Bulldogs come to Beasley

Cougars seek revenge against Gonzaga after last year's loss

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Sophomore guard Cherilyn Molina goes up for the shot against Brigham Young on Nov. 9 at Beasley Coliseum.

SHAYNE TAYLOR, Evergreen reporter

 

WSU women’s basketball will host its fifth game of the season against No. 18 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday.

WSU (5-3) will look to defend the home court yet again, as the team is 4-0 in Beasley Coliseum to start the 2019-2020 season.

The Cougars snapped their three-game losing streak Wednesday by defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 85-56.

The Bulldogs (8-1) are winners of their last five and are coming off a 70-55 win over Montana State, University in Bozeman, Montana.

Gonzaga leads the series at 9-5 against the Cougars and hold a three-game winning streak in the series. The last time the two teams met was in December 2018 where the Bulldogs found themselves with a 76-53 victory.

Senior guard Chanelle Molina, who has posted 66 combined points in her last four games, said as much as she would like to forget about her performance in last year’s meeting, she is going to use it as motivation to right her wrongs from a year ago.

“My reads were really off, and I was trying to do too much,” Chanelle said. “I feel more comfortable in the system now, so I feel like getting everyone in the right place will be a lot easier this year.”

Sophomore guard Cherilyn Molina said it is important to remain confident and now that they have faced three of the best teams in the nation during their time in the Virgin Islands, making sure to never be intimidated is key.

Cherilyn said her confidence overall has increased during the three-game span in the Virgin Islands, and that her identity is becoming clearer as the season moves forward.

“I got more confident in shooting,” Cherilyn said. “I need to be able to step up and play my role by being an energizer on the bench and be able to handle the ball when I go in.”

WSU will look to go 5-0 at home and 6-3 overall against a Gonzaga team that has averaged a 27.25 point victory margin in their eight wins this season.

Tip off for the matchup against Gonzaga is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.