Waves crash into Beasley Coliseum

Cougars open their regular season tonight; look to seniors Hristova, Molina for win against Pepperdine



Redshirt senior forward Borislava Hristova goes for a layup over a Beijing Normal University defender Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.

SHAYNE TAYLOR, Evergreen reporter

Women’s basketball will face off against the Pepperdine University Waves at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at home for the first regular-season game of the new season.

WSU will look to continue its success against the Waves after a 71-63 exhibition victory against Beijing Normal University on Thursday.

Redshirt senior forward Borislava Hristova led the team with 28 points after shooting 12-19 from the floor in the exhibition win.

Senior guard Chanelle Molina posted a double-double in the game putting up 18 points and 13 rebounds. Molina also had seven assists.

The Waves also saw action last week as they won their exhibition game 77-49 against Biola University.

Pepperdine’s redshirt senior guard Paige Fecske posted a team-high 26 points in the game. This was Fecske’s first game back after a season-ending injury during the 2018-2019 basketball season.

In a press conference held on Friday, head coach Kamie Ethridge said that the senior leadership on the team is going to be a key for the team’s success, and she has noticed the younger players on the roster buying in.

“Chanelle and Bobi, those two could not be in the gym more and could not devote more of themselves to the game,” Ethridge said in a press conference.

Her biggest piece of advice to her players for this season is to be better than they were yesterday and if they stay the course then success will follow, Ethridge said.

WSU goes into this basketball season with one of the toughest overall schedules in the country, which includes facing 2019 national champions Baylor University on Nov. 28.

One of the most important things her players need to remember to do is to be scrappy, Ethridge said.

WSU will host Pepperdine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.