Daugherty pulls no punches after blowout loss

PULLMAN -- Washington State head coach June Daugherty cut straight to the chase after her Cougar women's team -- just 42 hours after a convincing win over Washington in Seattle -- was routed in humiliating fashion by those same Huskies in Pullman on Sunday.

"We only had four assists, we weren't moving and cutting, we weren't finding teammates. We were flat defensively. There wasn't a lot of talk or communication out there. For whatever reason, we were really stagnant," Daugherty said after the 83-43 loss.

The setback dropped the Cougars to 15-12 overall and 6-10 in conference play, while the Huskies improved to 20-8/9-7.

"I just think the energy was a lot different (than Friday)," said Cougar junior forward Mariah Cooks (pictured above) in an understatement of seismic proportion. "I feel like we didn't come in with that mental edge that we came in with in the first game. That hurt us apparently tonight."

Cooks led WSU with 9 points but her 1-for-6 accuracy from the field was indicative of the Cougars' overall woes on offense -- they shot 23.7 percent from the field, including a calamitous 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from downtown. The misfiring also extended to the free throw, where the Cougars managed 60 percent on 20 attempts.

The Cougars' two offensive dynamos, Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley, combined to shoot 5 of 23 from the field (0 for 8 from the arc) for a total of 15 points.

"A lot of what we do takes a lot of energy and a lot of will to make sure you continue to cut to open up lanes for the next teammate," Daugherty said. "When we do that, we're a pretty basketball team. When we don't, we get a result like tonight."

Defensively, the Cougars were not on their game either. They surrendered more than 40 points in each half. The Huskies shot 50 percent -- 11 of 22 -- from beyond the arc, and went on a 20-0 run late in the game.

Points in the paint offered another telling clue to the afternoon. The Huskies scored 30 to the Cougars' 14.

"It's hard to get in our press if we're not scoring, and we weren't scoring. We turned them over a lot in Seattle with our pressure, but it comes off of makes most of the time," Daugherty said. "A credit to them, they did a much better job against the press ...They attacked it differently than the first time that we played them there. That's coaching, making adjustments, and that's a good job by Washington."

Daugherty stressed that the game plan did not change from Friday. She said the Cougars simply didn't execute like they did Friday.

Kelsey Plum, the Pac-12's leading scorer, and Talia Walton each scored 22 to lead the Huskies.

NEXT UP: The Cougars will close out the regular season by hosting UCLA on Thursday at 7 p.m. and USC on Saturday at 3 p.m. The USC game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12 Tournament runs March 5-8 in Seattle.

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