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Charlisse Leger-Walker named to Drysdale Award watch list

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The magical time of the year where football and basketball cross over is nearly here... And that means it’s also basketball watch list season.

PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 28: Washington State guard Charlisse Leger-Walker (5) drives to the hoop during the second half of a Boeing Apple Cup Series matchup between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars on February 28, 2021, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

On Sunday, the WSU women’s basketball squad unofficially tipped off their season with a dominating exhibition win over Saint Martin’s in Beasley Coliseum. Sophomore star Charlisse Leger-Walker was one of four Cougar players to score in double-figures during the 89-38 victory. WSU fans are expecting big things this season from the youngest of the Leger-Walker duo. And they’re not the only ones that have set high expectations for her this year.

On Tuesday, Charlisse Leger-Walker was named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list by the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The award is given out each season to the best shooting guard in the nation.

Of course, you probably know by now what Charlisse Leger-Walker was able to accomplish last season. She was named Pac-12 freshman of the week seven times and ended the season by averaging a program freshman record 18.8 points per game. In the end, she was one of the biggest keys to helping the WSU program end a three decade long NCAA Tournament drought with a trip to San Antonio last spring.

The reigning Pac-12 freshman of the year is one of 20 players nationally to make the watch list, but she has some stiff competition right here on the west coast. Four other Pac-12 players were also named to the watch list on Tuesday, including Spokane native Lexie Hull from Stanford and Charisma Osborne out of UCLA.

The winner of the 2022 Drysdale Award will be announced at the College Basketball Awards Show this April, along with the other major award winners.

But, before that, Leger-Walker has a full season to prove that she deserves the honor. She and the rest of the WSU squad will hold one final exhibition on November 5 in Pullman against Northwest Nazarene. Just a couple of days later, WSU will host San Jose State on November 9th in Pullman to officially tip off the regular season.

Leger-Walker Named to Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list - Washington State University Athletics
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Washington State women's basketball's standout sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker finds her name among the best shooting guards in the nation,

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