Washington State came up slightly short in its bid for a home sweep of the nationally ranked Pac-12 Los Angeles schools in women’s basketball. No. 17 UCLA held on to beat the Cougars 75-73 on Sunday in Pullman.

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PULLMAN – Washington State came up slightly short in its bid for a home sweep of the nationally ranked Pac-12 Los Angeles schools.

No. 17 UCLA held on to beat the Cougars 75-73 in women’s basketball Sunday. WSU defeated 25th-ranked USC 73-61 on Friday.

Borislava Hristova, who led the Cougars with 19 points, had two chances to tie the score in the closing seconds. The freshman missed a contested floater in the lane, but the ball went out of bounds off a UCLA player with 3.1 seconds left, giving WSU another chance. Hristova came off a screen and her 16-foot jumper fell off the rim as time expired.

“I’m proud of our players,” Cougars coach June Daugherty said. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t get the tie to go to overtime. I love the look that we got.

“Mariah Cooks set a great screen for Borislava, who had a good, clean look. She has the guts to take it as a freshman and it didn’t go.”

Monique Billings scored 19 points and Jordin Canada added 16 for the Bruins (12-5 overall, 4-2 Pac-12).

WSU (12-6, 3-4) was outscored 18-6 from the free-throw line by UCLA. The Cougars shot 43.5 percent from the field, compared with 38.8 percent for the Bruins, and outrebounded UCLA 48-38.

“UCLA is a very talented, good team,” Daugherty said. “I think we need to be proud of ourselves and understand that we, too, are very talented. When we play hard and take care of the basketball, we can beat anybody in the country. That’s what we take out of this game.”