Cougars rebound with emphatic win over LMU

The WSU women’s basketball team burst into the 2016-2017 season with a forcible win over Loyola Marymount University in its season-opening game at Beasley Coliseum on Friday.

Setting the offensive pace early on proved beneficial to the Cougars, who rolled past the Lions with a 92-45 victory and set several personal records in the process.

The Cougars dictated the offensive flow of the game from the get-go, putting 23 points on the board in the first quarter. WSU carried the momentum over into the next two quarters, culminating with a game-high 26 points scored in the third frame.

The Cougars’ defense held LMU under 20 points in each quarter, allowing just three points to the Lions in the fourth quarter.

The game served as somewhat of a showcase for the team’s young talent, including sophomore forward and the game’s leading scorer Borislava Hristova, who racked up 22 points. It was the 10th game in which Hristova scored at least 20 points for WSU. Hristova nailed two three-point shots on three attempts and also had six rebounds for the Cougars.

“I think we learned our lesson from the last game,” Hristova said. “I’m so glad that this year everyone can score from our team. Everyone helps each other, so my team helped me a lot.”

Sophomore guard Alexys Swedlund had an impressive showing as well, piling up 14 points and leading the team in rebounds with 12. It was also Swedlund’s first collegiate double-double.

WSU collectively grabbed 64 rebounds and broke the school record for rebounds recorded in a single game. The Cougars also sank 13 shots from behind the arc in the game, tying another program record.

“If we can get this kind of productivity out of all our players with them only playing 18-20 minutes, then we have a chance to be a really exciting and successful team,” Head Coach June Daugherty said. “It’s so much better play than what we saw a week ago.”

The Cougars’ season continues on Friday when they go head-to-head with the University of San Francisco in Beasley Coliseum.