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

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.


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.


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 |
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.