Cougars Pour It On In 91-61 Win Over San Francisco
PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind a record run in the second quarter and a commanding performance out of their dynamic duo the Washington State women’s basketball team (3-4) ran past San Francisco (2-4), 91-61, Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.
Leading by 15 after one quarter, the Cougars poured it on in the second quarter of play, scoring a program-record 34 points including 12 from Chanelle Molina , running away from the Dons and never looking back en route to their win. Molina, who would score a season-best 28 points in 28 minutes of action, nearly outscored the Dons on her own in the first half of play as she posted 21 points to the Dons’ 26 at the break.
With Molina firing on all cylinders, the Cougars proved to be too much for the Dons to handle as Borislava Hristova chipped in 16 in the opening half while finishing the game with 20 points, one shy of her scoring average for the season. Wreaking havoc on the defensive end, the Cougars forced 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action, turning those Don mistakes into 23 points.
While the pace would slow in the second half the Cougars defense continued to press forcing 14 more turnovers that resulted in 14 more points as over a third of WSU’s points in the game came from forcing a season-high 28 turnovers including picking up 16 steals.
In all, the Cougars would push their lead to as much as 41 points midway through the third quarter before expanding their rotation and closing out the game with a season-best 30-point victory.
Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game
“It was a great game for us. I think the first half was obviously one of the better halves we’ve had in our young season. I really liked us the last week after the loss to CSUN and how we responded against Jacksonville State and since we’ve been home was a good sign for this team. It’s great to see them see some success, feel some success, and see when you do the right things in practice and you’re consistently what you need to be sometimes good things happen in a game.”