CouGals miss historic upset in OT

BOTH THE heights to which the Washington State women's basketball team has climbed, and the distance the CougGals still must scale to become a contender, were on nail biting display Sunday in Pullman. The Cougs took Stanford to overtime -- a feat unthinkable over the previous two decades -- before losing 86-76 and, in the process, dropping to 1-3 in this Pac-12 season.

The score was tied nine times and the lead changed hands six times but the Cougars led not only at halftime, 33-28, but much of the second half.

The No. 15-ranked Card -- who extended their series lead over the Cougs to a perfect 59-0 -- waged a late comeback and took a two-point advantage with 11 seconds left in regulation. But WSU's Lia Galdeira took the subsequent inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, sinking a runner off the glass to tie the game at 71. In overtime, the reigning -- and seemingly perennial -- Pac-12 champion Card went into overdrive and outscored the Cougs 15-5.

WSU, now 10-5 overall, outdistanced the Card in so many other key measures: points in the paint, points off turnovers, second-chance points, and fast-break points.

But two other measures proved telling. The Card shot 47.7 percent from the field to the Cougars' 37.7, and 77.8 percent from the free throw line to the Cougs' 69.6 percent.

Tia Presley and Galdeira led the way for the Cougs, scoring 23 and 18 points, respectively. Presley was 3 of 5 from downtown.

The Cougars' quest to join the top tier of the Pac-12 won't get any easier -- their next game is at No. 11 Oregon State (6 p.m. Friday, Pac-12 Networks).

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