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Cougs Drop a 58-50 Decision at No. 13 Oregon

Jan 22, 2021

Game Highlights | Kamie Ethridge Postgame | Boxscore

EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored a game-high 24 points against No. 13/13-ranked Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22. But her effort wouldn't be enough for the Washington State women's basketball team to overcome a cold night offensively, as the Cougars fell to the Ducks, 58-50, at Matthew Knight Arena.

The 24-point performance for Leger-Walker extends her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games, which moves her past Borislava Hristova for the longest double-digit scoring streak to begin a WSU career in program history. The Waikato, New Zealand native also connected on five 3-point field goals against the Ducks, which ties a personal-best for most made 3-point field goals in a game. Tonight's 24-point effort from Leger-Walker marks the sixth time this season that the guard has scored 20-or-more points. She needs three more 20-plus point games to tie Hristova for the WSU freshman record for most 20-point scoring performances in a season.

The loss moves Washington State to 7-4 on the year, while the Cougars are now 5-4 on Pac-12 Conference play. For Oregon, they improve to 10-3 on the season and 8-3 in league play.

Washington State got out of the blocks fast in Track Town, USA, as they used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take an early 12-2 lead over the Ducks. The Cougars were unable to keep the offense clicking after the first stanza, as WSU was limited to just 25.4.% from the floor on Friday.

The Cougs took a 24-21 lead into the half, and extended their advantage to seven points at 28-21 after back-to-back buckets from Bella Murekatete to start the third quarter. Oregon chipped away at the WSU lead throughout the third stanza, and eventually drew even with the Cougars after a 3-point field goal from Sydney Parrish at the end of the frame to tie the game at 38-all.

WSU's offensive woes worsened in the fourth quarter, as the Cougs only managed to make three field goals over the final 10 minutes of play. Washington State's defense was able to keep them in the game for most of the night, as they trailed by two, 48-46, with 2:30 left to play in the game. A 6-0 spurt by the Ducks pushed its lead out to eight points with 27 seconds left to play, but the lead was cut in half after a four-point play by Charlisse Leger-Walker with 13 ticks remaining on the clock. Oregon would go a perfect 4-of-4 at the line in the closing seconds to knock off Washington State, 58-50.

The Cougars defense was tough on the Ducks throughout the night, as WSU held a high-potent Oregon to just 14.3% (2-14) from behind the arc. WSU held Oregon to a season-low 58 points at home, while the Cougs forced the Ducks in 13 turnovers, led by Charlisse Leger-Walker's game-high three steals.

It will be a quick turnaround for Washington State, as they head to Corvallis to take on Oregon State this Sunday, Jan. 24. Tip-off against the Beavers is set for 2 p.m. PT and will stream live via an OSU live stream.

Coug Quotes
Head coach Kamie Ethridge on Today's Result: "This one was tough tonight, but I love our competitiveness, I love our demeanor and I love how hard we played. We're just not making enough shots right now. I think people are starting to challenge us to take shots, and until we prove we can hit those open looks, I think that is what we will see. Overall, I liked what we did (defensively) in holding Oregon to 58 points, we just have to find some answers on the offensive end."

Coug Notes

  • Washington State led for 27:46 of game time on Friday.
  • The Cougars fall to 19-71 all-time vs. Oregon, as Washington State has now lost six-straight games to the Ducks.
  • Charlisse Leger-Walker led the team in scoring for the eighth time this season with a 24-point effort against Oregon.
  • The younger Leger-Walker also pulled down eight rebounds, which ties her personal-best.
  • Krystal Leger-Walker's four assists was a team-high against Oregon. It marks the sixth time this season the Leger-Walker has led the team in assists.

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