Cougar women's basketball, baseball lose

WSU Athletic Communications

WSU's weekend got off to a rough start with a pair of losses on Friday.

Washington State's women's basketball and baseball teams must not have had clear eyes and full hearts on Friday, because both lost.

The women's basketball team got off to a solid start, jumping out to a 18-10 lead. Unfortunately, it didn't last long. Oregon State stormed back with a 17-1 run to take a 27-19 lead. The Cougars never regained the lead. The loss could prove to be a crushing one for whatever NCAA Tournament chances the Cougars had. Oregon State is also on the bubble, and the Beavers just stamped their resume as better than WSU's. It likely would have been even if WSU had won, but the Cougars would have narrowed the gap.

Home field wasn't very kind to the baseball team either. After a somewhat disappointing 1-3 start to the season, the Cougars got thumped 13-1 by Western Carolina on Friday.

"We were not competitive tonight," Donnie Marbut said after the game, via WSUCougars.com. "At some point pride has to set in so this does not happen again."

That is not a very reassuring quote five games into the season. We'll see if things go any better on Saturday in Game 2 of the series. It can't go much worse.

Women's basketball:

Washington State women lose at home to Oregon State | Cougars | The Seattle Times
Ruth Hamblin collected 15 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, pacing the Oregon State women past Washington State 67-53 Friday night.

Oregon State women pound Washington State, 67-53 | OregonLive.com
The game may have been on the road, but the result was the same for the red-hot Oregon State women’s basketball team, as the Beavers cruised by the host Washington State Cougars, 67-53, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman on Friday night.

Cougars Drop Pac-12 Contest to Oregon State - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State suffered a 67-53 defeat to visiting Oregon State University at Beasley Coliseum Friday.

Baseball:

Cougar Baseball Drops Home Opener - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Jeremy Null pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Western Carolina beat Washington State 13-1, Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Football:

Cougar Logo Placed on Football Operations Building - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Friday's sunrise (the above webcam image at 6:47 a.m.) revealed a new feature to the outside of the Football Operations Building, the iconic Cougar Head logo.

Ted Miller takes down Bret Bielema:

This isn't really related to WSU, but Ted Miller's post on Bret Bielema's comments about Ted Agu are absolutely worth a read.

Pac-12 mailbag: answering Bret Bielema's rules complaints - ESPN
Well, coach, get your fat guys in shape or make other schematic adjustments. Hey, how about forcing a three-and-out? That would help, wouldn't it? Your players won't get tired if they make third-down stops. Ask Stanford. The Cardinal defenders looked fresh, happy and healthy after they dismantled Oregon's up-tempo offense for a second consecutive season in November. You know: Coach.

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