Washington State’s various zone configurations Sunday forced Nicholls State into 19 turnovers, and a mediocre 24 of 66 shooting from the floor. The result was a decisive 89-72 victory for WSU.
The fresh nets at Beasley got plenty of use Sunday, as WSU pumped in 17 3-pointers – on 27 attempts – connecting on 62 percent from beyond the arc. Exhibition games aren’t counted officially, but the Cougars fell one 3 short of the school’s single-game record of 18.
Slovenian freshman forward Aljaz Kunc scored 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting and Washington State cruised past New Hope Christian 138-63 in an exhibition game Sunday in Pullman.
In the past, Washington State hasn’t always had the size, the length and the athleticism to combat the Pac-12’s elite big men, but this season the Cougars should at least be 2-for-3 there.
Oregon was tabbed the favorite and UCLA was second in Pac-12 preseason media poll. WSU picked last for the fourth straight year.
Per the Pac-12 preseason poll, the great state of Washington doesn't have much to offer in the way of women's college basketball this season. The state of Oregon, on the other hand, could provide the winner of the 2018 Pac-12 title.
The Cougars will play eight true home games at Beasley Coliseum – including an exhibition –but 11 total in the state of Washington, with a road game against Seattle U at Key Arena on Nov. 14 and neutral-site games against Montana State at the Toyota Center in Kennewick on Dec. 9 and against Santa Clara at Spokane Arena on Dec. 29.
Marrion had previously served as the program’s coordinator of basketball operations for the last two seasons.
Washington State will play three consecutive road games in Pac-12 Conference play before returning to Beasley Coliseum, the Cougars learned Monday when the league released its 2019 pairings and site designations.
Former Washington State basketball players aren’t necessarily an abundant species in Europe, but now two of them will be playing for the same German Bundesliga team.
Drake, New Mexico State and San Diego will join the Cougars in Las Vegas for the final rounds of the tournament. All four teams are guaranteed four games and WSU will host the first two games of the event at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman before traveling to Vegas for the final two.
Former Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu will put on a familiar jersey this week at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.