Washington State beats Washington 82-80

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 12:59 am •  Published: January 8, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — One remarkable losing streak down, one to go for the Washington State women's basketball team.

The Cougars snapped an 18-year, 36-game losing streak against arch-rival Washington by edging the Huskies 82-80 Tuesday evening.

Lia Galdeira poured in 28 points for the Cougars, whose previous win against Washington was a 72-67 decision in Pullman on Feb. 25, 1995. The Cougars, 0-55 all-time against Stanford, hope to end that losing streak when the Cardinal visits WSU on Feb. 7.

As fans celebrated on the court with the Cougars, WSU coach June Daugherty — once fired at Washington — grabbed a court-side microphone and shouted, "That streak is over! It's time for a new streak!"

A third straight win pushed the Cougars (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12) into a first-place tie with USC. The Cougars have not had a winning season or finished higher than sixth in the conference since 1995-96.

The Huskies (8-6, 1-2) lost their second straight game despite a 27-point performance by Jazmine Davis. She scored 20 points in the second half, when the Huskies rallied to take brief leads after falling behind 42-32 at the half.

"The first half, I'd say we were just a little complacent," Davis said.

Daugherty, who was quickly hired by WSU after being fired by the Huskies in 2007 at the end of a successful 11-year run, has long played down the significance of the losing streak against Washington.

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