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California Golden Bears hand Washington State women's basketball its third straight loss

Feb. 10—PULLMAN — The Cal Golden Bears earned their first sweep of Washington State since the 2018-19 season as the Cougar women's basketball team continues to try to find its way without injured star Charlisse Leger-Walker.

Cal (14-10, 4-8 Pac-12) defeated WSU 66-59 on Friday at Beasley Coliseum, handing the Cougars (15-9, 4-7) their fourth loss in their last five games.

"They're a solid team; they have a lot of players who can shoot the 3," WSU coach Kamie Ethridge said. "They just made us pay and we didn't have enough answers."

WSU freshman guard Eleonora Villa had 17 points to lead all scorers, but the Cougs got most of their scoring from just four players.

Bella Murekatete (11 points), Beyonce Bea (10 points, six rebounds) and Tara Wallack (10 points) joined Villa in double figures. Murekatete added four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals, while Bea had four assists and a block.

"I think we finally got her in some spots where she could be effective," Ethridge said of Bea. "I thought every shot she took was a quality shot."

The Bears garnered 15 points and 10 rebounds from Ugonne Onyiah. McKayla Williams added 14 points.

A swingy game early, Cal burst out to a 7-0 lead to start the game before WSU punched back to take a 14-10 lead on an Alex Covill layup to end the quarter.

The second quarter swung back to the Bears, who led 33-23 at intermission after the two squads traded 3-pointers in the half's final 37 seconds.

Back-to-back buckets from Villa and Bea early in the third quarter helped the Cougs draw back to within six, 35-29. But Cal answered with five straight and extended its lead to 40-29 as time ticked under five in the third.

The Bears bumped their advantage to as many as 18 points in the fourth before the Cougars trimmed it to single digits down the stretch.

Cal shot 9-of-18 (50%) from beyond the arc compared to just 2-of-10 for WSU.

WSU's point total was its third-fewest in a conference loss this season.

Next up, WSU hosts No. 6 Stanford at 1 p.m. Sunday to end a four-game homestand.

"I felt like they just guarded us better," Ethridge said. "They just guarded us 1-on-1 and nothing that we did created an advantage for us on the offensive end."

CALIFORNIA (14-10, 4-8)

Suarez 0-8 0-0 0, Onyiah 6-8 3-6 15, Martin 3-4 0-0 7, Krimili 4-8 0-0 11, McIntosh 2-6 2-2 7, Langarita 0-3 0-0 0, Lane 5-7 2-2 12, Laditan-Twidale 0-2 0-0 0, Mastrov 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 5-9 0-0 14.Totals 25-56 7-10 66.

WASHINGTON ST. (15-9, 4-7)

Murekatete 3-10 5-6 11, Bea 5-9 0-0 10, E. Villa 8-15 1-4 17, Tuhina 0-5 0-0 0, Wallack 3-7 3-6 10, Covill 2-4 0-0 4, Clarke 0-1 0-0 0, J. Villa 3-5 0-0 7, Gardner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 9-16 59.

California 10 23 19 14—66

Washington State 14 9 15 21—59

3-Point Goals — California 9-18 (Suarez 0-3, Martin 1-2, Krimili 3-4, McIntosh 1-2, Laditan-Twidale 0-2, Williams 4-5), Washinton St. 2-10 (E. Villa 0-3, Tuhina 0-1, Wallack 1-2, J. Villa 1-3, Gardner 0-1). Assists — California 16 (McIntosh 5), Washington St. 13 (Bea). Rebounds — California 37 (Onyiah 10), Washington St. 32 (Bea 6). Total Fouls — California 12, Washington St. 11. Fouled Out — None. Technical Fouls — None. Attendance — 1,023.