WSU women’s hoops leads Oregon 44-43 at the half

The Washington State women’s basketball team is looking to pick up its 15th win of the season, and clinch the program’s first .500 regular season finish in 19-years. Washington State has used a slight rebounding advantage, and an aggressive defensive approach to take a lead over the visiting Ducks.

The first half was marked by chippy play down in the post, as Shalie Dheensaw and Megan Carpenter got into it under the hoop during a rebound. Carpenter was called for a personal foul, but Dheensaw was called for a technical foul — a perfect example of the second one always gets caught. Fortunately for the Cougs, Carpenter only hit the second free throw; while Dheensaw hit both of hers.

Washington State actually had an eight point lead at one point. But Oregon head coach Paul Westhead called a timeout and made a defensive adjustment that had his players putting more pressure on the Cougar ball handlers. This resulted in the Ducks getting called with more fouls, and more turnovers. The Ducks managed to, not only take the lead, but build a four point lead.

The Cougs came back and took the lead thanks to some aggressive play from Mariah Cooks, and hold a 44-43 advantage at the half as a result.

Currently, Oregon’s Katelyn Loper leads all scorers with 12 points. After her its Cooks and Tia Presley with 10 points each.

 

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