TONY NGUYEN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE
WSU’s women’s basketball team lost to the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats 72-57 Sunday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona.
The Wildcats (21-4, 10-4) led by 24 points with under four minutes left to play. The Cougars (11-15, 4-10) decreased the deficit to 15 with under a minute left in the game. They never managed to get themselves within single digits in the second half.
WSU has now lost three games in a row and move to 0-10 against ranked opponents.
Arizona junior guard Aari McDonald led the Wildcats with 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting while contributing six rebounds and four assists as well.
Arizona junior forward Sam Thomas had 18 points for the Wildcats and connected on three shots from beyond the arc. Thomas also had six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Redshirt senior forward Borislava Hristova finished the game with 18 points on six of nine shooting. Redshirt junior forward Jovana Subasic was the only other Cougar in double-digits with 11 points; she also led the team with five rebounds.
WSU shot 22 of 51 from the field and one of eight from three. The Cougars took advantage of their trips to the free-throw line as they shot 80 percent from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats led 40-27 at the half. Arizona shot 50 percent from beyond the arc in the opening half while WSU made zero of its three 3-point shot attempts. McDonald shot five of nine in the opening half including two 3-pointers giving her 12 first-half points.
For the Cougars, Hristova had 12 points as well. She shot four of six from the field and didn’t miss from the free throw line, where she attempted four free-throws.
The assist category was lopsided in the first half as Arizona had 12 and WSU had five. In the second half, WSU made six assists to Arizona’s four assists. The Cougars play again at 7 p.m. Friday in Pullman. They host the No. 7 UCLA Bruins and continue to look get their first win against a ranked opponent. The game can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks.