Women’s basketball suffers loss

The Utah Utes beat the Women’s basketball team on Sunday with a score of 78-66.

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Women’s basketball suffers loss

Senior Forward Borislava Hristova sprints past a Utah defender as she goes for a lay up on Sunday evening at Beasley Coliseum.

Senior Forward Borislava Hristova sprints past a Utah defender as she goes for a lay up on Sunday evening at Beasley Coliseum.

TONY NGUYEN

Senior Forward Borislava Hristova sprints past a Utah defender as she goes for a lay up on Sunday evening at Beasley Coliseum.

TONY NGUYEN

TONY NGUYEN

Senior Forward Borislava Hristova sprints past a Utah defender as she goes for a lay up on Sunday evening at Beasley Coliseum.

CARSON BROWN, Evergreen women's basketball reporter

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The WSU women’s basketball team lost against the Utah Utes 78-66 Sunday afternoon in Pullman.

Freshman guard Brynna Maxwell and redshirt senior wing Daneesha Provo led Utah (12-11, 5-7) in the win. Maxwell finished the game with 22 points on seven of nine shooting from the field. Provo added 20 points on 70 percent shooting.

Sophomore forward Ula Motuga led WSU (11-13, 4-8) with 14 points, tying her season high, and seven rebounds. Junior guard Johanna Muzet contributed 12 points off the bench while shooting five for seven from the field, which ties her season high for points.

The WSU bench contributed 29 points in this game compared to the three points against Colorado on Friday.

“We should of made a change sooner,” head coach Kamie Ethridge said. “We fought fire with fire. Our best lineup involved players off the bench, and we should have adjusted earlier.”

The Cougars trailed the Utes at the half 46-25 as Maxwell shot four of six and scored 15 points while connecting on three shots from behind the arc.

“We need to be dialed in way before tip-off,” senior forward Borislava Hristova said. “We have to compete every possession if we want to win games in this conference.”

For the Cougars, Motuga had nine points on four of eight shooting and grabbed five rebounds as well.

The Cougars trailed by as many as 26 in the first half. Utah shot 6 of 10 from the 3-point line while WSU shot three of nine. The free-throw attempts were also lopsided as Utah shot 10 and WSU shot two.

The difference in shooting percentage played a role in the game as Utah finished shooting 51.9 percent and 50 percent from the 3-point line. WSU shot 37.7 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from the 3-point line.

The Cougars will head to Arizona next weekend to face off against the No. 19 Arizona State University Sun Devils on Friday and No. 12 University of Arizona Wildcats on Sunday. The games can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Cougars have yet to defeat a ranked opponent.