Cougar women dominate Huskies at home
PULLMAN, Wash. — In one of the most complete and dominating performances in program history, Washington State (9-16, 4-10) crushed their rivals from Washington (8-17, 1-12), 94-61, to complete the season sweep of the Boeing Apple Cup Series Friday night at Beasley Coliseum.
From start to finish, the Cougars found a new level of sustained offensive excellence en route to the 33-point victory that was WSU’s largest margin of victory over the Huskies in the NCAA era. For WSU, a 8-1 run to end the first quarter swung the momentum to the Cougars who hit their stride and never looked back.
The late run was spurred by Ula Motuga who scored five of her 10 first quarter points in the the final three minutes as the freshman dominated the early minutes of the game as the Huskies attempted to shut down the Cougars’ veterans. With the lead in hand, the Cougars blitzed the Huskies in the second quarter, spreading the ball around and breaking the contest wide open with a 16-3 run that turned a five-point lead into a comfortable 17-point advantage.
Unlike their game in Seattle just under two months prior, the Cougars would not take their foot off the gas coming out of the locker room as WSU scored the first 11 points of the new half to put down any thoughts of a late game comeback from the Huskies.
WSU would replicate their second quarter performance in the frame with a 23-13 quarter, taking a 26-point advantage into the games final period. As the lead grew into the 30s the Cougars would finally call off the attack, as WSU went to its bench to finish off the game. With their young Cougars in the game, WSU would score 28 points in the final quarter, including a nine-point outburst from freshman Shir Levy who did all of her damage in the game’s final seven minutes.
Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game
“Well obviously a great performance by our team. I look at the stat sheet and kind of reflect, there’s not a lot to complain about. I mean I could pick something but I really don’t want to. I just loved how we shared the basketball. I loved how against a real kind of unique defense that we haven’t seen and haven’t practiced against we made great decisions. We shared the ball. We didn’t force things. It’s a beautiful thing when the ball goes in like it did. You know when no one really shoots more than 10 times in a game and yet you have these kind of numbers it says a lot about our how our team played with one another and took what the defense gave us.”