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Cougs bring home North Shore Showcase title

The Cougs finished the weekend with a 1-1 record

PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 20: Washington State Cougars Women’s Basketball versus the University of Arizona Wildcats at Beasley Coliseum - Washington State guard Charlisse Leger-Walker (5) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Washington State women’s basketball concluded their trip to Hawaii on Monday with an afternoon matchup against Troy. Led by 22-points from Bella Murekatete, the Cougs downed the Trojans 87-72 to give them their fourth win of the season and the North Shore Showdown title.

All three teams that played in the showcase finished at 1-1 but due to the Cougs having a higher margin of victory, the trophy will be returning with them back to Pullman. Charlisse Leger-Walker was also named the MVP of the showcase and will be bringing home that hardware as well. Murekatete was named to the Showcase All-Star team after her two performances.

The Cougs jumped to a 54-37 lead at half before slowing down and letting the Trojans back into it. After being outscored 22-10 in the third quarter, the Cougs came back with a 23-point fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Murekatete finished with 22 points, 5 blocks, 3 assists and a game high 16 rebounds. Her points, blocks, and rebounds in this game all match career highs. Freshman Astera Tuhina scored a career high 14 points while adding 2 steals, and 2 assists.

Leger-Walker added 14 points, 6 assists, and 9 rebounds on Monday. She averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over the two games on her way to taking home the MVP award.

Tara Wallack (17 points) and Johanna Teder (12 points) also notched double-digit scoring marking the first time since February of 2019 that the Cougs had five players scoring in double-digits. As a team, they shot 40.3% from the field and hauled in 56 rebounds and had 7 blocks.

They will get the rest of the week off before hosting South Dakota State on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 pm in Beasley.



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