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WSU Women’s hoops open their season, rivalry style

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 16 Women’s Washington State at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning, Coug fans! With the OG Apple Cup looking less and less likely, I’m here to update you that we still have an opportunity to watch our Washington State Cougars beat the University of Washington Huskies.

Women’s basketball landed in Seattle yesterday, hungry for the opportunity. Let’s discuss!

First up on our check list is how to watch the game- it’s airing on Pac 12 Washington! Today! At 4pm Pacific time.

This WSU team has a lot of sophomore and junior talent, which we like. Not to say senior Chanelle Molina won’t be seeing court time- her career at Washington State has brought her 360 field goals made, 309 of those being 3 pointers.

I expect to see Emma Nankervis on the court- she played in 26 games last season, 7 of which she started as a true freshman. She likes the rebounds, averaged a career high during their own Cal week last season!

However, a powerhouse we should definitely anticipate is Bella Murekatete- had 21 starts last season as a true freshman, and she led the team for highest field goal percentage at 51.3%. She’s consistent and dynamic. Put her on your radar.

While those are just some of the exciting players you can expect to see later today, I want to take a moment to address a discrepancy I found. ESPN has some incorrect heights and some missing players for this season, so if you want to do some research on your own, check out the 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster here.

Alright Coug fans, I hope I’ve successfully gotten you excited for some hoops today! Go support your Women’s Basketball team- airing on Pac 12 Washington. I also hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!

Links

Washington State mailbag: Digging into the Cougars' run-and-shoot offense after three games | SWX Right Now - Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
It's customary for the mailbag to fill up with a few more questions after a head-scratching loss than on the heels of a momentous win. That trend held true after Washington State's 38-13 defeat at USC on Sunday.

California defensive boss reprises role as anti-Coug | Sports | dnews.com
During a virtual news conference this week, California Bears defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon asked Cal beat reporters if they’d seen the meme that depicts two identical figures in Spiderman costumes

Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings: Preseason game preview, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online - oregonlive.com
The Blazers begin their four-game preseason schedule Friday night at home against Sacramento.

A Grip on Sports: WSU walks tightrope again but once more finds a way to get past Idaho | The Spokesman-Review
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was no way I was ever watching “Man on Wire.” Not just because I’m afraid of heights – deeply – but also because who wants to watch a person trying to stay upright while everyone below is scared to death they’re going to fall to certain doom? In unrelated news, Washington State men’s basketball.

WSU Esports Team Completes Pac-U Season Undefeated in Rocket League | Sports | bigcountrynewsconnection.com
PULLMAN - Washington State University’s official esports team closed out the Fall 2020 Pac-U season boasting an undefeated record in competitions featuring the video game Rocket League.