Offensive struggles cost the Cougs against No. 9 Oregon State
PULLMAN, Wash. — Never finding their offensive rhythm throughout 40 minutes of play, Washington State (7-13, 2-7) struggled to score points against No. 9 Oregon State (17-3, 7-1) who finished off the season sweep of the Cougars with a 52-35 win at Beasley Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
From the outset the Cougars could not get their shots to fall, going long swaths of time with a lid on the rim. While WSU struggled to score, so too did the Beavers who managed to build just an eight-point lead at the break despite WSU scoring just 15 points in the opening half.
As the majority of the Cougars and Beavers came up empty on open looks, OSU’s Mikayla Pivec was the lone shooter to get into a rhythm early as the Beaver guard scored 13 of OSU’s 23 first half points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor.
While both teams picked up the play in the third quarter the fourth proved to be more of the same struggles for the Cougars and Beavers as WSu outscored OSU 7-5 over the first seven minutes of the final period before the Beavers netted the games final six points in the last two and a half minutes of play.
Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game
“I don’t think you can over analyze this game just like you can’t think too highly about playing well against Oregon. I think the thing with us is if we don’t learn how to fight through adversity, and that’s where we are, if I were to say the struggles of building a top program it’s hard to get tradition. Oregon State has that now. Those kids know how to win. When you build a program that wins a lot I think you create a mindset with players and a better competitiveness with players and we’re a doubting team. We’re a team that hasn’t won a lot and we don’t know how to sometimes. How do you get better at that? You face it. You face it every single day and you put yourself in those positions. I challenged them to say, ‘what did you do emotionally’ to get ready for Oregon and what did you do today because it wasn’t the same team.”