Cougars face ranked Wildcats

Cougars want to extend winning streak to three games, as they face another ranked opponent this Friday at Beasley



Redshirt junior Jovana Subasic shoots the ball against BYU on Nov. 9 at Beasley Coliseum.

SHAYNE TAYLOR, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball will face the No. 21 University of Arizona Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday at Beasley Coliseum.

The Cougars (9-7, 2-2) are coming off back to back conference victories against California and most recently a 66-59 win over the University of Washington.

The Wildcats (13-3, 2-3) started strong with a 13-0 run but have fallen short the last three contests to teams ranked in the top ten. Their most recent loss was a 71-64 defeat against the then-No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Tucson, Arizona.

WSU will again turn to the seniors to keep its win streak alive. During the last game against the Huskies, redshirt senior forward Borislava Hristova and senior guard Chanelle Molina finished first and second in scoring with 20 points from Hristova and 14 from Molina.

In a press conference held on Tuesday, head coach Kamie Ethridge said Arizona is going to come into Beasley Coliseum desperate following the three consecutive losses, and she is aware of the threat the Wildcats bring in the shooting game.

“They’re a hard team to match up against,” Ethridge said. “They can score from a lot of positions. They have a lot of weapons, and they put a lot of points on the board.”

One of her focusing points is the importance of containing Arizona’s junior guard Aari McDonald as much as possible, Ethridge said.

“We have to find a way to try to keep Aari from getting to the line 15 times a game, and she is so effective at that,” Ethridge said.

McDonald is coming off of a 25-point performance against Oregon. McDonald also collected five rebounds in the loss.

WSU will look to advance the win streak to three to get the action-packed weekend started in Beasley Coliseum where Klay Thompson comes to town alongside Steph Curry for the Thompson jersey retirement on Saturday.

Tipoff for WSU against the Arizona Wildcats will be at 7 p.m. on Friday at Beasley Coliseum. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.