Hristova becomes WSU all-time leading scorer in win over Huskies

CJ Elleby and Isaac Bonton lead WSU to season sweep over UW
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CJ Elleby and Isaac Bonton lead WSU to season sweep over UW

 The old adage goes ‘it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish’ held true on Saturday afternoon for the Washington State University women’s basketball team, as the Cougars scored 29 points against the University of Washington in the fourth quarter to overcome a slow start against the Huskies, and collect a 66-59 come-from-behind victory.

Redshirt senior Borislava Hristova tallied a game-high 20 points in the win against the Huskies to become the first Washington State women’s basketball player to score over 2,000 points in her career. She now has 2,006 career points, as Hristova becomes the 23rd player in Pac-12 history to achieve the milestone on the women’s side.

The win over UW pulls the Cougars to an even .500 in Pac-12 Conference play at 2-2, while they are now 9-7 overall on the year. With the loss, Washington falls to 10-5 overall, and like the Cougs, hold a 2-2 mark in league play.

Washington State only led once over the first 33-plus minutes of play on Saturday, as the Huskies were attempting the season sweep in the Boeing Apple Cup Series. Washington opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point field goal to push its advantage to eight at 45-37, and that’s when the tables turned.

WSU allowed just one field goal over the next six minutes of play, as they went on an 18-2 run to flip to script and take an eight-point lead at 55-47 with 3:18 remaining in the game. The Cougs got hot from distance in the final frame, as the WSU run was aided by four 3-point field goals.

Washington State hit five of their seven 3-point field goals in the game in the fourth to help spark the 29-point frame. Senior Chanelle Molina connect on a trio of trifectas in the quarter, while Jovana Subasic and Johanna Muzet each came off the bench and knocked down a shot from deep in the final stanza.

The Cougars went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the 66-59 comeback victory.

With today’s 20-point effort, Bobi Buckets surpasses Isaac Fontaine’s (1994-97) men’s record of 2,003 points to become WSU’s all-time leading scorer on either the men’s or women’s side.

Molina followed Hristova with a 14-point effort, all of which came in the second half. Subasic rounded out a trio of double-digits scorers for the Cougars with 12 points off the bench. The duo of Molina and Subasic paced WSU on the boards with eight and seven caroms, respectively. Subasic and Muzet provided the punch off the pine for WSU on Saturday, as the duo combined for all 20 of the Cougars points of the bench.

Washington State heads back to Pullman to open a brief two-game homestand next week. The Cougars begin with No. 18-ranked Arizona on Friday, Jan. 17, followed by a matchup with Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 19. Both games at Beasley Coliseum will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network Washington.