Cougs season ends in Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Closing out the 2018-19 season in the first round or the Pac-12 Tournament, Washington State (9-21) came up short for the second-straight game against Cal (19-11) as the Bears advanced to day two with a 77-58 win Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In a game that played out in similar fashion to the regular season finale four days prior, the Cougs could not overcome a pair of dry spells on the offensive end of the court that allowed the Bears to pull away for the victory. After a big first quarter that put WSU ahead by three, the Cougs went ice cold from the floor to start the second, missing their first 11 shots from the floor.
Cal took advantage of WSU’s struggles to take the lead, putting together a 12-1 run. Despite the miscues, the Cougs would only trail by two at the halftime break thanks to a closing run from behind the arc over the final three minutes. After rallying the Cougs to end the half, junior point Chanelle Molina caught fire in the third, scoring 10 of her team-best 24 points in the period.
However, Molina could not single-handedly bring WSU back as the Bears pushed their lead to seven. Having expended their energy trying to chase down the Bears in the third, the Cougs ran out of gas in the fourth as Cal opened the quarter on a 13-1 run to put the game away.
Chanelle Molina Quote of the Game
“Now I know what I need to do and in the offseason I am going to keep getting better at it. I just determined as ever to help this program and we just have these amazing coaches. I just want to play super hard for them. I’d run through a wall for them. That’s how much I respect them and love them and that’s how much I want to get better.”