Cougars fall just short in Tempe

ASU's Richardson, Tapley lead Sun Devils to win

CARSON BROWN, Evergreen sports reporter

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The WSU women’s basketball team lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils 62-59 Friday night in Tempe, Arizona.

The Sun Devils led by as many as 12 points at one point in this game, but the Cougars managed to make a late comeback that fell short.

The Cougars (11-14, 4-9) continued their second half excellence in this game as they won the final half by five points. They struggled in the first half of the game as the Sun Devils outscored them by eight points.

Arizona State (17-8, 7-6) broke their three-game losing streak; while WSU continued its struggles against ranked teams as it moved to 0-10 versus teams ranked in the AP top 25.

Senior guard Reili Richardson scored 22 points for the Sun Devils on six of 11 shooting from the field including three 3-pointers.

The seniors led the way for the Cougars as forward Borislava Hristova and guard Chanelle Molina combined for 37 of WSU’s 59 points. They shot 16-for-35 combined and combined for 11 rebounds as well.

A major disparity in the game came from the free-throw line in which the Cougars made two free-throws in comparison to the 13 made free-throws from ASU.

A seven-point third quarter from Hristova evened the game up at 38 entering the fourth quarter as the Cougars won the quarter 17-9.

WSU trailed 29-21 at the half as they struggled from behind the arc shooting with one of 10 on 3-pointers in the first half. The only make from deep came from Hristova who had nine points and four rebounds in the opening half of play.

Senior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley led the Sun Devils in the first half with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.

WSU will stay on the road again as it takes on No. 12 University of Arizona at 11 a.m. Sunday in the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona.