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Cougs Upset No. 21 Oregon State to Remain Undefeated

Dec 19, 2020

Pac-12 Recap | Boxscore

GAME HIGHLIGHTS | COACH ETHRIDGE PRESS CONFERENCE | TEDER PRESS CONFERENCE | PHOTO GALLERY

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State's historic start to the 2020-21 season continued on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Cougars collected their first win over a ranked-opponent in four seasons by knocking off No. 21 Oregon State, 61-55, in Beasley Coliseum.

The Cougs used a late 13-3 run over the final four-plus minutes of the game against the Beavers to post their first victory over a ranked-foe since the 2016-17 season. The game-clinching run was sparked by sophomore Johanna Teder, as the Tartu, Estonia native drilled four 3-point field goals in the final stanza to help WSU erase a late four-point deficit.

The win keeps Washington State's perfect record intact at 3-0, while they move to 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference action. For No. 21 Oregon State, they fall to an even 3-3 on the year and 1-3 in league play. The victory also marks the first Cougar win over Oregon State since the 2012-13 season, when WSU picked up a 51-49 win in Corvallis to complete the season-sweep of the Beavers.

Teder opened the decisive fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-point field goals to give WSU a slim 48-45 lead at the 8:11-mark. The Beavers punched back with seven-consecutive points of their own to retake a 52-48 lead heading into the game's final media timeout. Teder stayed hot out of the break, as she went on a personal 5-0 run to help Washington State reclaim a 53-52 advantage.

It would be a brief lead for the Cougs however, as OSU's Ellie Mack drilled a three-point field goal to take a 55-53 lead with 3:30 left to play. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker hit a jumper a step inside the lane to tie the game at 55-all with 2:17 remaining. Teder's fourth 3-point field goal of the quarter put the Cougs up for good at 58-55, as Washington State closed out the game on an 8-0 run to knock off the No. 21-ranked Beavers.

Teder scored 14 of her career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. The sharpshooter went 6-of-10 from behind the arc to lead a trio of double-digit scorers for the Cougs. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker followed Teder in the scoring ledger with 13 points against the Beavers, while sophomore Bella Murekatete chipped in 10 points in the victory.

Washington State's defense was suffocating all afternoon, as the Cougs forced Oregon State into 20 turnovers, which turned into 31 points for WSU. The Cougars collected a season-best 12 steals against OSU, as the New Zealand sister duo of Krystal Leger-Walker and Charlisse Leger-Walker paced Washington State with three steals each.

WSU used a strong offensive performance to build a 35-25 lead going into the locker room. The Cougs came out cold in the third quarter, as Oregon State scored the frame's first 10 points to erase WSU's double-digit advantage. Teder hit a 3-point field goal to end the drought and spark a 7-3 spurt that gave Washington State a five-point lead at 42-37. The Beavers ended the third quarter by scoring the frame's final six points to take a 43-42 lead into the fourth.

The smaller Cougs used their speed and quickness to outrebound an OSU team that featured seven players taller than 6-3, 40-35. Junior Ula Motuga led the way for WSU, by tying her career high in rebounds with eight caroms against the Beavers.

The last time Washington State knocked off a team ranked inside the Top-25 came back during the 2016-17 season, when the Cougars defeated No. 9/7 UCLA, 82-73. The win also snaps a 37-game losing streak for WSU against ranked-foes.

Coug Quotes

Coach Ethridge on the Win over No. 21 Oregon State: "I can't express how happy I am for this team. They've worked so hard for this. We've been pummeled by these top-25 programs. We have some players in the gym that have been through that, and some who haven't that are really helping us change the direction of the program. I couldn't be happier. It's a great statement win. The fact that we got down in the first quarter and responded well at the end of the first half, shows that this team has a lot of fight, a lot of character and a lot of leadership. That's awesome (to see) and I'm excited about that."

Coach Ethridge on Teder's Performance: "(Johanna) has been the player that no one has talked about in our new guard lineup. She is a great addition to our team and has all the tools to the game. She has quickness, good strength and can play multiple positions. I think she has the tremendous potential to be a great scorer for us. I'm glad she got loose. Those are big moments for young players in our program. It's a great statement, and (today's game) says a lot about her as a competitor.
 

Coug Notes

  • With the win, Washington State collects its 19th win all-time against ranked teams, and it is the first win over a ranked-team under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
  • Washington State is off to its first 2-0 start in Pac-12 play since the 2013-14 season. That year, the Cougs opened league play with five-consecutive wins.
  • Sophomore Johanna Teder's 20-point performance marks a new career-high in points, and it is the first double-digit scoring game of her WSU career.
  • Sophomore Bella Murekatete collected double-digit points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career with 10 points in the victory over No. 21 Oregon State.
  • Johanna Teder's six 3-point field goals are the most trifectas made in a game by a WSU player since Chanelle Molina sank five shots from behind-the-arc against Stanford on Jan. 3, 2020.
  • With 13 points, freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker extends her double-digit scoring streak to three games.
  • Washington State hit a season-high eight 3-point field goals in Saturday's win over the Beavers
  • The Cougars defense limited a team to under 60 points for the third-straight game. WSU came into Sunday's game featuring one of the Nation's top scoring defenses, allowing 53.5 points per game is the 16th-best mark in NCAA Division I.

Up Next
The Cougars will continue their four-game homestand this coming Monday, Dec. 21, when WSU hosts No. 7-ranked Oregon. Tip-off against the Ducks is set for 11 a.m. on the Pac-12 Network Washington. For more information on the Washington State women's basketball team, follow WSUCougarWBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.