HOT COUGAR ACTION: Morning After USC

Even a day later, the stats from yesterday are still just as ugly. If you remove Brock Motum, the two teams combined to shoot 29 percent overall and just 22 percent on 3-point attempts. Of the eight Cougars to play besides Motum, just two finished with more points than rebounds.

WSU remained in a shooting funk for the third straight game. During that time, the Cougars are 5-for-39 on 3-point attempts and 33-for-64 on free throw attempts. Maybe they are just wearing down near the end of the season, maybe it is just bad luck, but that is about as cold a shooting stretch as you will see. It's even worse when you consider WSU is not a bad 3-point or free throw shooting team. They have ranked in the top half of the Pac-12 in both categories all season, but lately, for whatever reason they are ice cold.

Washington State now moves onto the Pac-12 tournament where they will face Oregon State. WSU will look to pull off the rare feat of beating a team not once, not twice, but thrice. The game will take place at 12 p.m. on Wednesday which should lead to outstanding TV ratings. If WSU is able to pull of the 3-0 season sweep, they would play either California or Washington at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Here's the full Pac-12 tournament bracket.

Men's Basketball

Motum's 27 points leads Cougars past USC - Spokesman.com - March 3, 2012
Brock Motum scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half and Washington State withstood a late rally to beat Southern California 43-38 on Saturday.

The game that was: WSU 43, USC 38 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 3, 2012
FROM LOS ANGELES — Well, that wasn't pretty. But the Cougars got what they were after — a win, no matter how it came. We have our postgame review after the jump.

Postgame Notes - Washington State vs. USC - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Brock Motum finished with 27 points, reaching the 20-point plateau for the 10th time this season and the first since scoring 28 against Arizona Feb. 16.

Local News | Washington State edges USC 43-38 | Seattle Times Newspaper
Washington State's extended stay in Southern California figures to be far more enjoyable with a victory under its belt.

USC rally falls short as Trojans lose ninth in a row - latimes.com
USC's poor shooting and Washington State forward Brock Motum were largely responsible for Saturday's outcome at the Galen Center that extended USC's losing streak to nine games.

Baseball

Cougar Baseball Sees Winning Streak End at Five - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Northern Colorado collected 14 hits and knocked off Washington State 7-3 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.

Women's Basketball

WSU Falls To USC In Regular Season Finale, 65-54 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University dropped its regular season finale 65-54 to USC in Beasley Coliseum Saturday.

USC women defeat Washington State 65-54 - AP State Sports - The Sacramento Bee
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Ashley Corral scored 25 points and Christina Marinacci added 18 points Saturday to lead USC to a 65-54 win at Washington State.

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