The road trip to play Washington and Washington State is always a tough one. Last season, it was especially difficult for the Arizona Wildcats.
A furious snow storm forced the coaches to make the call. Would the game be played or would it be cancelled? Arizona State made the decision to cancel their game against Washington. Feeling that they needed the game, Arizona opted to head to Pullman, but arrived very late.
The Cougars were ready and waiting. Borislava Hristova went off for 37 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Chanelle Molina tossed in 28 points, nine assists, three rebounds and a block. Alexys Swedlund threw in another 12 points, and the Cougs won 90-88.
“Last year, they kind of crushed us on back screens,” sophomore post Cate Reese said. “I think we’re a little bit more experienced this year, so I don’t think that will be as big of an issue for us....So it’s just important that we focus on the goals that we want to achieve. And we have to win the games to be able to get those goals so we just have to work hard and be disciplined.”
What will still be an issue for the Wildcats is the combination of Hristova and Molina. Both are back this year for WSU. “Bobi Buckets,” as Hristova is known, became the all-time leading scorer for the Cougars on Jan. 5. She’s leading the team with 19.2 points per game.
Molina won Pac-12 Player of the Week on Jan. 6 after having a big weekend in the Bay Area. She averages 16.2 ppg and shoots 42.4 percent from the 3-point line. Molina also averages 4.3 assists per game.
Arizona-Washington State game details:
Date: Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
Time: 8 p.m. MST
Location: Beasely Coliseum, Pullman, Wash.
Rankings and ratings: Arizona is ranked No. 21 by the AP and No. 22 in the USA Today/WBCA poll.
Analytics site Her Hoop Stats rates the Cougars No. 66 and the Wildcats No. 16 overall. The Cougars are rated the No. 48 offense and the No. 93 defense. The Wildcats are the No. 39 offense and the No. 6 defense.
Which channel is Arizona-Washington State on?
The game will only be aired on Pac-12 Washington.
How can I stream Arizona-Washington State?
The stream will be available on Pac-12.com, but only if you already subscribe to the Pac-12 Network.
How can I listen to the radio call of Arizona-Washington State?
The call by Derrick Palmer is available on the Arizona IMG Sports Network. On the radio, you can tune into KTUC 1400 AM. You can also listen via Tunein.com or the Tunein app on your mobile device.
How can I follow Arizona-Washington State?
You can follow us on Twitter @AZDesertSwarm. You can also follow our editor @RKelapire and our reporter @KimDoss71 for coverage of Arizona women’s basketball on game day and every other day of the week.