Cougars hit 12 3s in 76-72 upset of No. 10 Huskers
June Daugherty knew she had a good 3-point shooting team. It
took until Saturday for her Washington State Cougars to really show
The Cougars made a season-high 12 shots from beyond the arc and
held off Nebraska twice after building big leads in a 76-72 upset
of the No. 10 Cornhuskers. It was the WSU program’s first win over
a Top 10 team.
”Honestly, not to be boastful, this is what I know this team
can do,” Daugherty said. ”We went to Europe in August and this is
what we were doing. We hadn’t found our rhythm from the 3-point
line, although we have some very good shooters. The key for us was
we were moving the basketball better tonight.”
The Cougars (4-4) made 9 of 17 3s in the first half, most
against Nebraska’s zone defense, while getting out to a 45-38 lead.
It was 58-40 early in the second after Lia Galdeira and Sage
Romberg combined for three more early in the second, and the
Cougars’ lead was 19 points with under 13 minutes.
”Right now we’re playing defense like we hope they miss as
opposed to let’s make them miss,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said.
”We knew that defensively that we had a lot of work to do, and I
thought they hit shots, but we’re just not able to take a lot of
things away from opponents right now.”
The Huskers (6-1) made it a one-point game late but couldn’t
finish the comeback against a WSU team picked to finish ninth in
”A lot of our girls had never played in an arena this loud, so
for us to keep our composure and poise when they came back on us
showed that we can hang with some of the top teams,” said Tia
Presley, who scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half.
Galdeira added 14 points and reserve Taylor Edmondson and
Dawnyelle Awa had 13 apiece for the Cougars.
Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 24 points but was 6 of 27
from the field. Emily Cady had 13 points, Hailie Sample added 11
and Rachel Theriot and Tear’a Laudermill 10 apiece.
”We weren’t efficient enough offensively to beat a team that’s
a good offensive team,” Yori said. ”We knew we would have to
score some in order to beat them. They go 12 for 25 from the
3-point line and we have the same shots and go 4 for 18. There you
Cady scored 10 points during a 16-0 spurt that got the Huskers
within 63-60 with 8 minutes to play, and it was a one-point game
after Laudermill’s left-handed scoop putback.
The Huskers were still within 71-69 after Hooper hit a
3-pointer, and three times in a row they had chances to tie or go
Presley made two free throws to make it a five-point game with
14 seconds left. Hooper hit a 3 to cut it to 74-72, but Shalie
Dheensaw made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to play for her only
points of the game.
”They’re a really good shooting team, and we knew that coming
in,” Hooper said. ”We just didn’t find them quick enough. When we
found them, unfortunately, they already had shot the shot and made
The Cougars, who came in shooting 28 percent on 3-pointers, made
six shots from beyond the arc in the first 10 minutes to open a
double-digit lead that grew to 15. Yori called a timeout, and after
that the Huskers went on a 16-0 surge that produced a brief lead.
But Brandi Thomas and Sage Romberg made 3s in the last 1:23, and
Washington State led 45-38 at half.
”We reminded them that it’s a game of runs and they’re a great
team ranked 10th in the country for a reason and undefeated,”
Daugherty said. ”We’re going to make our runs, too. That was the
same message the second half.”
The Cougars got first-half offense from an unlikely source in
Edmondson, who averaged 3.7 points and had made a total of three 3s
in seven games. She went 3 for 4 from long range in the first half
and scored 11 of her points the first 20 minutes.
”It’s no surprise to me. She comes off the bench right now but
she could start,” Daugherty said. ”Taylor knows that she’s a good
scorer and that she has the green light, and it was great to see
her in this atmosphere.”