Huskies Cool Down In Second Half, Fall 61-52 In Boeing Apple Cup Series
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington held an eight-point halftime lead at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman on Sunday, but Washington State's defense came alive in the second half, holding the Huskies to 17 points over the final 20 minutes, lifting the Cougars to a 61-52 win in the Boeing Apple Cup Series.
Johanna Teder hit five three-point buckets and tallied a game-high 23 points to lead the Cougars (11-10, 9-10 Pac-12) to their first series sweep over UW since 2014.
Washington led 35-27 at halftime but scored only nine points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth.
The Huskies (6-13, 3-13) led by as much as 11 points, 42-31, with 8:09 left in the third quarter, but a seven-minute scoring drought curtailed all the momentum they had. While the Huskies struggled offensively, the Cougars would go on a 14-0 scoring run before Tameiya Sadler hit a lay in that made the score 45-44 in WSU's favor heading to the final 10 minutes.
The Cougars extended their scoring run to 21-2 into the fourth quarter before Alexis Griggsby converted on a lay in to momentarily stop the bleeding. Darcy Rees hit a three-pointer with 4:42 remaining that cut the Cougars lead to two, 54-52, but the Huskies would go the final 4:42 without scoring a point.
The game started rough for the Huskies, but they were able to quickly right the ship and eventually took over in the first half. Washington fell behind 6-0, forcing a quick timeout from Coach Jody Wynn, but from there, the Huskies went to work.
By the end of the first quarter, the Huskies got the game to within two points, 16-14. They would follow up by shooting 64.5% in the second quarter to help them take over all momentum. The Huskies outscored the Cougars, 21-11, which gave them an eight-point advantage at halftime.
Haley Van Dyke and Rees each had 11 points at the break, punctuated by Rees burying a corner three-pointer to close out the half.
The Huskies' swarming defense played a big part in their first-half resurgence, as they forced the Cougars into committing 10 turnovers and held freshman sensation Charlisse Ledger-Walker to two points.
The second half was a different story. Ledger-Walker and Tudor each scored 11 points over the final 20 minutes and Bella Murekatete had eight. Washington committed 11 of their 17 turnovers in the second half and the Cougars limited them to 7 of 23 (.304) from the field.
Rees led UW with 14 points, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Van Dyke was held scoreless in the second half and settled for 11 points. Quay Miller was the only other Husky to reach double figures, ending the game with 10 points.
The Huskies will return to action Wednesday at the Pac-12 Tournament present by New York Life. They will be the No. 11 seed in the tournament.