW to just nine offensive rebounds while recording eight of their own.

The loss drops the Cougars to fourth place in the Pac-12 and marks the team’s third-consecutive defeat.

WSU will stay home for a pair of games against the Northern California schools this weekend, taking on No. 10 Stanford at 8 p.m. on Friday and California in a 12 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Friday’s game will air on the Pac-12 Network.

Reporting by Jesse Woodhead