The Washington State women’s basketball team came up short against #8 Oregon on Monday afternoon after leading by nine early in the third quarter. The 69-65 loss is the Cougars first of the season and brings their record to 3-1. The Cougars are coming off their first win over a ranked opponent in four years after they took down Oregon State on Saturday.
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker led the team again with her third 20 point game of the young season. She added three rebounds, four assists, and a block to her stat-line. Ula Motuga and Jessica Clarke each finished with 11 points while Charlisse’s sister Krystal finished with 10 and led the team with six rebounds and five assists.
The Cougs entered halftime with a 37-32 lead over the Ducks, who currently own the nations longest winning streak. The Ducks would end up coming back and with 1:27 would take a 63-62 lead and then extend that to a 66-62 lead with just over :30 remaining. Krystal Leger-Walker would hit a three with :26 seconds remaining giving the Cougs hope. The Ducks answered back with a two of their own before a potential game winning three from Motuga bounced off the back of the rim with :06 seconds left in the game.
With their first loss out of the way, the Cougs will host Eastern Washington at noon today before taking the rest of the month off for the holidays. The Eagles have struggled this season and have just one win over the College of Idaho that came last week.
The Washington State women’s basketball team nearly brought the nation’s longest winning streak to an end against No. 8 Oregon Monday, Dec. 21.
Nyara Sabally had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Oregon hung on to beat Washington State 69-65 on Monday to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 26 games, dating to last season.
Washington State takes on Eastern Washington just a little less than 24-hours after tipping off against No. 7/8-ranked Oregon. The Cougars will be looking to get back onto the winning side of the scoreboard Tuesday morning, after the Ducks handed WSU its first loss of the season, 69-65, yesterday afternoon in Beasley Coliseum.
They’ve shot the ball at a higher clip, they’ve sustained their intensity on the defensive end and they’ve used their interior size to rebound the way they’re expected to as a Pac-12 basketball team playing against inferior opposition from conferences like the Southland, Big Sky and SWAC.
Efe Abogidi scored 16 points with 14 rebounds and a career-best four blocked shots as Washington State remained unbeaten, dispatching Prairie View A&M 90-62 Monday night.
It may have raised a few eyebrows among Washington State fans when the Cougars added a punter to their 2021 recruiting class during the early signing period last week.