With finals week looming on campus, all but a select few WSU teams hung it up for the month of December. Women's basketball and swimming are not among that group, however, and will continue to play through the last month of 2015.
The swim team was on the west side of the state over the weekend racing against Seattle U. The Cougs came away from the meet with a 181-80 win on Saturday over the Redhawks. It was a complete, thorough defeat of Seattle as WSU won 13 of the 14 races that were swam.
"It was a good day in Seattle, I was very pleased with our performance," WSU Head Coach Tom Jager said. "We swam well today and this will give us some confidence and momentum heading into the break and focus on finals."
Freshman Jasmine Margetts led the Cougs to their fourth straight win in dual meets. Margetts won three races and put her name in the WSU record books with the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 200-meter fly. The first-year stud has now collected eight wins this fall.
In the one race that the Cougs didn't win, the 100 breast, senior Frederikke Hall finished .08 seconds behind the winner. Cougs finished in second, third and fourth place in that race.
The swimmers will get the rest of 2015 off from competitions and return to action Jan. 22 against Oregon St. The Beavers travel to Gibb Pool for the meet.
The women's basketball team recovered well from its first loss of the season to win two games last week. The Cougs took down San Diego and Boise State on the road to push their record to 7-1.
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While San Diego and Boise State don't have the talent of the Pac-12 teams the Cougs will face in January, it was good for the team to get experience in true road environments. With that said, I'm sure the players are happy to be back in Pullman this week to host Gonzaga.
Freshman Borislava Hristova continues to be the undisputed offensive star of the team as she led the Cougs in scoring against the Broncos and Toreros. In the two games combined, Hristova scored 39 points while shooting slightly above 50 percent.
The games displayed how the Cougs are comfortable, or at least capable, of playing at different tempos. Against Boise St, the Cougs displayed their defense as they limited the Broncos to 52 points on 28 percent shooting from the field. Carelessness with the ball was a big them from that matchup, as the two teams combined for 42 turnovers.
Against the previously undefeated Toreros, the defense loosened a bit, but the offense picked up the slack. The Cougs committed half as many turnovers and shot the ball quite well from the field, making 54.2 percent of their shots.
The Cougs will host Gonzaga on Tuesday at Beasley Coliseum at 6 pm. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network with WSU alumnus Cindy Brunson on the call.