Washington State's women's basketball team and the baseball squad were in need of wins on Thursday. The baseball team is attempting to halt a rocky slide to open the year while the women's basketball team is still battling for a postseason berth. Both teams nearly came up with the wins they needed, only to fall short in overtime and extra innings.
The women's basketball team played a back-and-forth game with No. 18 Cal. WSU nearly had a chance to win it with 11 seconds left in regulation, but a review gave the ball back to Cal on a rebound. The Cougar defense held on the final possession, but Cal pulled away in overtime. Neil recapped the game in full detail last night.
For the baseball team, missed opportunities and costly errors once again hurt the Cougars. WSU and Cal State Northridge were tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when the Matadors came up with two runs. WSU rallied right back, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. WSU had an opportunity to do more damage with the bases loaded and one out, but Nick Tanielu and Yale Rosen -- the No. 3 and No. 4 hitters -- both struck out. CSN scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game. These two sentences from the WSUCougars.com recap about sums up the baseball season thus far:
The Cougars collected 11 hits, but stranded 12 runners and had five others tagged out on the bases. The Matadors had 11 hits and took advantage of five Washington State errors.
Cougars Push No. 18/18 California To Overtime, Fall 75-68 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State’s upset bid on the road against No. 18/18 University of California went into overtime before California held on for a 75-68 victory at Haas Pavilion Thursday.
Cougars Edged by Matadors - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Nick Murphy’s RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Cal State Northridge to a 3-2 victory over Washington State in nonconference baseball at Matador Field, Thursday.
Director of Athletics Bill Moos Podcast - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
In his latest podcast, Director of Athletics Bill Moos, pictured above speaking at the National Signing Day Party in Spokane, Feb. 5, discusses this weekend’s Cougar Athletics action and the Cougar Athletic Fund "Night With Cougar Football" events at Portland and Seattle.
Pac-12 offensive line spring breakdown - ESPN
Washington State: Offensive line is a questionable area for the Cougars this spring. They lost three starters, topped by center Elliott Bosch, the line's leader in 2013, and three top backups. Junior LT Gunnar Eklund and junior LG Joe Dahl are back. Sophomore Riley Sorenson is almost certain to win a starting job, likely at right guard, while Sam Flor and Carlos Freeman will battle at center, while Cody O'Connell, Cole Madison, Devonte McClain and Jacob Seydel are in the mix at the vacant tackle spot.
Where in the world is Que Johnson? - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 27, 2014
When the Cougars lost DaVonte Lacy with a rib injury freshman Que Johnson stepped up and took on the responsibility of Washington State's go-to scorer. He scored in double figures in eight of nine games and routinely led the team in scoring.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar has WSU coach Ken Bone’s back - Spokesman.com - Feb. 27, 2014
Though the Washington State basketball team has slogged through a disappointing year, the Cougars can still come away from the 2013-14 season with bragging rights, if not much else.