Cougars Knock Off No. 20 Ohio State, 62-55
Dec. 15, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Lia Galdeira scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to help Washington State upset No. 20 Ohio State 62-55 Saturday.
Washington State's defense forced 21 Ohio State turnovers -- leading to 16 Cougars points -- and held the Buckeyes to 1-for-17 shooting from three-point range.
"Exciting day for Washington State, after a tough road trip and back-to-back losses, the girls responded and came out and played physical and aggressive," said Cougars coach June Daugherty, a former Washington Huskies coach. "Tonight we had some hustle plays that really mattered. I give all the credit to our defense."
Washington State (3-5) led 28-23 at halftime.
Ohio State came back to lead 36-32, but the Cougars' defense forced three straight turnovers. Taylor Edmondson's three-pointer put the Cougars ahead to stay at 40-37 before a crowd of 700.
The Cougars posted their first victory over a ranked team since 2001.
"We gave this team a lot of different looks on defense, which created turnovers, and they were just not comfortable with it," Daugherty said.
Daugherty was a standout player at Ohio State in the 1970s, when she was June Brewer.
Tayler Hill had 14 points for Ohio State (6-3), but missed all nine tries from behind the arc.
"Washington State pressured us defensively and none of our guards responded to the challenge. Top to bottom," Buckeyes coach Jim Foster said. "We needed to come out and play hard from the start and we didn't do that."
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