Missed chances down the stretch do in WSU
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — With a handful of chances to tie or take the lead in the final minutes, Washington State (9-18, 4-12) could not get the shots to fall when needed as Utah (20-8, 9-7) held on for a 75-67 win Sunday afternoon.
Down by as much as 12 late in the third quarter, the Cougars mounted a quick strike counter attack to claw their way back into the game. Led by Borislava Hristova , WSU would put together a 10-2 run in a two minute span that closed out the third and began the fourth.
The Cougars would add a 7-0 run minutes later that cut the Ute lead to just two points with 7:06 to play as Hristova and Chanelle Molina took over the game. With the game within reach the Cougars would have five different occasions to tie or take the lead but the ball would not cooperate.
After missing a free throw that would have knotted the game at 62 apiece, the Cougs would score just one more basket in the final 3:16 allowing the Utes to pull away for the win.
Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game
“I just thought Utah beat us in transition the number of times on a make or a miss they just hustled it up the floor and get a wide open three. We gave up three of them on offensive rebounds. Three threes on offensive rebounds in the first half. Kind of cleaned that up in the second but in early offense we just don’t run the floor hard enough. It’s not anything other than we have got to be better. We’ve got to be better at trans-D. It is the thing that I think beat us tonight. Again, I think 5-on-5 we did a good job on them, did some good things defensively. Transition they killed us and it was the difference in the game.”