Wildcats lose to WSU 69-55 for fifth straight defeat

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

Borislava Hristova scored 37 points, Chanelle Molina added 28 and blocked a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer and Washington State ended a seven-game losing streak with a 90-88 win over Arizona on Saturday.

Not sure if Arizona State unlocked some great mystery or exposed the Huskies in a way that'll make them vulnerable to future opponents.

Arizona fell to Washington State 69-55 Saturday night and the Wildcats have now dropped five consecutive games for the first time since the 1983-84 season, which was Lute Olson's first year at UA.

Washington basketball is undefeated now on the season after beating Arizona on Thursday, 67-60. Washington State is 1-5 ATS in their last six overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Pac-12.

The Wildcats again were without freshman guard Brandon Williams with an ankle injury.

In the win over the Sun Devils, Cougars forward Robert Franks put up 34 points with 13 rebounds and two assists.

The Washington Huskies men's basketball team may not be dealing with a winter storm on their road trip in Arizona, but they still didn't have a good night. The Wildcats (15-8, 5-7) answered with a 10-2 run and the game remained tight to the end. They played with more energy and were better at both ends of the floor against the first-place Huskies, building an 18-point lead before holding off a late Washington charge.

The Wildcats shot 27 percent (9 of 33) in the first half, trailing 33-21 at the break.

Franks almost outscored Arizona in the first half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Randolph had two points on 1 of 6 shooting from the field.

Matisse Thybulle was 1 of 6 shooting for three points.

Franks should be a safe bet for Pac-12 player of the week and Washington State is nobody's pushover if the Cougars can match these types of performances, beginning with a home game next week against Pac-12 leader Washington.

Heeke, speaking to reporters at halftime, wouldn't talk about the Phelps case or any other issues related to a possible NCAA investigation. "We're supporting, as I have said before, we support coach Miller. Those things that have been said to the contrary to that are not true".

The four-game lead in the conference Washington held going into Saturday was the biggest lead any conference leader held in any conference in the entire nation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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