NEW: Cougs banged up in tournament ouster

WASHINGTON STATE started ice cold against No. 9 Arizona State in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, missing their first nine shots. Still, the Cougs’ defense kept them in it and they only trailed 19-16 at the break. But with their two stars temporarily leaving the game with injuries and grimacing the rest of the way, ASU put it away in the second half and the Cougs fell 67-48.

Lia Galdeira was injured in the first five minutes after an ASU player fell into her leg. She returned after being heavily taped up a few minutes later. Tia Presley was lost early in the second half to what appeared a badly rolled ankle but also returned.

But neither Galdeira nor Presley, both in obvious pain at the time of their injuries, were at full strength the rest of the game and the Cougs had few answers against a suffocating ASU defense. Making matters worse, Washington State left a lot of points at the foul line when the game was still close. The Cougs were shooting only 40 percent (9-22) from the charity tripe at one point late in the second half.

ASU methodically pulled away after the break, opening up a 42-27 lead at the 12:16 mark. Presley finished the game with 16 points, Galdeira had 12. No other Cougar scored more than six points (Louise Brown, Mariah Cooks).

Washington State cut it to nine at one point but could get no closer. We’ll be back with complete coverage a little later this afternoon.

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