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Women’s basketball snaps 4-game losing streak with win against Utah

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PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 21: Washington State guard Charlisse Leger-Walker (5) takes a shot during the first half of a Pac 12 matchup between the Utah Utes and the Washington State Cougars on February 21, 2021, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

On February 5, the WSU women’s basketball team knocked off then No. 5 UCLA to secure the biggest win in program history. The fall from that high point has been tough with the Cougars losing four straight games since. That streak ended in a big way on Sunday with a 68-55 win against Utah.

After failing to claw back during the previous four losses, the Cougs got off to a much better start on Sunday. It took WSU just over 6 minutes to build a double digit lead, and the Cougs never looked back. They led 26-14 at the end of the first quarter and led by 15 points at halftime.

Unsurprisingly, the Cougars were led by freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker who scored 22 points. Bella Murekatete chipped in with 12 points while Johanna Teder also scored in double figures with 11 points. Krystal Leger-Walker finished with seven points and 11 assists.

The much-needed win not only snapped the losing streak, but also keeps the Cougs in the mix to make the NCAA Tournament. The Cougs now sit at 10-10 overall and 8-10 in Pac-12 play. The Cougs entered the week projected as a No. 9 seed by both ESPN and College Sports Madness. We will now wait and see how a split with Colorado and Utah impact that seeding.

The Cougars will wrap up their regular season on Sunday against Washington. WSU knocked off the Huskies 60-52 earlier this season.

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Women’s basketball:

Utah Drops Road Contest To Washington State After Poor First Quarter
The Utah women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a poor first quarter on the defensive end in their 68-55 loss to Washington State.

Washington State women beat Utah, snap losing streak at 4 | The Seattle Times
Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 22 points to lead the Washington State women’s basketball team to a 68-55 victory over Utah on Sunday.

Baseball:

The WSU baseball team kicked off their season this weekend and took three of four games against UC Davis.

WSU splits but gains series victory against UC Davis | Sports | lmtribune.com
Senior third baseman Jack Smith's two-strike, three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning Sunday helped the Washington State baseball team come away with a 5-3 victory against UC Davis in the resumption of a nonconference game that was suspended Saturday at Phil Swinney Field

Smith’s Ninth-Inning Homer Clinches Season-Opening Series - Washington State University Athletics
Washington State completed a comeback victory with Jack Smith's go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning and clinched the season-opening series against UC Davis Sunday afternoon.