Furious Rally Falls Just Short
PULLMAN, Wash. — A late fourth quarter rally came up just short Sunday afternoon in Beasley as Washington State women’s basketball (0-2) dropped a 70-64 decision to Saint Mary’s (2-0). Down by as much as 13 with just over six minutes to play, the Cougars would battle their way back into the game behind a 15-4 run that gave WSU a shot at the lead.
However, the comeback was not to be as senior Alexys Swedlund’s go-ahead three from the corner rimmed out with :31 seconds to play while a game-tying floater by junior Chanelle Molina with :13 seconds remaining fell to the same fate.
For the duo, the missed shot proved to be particularly rough as they had sparked the initial rally with three quick three-pointers that got the Cougars back within striking distance.
The first two of the run came from Swedlund who tied and then broke WSU’s all-time three-point record with her 161st and 162nd career triples. The Gaels would finish off the game from the line hitting four of their final six freebies.
The Cougars were forced to rally late against the Gaels after Saint Mary’s took control of the game in the third quarter with turning a four-point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage through commanding performance in the paint and on the board. During the 16-6 run, the Gaels posted 10 points in the paint against the Cougars, breaking up what had been a close game for the first 20 minutes of action.
When not hitting on the interior, the Gaels got a friendly roll off the iron and glass from deep hitting two of their five three-pointers early in the third quarter.
Quote of the Night
Head Coach Kamie Ethridge – “I just feel a little more encouraged after tonight, or today, after this game, this effort by our team. Obviously Saint Mary’s is a very disciplined team, well coached. They brought some problems for us. I just liked the way our team competed. I know we didn’t get the win, but I thought the improvement that we had from Monday night to tonight was unbelievably a lot and good. If we continue to put the pieces together I think we can be a good team.”