The hot start for June Daugherty the the Cougars was slowed a bit Tuesday night in their Pac-12 opener.
Washington State fell to Washington 79-64 thanks to another stellar performance from the nation's leading scorer, Husky junior Kelsey Plum. She entered the game averaging 27.6 points per game (more than 3 more than the person in 2nd) and it will be even higher after the game after a 33 point performance.
The Cougars were able to hang close in the early going, but sloppy play allowed UW to run away with the game, turning the ball over 21 times. Senior Mariah Cooks led the way for WSU, putting up a career high 20 points, while freshman Borislava Hristova added 15 points and 4 boards.
"It was a disappointing night, but something that we will learn a lot from," Daugherty said in the official team release. "We’ll have to make a quick adjustment and get things turned around as we head to Utah."
The Cougs will make that trip to the Mountain schools, starting with the Utes on Saturday and wrapping up with a trip to Boulder next Monday.
Cougars Drop Conference Opener to Huskies - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
"It was a disappointing night, but something that we will learn a lot from," Daugherty said. "We’ll have to make a quick adjustment and get things turned around as we head to Utah."
USC Begins Pac-12 Play At Washington State on Jan. 1 - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
The USC Trojans (10-2) will play at the Washington State Cougars (8-4) in Pullman, Wash. on Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Washington with JB Long and Dan Dickau calling the action.
Washington State has locked up its defensive coordinator, defensive-line coach and head coach for several more years after the Cougars’ surprisingly successful 2015 campaign.
WSU Head Football Coach Mike Leach is under contract through the 2020 season.
Washington State announced it has extended Mike Leach's contract through the 2020 season after the Pac-12 co-Coach of the Year guided the Cougars to a 9-4 campaign and Hyundai Sun Bowl victory.
Washington State University announced Tuesday that Mike Leach have agreed extend his agreement an additional year through the 2020 season.