Despite an attempted comeback late in the second half, the WSU women’s basketball team lost against the USC Trojans on Senior Night. The final score of the game was 65-54 USC.
According to the game statistics, the teams were almost even in their field goal and free throw percentages. WSU held a 33.9 field goal percentage for the game and USC held a 35.1 field goal percentage. WSU held a 63.2 free throw percentage for the game and USC held a 61.8 free throw percentage.
The difference maker was USC made 21 of their 34 game free throws attempts, while Washington State made 12 of their 19 free throw attempts.
“I just want to congratulate our seniors, I thought that each and every one of them played hard,” Head Coach June Daugherty said.
Going into the first half, USC scored first with a layup and 20 seconds later senior guard and forward Rosie Tarnowski responded with a three point shot for the Cougars.
Next the Trojans headed to the free throw line, where they used their success their to spark a 15-6 run against WSU.
At 10:41 remaining in the first half, a three point shot made by sophomore guard and forward Brandi Thomas ended the USC run. However, the Trojans followed by scoring two free throw attempts and a layup.
A foul by USC at 7:12 brought the Cougars to the free throw line where Tarnowksi made both attempts. Her success started a 6-0 run for WSU that cut the Trojan’s lead to two points with 5:53 remaining in the first half.
The Cougars traded baskets with the Trojans over the final minutes before sophomore forward and center Hana Potter scored a jumper at 0:18 to send WSU into halftime down by three and the scoreboard showing 32-29 USC.
“I felt going into the locker room at halftime that we were in really good shape,” Daugherty said.
Coming into the second half, USC scored first with a three point shot and the Cougars responded less than a minute later with a three point shot made by Tarnowski.
After another three point shot from the USC, WSU became determined to take the lead. By 17:04 the Cougars brought the Trojan lead down to just two points. However, a foul allowed USC to widen the gap to four points with two successful free throws.
Following a jumper made by Thomas, the Trojans built up a 13-0 run during the next four and a half minutes to create a 15 point lead with 9:16 left in play.
The Cougar women were not going to allow USC to maintain the large scoreboard gap. Starting with a free throw shot made by senior guard Rosetta Adzasu, WSU put together a 13-4 run that at 4:51 had cut the Trojan lead to just six points.
The final minutes of play featured only a jumper made by Thomas for WSU and USC scoring all their points from the free throw line.
“Where the game probably turned, besides our lack of free throw execution and the turnovers, was Ashley Corral (USC),” Daugherty said. “Obviously she had a career night against us, I think it’s been a long time since she’s played that well against Washington State. She was on fire and unfortunately we didn’t have many answers for her.”
WSU will be traveling to Los Angeles this week to face Oregon State University in the PAC 12 tournament.