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Women’s basketball off to hot start with victory in exhibition match

The regular season will tip off Monday, November 7th

PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 13: Washington State Women’s Basketball versus the USC Trojans at Beasley Coliseum - Washington State center Bella Murekatete (55) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Washington State women’s basketball hosted Westmont over the weekend in an exhibition matchup that saw the Cougs take a 64-40 victory over the Warriors. The exhibition match was the first and only for the Cougs this season and comes a little over a week before the regular season tips off.

Bella Murekatete led the team in scoring with 26 on her way to a double-double. She added 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal while going 11-15 from the field and 4-5 from the line. Tara Wallack was the only other Coug to score in double-digits as she put up 11 on a 4 for 10 night. She went 2-2 from the line and added in two rebounds, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Charlisse Leger-Walker led the team in minutes played with 36. She went 4-12 from the field while scoring 9 points and adding 8 rebounds and 6 assists on the night.

As a team, the Cougs shot 45% from the field and really struggled from deep as they managed to make just 2 of their 17 threes. They had 36 rebounds and 20 assists while tallying 9 steals on the night and just 5 turnovers.

Westmont, out of the Golden State Athletic Conference, finished last season 20-5 and ended their season with a Round of 16 loss in the NAIA championships.

The Cougs will begin regular season play on Monday, November 7th at home against Loyola Marymount at noon. They will then hit the road next Friday and will head to California to take on San Francisco at 1:00 pm.



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