PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State suffered a 67-53 defeat to visiting Oregon State University at Beasley Coliseum Friday.
The Cougars dropped to 14-13 overall and 8-7 in Pac-12 play after being held to 29 percent shooting from the field including 18 percent in the second half. Oregon State improved to 18-9 overall and 10-5 in conference after knocking down 46 percent of its shots and posting a 48-32 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira scored a team-high 18 points and sophomore guard Dawnyelle Awa added nine points. Senior forward Sage Romberg scored four points and now sits 38 points away from the 1,000-career point milestone. Senior forward Hana Potter recorded six points and seven rebounds while junior guard Tia Presley and sophomore forward Mariah Cooks each added seven points.
Washington State used a 14-2 run to build and early 18-10 lead. Awa got things going with a three, Galdeira followed with driving layup as she was fouled, she hit the free throw and sophomore guard Taylor Edmondson added a jumper before Galdeira knocked down a pair of threes, capping the run by rattling one home from the left wing.
Oregon State answered with a big run of its own, outscoring the Cougars 17-1 over the next five minutes to take an eight-point advantage, 27-19 at the 6:59 mark.
The Cougars slowly began to chip away late in the half as Galdeira hit a jumper, Awa followed with a driving layup and free throw after she was fouled on the basket before Cooks capped a 6-0 streak with beautiful shot-fake and drive to the basket for a layin. Cooks later connected on a three from the left wing before Galdeira closed the half by driving through two OSU defenders and sinking a runner in the lane just before the buzzer.
Galdeira led all scorers with 15 first half points while Oregon State shot over 56 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes to take a 37-33 lead into the break.
WSU struggled to get a shot to fall in the opening minutes of the second half, missing its first nine shots before Galdeira beat the shot clock with a nice up-an-under layup. Oregon State continued to take advantage of its size advantage in the low post, using an 11-2 run to open up a double-digit lead.
The Cougars mounted a couple short scoring runs but struggled to get shots to fall in the second half and could not get any closer as Oregon State held on for the 67-53 victory.
Washington State will wrap up its regular season home slate Sunday at 1 p.m. against the University of Oregon. Prior to the game, the Cougars will recognize seniors Hana Potter, Sage Romberg and Brandi Thomas along with senior student-manager Randyn Stutesman.