Women’s hoops: Cougs race by No. 25 USC

WASHINGTON STATE trailed by 13 points vs. No. 25 USC late in the first half on Friday night. But from that point on, the Cougs raced by the Trojans like they were standing still. And Wazzu didn't stop until it had a 73-61 win in hand over the ranked team.

First, the Cougs cut the deficit to seven before halftime. Then WSU (12-5, 3-3 Pac-12) outscored Southern Cal (14-3, 2-3) by a margin of 23-11 in the third period, including 15 unanswered to start the second half. WSU won the fourth period too, 19-12.

WSU freshman Borislava Hristova scored 21 points to lead the Cougars. Sophomore Louise Brown recorded her first-career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

Freshman Maria Kostourkova was the only other Cougar scoring in double figures. She had 10 points and eight rebounds.  But while sophomore Caila Hailey scored nine points, she pulled in a career-high seven rebounds, including a pair of offensive boards in the final two minutes that were key in  securing the Cougars’ fourth-straight win over USC.

The Cougars grabbed 17 offensive rebounds resulting in 23 second-chance points, and just won the rebounding battle, 39-38. For the 13th time this season, WSU’s bench players outscored an opponent’s (20-12).

Hristova broke the 20-point plateau for the seventh time this season, the most by any freshman in WSU school history. Kristal Stahl (1988-89) has held the record with six.

Washington State has a chance to make it a stellar weekend on Sunday, hosting No. 17/23 UCLA in Beasley on Sunday (noon, TV: Pac-12 Networks).

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