WSU women’s basketball won in their game against UC Riverside Sunday at Beasley Coliseum. The final score of the game was WSU 74, UCR 35.
“It’s exciting to see us, you know, really capitalize on our defense and get into our running game,” Head Coach June Daugherty said. “And just really getting all the kids in (to) play a lot of quality minutes which is so important in the pre-season.”
The key to success against UCR was the WSU defense with turnovers and rebounds, she said.
WSU began the evening with a 4-0 run in the starting three minutes of the first half. At 17:16, the Highlanders made a jump shot against the Cougars in their first attempt to tie up the score. However, WSU answered with a layup by redshirt sophomore guard and forward Sage Romberg 19 seconds later.
The Cougars then increased the scoreboard gap to 8-2 with a jumper by redshirt freshman guard Tia Presley at 16:18 remaining in the first half. UCR answered the WSU jumper with a layup almost a minute later, bringing the score to 8-4.
The Cougars began to widen the point gap with a 7-0 run sparked by a jumper made by redshirt sophomore forward and center Hana Potter at 12:48.
The WSU run ended with a free throw made by URC at 7:54. The Highlanders then began a 11-5 run of their own to close the scoreboard rift. At 3:05 remaining in the first half, the scoreboard depicted 20-15 WSU.
The Cougars came back with a layup by redshirt senior guard and forward Rosie Tarnowski and WSU finished last three minutes of the first half with a 3-0 run. At halftime the score was 23-15 WSU.
“We were pretty disappointed with how we played in the first half,” Tarnowski said.
The team needed to be strong on their post-ups in the first half, Daugherty said. WSU was allowing UCR’s defense to come through the passing lanes and get tip-passes. The team could have shared the basketball better and the spacing needed to better during the first half, she said.
“But the great news was at halftime they were able to adjust and they did a really, really good job with it,” Daugherty said.
UCR started the second half with a 3-0 run in the first minute and a half. WSU responded with a jumper by Romberg that brought the score to 25-18. The Cougars continued to widen the scoreboard rift with a three-point shot by redshirt sophomore guard Ireti Amojo.
However, the Highlanders attempted to close the point gap less than a minute later with a three point of their own that brought the score to 28-21 WSU.
At 17:54 remaining in the second half, the Cougars began a 23-0 run started by a jumper made by redshirt junior center Carly Noyes. The run lasted until 12:00 when a jumper made by UCR brought the score to 51-23 WSU. The Cougars quickly answered and in eight seconds scored a layup, courtesy of redshirt senior guard Rosetta Adzasu.
At 11:33 the Highlanders began an attempt to close the scoreboard gap with a jumper and a free throw shot that brought the score to 53-26 WSU.
The Cougars responded with a run of 12-0 that lasted until only 5:47 remained in the game. At which point the Highlanders scored a jumper.
Both teams went back and forth and scored nine points each in the last five minutes of the game. However, a rebound by Adzasu with 0:33 remaining sealed the Cougar victory.
“Offensively we pushed the ball really well,” Potter said. “And defensively we were just attacking them and we (were) really aggressive up the line and that’s where we got all those steals and it carried over to our offense.”