LINCOLN, Neb. – Washington State appears primed for the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball season.
Alexys Swedlund and Borislava Hristova scored 16 points apiece Friday and the Cougars (7-5) led wire-to-wire during a 73-61 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4) and their more than 4,400 fans.
The Cougars snapped Nebraska’s five-game winning streak and closed out their nonconference schedule with their sixth win in seven games. The exception was a Dec. 6 loss to Gonzaga.
WSU jumped ahead 6-0 and 13-4 and led 23-12 after the first quarter. The Cougars extended their lead to 20 points in the third quarter before Nebraska responded with an 11-0 run.
Swedlund’s 3-pointer midway through the third quarter stopped the Cornhuskers’ rally.
WSU’s Louise Brown added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the fifth double-double of her career and third in the last five games.
Hristova led the Cougars in scoring for the 10th time this season.
Nebraska’s Emily Wood scored a game-high 19 points, hitting 5 of 7 on 3-pointers.
WSU will begin Pac-12 play Friday at 10th-ranked Oregon.
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