Five Score in Double-Figures as the Cougs Cruise in Tucson
TUCSON,Ariz. — On a night that saw Borislava Hristova put her name among the elite in WSU history with her 1,000th career point, it was a balanced all-around attack that netted the Cougars (10-13, 3-8 Pac-12) an impressive 78-60 win over Arizona (5-17, 1-10 Pac-12) Friday night in Tucson.
For Hristova, the historic bucket would come on her second shot of the night as she scored the Cougs opening points of the night en route to her 19th double-digit scoring game of the year. After falling behind in the first quarter, the Cougs went on a rampage in the second, outscoring the Wildcats 27-10 in the period to take a nine point.
The rout stemmed from behind the arc as the Cougs hit 5-of-8 from deep while finishing the game with nine total threes.. The 15 minutes in the locker room would not slow the Cougs as WSU scored the first 11 points of the third and pushed their lead to as much as 21 points early in the new half.
The cushion would prove important as WSU absorbed a 14-point run by the Wildcats before Hristova put an end to Arizona’s comeback hopes with a four-point spurt in the final seconds of the quarter to push the lead back to double-digits.
Arizona would never get back within 10 as WSU turned up the defensive pressure while spreading the ball on offense.
The Cougs would hold the Wildcats to just 10 points for the second time in the game as WSU ran down the clock while running away with the victory. Fittingly, six different Cougs would score in the final quarter as Louise Brown (13), Caila Hailey (13), Alexys Swedlund (11), and Chanelle Molina (10) all joined Hristova (17) in double-figure scoring.
Stat of the Game
The Cougs tied their season high with 21 assists on 30 made field goals while shooting 45.5% from the floor in the win. Chanelle Molina led the way with a career-best eight assist to go with her 10 points.