Cougars win historic game in Berkeley

SAM GRANT, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball traveled to Berkeley, California to take on the Golden Bears, winning 96-75 in Haas Pavilion on Sunday.

 The Cougars (8-7, 1-2) started off hot, going on a 12-0 run to begin the game. California (8-5, 0-2) would not score until a 3-pointer went in with just under six minutes left in the first quarter by senior guard/forward Jaelyn Brown.

Redshirt senior Borislava Hristova became WSU’s all-time leading scorer with a field goal with 1:22 left in the first quarter. Hristova finished the game with 26 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field.

Senior guard Chanelle Molina ended the game with 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Sophomore forward Ula Motuga finished with 11 points, and redshirt junior guard Johanna Muzet had 12 points off the bench.

Head coach Kamie Ethridge got her 100th win as a coach of Cougar basketball as well.

Molina lead the way through the first quarter with eight points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Cougars would keep the momentum going throughout the first quarter, going on another 12-0 run. The first quarter would end with a score of 31-6, in favor of the Cougars.

WSU opened the second quarter with four more points, before letting California score just their seventh and eighth point on two free throws.

Molina would continue to lead the Cougars as she put up 13 points in the second quarter, adding to her eight in the first.

The Golden Bears ended the half with their own 15-4 run, going into halftime with a 25-point lead for WSU.

California cut the Cougars’ lead to 13 in the third quarter but could not sustain a rally as WSU still ended three quarters of play with a 24-point lead, 76-52.

Molina finished the third quarter with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Molina scored five points in the quarter, coming off a three-point field goal and a jumper, both assisted by Muzet.

The fourth quarter stayed equal as well, as the Cougars were outscored by three points, but California could not come back from their deficit, ending the game at a score of 96-75.

The Cougars’ next game will be against the University of Washington Huskies, whom they lost to at home on Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 networks.