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Cougs Take on No. 7/8 Ducks for a Monday Matinee

Dec 20, 2020

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team returns to action this Monday, Dec. 21, as the Cougars look to knock off their second-consecutive ranked foe when No. 7/8 Oregon comes to Beasley Coliseum. Tip-off against the Ducks is set for 11 a.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) vs. #7/8 Oregon State (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) | Monday, Dec. 21 | 11 a.m. | Beasley Coliseum
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Watch | Pac-12 Network Washington (Greg Heister & Alyssa Charlston)
Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
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>> Washington State enters Monday's matinee fresh off the heels of its first win over a ranked-foe since the 2016-17 season, as the Cougs knocked off No. 21-ranked Oregon State, 61-55, this past Sunday. Sophomore Johanna Teder hit four 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter to help the Cougars mount a late-rally against the Beavers. The guard from Tartu, Estonia scored a career-best 20 points in Saturday's upset-victory over OSU.

>> The Cougs will be seeking their first 3-0 start to Pac-12 play in seven seasons this Monday, when they host No. 7/8 Oregon. Washington State began the 2013-14 season with five consecutive wins, which is the best start to a Pac-12 season in school history.

>> Johanna Teder caught fire from behind the arc in Sunday's victory of No. 21-ranked Oregon State, as the guard went 6-of-10 from 3-point range. Teder is the 20th player in program history to make six-or-more 3-point field goals in a game. She becomes the first WSU player to accomplish the feat since Chanelle Molina connected on six 3-point field goals against Southern Cal on Feb. 1, 2019.

>> Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters Monday's contest as the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12 Conference at 20.7 points per game. The 5-10 guard has posted double-digit points in every game this season for the Cougars. Leger-Walker's 20.7 points per game is the fourth-highest scoring average for a freshman in all of NCAA Division I.

>> WSU will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak to the Ducks this Monday. The last time Washington State knocked off Oregon came on Jan. 1, 2017, when the Cougs picked up the 75-59 win in Eugene. Oregon leads the all-time series 69-19, and have not lost inside Beasley since Feb. 23, 2014, when WSU collected a 108-88 victory.

Leading the Pac
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters Monday's game leading the Pac-12 Conference in offensive rebounds per game (4.3), steals per game (3.3) and minutes played per game (38.4). Her 4.3 offensive rebounds per game is the 25th-best average for offensive boards in NCAA Division I.

Locking Them Down
Washington State held its third-straight opponent to 55-or-fewer points in Saturday's win 61-55 victory over No. 21-ranked Oregon State. The Cougs enter Monday's contest with the 22nd-best scoring defense in the country, allowing just 54.0 points per game. WSU has been particularly stingy at allowing 3-point field goals, as the Cougs are holding their opponents to 25.0% from behind the arc.

Cougs Coming in Clutch at the Charity Stripe
WSU comes into Monday's contest as the top free throw shooting team in the Pac-12 Conference, posting a 78.9% success rate from the charity stripe. Junior Ula Motuga is shooting a team-high 80.0% from the line, a mark that is also fifth-best in the conference. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker follows with a 77.8% clip, which is 10th-best in the Pac-12.

Teder's Breakout
With her 20-point performance against No. 21 Oregon State, sophomore Johanna Teder became just the fifth WSU player to score 20-or-more points in a game during the Kamie Ethridge era. Teder's efforts against the Beavers gives WSU its third-straight game with a player scoring 20-or-more points. She joins Charlisse Leger-Walker, who tallied 20 points in the season-opener at Washington and 29 points in the home opener vs. Idaho, as the only WSU players to score 20-plus points this season.

Scouting the Ducks
Oregon comes into Pullman with a perfect 6-0 overall record, while holding an unblemished 4-0 mark in Pac-12 play. The Ducks enter this Monday ranked No. 7 in the Associate Press Poll and No. 8 in the USA Today's WBCA Poll. Oregon won its 25th-consecutive game this past Saturday, with a 73-49 win at Washington.

The Ducks offense hasn't seemed to miss a beat, while having to replace a trio of WNBA first round draft picks. Oregon currently averages 86.7 points per game, a mark that is second-best in the Pac-12 Conference. Senior Erin Boley leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Ducks at 12.7 points per game, though the guard has struggled of late, averaging 4.5 points in her last two contests. Maryland transfer Taylor Mikesell follows Boley at 12.2 points a contest, while freshman Te-Hina Paopao is posting an even 12.0 points per game.

Oregon is shooting 49.4% from the field and is connecting on 36.7% of its shots from behind the arc. Defensively, the Ducks boast one of the best scoring defenses in NCAA Division I. Oregon is allowing just 51.2 points per game, a mark that ranks 12th-best in the country. The Ducks have limited teams to just 19.1% success rate from behind the arc.

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