Leger-Walker Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a Third Time
SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State women's basketball player Charlisse Leger-Walker has been named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week for the second-consecutive week, as announced by the Conference office Monday, Jan. 4. It is the third overall Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for Leger-Walker this season, which ties a school-record for most Pac-12 weekly honors won by a freshman.
Leger-Walker continued the spectacular start to her WSU career over the weekend. The guard filled up the stat sheet in a pair of wins at Utah and at Colorado, as she averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game. Her performance helped the Cougars pick up their first Pac-12 road sweep since the 2013-14 season.
The freshman from Waikato, New Zealand opened her week with a 23-point effort at Utah on Jan. 1. Leger-Walker nailed a career-best five 3-point field goals against the Utes, while she also collected a then-career-best four steals.
The 5-10 guard followed that effort up by posting her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in a 76-63 win at Colorado this past Sunday, Jan. 3. Leger-Walker flirted with a quadruple-double against the Buffalos, as she added six rebounds and a personal-best six steals to her stat line. She became the seventh Coug in program history, and the first freshman, to collect a double-double via points and assists.
With this week's Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor, Leger-Walker has now garnered the weekly accolade for a program-record third time. She ties Borislava Hristova, who won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the 2015-16 season. Leger-Walker also becomes the fourth WSU freshman to win the award in back-to-back weeks, joining Lia Galdeira (Dec. 17 & 24, 2012), Borislava Hristova (Jan. 18 & 25, 2016) and Chanelle Molina (Jan. 2 & Jan. 9, 2017).
Leger-Walker enters this week as the Pac-12 Conference's leader in scoring (19.0 ppg) and steals (3.29 spg). The guard is riding a seven-game double-digit scoring streak coming into the week, which already includes four 20-plus-point performances on the year.
Washington State returns to Beasley Coliseum this Friday, when they take on Arizona State to open a brief two-game weekend home stand. Tip-off against the Sun Devils is set for 4 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network Washington.
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