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Washington State women receive votes in first AP Poll of the year

The Cougars received 10 votes in the latest poll

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

In the first Associated Press poll of the season, the Washington State women’s basketball team received 10 votes. The 10 votes puts the Cougars 5 spots out of the top-25 after just one week of play. The Cougars found themselves in the top-25 last season for the first time in program history. That ranking did not last long however as they would go on to drop their next three following the ranking announcement.

The Cougars sit at 2-0 on the year after a season opening 86-56 win over San Jose State on Tuesday in which Charlisse Leger-Walker and Bella Murekatete each had 22-points and a combined 11 rebounds. In Friday’s 62-54 victory over Northern Arizona Leger-Walker matched her previous performance with another 22-points and four steals. Murekatete also added 13-points and 15 rebounds as well.

On top of receiving votes, the Cougars also announced the signing of Astera Tuhina out of Prishtina, Kosovo. Tuhina is the youngest player to ever suit up for Kosovo’s senior national team where she helped lead them to a bronze medal finish in the 2021 European Championship.

During the 2021 FIBA U-20 Women’s European Challengers event in North Macedonia she averaged 7.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.3 rebounds over her three games. She joins Krya Gardner, Lauren Glazier and Kaia Woods as the commits for this early signing period.

The Cougars will get back to the hardwood this weekend when they take the trip across the border to take on Idaho on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

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