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SAM GRANT, Evergreen reporter

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WSU women’s basketball challenged the University of Washington Huskies Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum, but, it still resulted in a 65-56 loss for the Cougars.

Senior guard Chanelle Molina led the team with 15 points and made three steals, three rebounds and four assists. Redshirt junior forward Jovana Subasic led the team with nine rebounds and made 12 points, three assists, three steals and one block.  

At the end of the first quarter, WSU (7-6, 0-1) lead by one point over the Huskies (9-3, 1-0) with a score of 13-12, thanks to a buzzer-beater by sophomore forward Ula Motuga.

As the half went on, neither team gained a margin over the other by more than five points. However, both teams secured their own 8-0 run before ending the half with a score of 29-24 with the Huskies in front.

Molina lead the way for scoring for the Cougars through the first half with seven points of her own, but Washington junior guard Rita Pleskevich gave the Huskies the edge in the first half with 10 points.

Subasic also had a strong first half performance with four points and lead the team with six rebounds.

The Cougars had a higher shoot efficiency over the Huskies in the first half with a 39 percent field goal percentage, while Washington made 32 percent of its field goals.

WSU started with the ball in the second half and after a couple of missed shots, the Huskies extended their lead to seven points. With under six minutes left in the third, the Cougars cut the Washington’s lead to one point.

However, the Huskies responded with a nine-point run of their own that Subasic ended with a WSU free throw. With 2:05 left in the third, Washington had a 12-point lead over the Cougars.

WSU cut the Huskies’ lead down to seven points with under a minute left in the third quarter with a made three pointer from freshman guard Grace Sarver and a field goal from Subasic.

In the fourth quarter, Washington extended its lead back into the double digits. The Cougars would start to comeback with two minutes left, reducing the lead to six points with 42 seconds on the clock.

But, the Huskies would hold onto their lead with free throws by senior guard Amber Melgoza and junior forward Khayla Rooks, to secure Washington with the win.

The women’s basketball team can be caught in action next against the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Friday at Maples Pavilion. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.