WSU Women's Basketball Team Bounced from WNIT Final Four
The Washington State University women’s basketball team lost its chance to win a national postseason tournament last night (Wednesday). The Cougars saw their season end with a 69-61 loss to Georgia Tech in the semifinals of the Women’s NIT in Atlanta. NIT is short for National Invitation Tournament.
WSU had joined the Gonzaga men’s basketball team in making the Final Four of a national tournament this week. The Bulldog men play South Carolina on Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.
The Cougar women led by three at halftime and extended their lead to 11 points in the third quarter. But they went about 10 minutes without a point. During that time Georgia Tech scored 18 points and took the lead for good.
The loss ends a Cougar season that started and finished strong. In the middle the team struggled as several players sustained major injuries. Coach June Daugherty says she’s proud that her team didn’t quit.
“At times the basketball game wasn’t real kind to us but somehow, some way they continued to show a great degree of mental toughness and continued to fight and not become the victims of ‘oh woe is us. We’ve lost so many teammates. What are we doing to do? What are we going to do?’," Daugherty said. "Instead they said, ‘you know what? It’s time for me to step up. It’s my turn to help this team. It’s my turn to help this program.’ That’s been phenomenal. That’s the attitude you want. That’s a champion’s attitude.”
The Cougars finished the season with 16 wins and 20 losses. All but one of its players will return next season.