Cougars hit 12 3s in 76-72 upset of No. 10 Huskers



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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Tia Presley scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, and Washington State made a season-high 12 3-pointers in a 76-72 upset of No. 10 Nebraska on Saturday.

The Cougars (4-4), who beat a Top 10 team for the first time in their history, made 9 of 17 3s in the first half 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.

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 the Pac-12.

Galdeira added 14 points and 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.

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 ahead.

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.

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. Presley made one of her career-high five steals and passed to Awa for a fast-break layup to end a 9-0 run that put the Cougars up 29-14.

Nebraska coach Connie 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.

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.

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Eric Olson

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