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Cougs fall to Arizona in Pac 12 Tournament quarterfinals

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PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 28: Washington State center Bella Murekatete (55) gets physical under the hoop during the first half of a Boeing Apple Cup Series matchup between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars on February 28, 2021, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Good morning, Coug fans. Welcome to my first recap! I wish I were telling a jollier tale for you folks at home.

As you know, our Washington State Cougars were hoping to make a more sustainable run at the Pac-12 Tournament, until Arizona of course. Let’s take a look at the game.

I’m gonna discuss the elephant in the room first. The turnovers. Oh boy, the turnovers. You saw some of our tweets, I’m assuming. The first half brought in 21 turnovers. The total game had 26 on our end. At certain points, we were able to get a handle on that- but ultimately we fell apart. We had 10 more total turnovers than Arizona, and the score reflects that nicely.

Charlisse Leger-Walker was 2/17 in field goals, which is a drastically different stat than we’ve come to expect from her. She did most of her work at the free throw line, hitting 7/10. She put up 12 points, most of which came from the free throw line.

Arizona’s Trinity Baptiste 17 points and 6 steals, which paired nicely with her 6 rebounds. Arizona in total was putting up a higher field goal percentage to us (their 41.9% compared to our 26.4%), and a higher 3-point percentage, just by a hair (their 25.0% vs our 23.8%). We did outshoot them in free throws, with a 77.3% instead of their 66.7%. So we have that!

The first two quarters of the game were pretty rough. Within the first 10 minutes Arizona had captured an 11 point lead over our 0 points on the board. The first quarter ended with a 5-13 score.

The second quarter gave us some opportunity to regain footing, briefly, although we still did not capture the lead. The half ended with a 21-29 score. There might have been hope!

As the third quarter developed, there was a pretty significant scoring drought for both teams (locked in a 21-31 Arizona lead), and for a brief moment, accompanied by a Johanna Tender three point jumper, it looked like we might have momentum. Spoiler, that was not the case. The fourth quarter also contained some scoreless droughts, but overall the Cougs couldn’t find their footing.

I do want to insert just a touch of optimism before I wish everyone a delightful weekend, and that optimism is the fact that we were in the Pac 12 Tournament. Now, our only choice is to throw our excitement into next season, where hopefully we can all gather, and the opportunities will be endless!

Have a great weekend, it’s still Go Cougs.


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