Cougars look to make history against Stanford

Hristova wants to beat the Cardinal for the first time in WSU record



Senior guard Chanelle Molina weaves past Beijing Normal University defenders on Oct. 31 at Beasley Coliseum.

CARSON BROWN, Evergreen Reporter

The WSU women’s basketball team hosts the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal at noon Sunday in Beasley Coliseum in search of its first ever victory over that program in the school’s history.

Not only have the Cougars (9-11, 2-6) never beaten the Cardinal (18-2, 7-1), but they are also 0-8 against ranked teams this season.

Senior forward and WSU basketball leading scorer Borislava Hristova said she understands this is her last chance to beat Stanford in her collegiate career.

“Our record against Stanford is something like 65 to nothing,” Hristova said. “So, we have never beaten Stanford, and it’s about time to do that. It’s my last chance to do this and they are a great team. We have to stay poised, run our offense and play great defense.”

The Cougars are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, which the average margin of defeat is 10.75 points per loss.

“It’s hard to lose so many games in a row,” Hristova said. “It’s the best conference in the country so every game is going to be a challenge. Stanford is coming to town with the intention of beating us, and we can’t back down. We must take care of the basketball.”

Stanford’s win streak was extended to three as they defeated the Utah Utes 82-49 at home on Sunday. Freshman forward Francesca Belibi led the Cardinal in scoring with a career-high 20 points.

The Cardinal has three players averaging in double-figures leading to a different name being the leading force each game. There has been a different leading scorer in each of the last three games.

Sophomore guard Lexie Hull has been the leader for the Cardinal this season. She is averaging 13.3 points per game while contributing 5.9 rebounds per game as well.

Hristova said there is no concern for the Cougars about the mindset this team has at the moment.

“We stay positive and we know we can do this,” she said. “There has been so many close games that we have missed out on that it keeps us positive that we can take down the nation’s top talent.”

Hristova has had an accomplished career in Pullman as a Cougar and has had some unforgettable games. She said she hopes her favorite game has yet to occur.

“I hope this moment has yet to come,” she said. “Picking my favorite game as a Cougar is difficult, but hopefully the decision is easy after Sunday.”

The game against Stanford tips off noon Sunday in Beasley Coliseum.